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    Discussion in 'The Leisure Lounge' started by Gustavo Woltmann, Feb 16, 2016.

    1. Gustavo Woltmann

      Gustavo Woltmann New Member

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      Just read George Orwell's "1984" and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" back to back [​IMG] A real paranoia-fest. Great stuff?
       
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    3. GarethW

      GarethW Chief Clicker Staff Member

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      Now you're talking. Brilliant but terrifying books. Love Orwell's other stuff too. My favorite author by far. I've been meaning to check out a book called Kallocain. Another cheerful book about a future of misery and paranoia!
       
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      Dive into Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" - quite a prescient treatment of the impact of government intervention/meddling in the industrial complex and the resultant chaos (economic collapse) that ensues .:eek:

      Another scary story is "The Overton Window", by Glenn Beck, which highlights the effect of incremental manipulation of public perception as a tool to direct and alter policy. In other words, how nudging people along in baby steps over time can ultimately cause huge strides to be made in a direction that was never previously considered remotely plausible/possible :eek:.

      One does not need to subscribe to a particular political viewpoint to appreciate the ramifications of each of these works. That's one of the things I find fascinating about them.

      -Ed
       
    5. design-engine

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      we are way past what George Orwell imagined. My clients work for NSA

      http://design-engine.com/category/book-reviews/ I do a book review each year or so. I suggest reading Home: A Short History of Private Life. by bill bryson. Read my book review. Great read for an engineer looking to make a difference.
       
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      My favorite one if 'to kill a Mockingbird'.That's the unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it.
       
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      I am curretnly reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
       

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