"The way I produce a chicken is an extension of my worldview. You can learn more about that by seeing what's on my bookshelf than having me fill out a whole bunch of forms."
This quote led me to think about the idea of "what do the books on your bookshelf say about your world view?"
In my own case, I think that my book shelf was a better indicator of my world view twenty years ago than it is today. And I believe that it will be an even less of an indicator in the future. That's because many of the ideas and images that I pick up today aren't from the pages of a book, but from the screens of my various digital appliances. It's difficult to display those in an easy-to-grasp way for the casual browser.
Also, when I was younger, it gave me great comfort to see all of my books spread out on book shelves. I'd look at them and think, "So that's what I know!" (Don't laugh, I'm sure many of you have been there as well.) It was also fun to look at other people's books and their record collections (remember LPs and their great art?).
As the years have gone on, my philosophy has changed and I've tried to give a lot of these away to friends and libraries, so that I'm left with just a core set of books that I go back to from time to time for inspiration.
Question: Does your bookshelf equal your world view? And, if not, where would someone go to see your world view on display?