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January 2019 Philosophy Book of the Month: The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World by David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt
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How do you like the book? What do you think of the social and political commentary of the book? How does it match with your philosophy?
At times the story drags a little, particularly in the first half, in my opinion. However, overall I really love this book and Steinbeck's writing. Philosophically, I think this book provides insight into the need for certain forms of collectivization as well as to the reasons why peoples fail to meet that need. The ending is unsatisfying to me but I think that is actually fitting for the story. A more traditional happy ending or even a more plainly tragic one would ruin the story, I think. I find the ending eerily hopeful and optimistic despite the conditions that lead to it.
Do you think the book provides an historically accurate portrayal of depression times in the USA? I do, but I didn't live through those times.
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I am really surprised that no one else has replied to possible the most important literary comments about one of Americas most social deprived periods. Come on folks it requires your input.