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Earth 101: Essential Reading

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So many good books, so little time….....…but so few truly great books.

Here’s a short list – author’s picks: some of the best books and articles for both breadth and depth of awareness.

Essential readings for early 21st century human beings on this small blue speck in space.

38 books, 9 essays – one hell of a tour of human existence.

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.” - Henry David Thoreau

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” - Henry David Thoreau

J. Todd Ring

April 2007

Links to all texts not online are listed below

Civil Disobedience - Henry David Thoreau - full text

Necessary Illusions; Thought Control in Democratic Societies - Noam Chomsky

Year 501: The Conquest Continues - Noam Chomsky

The Dispossessed - Ursula Leguin

Stolen Continents: 500 Years of Conquest and Resistance - Ronald Wright

The Chalice and the Blade - Riane Eisler

The Ecology of Freedom - Murray Bookchin

Roads to Freedom - Bertrand Russell

Escape from Freedom - Erich Fromm

The Power Elite - C. Wright Mills

The Corporation - Joel Bakan

A History of God - Karen Armstrong

The Power of Myth – Joseph Campbell

No Boundary - Ken Wilber

Dialogues With Scientists and Sages – Renee Weber

Dreamtime and Inner Space – Holgar Kalweit

The Holographic Universe – Michael Talbot

Mysticism and the New Physics – Michael Talbot

World As Lover, World As Self – Joanna Macy

Buddha Nature: The Mahayana Uttaratantra with Commentary – Jamgon Kontrul and Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso

The Mother of the Buddhas – Lex Hixon

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying – Sogyal Rinpoche

The Gospel of Thomas – Marvin Meyer, transl.

Tao Te Ching – Jane English, transl.

Chuang Tsu: The Inner Chapters – Gia-Fu Feng, transl.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - The HarvardDivinitySchool Address

Thoreau's Walden

Tao: The Watercourse Way – Alan Watts

The Way of Zen – Alan Watts

The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are – Alan Watts

Psychotherapy East and West – Alan Watts

The Art of War – Sun Tzu (Shambhala Dragon Edition – translation matters!) The classic text on both strategy and conflict management: decidedly anti-war.

A Short History of Progress - Ronald Wright

Ancient Futures – Helena Norberg-Hodge

The Party’s Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies - Richard Heinberg

Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance - Noam Chomsky

Blowback: America’s Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War - Christopher Simpson

The CIA’s Greatest Hits - Mark Zepezauer

The Threat of a Good Example - Chomsky Example Odonian

A Marxist Threat to Cola Sales?


Drain The Swamp And There Will Be No More Mosquitoes - Chomsky

The Responsibility of Intellectuals

Scientific American: The Samaritan Paradox

Their Libertarianism And Ours

Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior – Chogyam Trungpa

Where to find them:

full links below, or search with these tools

Powell's Books

Alibris: Used, Rare & Out-of-Print Books

AbeBooks: New & Used Books, Textbooks, Rare & Out of Print Books

The Internet Classics Archive: 441 searchable works of classical literature

Internet Sacred Text Archive

Earth 101: Essential Reading

Who or what are we?

Cosmology, epistemology, ontology, philosophy
(don’t let the terms scare you)

Alibris: Dialogues with Scientists and Sages: The Search for Unity - Renee Weber Dreamtime and Inner Space: Books: Holger Kalweit The Holographic Universe: Books: Michael Talbot Mysticism and the New Physics (Arkana): Books: Michael Talbot World as Lover, World as Self: Books: Joanna Macy

Powell's Books - The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

Powell's Books - Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, the - Revised Edition: New Spiritual Classic from One of the Foremost Interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism by Sogyal

Buddha Nature Mother of the Buddhas: Books: Lex Hixon

The Gospel of Thomas - Marvin Meyer, transl. Tao Te Ching, 25th-Anniversary Edition: Books: Lao Tsu,Gia-Fu Feng,Jane English Chuang Tsu: Inner Chapters: Books: Gia-Fu Feng Tao: The Watercourse Way: Books: Alan Watts,Al Chung-liang Huang The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are: Books: Alan Watts The Way of Zen : Books: Alan W. Watts Psychotherapy East and West: Books: Alan W. Watts No Boundary: Eastern and Western Approaches to Personal Growth: Books: Ken Wilber

The HarvardDivinitySchool Address, Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Portable Emerson: New Edition (Viking Portable Library): Books: Ralph Waldo Emerson,Carl Bode,Malcolm Cowley Walden: (Writings of Henry D. Thoreau): Books: Henry David Thoreau,J. Lyndon Shanley,John Updike A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Armstrong, Karen): Books: Karen Armstrong

Human Society: Understanding the Basics

Anthropology, social theory, political philosophy Civil Disobedience and Other Essays (Dover Thrift Editions): Books: Henry David Thoreau The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future: Books: Riane Eisler The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy: Books: Murray Bookchin Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism & Syndication: Books: Bertrand Russell Escape from Freedom: Books: Erich Fromm

Ancient Futures

Understanding Human Society – part two:

History, sociology, political economy

(The categories over-lap of course, both within these sections and between sections: phenomenon are non-dual, interdependent – categories are a function of thought, not actual boundaries in reality. “Naming is the mother of the ten thousand things.” – Lao Tsu) Year 501: The Conquest Continues: Books: Noam Chomsky Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies: Books: Noam Chomsky The Dispossessed: A Novel (Perennial Classics): Books: Ursula K. Le Guin The Power Elite: Books: C. Wright Mills,Alan Wolfe The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power: Books: Joel Bakan The Art of War (Shambhala Classics): Books: Sun Tzu Stolen Continents: 500 Years of Conquest and Resistance in the Americas: Books: Ronald Wright A Short History of Progress: Books: Ronald Wright The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies: Books: Richard Heinberg Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance (The American Empire Project): Books: Noam Chomsky Blowback: America's Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War: Books: Christopher Simpson The CIA's Greatest Hits (The Real Story Series): Books: Mark Zepezauer Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior: Books: Chogyam Trungpa

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