I'm left with more questions then I had when I started the book, and perhaps that's a good think as it means I've been lost in thought and forced to e...moreI'm left with more questions then I had when I started the book, and perhaps that's a good think as it means I've been lost in thought and forced to examine more of my ideals and guides, yet I'm not convinced of this primarily given the multiple negative reviews of it.
The latter half of my reading was somewhat tainted given that as a conversation piece, unhooked drew the ire of many when discussed. They seem to say that it is trying to redevelop the conservative values of old, the dating rituals in the past, where men courted women and the men had the power. I read reviews similar to this online, one particular one is the shredding that Ann Friedman gave the book.
I don't think she's actually trying to revert to the older methods of dating, but rather putting this day and age of technologically adept and power hungry young university types into a framework that she & we can understand. I think it's a confused documentary on the station of sex, relationships, and feminism in the modern society. As others point out, there lacks a definite amount of useful data. She's lost in her own fiction world of both biology, statistics, and science. It was definitely not scientific in any sense of the word.
Given my current dating/relationship situations of late, I find myself in both agreeing and denying much of what she is talking about in the book. It's a rational disgust for the lack of science or skewing of it, as well as an irrational identification of my own life or parts of it (much like listening to an astrologer).
In this way I think it's perhaps useful as a point of discussion, not to take as a literal point of fact, but as a point to discuss how we can both begin to understand how our social existence is changing both because of the radical changes in the value and worth of women, as well as the radical changing of technology.
If anything, books like this--anecdotal journalistic arguments based on insufficient information--are likely to become more common. We live in a world where it's virtually impossible for any single person to hold the wealth of scientific knowledge in their head, not to mention world history, a firm understanding of every culture, etc. Yet at the same time the amount of knowledge we are generating is increasing faster then we've ever seen before, it is actually exponential. With technological changes such as cell phones and internet being a large portion of what Laura Session Stepps talks about in this book, one can see how--in addition to the changes radical feminists--technological evolution has changed the environment in which this next generation lives. If this book is any indication, it indicates how quickly such changes can disconnect one generation from another and how hard of a time we are likely to have in the future, understanding our children, the children of other cultures, and the path of humanity as a whole...(less)
Short and with clarke's usual brilliant ideas, I was impressed as how he placed these ideas in the framework of a novel with a story line, even if it...moreShort and with clarke's usual brilliant ideas, I was impressed as how he placed these ideas in the framework of a novel with a story line, even if it was a bit concocted.(less)
Feels as if it's written by they people who'd write a teenage novel, flimsy plot and cliche settings, but this is a great illustration of how a novel...moreFeels as if it's written by they people who'd write a teenage novel, flimsy plot and cliche settings, but this is a great illustration of how a novel can be used as a teaching tool. Want to learn the basics of project management in 300 pages? Here's your vehicle.
I've contented that novels often work better a teaching then do academic books, with the exception of historical works. The story in both cases provides a better method to engage the reader in understanding points of view and providing for abstract examples to fundamental idea.
The cavet is of course that you can't learn Project Management all in 300 pages, it's a "minute to learn, lifetime to master" sort of act, but it's a better introduction then an academic (read dry & disengaged) textbook.(less)
I have to say I hate adbridged books,but with that said I'm okay with this being only 2 hours to listen too. The author was the one who abridged it, w...moreI have to say I hate adbridged books,but with that said I'm okay with this being only 2 hours to listen too. The author was the one who abridged it, which hopefully means he retained the style and point of the book.
It is an impressive story, one that's easily understood by anthropologist, and yet as much as I agree with the point of the book, I feel as if it's not presenting all the facts. I like the vehicle, as i always like ideas couched inside a story, given I think it works with the minds I to present a more clear and vivid picture about context then does dry facts alone.
Still I'm unsure if all the facts are clear here. The bible and the stories of our past are long in telling and Genesis is only one of the many stories that have been told. Yes we are destroying our earth as the takers he describes, but I feel as if the book might easily be attacked because it lacked a solid basis to stand on.
I look forward to re-reading a fuller version at some point in my future, or even re-listening to the abridge version soon.(less)