Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2012
After listening to Steven's 'Where Good Ideas Come From', I knew that I had to hear more; 'The Ghost Map' did not disappoint.
Reading like a novel, this masterpiece of investigative story telling chronicles life in 19th century London and the brilliant and serendipitous coming together of the ideas needed to combat cholera.
I absolutely love Steven's analogy of the city as an ecosystem and his overarching description of how very conditions that lead to the pandemic of1854 were the very conditions that solved it.
Excellent narration by Alan Sklar; I know that narration can make or break an audiobook but I would go so far as to say that I can't imagine an audiobook that wouldn't be made better by this guy's narration.
The ideas in the book are great and have been very useful in my own personal and professional life; grant writing, etc. The book is definitely worth a listen, though, if you've seen and agree with the author's TEDtalk than you basically already know 85% of what's in this book; any extra information that Sinek provides is mostly more evidence to back up his argument "people don't buy what you do but why you do it".
Seung makes a pretty convincing argument of their existence of connectomes and how, if only we could advance our technological abilities to better image the brain, they could provide deep insight into mysteries of the mind.
Overall a good listen and I would recommend it. Seung does, however, go off on a few long(ish) tangents that I didn't add to the book; specifically, the need for better technology (I agree but I wish that he hadn't spend so much time arguing it) and some of the strange hypothetical scenario near the end such as uploading ourselves into supercomputers... interesting, but I felt that it somehow detracted from the more concrete aspects of the book.
Kevin Kelly's book is a mind-opening look at technology as an extension of the complex, upward-spiral of life and ecology. This book truly broadened my definition of technology and, indeed, life itself.
An excellent read; I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in technology but perhaps, even more so, to biologist, ecologist, and system theorists.
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