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Old 08-09-2008, 03:07 PM   #1
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Since members aren't seeing where other members are coming from, we should put together an SC political canon: everyone adds three books to the canon and no one can post until they have read the entire canon.

I think that this will increase the quality of the posts in here and everyone will get along better.
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Sorry Ellis....I don't read non-fiction books if I can avoid it.
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:52 PM   #3
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Sorry Ellis....I don't read non-fiction books if I can avoid it.
Who said it had to be non-fiction? I would only add one non-fiction book to the list.
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I think this is an exceptional idea, Ellis, and if everyone follows your advice we won't have posts in the politics forum for several years. :thumbup: :lol:

My contributions to the SC Political Canon (I nominate four instead of three because the last two are very short):

*The Federalist Papers--James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay

*The Collected Writings of Thomas Jefferson

*The First Discourse--Jean Jacques Rousseau

*The Memorial Address--Martin Heiddeger
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I think this is an exceptional idea, Ellis, and if everyone follows your advice we won't have posts in the politics forum for several years. :thumbup: :lol:
Exactly! It's a win-win situation: everyone comes back well-read and no one has to put up with the posts in here for at least a few months

Heidegger? The Nazi? Contrary to your belief, I am not big on those existentialists...

Here's what what I would add:

Swann's Way- Marcel Proust (I just can't take anyone seriously who hasn't read it)
On Certainty- Ludwig Wittgenstein (For epistemology)
Essays and Aphorisms- Arthur Schopenhauer (For ethics)
Collected Poems of Fernando Pessoa (For ethics)
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The Constitution, by James Madison, etal
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I'm against the idea. As the leading opponent of formal education I find it arbitrary and esoteric. Books are fine but life experience is necessary.

"Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you." -

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I'm against the idea. As the leading opponent of formal education I find it arbitrary and esoteric. Books are fine but life experience is necessary.

"Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you." -

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I've come to disagree: I think that solitude-- with books, thoughts, and yourself-- is infinitely more valuable than 'life experience.'

Then again, I am young myself, but look at every great artist and every great thinker and you will find that their work was a product of their solitude, not life experiences.
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Okay...like the requirement for President...you have to be
at least 35 to post here.

You have to be able to remember what life was like in
America under Carter.
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That would eliminate most of the posters, Phil.
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That would eliminate most of the posters, Phil.
Would leave you, me, and Anthony.

I actually think that would be a pretty good forum.
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Pfft, keeping me out by a year and a couple of months....age discrimination! Age discrimination! :lol:
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We'll waive the age requirement in your case, Montro.
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I've come to disagree: I think that solitude-- with books, thoughts, and yourself-- is infinitely more valuable than 'life experience.'

Then again, I am young myself, but look at every great artist and every great thinker and you will find that their work was a product of their solitude, not life experiences.
Ya know Rob, you coulda just stomped on me for pissin' on your thread.

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Give me a well-read 20 year old any day over an illiterate 80 year old with "life experience."
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