What's on your bookshelf?
Question: ... and your view of global warming? Of course, peoples reading habits have nothing to do with the laws of physics, but I do find interesting the differences between those like me, who accept man made global warming as true, and those who are skeptical. So, ignoring anything to do with education or work, what type of books are on your bookshelf? What do you read purely for pleasure? Factual or fiction? ... or both? What are you currently reading? What was the last book you read? Which is your favourite? What do you intend to read next? Anything else you would like to add? ... and, of course, your view of Global Warming? ============= This is a neutral question and I will keep this in mind when choosing best answer. Jeff; that's an interesting list. The only one I have read is "A Brief History Of Time", though I intend to read " The God Delusion" soon. My last two books were "The Hobbit" and "Lord Of The Rings". The latter of these is certainly the best I've ever read. Great answer!
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I answer this question with great trepidation. I own approximately 5000 books, 3000 of them paperback science fiction or fantasy, 1000 science or science-related, and 1000 spread among encyclopedias, "Great Books", humor, history and some novels and such. And I've read most but not all of them, say 100 - 250 not read - discounting the encyclopedias and reference books, which I have used but not actually read very much. I enjoy going through the 1929 Encyclopedia Britannica to read the articles with benefit of hindsight. [That's the one Merlin used in the Disney cartoon The Sword In The Stone.] But my favorite book is the next great book [as opposed to "Great Book", many of which aren't] that I read, I guess, regardless of what category it's in. I read the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Aeneid, and the Bible for fun the summer I was 10. Like I said, I answer this with great trepidation. Some might find this excessive... I blame it on a bad upbringing and a career on night shifts. Okay, some of my books are textbooks, and I have a bunch on various sciences, but only the chem, physics and some of the math ones were textbooks I used in school. Oops, and a few on sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics. The others I got because I was interested in those subjects. In high school, I read every textbook I got at the beginning of the year cover to cover in the first week. The 3 books I've started recently are Witch Way to the Mall, E. Friesner, ed, Climatic Change, J. Gribbon, ed, and Behind the Mirror, Konrad Z. Lorenz, whose King Solomon's Ring is one of my favorite books. The last book I finished was Lois McMasters Bujold's Cryoburn. I have enjoyed The Lord of the Rings trilogy almost since I first saw it in 1964, when Ace put out a pirated edition in the US. The 1632 series, started by Eric Flint, I greatly enjoy. And the Harry Potter series. Also anything by Stephen J. Gould, Loren Eisley, or Konrad Lorenz. Military history, as many overlook how the world has been changed by war. All the science magazines. Etc, etc, etc. Looking at other's lists, let me add A Brief History of Time and the Federalist Papers [also some of the Anti-Federalist Papers - a fascinating read. Reminds me of today's US right wing!] I don't read as much as I used to because I design games now. I'd like to get climate texts from the 80's, 90's and 00's to see how the science has progressed during that time. I knew we were warming by 1980, and that the beginning, at least, of the consensus had been reached in the 70's, when everyone realized it was not ice but fire we needed to worry about. [Eg: recent fires in Russia and the US. :) ] Hey, virtualguy, I feel better now - I don't get as much as 150 cubic feet in my collection - maybe 100 - 125. So how the #3!! do you store them? I figure I've shelved about 300 linear feet of books.
I read mostly fiction. I don't keep a lot of books because I rarely read the same book twice and we always get rid of boxes of them when we move so we stopped keeping them unless they are educational and those are nature or science related. The book I'm currently reading is One Door Away from Heaven by Dean Koontz. The last one I read was Watchers also by Dean Koontz. My favorite books are a toss up between the Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, or Robert Jordans Wheel of Time series. I'm not sure what I'll read next. My view of global warming is that it's happening, it's not alarming, not happening at an unprecedented rate, or caused primarily by CO2. I truly believe there is a problem with a liberals thought process that prevents them from being able to identify and solve real world problems. I don't believe there is a conspiracy, liberals actually believe that CO2 is the problem, and reducing CO2 is the solution. Alternative renewable sustainable energy is a great idea and technology will eventually make it a viable option but the idea that it can be forced into existence by taxing fossil fuels and wasting money on failed projects is simply stupid.
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