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Powers of Mind by Adam Smith (1975 book)

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Joη's picture

or for especially-normal thinking


"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

Don't get me started on Richard Feynman.


the Mozart of mathematics:


Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Chris, have you read it?

Adam Smith?

What's the back story?

To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.

Yes. Different Smith from the 18th century philosopher.

It is an exploration of the question 'where do extra-normal experiences come from?'

Smith tries to answer it and is told by the first psychologist he calls that nobody has done any research on that question, so he sets out to find it himself. He talks to every manner of explorer - shamans, trippers, sensory deprivation, near-death experience, advances in brain science such as in


Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

Whoa - wrong book!

Your comment is way out of place, buddy!

Don't feed the pandas. Ever.

That sounds

really cool.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine