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Red Prussian: Life and Legend of Karl Marx
Red Prussian: Life and Legend of Karl Marx
by Leopold Schwarzschild
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars page turner!, 24 Sept. 2017
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Red Prussian is very readable and it is shocking how nasty and hateful the real Karl Marx was. Most writers eulogize the legendary prophet, Leopold Schwarzschild wrote the truth about Karl Marx.


The Bhagavad Gita (Harvard Paperback)
The Bhagavad Gita (Harvard Paperback)
by Franklin Edgerton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Very poetic and scholarly, 24 Sept. 2017
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This translation is remarkably poetic and the scholarship is old fashioned by our politically correct standards but the angle is still highly interesting compared to the worshipping of gita we see in more modern, post Beatles, scholarship.


Herbert Nick : Elemental Mind (HB)
Herbert Nick : Elemental Mind (HB)
by Nick Herbert
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars an oldie but still worth reading, 16 Sept. 2017
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If you stumble upon Nick on You Tube, his writing is as articulate and down to Earth as his personality. A few years back I read Herbert's Quantum Reality and that is probably the best book on quantum physics written by a respected physicists. It was still hard to follow but worth the effort.

Elemental Mind is more of the same. To be honest I don't think Nick cracked it here but his book is highly readable all the same.

This book is old but the readability and down right fun personality of Nick Herbert makes it worth the effort.

Now where can I get some acid!


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Quality USB Optical Scroll Wheel Mouse O/P 800/1600DPI
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1.0 out of 5 stars a cheap baby mouse, 15 Sept. 2017
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Amazon is advertising this mouse at a ridiculously cheap price and free delivery. Well it only works most of the time. The arrow sometimes moved on its own. The mouse lights up every time you move it which is cool. The downside is the feel, which is cheap and flimsy. The wheel isn't even smooth, like it needs oiling or something. The mouse is undersized so is more for a kid. Overall a good novelty mouse that makes you wish you paid a few pounds more for a real mouse!


The Doctrine of the Buddha: The Religion of Reason and Meditation
The Doctrine of the Buddha: The Religion of Reason and Meditation
by George Grimm
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars was the Buddha a nihilist?, 13 Sept. 2017
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The nihilism the Buddha preached is down played in the West.

In india, 'Atman' is the same as 'Brahman'. Brahman is the reality. In the West, the closest idea is Kant's Ding an Sich, or the thing in itself. Schopenhauer was first to interpret Kant's system as pointing the deathless-Atman. Schopenhauer writes that Kant proved the Atman logically.

Today the quantum foam can be seen as Brahman. The part inside us will correspond to Atman. This is why they say that Brahman and Atman are the same thing, it is just the part of Brahman, who we are, is the localised immortality the Indians call Atman.

When you look at the
Indian tradition before the Buddha, there is pure life after you drop your body. All the Upanishads teach that I am Atman/Brahman.

Now the Buddha comes and says that you are not Atman/Brahman and the upanishads are void. So by saying anatman, the Buddha is really saying that there is no Brahman, only Nothingness.

The Buddha says there is only nihilism, or anatman.

Georg Grimm tackles the Buddha's 'anatman'. He talks about the nihilistic implications of the Buddha but we cowards away and concludes that the Buddha was really saying 'not atman' rather than 'no atman'.

Overall this is the closest you will get to real Buddhism in English.


A Cultural History of the Modern Age: Volume 1, Renaissance and Reformation: Renaissance and Reformation v. 1
A Cultural History of the Modern Age: Volume 1, Renaissance and Reformation: Renaissance and Reformation v. 1
by Egon Friedell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £35.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers Clive James!, 12 Sept. 2017
Egon Friedell says he is carrying on the work of Oswald Spenger, but to my mind he is better than Spengler. Where Spengler, in one paragraph, tends to hop from one civilisation to another, and from one time to another like a faulty Tardis, Egon Friedell sticks to Europe.

Friedell even sounds like Spengler. Well they have the same translator in the remarkable Francis Atkinson.

The treatment of the Medieval period sours very high indeed, the psyche of the medieval people is dissected by the master who doesn't devolve into the clichés. We have all been brainwashed by Monty Python and Richard Dawkins! Egon Friedell's brilliance can detox the virus of the academic and the BBC nonsense peddled as true.

Even Christianity is given the treatment by a master who can brush the scene so to bring life into his text.

