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Another Schneier fact: the man is also a sociologist in disguise,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I'm not that much into sociology in general, but since it's very rare that Bruce Schneier has nothing interesting to say, I decided to delve into his new book. It is, in fact, a sociology book in many ways, focused on the issue of trust. Schneier starts from the basic fact that trust is absolutely necessary for a social group to work, and particularly so in our ever more globalised reality. He then goes on analysing the different issues that arise from his basic premise: how does trust work? How can we force people to comply with social norms? Is it possible, or even desirable, to reach a situation in which everyone respects every norm? The answer to this last question, in typical schneieresque fashion, is that such a situation would not only be practically impossible, but also undesirable: the outliers, those who break the rules, are in many cases those we have to thank for progress and social evolution.
A stimulating book, even though its length seems to be more suitable for a specialised or academic audience more than the general public, which could probably find some sort of "condensed" version easier to read.
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