Al Franken • The Truth (With Jokes) The Truth (With Jokes) by Al Franken
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Year: 2005
Pages: 352
Zack Emerson • Welcome to Vietnam Welcome to Vietnam by Zack Emerson
Publisher: Scholastic
Year: 1991
Pages: 208
Zack Emerson • Hill 568 Hill 568 by Zack Emerson
Publisher: Scholastic
Year: 1991
Pages: 230
Zack Emerson • Tis the Season Tis the Season by Zack Emerson
Publisher: Scholastic
Year: 1991
Pages: 254
Zack Emerson • Stand Down Stand Down by Zack Emerson
Publisher: Scholastic
Year: 1992
Pages: 323
Ellen Emerson White • The Road Home The Road Home by Ellen Emerson White
Publisher: Scholastic
Year: 1997
Pages: 469
A.J. Jacobs • The Know-It-All The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Year: 2005
Pages: 400
Thomas Frank • What's the Matter With Kansas? What's the Matter With Kansas? by Thomas Frank
Publisher: Holt
Year: 2005
Pages: 336
Eric Schlosser • Fast Food Nation Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Year: 2005
Pages: 416
Bret Easton Ellis • American Pyscho American Pyscho by Bret Easton Ellis
Publisher: Vintage
Year: 1991
Pages: 416

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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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