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Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny
Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny
von Robert Wright
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It makes perfect sense, 4. März 2000
Nonzero is the most interesting non-fiction book I've ever read. It has given me a new perspective on history, not to mention biology as well. The application of game theory to evolution - both cultural and biological - makes perfect sense. It evinces the essence of evolution and natural selection.
For such a heavy subject Wright's writing style is nicely conversational, and rather witty. But this does not mean that the book lacks rigor. Anyone who claims that he doesn't convincingly argue points and back up his thesis with facts is, well, crazy. A 16 page bibliography, 51 pages of endnotes (that are as informative as the text itself) and 2 appendices, prove that he has done his share research. He synthesizes a wealth of diverse information into clear, concise chapters. He presents other viewpoints and demonstrates their faults and merits. But the most impressive thing about the book is its unwavering logic. There is no mathematical/scientific proof of evolutionary direction in this book, only constant and persuasive logic. It makes sense.


For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today
For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today
von Jedediah Purdy
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The truth, 16. Dezember 1999
Like Jed Purdy, I am student who is looking for truth in the world. I think this book points in the right direction. While not the most consistently interesting book, it did spark a new energy in me. It reminded me of the Greek ideal of civic duty that every man should serve his country at one point in his life. The language can be overly intellectual, but when he needs to, Purdy can craft a fine sentence that gets to the point and envelopes the idea he is trying to convey. I know he needed a group of specific examples of irony, but it seemed a bit unfair to pick on the same examples, like Wired and Seinfeld, time and again.
Overall his message is right: words and ideas are great, but they need actions to back them up. While I was reading it I discovered the desire to do something I never thought I would, serve my country politically someday. I used to think politics was just a bunch of old men arguing. This book made me realize that it is actually of vital importance. The theme of commitment is paralleled by the notion that we all need to contribute to the common good during our lives. I'd like to that Jed Purdy for writing this book.


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