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What Good Book is Bez Reading Today? What Are You Reading ?


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#1 bezevo

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Posted 14 January 2022 - 01:00 PM

Well  i  have been  Reading all kinds of books for  decades ,, 

Some of Intellectual interest and Some just  entertaining Space Pirate Trash ... ha !

i try to read 3 to 5 books a week , also various Journals , Magazins  , News Letters etc.

 

What are you Reading ?

 

This week i'm just finishing up reading

 

  " ARTICULATIONS On the Utilization  and Meanings of Psychedelics "

by Julian Palmer

The Author is the guy credited with inventing or popularizing Changa  .

This book  is a good read . 5 stars

 

 

   This week I also read  Read

" Cactus Of MYSTERY "  by  Ross Heaven .

  This is a fare book about various types Shamanic  San Pedro  Cactus ceremony's in Peru

A lot of the book is essays buy other practitioners and people who have attended various  cactus bases ceremony's and retreats in Peru .

The Authors business is facilitating  these sort of retreats ect.  so it's more less a disguised advertising for his retreats in Peru and Spain .. 

but still worth a read as it really dose have a lot of interesting info .

I think his earlier similar book 

" A Humming Birds Journey To God " is a bit better book .

 

Both books by Mr. Haeven worth a read 3 stars

 

So have any of you read theses Books ? any opinions ?

 

OK  What to read next ?  Bez


Edited by bezevo, 14 January 2022 - 01:03 PM.

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Posted 16 January 2022 - 11:30 AM

Hey Bez. You been reading all kinds of informative books it looks like. I tend to fill my brain with mostly sci fi sagas. I've fallen into kindle digital habit. It's just so convenient and I've gone years on just the free content alone. Sometimes I kick myself for straying from actual books. But like I say it's convenient. And FREE. I know you like that part.
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Posted 16 January 2022 - 05:44 PM

I bounce around a lot too between informative stuff and utter mind numbing fiction strictly to indulge my escapism. Been revisiting some classic stuff lately and enjoying it very much indeed. My house is full of books, way too many really. A guy at work about 30 or so came up to me one day and seriously asked me, "Why you be reading all those old books Cooper? Don't you got a phone?" With this disdainful smirk on his face. I was literally looking back at him with my jaw hanging open, shocked and with my feelings a little hurt. Suddenly I was back in 3rd grade again with people demanding to know why I was reading. I didn't even know how to answer him. The book I was reading at the time was an old yellowed and dogeared copy of Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged. It was fitting somehow. 

 

At any rate here is a list of them laying within 8 feet of me right now lol:

 

American Holocaust - David E. Stannard

My Cross to Bear - Gregg Allman

My Search of Mycotopia - David Bierend

The Life of P.T. Barnum - Himself

Rondezvou with Rama _ Arthur C. Clark (Can't get my spellcheck to accept that word no matter how I put it in lol)

America Before - Graham Hancock

The Essential Edgar Allen Poe - Edgar Allen Poe

The whole 6 book series of Game of Thrones - R.R. Martin

 

There are probably 20 more but you get the gist of it. 

 

I literally had a panic attack a while back thinking that if something happened to me, my books would just get trashed and thrown out. That would be a damn shame. There is so much eclectic knowledge piled up in this house. Scary thought. 


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Posted 16 January 2022 - 05:59 PM

HEY ! NOW ! OldPunk n CoopDog Those are all interesting books.. I have  read a few, got some of those on to read List ....

 

i loved my little Kindle 7 reader for readin

g space pirate novels at work ..it was dying so i order black Friday kindle8-plus   but haven't got it set up yet been procrastinating .

 

just ordered  more paper books  .......my kindle ding got me to start reading stacks of interesting paper books i got in the library .

 

i love me some more books

 

BEZ


Edited by bezevo, 16 January 2022 - 06:03 PM.

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Posted 17 January 2022 - 01:00 AM

Yeah there seems to be an endless supply of space pirate series on the kindle. That's where I escape to before bed each night. For years I was really into Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Got shelves full of those paperbacks. All of the Dan Brown books were really good and then sometimes I fall into a medical thrillers mood. There's only so much DNA twisting plot lines I can handle and I need to take a break until some new books come out.

Hit up a used book store sale and Got a big old pile of old sci fi from the 50s n 60s. It was real interesting to notice the difference in the way they portrayed the characters and the societal norms back then. I read about 10 in a row and had to return to some new material.

