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The Story of English in 100 Words
David Crystal
State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?
The Worldwatch Institute
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge
Edward O. Wilson
Selected Poems
John Keats, John Barnard
Complete Works
Plato, C.J. Rowe, Stanley Lombardo, Paul Woodruff, J.M. Edmonds, John M. Cooper, Paul Ryan, Dorothea Frede, Alexander Nehamas, Anthony Kenny, Rosamond Kent Sprague, Nicholas D. Smith, Karen Bell, D.S. Hutchinson, Donald J. Zeyl, Francisco J. Gonzalez, Diskin Clay, Malcolm
Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism
Paul Boghossian
An Historical and Critical Dictionary Translated Into English with Many Additions and Corrections Made by the Author Himself
Pierre Bayle
Great Paintings
Karen Hosack, Angela Wilkes
Shelley's Nature Poems
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Philosophy of Biology: An Anthology
Alex Rosenberg (Editor), Robert Arp (Editor)
Zen in the Art of Archery - Eugen Herrigel, D.T. Suzuki A short interesting easy readable story , I read it enthusiastically because I love Zen in the first place and I had such experience in gun shooting . it happened to be that the most succeed and most precise shoots were those that had not much focusing and attention from me . even in Billiards the over-attention and focusing on the ball will make it out of the pocket , that's what the master was teaching the author in the art of archery , forget everything and just let the arrow goes , and " it " will hit the target . Zen is the philosophy of letting go.

I always have a problem with "spiritual" things and try to find rational explanation for everything , I see what is spiritual in Zen , is common in nature , the experience which Herrigel spent six years to learn (he spent six years learning archery as a step to understand Zen ) is naturally embodied in animals, take the Stork for example it practices that " spiritual exercises" and the " letting go of one self " in hunting .the stork stands still for long time in the river watching fishes come and go , until the right fish comes in the right place at the right moment , then the bird pick it up in a fast and perfect way , surely there is no spiritual connection between the stork and the fish nor a philosophy of catching fishes , it just used to do it congenital , calling this practice spiritual does not make it so , just like calling the tail a leg does not make it a leg , in another word its nature and I see there's nothing mysteries about nature .

Zen philosophy is the philosophy of nature , Zen interpret nature in such away we can understand ,certainly no one will leave the city to trace birds and snakes to take lessons in wisdom ( even Socrates is not willing to do it ) .Since we the civilized ones have taken far and separated from nature ,we see everything belong to it as mystic and incomprehensible . Zen is just the philosophy of melting down with nature and letting go of all that does not belong to it .