Modern Meditations: "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos" by Jordan Peterson

Review:

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos - Jordan B. Peterson

OK. Let me put it this way. Peterson decries the rights agenda and the railing against patriarchy, partly with the argument that Western society is the least partiarchal and the most free there has ever been. But he never asks himself why this is so, because the answer of course is that those freedoms have been won by people in the past railing against oppression and proclaiming their own right to a place at the trough – workers, women, minorities. If there hadn’t been those ‘progressive’ moves, for want of a better word, we would still have slavery, we would have less worker representation than we do (though we’re heading the wrong way again), women would still be tied to the home, and so on. He doesn’t patriarchy because he doesn’t suffer from it, only benefits.

 

 

 

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Flexible Belts: "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan

Review:

Cosmos - Carl Sagan

(Original Review, 1980-11-17)

A lot of talk has been going on about the flaws in Carl Sagan’s COSMOS series. These flaws center on either Sagan’s unusual speaking style and acting(?) abilities, or the show’s contents. I certainly agree that he looks stupid when displaying the “awed” look; however, the complaints about the content of his shows are not justified. Yes, he is short on reasons and long on visual effects, and, yes, he talks as if the viewer did not know the obvious. What we are all forgetting is this: the average person doesn’t know what we would consider “obvious”. We should realize that Carl Sagan has his work cut out for him making science digestible for the average person.

 

 

 

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Binary Equivalents: "Starman Jones" by Robert A. Heinlein

Review:

Starman Jones - Robert A. Heinlein

(Original Review, 1980-07-24)

Random rumblings on our inability to predict the future.

Pop-up display screens and visual aiming (guiding a missile by looking at the target) for fighter pilots is discussed in the recent fiction paperback “FoxFire.” The technology for visual aiming is actually quite old. It is derived from the device (I’m not sure what it is called) used by psychologists to measure eye movements.

 
 
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Talking a Lot About Cats: "A Door Into Summer" by Robert A. Heinlein

Review:

The Door Into Summer - Robert A. Heinlein

(Original Review, 1980-07-28)

Probably the biggest role for a cat outside of Norton is in Heinlein’s A DOOR INTO SUMMER — the hero talks more to his cat than he does to the woman he ends up marrying.

[KK: That doesn’t surprise me; Heinlein seems to hate all human females over the age of 12.

 

 

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Inexplicable Anomalies: "The Ringworld Throne" by Larry Niven

Review:

The Ringworld Throne - Larry Niven

(Original Review, 1980-07-01)

Now we’re going to argue the reasons for sequels? It’s straightforward here. Niven obviously doesn’t need the money (although it can’t hurt too badly). It’s those damned readers who keep begging for more and pawing after him at every convention, in every fanzine, in all his letters, etc. ad infinitum. He’s got to do *something* to shut them up, else go insane, bug-nuts.

 
 
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Nuclear Stalemate: "Blowups Happen" by Robert A. Heinlein

Review:

Blowups Happen - Robert A. Heinlein

(Original Review, 1980-07-26)

Although Clarke was far ahead of his time in regard to synchronous communications satellites, even here he missed a few beats. Although I have not read his science article detailing the suggestion, his early fiction always had the satellites MANNED. He did not foresee the fantastic reductions in size of electronics (semi-conductors were yet to be invented) or their corresponding increase in reliability.

 

 

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Astral Projection: "On Wings of Song" by Thomas M. Disch

Review:

On Wings of Song - Thomas M. Disch

(Original Review, 1980-07-27)

A paperback edition of Thomas Disch’s “On Wings of Song” has come out, just in time to miss the Hugo balloting deadline. Although most of the novels that get nominated seem to be available in hardback, few seem to hit the mass markets in time for the voting. The shorter categories are even more inaccessible, particularly the nominees that appear in hardback anthologies like Orbit that are only bought by libraries.

 
 
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