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I have a lot of downtime so I jump online...I've read nearly all the posts on this board, pretty much all of Capmag and Dr. Hurds site...I need some more stuff thats interesting online.

Not necessarily just objectivist material...but things that will get my wheels turning.

~Michael

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I couldn't recommend more Perseus. You can find all KINDS of works here that are amazing-some of my favorites:

1.) Epictetus-Enchiridion

2.)Euripides-Andromache

3.)Euripides-Medea

4.)Homer-Iliad

5.)Homer-Odyssey

6.)Sophocles-Antigone

And if you don't mind more philosophical works-

1.)Plato-Phaedo

2.)Plato-Apology.

3.)Plato-Symposium.

All of those are basically stories about Socrates.

Most of those (except the Iliad and the Odyssey of course :( ) Are pretty short, and very good reads.

I enjoy them :)

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I have a lot of downtime so I jump online...I've read nearly all the posts on this board, pretty much all of Capmag and Dr. Hurds site...I need some more stuff thats interesting online.

Not necessarily just objectivist material...but things that will get my wheels turning.

~Michael

Perhaps you should read OPAR? Specifically Chapter 8: Virtue

p297....."A productive man is a moral man"........

Now, get back to work!!! :(

(I took time off to write this for you!)

Brent

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I'd recommended "Capitalism" by George Reismen available at http://www.capitalism.net .

Also I would recommend the works of Ludwig Von Mises, with the exception of "Socialism" all of his major works can be found at http://www.mises.org .

At http://oll.libertyfund.org/ you can find most of the major works of the ancient thinkers on up to the thinkers of the 20th Century. They are available in PDF and HTML Format.

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Perhaps you should read OPAR? Specifically Chapter 8: Virtue

p297....."A productive man is a moral man"........

Now, get back to work!!! :(

(I took time off to write this for you!)

Brent

hahaha...I knew that was coming...I really did.

I do think that educating myself on intelligent material (either it be philosophy, science, etc) is a productive thing to do when I have downtime.

But then again I'm at work and I should probably be doing things that benefit this company...but isn't becoming smarter something that would benefit the company I work for?

:)

On a more serious note though (pertaining to the subject you brought up) I do find myself less satisfied at the end of the day when I'm not as productive (on work material) than other days. Now if my job would give me some more responsiblities.

~Michael

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I couldn't resist! :( especially as I was in my office "working" when I replied! From several of your previous posts I think we are quite alike :) .

On a more serious note though (pertaining to the subject you brought up) I do find myself less satisfied at the end of the day when I'm not as productive (on work material) than other days.  Now if my job would give me some more responsiblities.

~Michael

Yes, I do too. Even if the productive work was not particularly intelectually stimulating, the knowledge that one has been productive is enough.

Actually, you would enjoy the book I asked about in another thread:

The Mind and the Brain by Jeffrey Schwartz M.D. It is about how the mind and volitional consciousness have causal efficacy over the brain. He uses the terms "mindful awareness" (sound familiar), but he could just have well used volitional consciousness or focus.

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I just read a bunch of reviews of that book you mentioned and everyone pretty much agreed that he is very mystical in the way he approaches the explanation of the mind. Thats a scary concept. I have a book called "The Users guide to the Brain" by John J. Ratey...very logical book and very rational approach to the brain.

~Michael

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I just read a bunch of reviews of that book you mentioned and everyone pretty much agreed that he is very mystical in the way he approaches the explanation of the mind.  Thats a scary concept.  I have a book called "The Users guide to the Brain" by John J. Ratey...very logical book and very rational approach to the brain.

~Michael

I don't really see how it could be described as mystical. He draws parallels between volitional consciousness and mindful awareness (and he comes from a buddhist background himself) but if you substitute the concept of VC for MA....then everything else is logical.

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