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Old 11-10-2014, 11:46 PM   #9661
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I don't think the dysfunction in society of a schizophrenic can be properly divided from a sort of consciousness not founded in matter itself, a soul, or mind, you might say.

Next, I think to regard it as dysfunction is a grave mistake. If a person who experiences the hallucinations can healthily mitigate the psychoses with the expectations of society, or he does function within it he shouldn't be drugged. Drugging patients should be targeted toward those who cannot responsibly contain their delusions and react in violence OR to those who are dissatisfied so much with it that they seek treatment.

Or as Szasz would note, the paternal pursuit to smother the mental patient with the affections and affectations of Organized psychiatry is the modern analogy to the pursuit of Established religion in the high Middle Ages, which sought to restrain those it viewed as witches, with the instrumentation of religion.

So it's all just a witchhunt, ornamented in the rhetoric of modern science and humaneness.

The truth is, psychiatry is an ugly profession and always has been.

And the psychotic was revered as a shaman in the old world, as someone who balanced with one part of himself in this world and another part in the next. Which seems normal to me.
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Old 11-24-2014, 04:23 AM   #9662
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3/10 - For a really short book, it could've been shorter. Given all its praise, I thought I might be missing something having never read this, but no, it was really redundant and nothing new or exciting. It's message: follow your heart and don't give up - there, I just saved you a few hours.
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Old 11-24-2014, 04:46 AM   #9663
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A cool book to look at for musicians is "tour Smart" by Martin Atkins.
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:58 PM   #9664
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I've never heard of this guy until this book. Good occult right here
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Old 11-27-2014, 08:46 PM   #9665
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6/10 - First time reading Dick, and I thought this was okay. It started well, then the middle was slow. The ending was pretty good. Overall, the characters were mediocre, the storyline was slightly convoluted, and I just didn't really care throughout the whole book. Meh.
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Old 11-27-2014, 08:49 PM   #9666
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Really? I haven't read it yet but I got a first print of it very cheap.
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Old 11-27-2014, 11:30 PM   #9667
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Ya, I don't know. I could see hardcore sci-fi fans liking it, but it wasn't my thing at all. I'll give Dick another try. A Scanner Darkly or Electric Sheep, is what I figure I'll try of his next.
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Old 11-28-2014, 08:36 AM   #9668
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read a scanner darkly

was pretty good

then I rewatched the movie
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Old 12-04-2014, 10:24 AM   #9669
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Old 12-05-2014, 07:26 AM   #9670
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reading a farewell to arms. it's kinda cool.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:22 AM   #9671
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I thought I was done the entire Dune saga, but apparently there's one more book

I put it on hold to read Dracula. I wanted to read this for ages and never have. I'm already 1/2 way through it in like 3 days. Only one slow part (Mina Harker letter) depicting some storm that had little to no relevance on the plot.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:27 AM   #9672
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good omens - terry prachett/nail gaiman
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:57 AM   #9673
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I thought I was done the entire Dune saga, but apparently there's one more book

I put it on hold to read Dracula. I wanted to read this for ages and never have. I'm already 1/2 way through it in like 3 days. Only one slow part (Mina Harker letter) depicting some storm that had little to no relevance on the plot.


I have a really old Dune trilogy collection I should start reading them again. I've only read Dune a long time ago and I remember it was really good.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:02 AM   #9674
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the story is a good one. I thought the quality would take a large drop when the son had to take over, but it's still enjoyable

there are a lot of books in that main story line. I've lost count at this point
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:24 AM   #9675
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Yeah I remember looking them up once. I think I'm only interested in the first three though. I think I'm going to start Dune sometime this weekend. I've been on an Aleister Crowley kick lately and I think I need a break.
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they all have their high points

I'm sure once I finish this last book, i'll go back and read about the butlerian jihad, as it's mentioned countless times in the story

the tleilaxu seem like a very interesting race. I can imagine reading that one as well
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:23 AM   #9677
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7/10 - I read all his other books (except David and Goliath) about 4 years ago and wasn't really sure why I never got around to this one. I liked it. It's light reading for non-fiction and he generally keeps it interesting by referring to cool studies or profiling neat people.

Reading Hemingway now..
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:33 AM   #9678
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Technically not done with it but I've been going hard on lately, reading at least a 100 pages a day. Should be done very very soon. This series has taken me for a goddamn ride, with some of the most complex, piercing, and horrific themes and conflicts. Characters die like individual grass stalks when you mow your fucking lawn. Goddamn brutal
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