The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
When pressed for information about my spiritual beliefs, I often say that I'm a closet Taoist. My spiritual beliefs are in constant change as I learn more about myself and the Universe, but this little book has much wisdom in an easy to read and understand format.
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Reps
Similar comments as regards the above. I have lost count of the number of copies of these two books I have given away.
Richard Feynman by John & Mary Gribbin
I'm not given to hero worship, but if I were I'd choose Richard Feynman. He wasn't just a genius physicist, but a man who loved life and enjoyed it to the full.
The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien
I must have read this more times than any other book. What can I say that hasn't already been said?
Dune Series by Frank Herbert
Another world, or rather series of worlds to get lost in.
The Worm Forgives the Plough by John Stewart Collis
This is the wartime record of a man too old to fight and his experiences of farming, something to which he is totally unaccustomed. His observations of nature around him and the nature of the men he works with are fascinating. My original paperback fell apart, but luckily it was reissued as a hardback.
The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The best alien contact novel of all time.
The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency by John Seymour
A richly illustrated guide to living off the land with large doses of the philosophy behind it.
The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins
A serious attempt to explain why Natural Selection isn't just a theory, but the only viable explanation for the development of life on this planet so far.
The Holographic Paradigm by Ken Wilber et al
Essays on understanding the mind.
Jonathan Livingstone Seagull, Illusions, The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach
Explorations of the spiritual aspect of mind.
The Measure of Man etc by Stephen Jay Gould
Stephen seems to have been writing monthly essays on evolution for time out of mind. He is a fascinating writer and his essays were at least a partial stimulus to my own writing. I chose this volume out of all the others because the essays on IQ, statistics and junk science are all important to understanding fallacies that still dog humanity.
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Coleman
IQ measures only a part of what makes up a human mind. This book canvasses some of the other just as important measures of man.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Covey
Ever wondered why some people get more done and seem to have more time for doing things they enjoy as well? This isn't just another time management book; it's a call to explore ourselves and understand our interaction with others.
Triumph of the Nomads by Geoffrey Blainey
It is popularly supposed that the only human artefact visible from space is the Great Wall of China. In this book about the aborigines of Australia, Blainey points out that the much larger almost treeless central plains of Tasmania are an artefact the aborigines created with fire. The early settlers could not understand why there were no sheep or cattle, knowing that grazing animals were an essential component of this landscape.
Lost Civilisations of the Stone Age by Richard Rudgley
The achievements, inventions and discoveries of prehistoric times that are edited out of popular accounts of the human story.
Schrödinger's Kittens by John Gribbin
A typically delightful Gribbin account of the paradoxes of quantum theory and some possible applications.
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