We even witness what life was like in a medieval village. This is the power of poetic writing.

Sadly Friedell's suicide didn't bring him the fame he deserves.


Physics of the Soul: The Quantum Book of Living, Dying, Reincarnation and Immortality
Physics of the Soul: The Quantum Book of Living, Dying, Reincarnation and Immortality
by Amit Goswami
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Curiosity killed the physicist!, 4 Sept. 2017
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I wouldn't say we have to pinch ourselves because an Indian physicist has proved that death isn't lights out Dorothy, but you never know! Amit Goswami appeared on the What the Bleep nonsense documentary but I have read a few of his books and he seems genuinely curious about what happens when we die. In other words, he doesn't come across as a Deepak Chopra character.

Maybe he did the documentary for the money? Anyway, this book is complicated, highly speculative, very daring and well worth reading.

The one star reviews are understandably suspicious that a physicist can be curious about this dated issue.


Karl Marx Prince of Darkness
Karl Marx Prince of Darkness
by George Fabian
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars shooting up!, 25 Aug. 2017
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Karl Marx Prince of Darkness by George Fabian will be hated by the Marxists like Richard Noll's The Aryan Christ: The Secret Life of Carl Jung is hated by the Jungian community.

Fabian's book is over 700 pages and very well referenced like Noll's book on Jung. You will probably never be able to check all the references but even if half are true then the allegations are serious.

I came away seeing Karl Marx as a drug addled cult leader who had a weird hold over his family and the rich Frederick Engels. Karl Marx even had an incest thing with his daughter!

This is probably the best book on Marx because of the honesty of Fabian who isn't really a fellow traveller so he is more objective.
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A Carlyle Reader
A Carlyle Reader
by Thomas Edited by G.B. Tennyson Carlyle
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars glimpses, 17 Aug. 2017
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Carlyle died a note was found in his diary scrapings. Carlyle had an experience and for the rest of his life rebelled against the sleepers. From our standpoint, more so than from the standpoint of his close friends, we know that Thomas Carlyle glimpsed immortality, a split second, and this is why he rebelled against the machines. We find glimpses in India but the glimpse is rare in civilised Europe.

To the eye of History many things Carlyle wrote, which to his friends there present were invisible. For indeed it is well said, 'in every object there is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the eye brings means of seeing.' To Newton and to Newton's Dog Diamond, what a different pair of Universes; while the painting on the optical retina of both was, most likely, the same! Let the Reader here, in his reading of Thomas Carlyle, endeavour to look with the mind too.

Thomas Carlyle wrote, "I think I have got rid of materialism. Matter no longer seems to me so ancient, so unsubduable, so certain and palpable as mind. I am Mind; whether matter or not I know not- and care not. Almighty glimpses into the spiritual universe I have sometimes had (about the true nature of Religion, the possibility, after all, of "supernatural" (really natural) influences etc etc): would they but could stay with me, and ripen into a perfect view"!

He goes on, "What am I but a sort of ghost? Men rise as Apparitions from the bosom of Night, and after grinning, squeaking, gibbering some space, return thither. The earth they stand on is Bottomless; the vault of their sky is Infinite; the Life-Time is encompassed with Eternity. O wonder! And they buy cattle or seats in Parliament, and drink coarser or finer fermented liquors, as if all this were a City that had foundation".

Many of these experiences went into his Sartor Resartus. The main character is obviously autobiographical.

The ONE who had glimpsed Eternity can declare, 'I am Eternity'! The rest, the compilers, the students, his close friends, even the gurus in india, can only be baffled.


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5.0 out of 5 stars a reputed masterpiece, once ranked with Spengler!, 15 Aug. 2017
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Egon Friedell was one of the Vienna polymaths, the Jewish Dr Johnson. The world will not see his like again. Where have all the polymaths gone? Charles F Atkinson translated this as he did the other polymath, Oswald Spengler. Both Friedell and Spengler were not academics, didn't have classrooms of sophomores to spoon feed, and there wasn't television for the herds to sit and stare at. The cleverest people moved on to producing pap for the masses, becoming lecturers and also staring at the screen.

"The bioscope is killing human gesticulation, as sound film is killing the human voice – and the same is true of the radio; at the sometime, it is freeing us of the necessity of concentration, and we are now able to enjoy Mozart and sauerkraut, or the Sunday sermon and a game of cards, at one and the same time." (from A Cultural History of the Modern Age, vol. 3, 1931)
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