Yes, I think it puts history and religion into important context.
The comparison of pre-historical and biblical expectation and toleration of violence with modern socially acceptable perspectives was eye opening.
This is the first book I've heard or read in some time that brought doubt to the legitimacy of old testament ethics. I have been disturbed by the idea that the US is implicitly supporting old testament ethics in our support of Israel, and was disappointed until hearing this at how rarely this problem is brought up in non-fiction media, however indirectly. It often seems to pale in the shadow of Hitler and Shariah law, but this helped me to believe it at least has been and can be brought up in modern thought.
Yes, it has diverse topics with detailed information, so in the future I may skip between chapters based on what I'm interested in at the time, but there are so many interesting topics, perspectives, and pieces of information that I will likely come back to this.
Some compelling concepts are medicine being proactive to enhance life instead of focusing mainly on disease, some of the possibilities for the near future, and also, for me at least, some of the more philosophical topics brought in at the end.
For material that can be dry because of its complexity, but also interesting because of it, the tone is an appropriate balance between neutral tone, quick pace, and expressiveness.
I've been exposed to them before, but I find subjects such as to what extent a person would retain their personality if they could effectively live forever and the possibility of inorganic consciousness fascinating.
Many parts of this may be more dry, complex, and philosophical than many people will enjoy, but for those interested in things like history and interpretation of the Chinese Room thought experiment this is worth listening to all the way through. Even if you happen to disagree, this is thought provoking material.
Yes, it is well read, well written, and the topics range from the interesting to the politically relevant.
The realism and detailed attention to the reality of politics were very interesting.
I liked scenes from the author's childhood, I feel that these sorts of things are often overlooked but play a major role in a politician's choices.
I find it interesting that he was a supported by the Jewish community from early on, because his father's lawyer was Jewish. Israel seems to have strong influence on countries across the globe, I'm not sure exactly what role it had in John Howard's success and what influence it then had on Australia's foreign policy, but I was surprised to see the issue crop up here, being used to dealing with pro Israel bias, which, compared to states implementing shariah law may be either intelligent or a stoking of flames, in the United States.
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