Right now I'm reading a book of dystopian future short stories. Can usually finish one weird story a night and fall asleep thinkin how odd that life would be. Another one of those amazon freebies.
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Posted 17 January 2022 - 01:16 AM

i read the  cheesy sci fi or spy thriller  before sleep in bed , nice thing you can turn of blue light on kindle so it dosnit keep you awake

i read for a bit in the dark fall asleep and the  kindle turns itself off


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Posted 17 January 2022 - 01:36 AM

For a good autobiography book I much recommend My cross to bear by Gregg Allman. The PT Barnum book was very entertaining as well. I should walk through the house and make a list of all my crazy books. 

 

The Gregg Allman book was written with no regard whatsoever for several famous people's feelings. I bet when they read it (if they did) that there was some butt hurt going on. It was written from the hip and straight up truth. Also one hell of a lot of heart in it too. 


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Posted 21 January 2022 - 01:58 AM

I'm more bland. I'm reading about OSPF and EIGRP. I know. Move on. 

 

If I had a brain that retained everything I read I'd be somewhere else.


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Posted 21 January 2022 - 06:49 PM

Just read 'Rebel Passion' .. not usually into romance novels but I was bored during my hibernation. I like history though even if it's in a cheesy romance novel.. lol

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Posted 21 January 2022 - 08:55 PM

Quote " It's Not Easy   Being Cheesy "  Chester The  Cheetah !


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Posted 21 January 2022 - 09:40 PM

ok let's get serious  .. hard for me !

 

Ok i just read Tales from the Medicine Trail: Tracking Down the Health Secrets of Shamans, Herbalists, Mystics, Yogis, and Other Healers Hardcover – July 1, 2000

by Christopher Kilham (Author)
 
very interesting and fun to read , i really liked the chapters on the Healers in the Amazon and the Andes mts as i have visited those areas and met a Currndaro near Cuzco , and a Shaman in the Amazon . i participated in simple clensing rituals with both of those healers Chris Kilham really captured how it felt to be there and the people with his words , The chapter on traditional plant medicine in India really packet with interesting info .
 
i recommend it
 
BEZ
 
NEXT

The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook
The Essential Guide to Ayahuasca Journeying
Author: 
Chris Kilham
Publisher: 
North Atlantic Books
 
Next i have his book

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Posted 22 January 2022 - 11:19 PM

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Fairy dense, but also terrifying in it's implications.
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Posted 23 January 2022 - 05:09 PM

SteamPunk, I will put that on my to do list. 


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Posted 23 January 2022 - 08:36 PM

I too Read many at once, and wish I remembered more

 

 

Cultural Materialism 

by Marvin Harris (Author)

“Attributing the origins and development of culture to the ways various societies adapt to their particular environments, Harris pits his theory of cultural materialism against such alternative theories of culture as Wilson's sociobiology and LeviStrauss's structuralism”

 

Dense

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Good to Eat  – by Marvin Harris 

“The anthropologist/author takes on some of the major food riddles, including cannibalism, to reveal why a culture accepts or spurns specific foods”

 

Probably Light, awaiting delivery

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Warriors and Worriers: The Survival of the Sexes by Joyce F. Benenson (Author), Henry Markovits

“The question of exactly what sex differences exist and whether they have a biological foundation has been one of our culture's favorite enduring discussions. It should. After a baby is born, a parent's first concern is for its physical health. The next concern is its sex. Only in the most

modern societies does sex not virtually guarantee the type of future life a new human being will have. Even in modern societies, one's sex usually plays a large role in the path a life follows. 

 

Scientists have published thousands of papers on the subject, with the general conclusion being that men and women are mostly the same, whatever differences exist have been socialized, and what differences exist have to do with women bearing children and men being physically stronger. In Warriors

and Worriers, psychologist Joyce Benenson presents a new theory of sex differences, based on thirty years of research with young children and primates around the world. Her innovative theory focuses on how men and women stay alive. Benenson draws on a fascinating array of studies and stories that

explore the ways boys and men deter their enemies, while girls and women find assistants to aid them in coping with vulnerable children and elders. This produces two social worlds for each sex which sets humans apart from most other primate species. Human males form cooperative groups that compete

against out-groups, while human females exclude other females in their quest to find mates, female family members to invest in their children, and keep their own hearts ticking. In the process, Benenson turns upside down the familiar wisdom that women are more sociable than men and that men are more

competitive than women.”

 

Easy science reading

 

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Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence 

by Richard Wrangham (Author), Dale Peterson (Author)

“The author draws on the latest discoveries about human evolution to examine whether violence among men is a product of their primitive heritage, and searches for solutions to the perennial problems of war, rape, and murder. “

 

Easy science reading

 

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One River Paperback – Illustrated, January 1, 1997

by Wade Davis (Author)

 “The story of two generations of scientific explorers in South America—Richard Evans Schultes and his protégé Wade Davis—an epic tale of adventure and a compelling work of natural history.

