Bill Bryson • Notes from a Small Island Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Year: 1997
Pages: 282
David Bodanis • Electric Universe Electric Universe by David Bodanis
Publisher: Crown
Year: 2005
Pages: 320
Virginia Woolf • Mrs. Dalloway Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Publisher: Harvest Books
Year: 1990
Pages: 260
Stephen Hawking • A Brief History of Time A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Publisher: Bantam Books
Year: 1988
Pages: 208
Jared Diamond • Guns, Germs, and Steel Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Year: 2005
Pages: 512
Jonathon Green • Chasing the Sun Chasing the Sun by Jonathon Green
Publisher: Henry Holt
Year: 1996
Pages: 510
Neal Stephenson • Cryptonomicon Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Year: 2000
Pages: 928
Bruce Campbell • If Chins Could Kill If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell
Publisher: L.A. Weekly Books
Year: 2001
Pages: 272
Jenna Jameson • How to Make Love Like a Porn Star How to Make Love Like a Porn Star by Jenna Jameson
Publisher: William Morrow
Year: 2004
Pages: 592
Milan Kundera • The Unbearable Lightness of Being The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Year: 1999
Pages: 320

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9 Comments to “52 Books in 52 Weeks, 2005”

  1. Brady says:

    Did you raid my bookshelf? Because if you haven’t yet, I’ve got the Russel book and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

  2. Ben says:

    Yeah, that’s where I got them from. I’ll also probably read the philosophy of the Matrix book.

  3. sasha says:

    hi, found this site searching something on google, but aynways, ive read a book on the philosophy of the matrix, and if youre talking about the same one, it wasn’t very good. Some good points in teh beginning, but the rest of the book is really repetitive.
    anyways, cool site

  4. […] Following the lead of Heliologue, who is himself following Jason at Negro, Please, I will also make a move to read 52 books in 52 weeks and review them. It will be monstrous but I admit that I will enjoy it. Plus, it will – or at least should – motivate me to keep the site updated frequently with my musings. […]

  5. no need to study the philosophy of the Matrix, it can all be summed up in one concise story:

    Plato’s Parable of the Cave (Also known as the Allegory of the Cave)

    That’s it and that’s all. Though, that paved the way for many future philosophic/psychoanalytic theories—Like Althusser’s Ideolgical States and Ideological State Apparatusses, or Lacan’s “Mirror Stage as a Formative Function of the I”

  6. Ben says:

    If that were true, the series wouldn’t have been as bad as it was. The problem was, they started with Plato’s cave allegory, but then threw in an omnium gatherum of other, unrelated philosophies.

  7. grindbastard says:

    The problem with the philosophy of the Matrix is that not everyone is a raging pothead and therefore won’t find it so mind blowing.

  8. Ben says:

    “Like, what if the world we think we see… [dramatic pause] isn’t there?”

    “Dude, that’s deep.”

  9. david says:

    i always thought the “deeper” philosophy of the matrix were the moral implications of artificial intelligence.

    if you create self-aware, free-will beings such as the computer programs, beings that can see the wrongness/rightness of their actions (think the program at the train station who makes sacrifices for his daughter-program in order to give her a better “life”/existence), then this “artificial” intelligence would have the same moral value as a human being. that’s why the movies had to end with the “copout” resolution of peace. for either side, humans or machines,to wipe out the other would be to commit genocide in a sense. to create artificial intelligence—truly self-aware artificial intelligence—would be to create something on an equal metaphysical plane of existence with ourselves.

    would we be gods? perhaps.

    and if that’s true, kind of gives you a whole new perspective on what happens after death. pull the plug on a “computer program,” and we all know it ceases to be. pull the plug on a human? philosophers and theologians have been guessing at that for… well, forever.

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