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message 1: by Kony (new)

Kony Exactly. You pierced to the core of what this book is about - not just the substance, but the anti-service-oriented subtext - and how/why we should distill useful information form it anyway. Thanks for this wise and constructive critique.

message 2: by Angela (new)

Angela So glad it was useful...

message 3: by Alison (new)

Alison Yes! I also had problems with the free-riderism and the boys club elements (though more of how I guess wives are supposed to do all the emotional (also very encompassing and distracting) work of keeping a household with kids and family obligations running smoothly).

And the productive meditation was also cringe worthy for me, but I didn’t connect the dots as well as you did. Thanks for formulating this so well.

message 4: by Angela (last edited Jul 05, 2018 11:42AM) (new)

Angela Yeah, I can't imagine working for or living with this guy. The ideology is so exploitative of everyone even remotely connected to him. And he is thoughtful and rational and methodical, so he's probably not receptive to new ideas that don't confirm the ideology. But still, the thinking here is smart and curious. Maybe after he gets everything he wants professionally his mind will turn, and then maybe he will write about the learning process. Seems likely. That would inspire a lot of free-riding "winners" out there and be a far greater service than one could be just by hacking his insights here to serve a purpose greater than careerism. You on it, Cal?

message 5: by Susan (new)

Susan I also agree with this review--and I liked the book, overall. Good stuff.

message 6: by Angela (new)

Angela Follow up comment on Cal's worship of Feynman. Feynman wrote a book bragging about his own misogynist exploits, something that was published before Cal did the research for this book.

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