 

In 1941, Professor Richard Evan Schultes took a leave from Harvard and disappeared into the Amazon, where he spent the next twelve years mapping uncharted rivers and living among dozens of Indian tribes. In the 1970s, he sent two prize students, Tim Plowman and Wade Davis, to follow in his footsteps and unveil the botanical secrets of coca, the notorious source of cocaine, a sacred plant known to the Inca as the Divine Leaf of Immortality.

 

A stunning account of adventure and discovery, betrayal and destruction, One River is a story of two generations of explorers drawn together by the transcendent knowledge of Indian peoples, the visionary realms of the shaman, and the extraordinary plants that sustain all life in a forest that once stood immense and inviolable,”

 

Haven’t read much of it, but watched a good video of his voyage.

 

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Designing Tessellations : The Secrets of Interlocking Patterns by Jinny Beyer

 

For the designer, excellent tutorials on the 17 wallpaper groups, and their use, and how to create patterns with them.

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Posted 23 January 2022 - 08:48 PM

The Book ONE RIVER ,,,by Wade Davis (Author)

SOUNDS VERY INTERESTING 

 

the Amazon is an amazing place to vist .I spent week there near the head waters  ,,were the napo river ends , the Amazon is only 2 miles wide and 600 ft deep there ..  ya that's right THE SMALL End .



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Posted 24 January 2022 - 12:21 AM

the movie is called El Sendero De La Anaconda, and is on netflix
short trailers are free on youtube

[Direct Link]



"the Amazon is an amazing place to visit .I spent week there near the head waters " WOW
must have been amazing

 

https://www.youtube.... De La Anaconda

 

https://daviswade.com/films


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Posted 27 January 2022 - 08:08 PM

Reading "The Pleasure Trap" by by Douglas J. Lisle (Author), Alan Goldhamer (Author) 

 

"...challenges conventional wisdom about sickness and unhappiness in today's contemporary culture and offers ... solutions for achieving change....Inspired .. research, comprehensive clinical studies, ...insights into the factors that make us susceptible to dietary and lifestyle excesses.... how to restore the biological processes designed by nature to keep us running at maximum efficiency and vitality."



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Posted 05 February 2022 - 06:18 AM

I recently finished reading Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm by Stephen Harrod Buhner.

It took me way too long to get through.

I started reading it and thought 'WTF', but I obviously bought it for a reason, so I decided to push through.

I get some of it, but there is a shit ton of metaphysical in it that maybe I'm just not evolved enough for yet?

Anyone else who has read it may be willing to give their thoughts about it?

 

EDIT: Actually, I think I bought this book because it was mentioned in a thread on Mycotopia a year or so ago.

Hippie3 is actually name-dropped in it!

 

In my queue:

Finding the Mother Tree

The Plant Hunter

The Heartbeat of Trees

The Betrayal of Anne Frank

Love People Use Things

Braiding Sweetgrass

 

Atlas Shrugged has been sitting on my bookshelf for decades.

I haven't been able to bring myself to cracking it open.

A good friend of mine from days gone by read it when he was young and he said it changed his life... maybe that is why I am avoiding it.


Edited by SlipperyJack, 05 February 2022 - 06:27 AM.


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Posted 05 February 2022 - 04:15 PM

The Ayahuasca Test Pilots Handbook

The Essential Guide to Ayahuasca Journeying

Athuor Chris Kilham

 

"In the engaging style that those familiar with Chris Kilham's work have come to know and love, the Medicine Hunter provides a dense but entertaining overview of the magic Amazonian brew ayahuasca. He discusses the history, botany, chemistry, pharmacology and ethnographic context of ayahuasca, and and, true to the spirit of the title, gives readers an informative 'flight manual' describing the physical and psychological effects of the brew. Kilham also describes the dimensions and entities ayahuasca voyagers can expect to encounter in their shamanic explorations and provides a few pointers on how to keep their spirit ship sailing smoothly.

A Good Read

Some of the last cpl chapters offer some solid advice on how to navigate any strong trip .

Ether a good trip or navigating a difficult experience ,it could be a ayahuasca trip , LSD , Mushrooms etc ,the advice would help with all.

 

 

Bez .......what's next

 

 

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#20 shiftingshadows

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Posted 05 February 2022 - 11:50 PM

....

 

Atlas Shrugged has been sitting on my bookshelf for decades.

I haven't been able to bring myself to cracking it open.

A good friend of mine from days gone by read it when he was young and he said it changed his life... maybe that is why I am avoiding it.

 

Yes, it is exciting particularly, for youth, and influenced many; but ultimately it is superficial. You can safely skip it, you needn't take my word for it - you can read the negative reviews on Amazon, and if you need more, there is much online, for example:

 

https://thefederalis...-should-be-too/






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