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Books
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OneBook: One
Author: Richard Bach
First print: 1988

Mentioned in BeliefMakers article: Falling of the Clouds

Summary:
Bach and his wife Leslie are flying into Los Angeles for a meeting when suddenly the familiar landscape disappears beneath them. As their spiritual guide Pye later explains, they have stumbled into another dimension that allows them to view reality as it really is, timeless, the past concurrent with the future, where each life is played out according to an infinitude of different choices. Before they return to their own “spacetime,” Richard and Leslie meet with their other selves, a young pianist, a bomber pilot, a married couple living in Russia, a primitive warlord, a futuristic fighter pilot whose “kills” are as harmless as those in video games, and others. Ultimately Bach and his wife learn that there is more unity in the world than diversity: We are all one, our differences deriving only from the different choices we make. (written by enotes)

To read Genie Walker's book review click here

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Author: Richard Bach
First print: 1977

Mentioned in BeliefMakers article: Achievement and Old Dog...New Brain 

Summary:
In the cloud-washed airspace between the cornfields of Illinois and blue infinity, a man puts his faith in the propeller of his biplane. For disillusioned writer and itinerant barnstormer Richard Bach, belief is as real as a full tank of gas and sparks firing in the cylinders...until he meets Donald Shimoda--former mechanic and self-described messiah who can make wrenches fly and Richard's imagination soar....

In Illusions, the unforgettable follow-up to his phenomenal bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach takes to the air to discover the ageless truths that give our souls wings: that people don't need airplanes to soar...that even the darkest clouds have meaning once we lift ourselves above them... and that messiahs can be found in the unlikeliest places--like hay fields, one-traffic-light midwestern towns, and most of all, deep within ourselves.

Read more about Illusions at Wikipedia and enotes

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Zen & The Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceBook: Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Author: Robert Pirsig
First Print: 1974

Mentioned in BeliefMakers article: Old Dog...New Brain and Small Victories

Summary: 
The book describes, in first person, a 17-day journey on his motorcycle from Minnesota to California by the author (though he is not identified in the book) and his son Chris, joined for the first nine days by close friends John and Sylvia Sutherland. The trip is punctuated by numerous philosophical discussions, referred to as Chautauquas by the author, on topics including epistemology, ethical emotivism and the philosophy of science.

Many of these discussions are tied together by the story of the narrator's own past self, who is referred to in the third person as Phaedrus (after Plato's dialogue). Phaedrus, a teacher of creative and technical writing at a small college, became engrossed in the question of what defines good writing, and what in general defines good, or "quality". His philosophical investigations eventually drove him insane, and he was subjected to electroshock treatment which permanently changed his personality. Towards the end of the book, Phaedrus's personality begins to re-emerge and the narrator is reconciled with his past.

Read more about this book at Wikipedia

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SiddharthaBook: Siddhartha
Author: Hermann Hesse
First Print: 1922

Mentioned in BeliefMakers article: Old Dog...New BrainCome to the River and He Got Over His Self

Summary:
The story begins as Siddhartha, the son of a Brahmin, leaves his home to join the ascetics with his companion Govinda. The two set out in the search of enlightenment. Siddhartha goes from asceticism, to a very worldly life as a trader with a lover, and back to asceticism as he attempts to achieve this goal. The story takes place in ancient India around the time of Gautama Buddha (likely between the fourth and seventh centuries BC).

Experience is the aggregate of conscious events experienced by a human in life – it connotes participation, learning and knowledge. Understanding is comprehension and internalization. In Hesse’s novel Siddhartha, experience is shown as the best way to approach understanding of reality and attain enlightenment – Hesse’s crafting of Siddhartha’s journey shows that understanding is attained not through scholastic, mind-dependent methods, nor through immersing oneself in the carnal pleasures of the world and the accompanying pain of samsara; however, it is the totality of these experiences that allow Siddhartha to attain understanding. Read more at Wikipedia.

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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) Book: Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)
Author: Richard Feynman
First Print: 1985

Mentioned in BeliefMakers article: Slow Down and Obtuse by Design

Summary:
This book is an edited collection of reminiscences by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. The book, released in 1985, covers a variety of instances in Feynman's life. Some are lighthearted in tone, such as his fascination with safe-cracking, fondness for topless bars, and ventures into art and samba music. Others cover more serious material, including his work on the Manhattan Project (during which his first wife Arline Greenbaum died of tuberculosis) and his critique of the science education system in Brazil.
The anecdotes were edited from taped conversations that Feynman had with his close friend and drumming partner Ralph Leighton. Its surprise success led to a sequel entitled What Do You Care What Other People Think?, also taken from Leighton's taped conversations.

Read more about Richard Feynman at Wikipedia
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What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious CharacterBook: What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character
Author: Richard Feynman
First Print: 1988

Mentioned in BeliefMakers article: Slow Down and Obtuse by Design

Summary:
A thoughtful companion volume to the earlier Surely You Are Joking Mr. Feynman!. Perhaps the most intriguing parts of the book are the behind-the-scenes descriptions of science and policy colliding in the presidential commission to determine the cause of the Challenger space shuttle explosion; and the scientific sleuthing behind his famously elegant O-ring-in-ice-water demonstration. Not as rollicking as his other memoirs, but in some ways more profound. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Read more about Richard Feynman at Wikipedia

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The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic ConfidenceBook: The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence
Author: Betty Edwards
First Print: 2007

Mentioned in BeliefMakers article: Under-compensating and 

Summary:
Translated into thirteen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing-instruction guide. People from just about every walk of life--artists, students, corporate executives, architects, real estate agents, designers, and engineers--have applied its revolutionary approach to problem solving. The Los Angeles Times said it best: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is "not only a book about drawing, it is a book about living. This brilliant approach to the teaching of drawing . . . should not be dismissed as a mere text. It emancipates."

Read bookreview on About.com
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Brain Training For Runners: A Revolutionary New Training System to Improve Endurance, Speed, Health, and ResultsBook: Brain Training For Runners: A Revolutionary New Training System to Improve Endurance, Speed, Health, and Results
Author: Matt Fitzgerald
First Print: 2007

Mentioned in BeliefMakers article: Marathon Training and Change of Focus

Summary:
Based on new research in exercise physiology, author and running expert Matt Fitzgerald introduces a first-of-its-kind training strategy that he's named "Brain Training." Runners of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels can learn to maximize their performance by supplying the brain with the right feedback. Based on Fitzgerald's eight-point brain training system, this book will help runners: - Resist running fatigue - Use cross-training as brain training - Master the art of pacing - Learn to run "in the zone" - Outsmart injuries - Fuel the brain for maximum performance - And more... Packed with cutting-edge research, real-world examples, and the wisdom of the world's top distance runners, Brain Training for Runners offers easily applied advice and delivers practical results for a better overall running experience.

Read Toby Guillette’s bookreview on Active.com

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Podcasts
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Mentioned in BeliefMakers article: Headlong into a Wall

Summary "Last Man Standing":
Is it stubbornness? Tenacity? Survival of the fittest? This week, stories about people who feel compelled to keep going, especially when everyone else has given up.

Summary "This American Life":
This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.7 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, distributed by Public Radio International, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. From 2006-2008, the produced a television version of This American Life on the Showtime network, which won three Emmys and is now re-airing on Current TV. They are also the co-producers, with NPR News, of the economics podcast and blog Planet Money. And a half dozen stories from the radio show are being developed into films.