Re: Read any good books lately?

Anders Sandberg (
13 Aug 1999 15:03:54 +0200

"J. R. Molloy" <> writes:

> From: Bryan Moss <>
> >I'm currently in the middle of _Zen and the Brain_, which is not light
> >reading material (in the sense that you can't carry it on the train),
> James H. Austin's book, _Zen and the Brain : Toward an Understanding of
> Meditation and Consciousness_, 872 pages (844 pages in paperback), February
> 1998, probably doesn't weigh enough to preclude carrying it onto a train.
> But the author has not attained enlightenment. So that might make it even
> more lightweight.

If he had attained enlightenment, then the book would likely have been filled with blank pages. So it might be good that he hasn't :-)

It is one of those great book that starts a field. It is not the last word, and I guess in the end most of the ideas and conclusions Austin makes will be proven wrong - but in the process a new understanding will have occured.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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