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2003年を代表する大ベストセラーであり、タイトルがこの年の流行語にもなった本書は、著者の独白を文章にまとめるという実験的な試みであった。「人間というものは、結局自分の脳に入ることしか理解できない」、これが著者の言うところの「バカの壁」であり、この概念を軸に戦争や犯罪、宗教、科学、教育、経済など世界を見渡し、縦横無尽に斬ったのが本書である。

著者は1937年神奈川県鎌倉市生まれ。東京大学医学部卒業後、解剖学者として活躍し、95年に東京大学医学部教授を退官後は、北里大学教授、東京大学名誉教授に就任した。また数多くの話題の書を著し、『養老孟司の“逆さメガネ”』『まともな人』『いちばん大事なこと―養老教授の環境論』『唯脳論』などがある。

本書の魅力は、容赦なく社会を批判する痛快きわまりない養老節にある。「現代人がいかに考えないままに、己の周囲

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204 pages
Published April 10th 2003 by 新潮社 (Shinchōsha)
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Olivia
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perspective-altering read.

People change all the time; information is permanent.

"So you should tell young people not to waste time wondering 'What is my individuality?'" - Focusing on empathy rather than standing out for the sake of standing out.

His analogy of life being a mountain climb: "Ascend one more step to make your view better, even by just a little".
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Dec 13, 2008 rated it liked it
My first attempt at reading a book in Japanese. I'm nowhere near finishing, but so far it seems decent. It feels like the author is just ranting a lot, but he does have some good points occasionally.
Paul Finch
Aug 25, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in contemporary Japan or criticism of university teaching
I learned more about Japanese culture, reviewed some thoughts on criticism of university foci, and some thoughts on cognitive science. It was interesting.
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