A Gut is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Title: “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement”

Authors: David Brooks

Rank: 5

Blurb: “I try to explain how these findings about the deepest recesses of our minds should change the way we see ourselves, raise our kids, conduct business, teach, manage our relationships and practice politics.”

Review: “People who read books of this type used to be called ‘existentialist.'”

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Footnote: Stop the presses! Rational man discovers intuition! It’ll change everything you know! Unless, of course, like the Greeks, you knew it already.

The Social Animal [Amazon]

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David Brooks also talks about force of will as THE defining force of human history.

Force of Will works under the following circumstances:
1) Tinkerbell
2) …
3) ???

The idiots who blab about force of will are usually deluded assholes who think that egomania is a good thing or fail to grasp that machines such as the tank, machine gun and computer have eliminated such grandiose, bloody and futile gestures such as the French generals of WW1 who pushed the insanity/stupidity of La Grandmaison Doctrine at the cost of millions of French lives.

The law of the Bayonet says: The man with the Machine Gun wins.

Even worse: It’s a novel in which he demonstrates his sociological theories through the characters actions. Crimes against literature.

@Mistress Cynica: The New Yorker ran an excerpt a couple weeks ago. Almost impossible to get through. It made his Bo-Bo book look like fine literature.

@Mistress Cynica: I couldn’t get through Émile either, and I have a tolerance for such things.

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