Author Topic: What are you reading?  (Read 10690 times)

Hapu

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #135 on: September 15, 2019, 03:12:14 pm »
"Will to Power," because all of a sudden, after my conversations on these boards, I understand much better the author's impetus. The first time I picked this book up, decades ago, I didn't see the point so I set it down unfinished. "Objective value is impossible," I would have said, "so live by subjective value. Live aesthetically." (Except it's only now, after recent conversations, that I realize I meant, "Live aesthetically."

Oddly enough, aesthetics is a branch of philosophy, one of the goals of which is to articulate objective aesthetic values. There's that word again. "Objective." I can't escape it.

People want values they can hold in consensus. This is, for example, the very essence of Kohlberg's Level 5 morality. And for all practical human purposes, consensus reality and objective reality are the same thing. They're two sets that intersect. Objective reality contains the known and theoretically the unknown. Unknown objective reality is, by definition, useless to talk about. Known objective reality is exactly congruent with consensus reality.

Objective values are the greater set of which objective moral values are a subset. I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't widen my view to take in the greater set. I kept talking about moral values as if they were the only values. Obviously they're not. An ugly picture isn't immoral. Beauty isn't a moral value. But it is a value. An objective one? To what extent?

Nietzsche was grappling with all of this in the notebooks that became, "Will to Power."

I get it now. And I want to read it. As I will, so shall it be. Kindle is a great tool, by the way. Books appear on my phone instantaneously. Now that's power!



 
 


 

Hapu

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #136 on: October 12, 2019, 10:43:06 am »
Today I purchased - haven't yet received - The Grimoire of Amaymon (Nine Demonic Gatekeepers) by E. A. Koetting.
https://www.amazon.com/Grimoire-Amaymon-Nine-Demonic-Gatekeepers/dp/1090875126

It begins with an excellent summary of fascism, which the author opposes.

Here, as elsewhere, Amaymon is presented as the darkest face of Lucifer.

Liu

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #137 on: October 12, 2019, 04:11:52 pm »
Haven't read anything by Koetting yet - his vids are too click-baity to make me expect anything good to come from him.
But please report back when you have read it.

Well, I recently started to read The Draconian Rituals by Asenath Mason since someone here recommended it. I like it thus far. I'm at the chapter on Kundalini, and I think I'll try out the meditation for that she suggests. Fits well in with my current Qi Gong practice.

Also, I read the first volume of the black metal theory journal Helvete (from 2013). Not as interesting topic-wise as I expected, but still a nice read.
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Williams1001

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #138 on: October 16, 2019, 04:57:31 am »
i have just started reading "on the shoulders of giants."

its the biographies and the works of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein
it contains Newton's principia, Einstein's papers on special and general relativity, etc. its good reading for anyone interested on the historical development of physics and astronomy, some of the the math behind it all, and the different experiments that were performed.

idgo

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #139 on: October 16, 2019, 04:15:03 pm »
"Objective value is impossible," I would have said, "so live by subjective value. Live aesthetically."

Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Lila, set forth a metaphysics of Quality which you might find useful as an alternative possible resolution to the subjective/objective conundrum. Well, they offer it if you read them when looking for it; I'm not sure what if anything they offer if you read them without looking for much.

Hapu

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #140 on: December 23, 2019, 01:08:41 pm »
Michael Aquino's Mindstar.

The Devil made me do it.

Xepera-maSet

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #141 on: December 23, 2019, 05:30:06 pm »
Nothing right now but I'm sure Wednesday I'll have some cool books from the inlaws.

Xepera-maSet

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #142 on: December 25, 2019, 01:43:26 pm »
Nothing right now but I'm sure Wednesday I'll have some cool books from the inlaws.

Called it.

Xepera-maSet

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #143 on: December 25, 2019, 02:09:58 pm »
Nothing right now but I'm sure Wednesday I'll have some cool books from the inlaws.

Called it.

First Step Towards Ahriman is shit by the way, that lasted about 5 pages.

Liu

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #144 on: December 25, 2019, 02:16:42 pm »
Nothing right now but I'm sure Wednesday I'll have some cool books from the inlaws.

Called it.

First Step Towards Ahriman is shit by the way, that lasted about 5 pages.
I did post a review on that a while back: http://orderoftheserpent.org/forum/index.php?topic=310.0

Xepera-maSet

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #145 on: December 25, 2019, 02:29:43 pm »
Nothing right now but I'm sure Wednesday I'll have some cool books from the inlaws.

Called it.

First Step Towards Ahriman is shit by the way, that lasted about 5 pages.
I did post a review on that a while back: http://orderoftheserpent.org/forum/index.php?topic=310.0

I'm sure I'll flip through it but I couldn't just read it straight, especially the first person thing I was reading. If you're going to make a myth I'm actually kind of traditional, something like the Diabolicon. Don't have Ahriman calling Ormaz a motherfucker in the second page.

Xepera-maSet

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #146 on: December 25, 2019, 02:30:55 pm »
I just finished the first chapter in Mephistopheles and I fucking love it. Insanely philosophical in nature, the first chapter is entirely a discussion on the nature of truth, especially scientific vs historical truth. Looks like it's about how Satan has changed from the 1600s on. Will probably do a review.

Hapu

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #147 on: January 03, 2020, 10:42:03 am »
"THE PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE: Principles for Creating What You Want to Create," by Robert Fritz, first published in 1984.

I had read this back when it first came out. I'm now re-reading it. I'm far more receptive to it now than I was back then.

My first reading of it was part of a minor adventure for me. I took the train weekly into Manhattan to attend an ongoing class in some woman's apartment. Back then I felt like I was putting myself at risk, as I didn't know the woman or the neighborhood she lived in, and I was walking the streets of Manhattan at night from the train station to her apartment and stepping inside. No danger ever presented itself, I'm happy to say. Robert Fritz's book was the text for the class.

So far this book is seeming like essential reading for anyone on the Left Hand Path.
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Jezefel

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #148 on: January 04, 2020, 01:49:14 am »
I got "TELEMATIC EMBRACE" by Roy Ascott and "THE PERIPHERAL" by William Gibson.

Liu

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #149 on: January 04, 2020, 09:02:05 am »
Currently I'm reading "The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome" by Tony Attwood.

Lots of interesting information, and helpful for finding some explanational framework for my own experiences, even if some aspects don't fit perfectly of course. I can only get a real diagnosis from a professional in person (also as a protection against confirmation bias), but it's better to go there not entirely unprepared.

My favorite quote thus far:
"Cats are autistic dogs" :mrgreen:
(most of the book is written in a much more serious style)