This books was not what I expected as I was thinking it was going to be about artificial intelligence in the software world. But, I was pleasantly surThis books was not what I expected as I was thinking it was going to be about artificial intelligence in the software world. But, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it is instead a book about Hawkins' personal theories as to how the brain works and how the popular AI approaches are (in his opinion) seriously missing the mark.
The reading flows pretty well, there are good examples and diagrams, but the most difficult aspect for me was how near it felt to a textbook. He writes very clearly and candidly which helped keep my attention. In addition to my curiosity about neocortical learning patterns, his assertions and postulating on the workings of the mind kept me engaged.
If I had to guess, I would bet that Hawkins is an atheist. While the text is quite scientific in its analysis, he clearly draws on evolution. I respect his thought processes and summaries, but to me the most interesting aspect of reading this book was to combine my own ponderings of how the soul and mind work in harmony as I read his ideas. That was quite fascinating and I think it'd be great to have conversations about this book with others that also consider the integration spiritual elements in the human mind....more
What I liked about GTD: * many ideas with which I agreed and have validated personally * a thorough evaluation of potential processes that could optimizWhat I liked about GTD: * many ideas with which I agreed and have validated personally * a thorough evaluation of potential processes that could optimize time management * consistent messaging regarding Allen's specific process and workflow * worthwhile psychological reasoning and analysis on stress and technology influences in task management (would be interested to see more scientific data rather than suppositions and testimonials, but interestesting nonetheless) * really enjoyed his emphasis on having a consistent review period and what to consider * how to make meetings more effective in the workplace
What I didn't like about GTD: * Allen's specific process seems overly rigid and onerous * process is outdated in terms of technological implementation--granted the book was published in 2001, could welcome a 2nd ed * Allen makes it sound like his approach is a one-size-fits-all, perhaps that's due to business/consulting posturing? * A lot of the middle of the book seemed "fluffy" to me * Got the feeling that if I didn't implement all of the process, I was likely to fail to significantly improve (which may be true from his perspective)
Overall I would recommend this book, though about half-way through it I seriously reconsidered. I started implementing several of Allen's recommendations and found immediate benefit. However, my take on what he's created is that it needs to be appropriately personalized to the invididual. Based on my experience so far, if one were to really read this book and then evaluate current processes and operations, then it serves as an excellent reference for improvement. ...more
Purchased this book as a textbook for a Software Engineering class at school. The teacher said he enjoyed it quite a bit and that we weren't going toPurchased this book as a textbook for a Software Engineering class at school. The teacher said he enjoyed it quite a bit and that we weren't going to reference it as much as he'd like (considering the other texts for the class). His comment piqued my interest. Upon finishing the first reading assignment I continued along to the next chapter. Like it so much I began the next and then halted, remembering the other reading I first needed to complete.
So, I finished the other book (Mythical Man Month) and took Code Complete with me on trip. I was enthralled with the style of writing and ideas presented as much as Mythical Man Month. In fact, on the way home from the trip I read almost 400 pages. McConnell really has a knack for presenting his material in a thought provoking and entertaining manner. I kept underlining and scribbling notes. I fully intend re-reading every 18 months or so to check up on myself and evaluate the suggested best-practices....more
I've avoided writing my review on this for a couple of reasons. First, because I wanted to try out what I learned. I wanted to examine my own behaviorI've avoided writing my review on this for a couple of reasons. First, because I wanted to try out what I learned. I wanted to examine my own behavior, give my kids the assessment, and then observe and implement some simple practices outlined in the book. Second, I've avoided writing a review because I've felt it to be a daunting task. Given that it's been several months since my initial reading and I've had time to really think about the overall book, it's time to just spit out my thoughts.
I loved this book. I loved Sligman's perspective, the informative research, the detailed practices, methodology and the curriculum he and his team crafted. I think his critique of the term "optimism" is well-founded and that we really can affect our kids/youth, along with ourselves, to be more actively engaged in pursuing positive outcomes and avoiding depressionistic cycles through deliberate and consistent cognitive thinking patterns.
As a parent, I believe this book to be darn-near invaluable. I've used what I've learned so much, and not just with my kids, but with myself as well. One of the great benefits of the material in this book is the breadth of ages and personality/learning styles that it targets (IMO). So, that being said, I felt confident in the "toolbox" from the book as I worked through the assessments (I typed up the assessments into Google docs, message me if you want the link) with my two oldest children. I actively brought up principles and behaviors, in subtle ways and sometimes not-so-subtle ways, as I attempted to help shape their mental patterns in dealing with problem scenarios. And, it's worked, in many situations. I didn't adopt the entire program, not even close, but kept it rather simple with this first go around. So in the end, I think the timing for me in reading this book was perfect for my two older kids (8, 10). It's on my bedstand and I've made a mental note to review some of the key sections every 6 months or so.
As I finished the book I was amazed at how touched I felt with Seligman's conclusion and it was a real motivation for me. I was surprised at the feelings of inspiration in really pondering and recognizing that there are very real and positive consequences associated with his research and recommendations. At this point in time, I can certainly vouch for some of it given our family's experience thus far. ...more
Loved this book, it was rich with scriptural citations and well-thought information. I kept it specifically for Sunday reading so that I could enjoy iLoved this book, it was rich with scriptural citations and well-thought information. I kept it specifically for Sunday reading so that I could enjoy it longer and draw out the experience--worth every minute. Looking forward to re-reading every couple of years or so....more
I found the most valuable sections in this book to be the policy recommendations and information security practices described in the last chapters (deI found the most valuable sections in this book to be the policy recommendations and information security practices described in the last chapters (despite their age). The anecdotal and fictionalized scenarios were effective up to a point, but there are so many of them that it wore me down and I just started scanning them when I was about 3/4 of the way through. Mitnick's "messages" provided helpful suggestions and contextual gotchas interspersed with the social engineering/con situations, but the real meat was at the end of the book. I'll probably buy this book simply because of the security policy information and the easy-to-understand business cases that are easily comprehendible due to their storylike nature. ...more