You know, sometimes you just wish you hadn't bought a book. This is one of those times. I just couldn't spend the time after the first half. Better luck next time.
I am a fan of Card. I enjoy his style of story telling and his character development.
When I downloaded this I expected a short story but not one that lacked depth. It seemed like I purchased a pre-release introduction. After good character and plot introduction the story stopped. What happened to the next 10 hours of story line?
I am actually going to ask for a refund on this one.
This author suggests that Darwinian theory can be applied to economics. I agree, but he fails to make a proper analogy.
The author fails because of intrinsic bias or a general lack of Darwinian understanding. While there are several points that fit, many more are presented in isolation or from a socialist (equal outcome) perspective. The whole point of Darwin's theory is that species evolve over time to better compete and to reproduce based on an individuals performance. He gets that part right. The author fails to consider in his arguments that ecosystems evolve as well. They are dynamic, not static and that a prospering individual will move the entire population toward prosperity even though some will fail. In fact, it is essential for weaker individuals to fail for the entire species to advance over time. He misses this point entirely.
In the case of his rank order value assessment, he states the the higher ranking individual should pay for that rank and shift income to the lower rank individual. He argues this on the basis of fairness and desire for overall economic efficiency (read equal outcome). He uses several examples of why this should be done, ignoring entirely the benefit received by the lower rank member by association with the higher rank. He fails to consider equilibrium and routinely places his examples in lopsided stasis which ultimately leads to his argument's failure.
In short he picks portions of Darwin theory and ignores others in a failed attempt to argue for redistribution of wealth.
one of my favorite authors. His story he has so much potential and then fell short because of its very short nature. I hope someday he will fill this out to a real novel.
While I have enjoyed this series I was very disapointed with this non-ending. After listening to the entire book, I thought I failed to download a section. I felt the story was one third incomplete. My advice, wait for the next installment and listen to them sequentially for the complete story.
While I enjoyed the story, it went too far beyond accepted scientific theory to be plausible. Better catagory would be science fantisy. The final conflict was predictible.
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