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The Babel Effect

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The Genesis Project, headed by Ryan and Jess McCloud, is researching a fascinating thesis: that violence is a virus, that evil is genetically based, and that neurology can prove what psychology only suggests. A billionaire who heads the world's largest media and technology empire believes the McClouds are onto something with enormous potential value and agrees to underwrit...more
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This book is ridiculous. I really hate when an author creates characters that the subsequent writing fails to support. He claims something to the effect that the husband and wife team the book follows are essentially the smartest people on the planet. However, the couple does nothing at all over the course of the story to make this seem one bit believable. In situations like this, I believe it is the author's inflated sense of his own abilities that makes him feel confident enough to direct the...more
Kristin Lundgren
This is the second book by Hecht that I have read, and it was as good or better than Skull Session. The story is about a group of geniuses, a think tank nominally pursuing neurological areas, but also working on the larger pictures that emerge - emergence, pattern recognition, etc. At the beginning of the book they were finishing off modeling computer software that, taking all the epidemiological and medical information about a disease outbreak, and being able to correctly and accurately predict...more
I have mixed feelings about the book; while I was reading it, I thought it was so brilliant and well written, but now I feel let down. The ideas are very interesting, there is intrigue, mystery, philosophy, love, violence...but I never felt like I couldn't put it down. I would say it is better than any Crichton book I have read, but I also know a little about neuro and genetic research and even I had a little trouble following their technical good, but not great. I will read more...more
May 31, 2008 Havala rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pseudonerds
Appealed to my science geek side, a little.

The author seems to go on about psychology and the theory of affects of (probably) real concept that morphs into almost sci-fi. Sometimes it was boring and went too far in depth (it was a character doing his own soul searching and working out issues with a technology). But I'm sure that those more interested in cerebral things will enjoy this. I am still not a very comprehensive reader so I may have missed out on some finer points that others would pic...more
While I really enjoyed the Cree Black books, I couldn't really get into this one as much. While the premise was intriguing, I found the main character's emotional struggles a bit distracting and could not get into the flow of the story.
A brilliant husband and wife research team is hired to discover if there is a link between societal breakdown and human genetic makeup by studying the brains of violent criminals. An original, intellectual thriller. Highly recommend.
Debi Dary
Great book...not an easy read for everyone. I loved it because it's about neurological & genetic research!
Hywel Cable
I just started it, and it's a bit slow.
Lisa Greer
Not as good as 'Skull Session,' but still good.
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