frustrat\ing books

nothing against individual authors.. i learned from reading from them.. and in assuming good, i’m imagining that they too want the world to be a better place. no doubt. frustrations are because they seem to model/perpetuate (because many read and hold them in esteem) all too clearly a societal epidemic.

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robert putnam’s bowling alone.. perhaps because from my perspective he’s juggling his definition of social capital so much. his assumptions of what civic engagement is too often bias his research/findings. ie: how to base a book/research on a civic engagement defined by how much people vote, if the voting process is part of the problem..

bowling alone


eric schmidt’s new era…. perhaps because i expected someone of his vision/expertise – google – would see the web more clearly for what it is.. and its potential, rather than its doom. the book seemed a warning/recipe for fighting terrorism.. playing defense.. rather than ie: the offensive/positive starfish world

new digital age

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perhaps some explanation for this one:


inquiry by stance and one other and willingham’s all frustrated me – like putnams.. in regard to assumptions made. ie: inquiry by stance is a great phrase.. but it was embedded in an assumed curriculum/agenda.

why don't students


i put Daniel Kahneman‘s thinking fast and slow in both places. i struggle/am frustrated with the vast amount of time/energy/smart people spent on studying how people react to money.. like money is a given to human nature..


Moisés Naím‘s end of power. suggested by Mark Zuckerberg’s read list.. #1 on it in fact. quite a following.

we’re missing the center of the problem.. because we’re assuming man made constructs.

these three quotes capture my main frustrations.

yet the core promise of power – that it produces order – remains the heart of our consent.

to me it’s our manufactured consent.. that we need to be controlled/ordered.


Rethinking political parties, modernizing their recruiting methods, and retooling their organization and operations can boost their allure and make them more worthy of the trust of the societies they wish to govern.

this isn’t what we’re capable of today.. ie: systemic change is what we’re capable of …


it will not be top-down, orderly, or quick, the product of summits or meetings, but messy, sprawling, and in fits and starts. yet is ti inevitable. driven by the transformation in the acquisition, use, and retention of power, humanity must, and will, find new ways of governing itself.

on power – not so sure… but indeed – on the self-organizing ness

i guess that’s what i found most frustrating.. the end of power.. (sounded freeing).. seems to be an attempt to shift power (even though/if claims not)


Reclaiming Conversation, Sherry Turkle – lots of good – esp on what good conversation is.. ie: on the groundhog day ness of it within community et al..

but frustrating in regard to 1\ misrepresenting/not-knowing capabilities of ie: texting; sm; uni/school ness..   2\ gray research law… etc


Causal Powers of Social Structure, Dave Elder-Vass – lots of great insight – esp on what we seem to be actually doing.. ie: letting past pressures form our beliefs.. and then so.. our days..

but frustrating because.. that’s the problem… and calling it voluntary compliance.. only perpetuates it.. we’re missing – science of people in schools ness.. and wilde not us law.. et al.. and so.. missing us..


paying the price, sara


Utopia for Realists, Rutger Bregman so close.. yet to me.. so many remaining/assumptions.. (ie: ubi.. it’s the measuring of transactions that’s killing us.. we have to disengage from money.. perhaps.. ubi as temp placebo..)


The Knowledge Illusion..

best part:


crowdsourcing creates intelligent machines, but not thru ai wizardry..intelligence derives from making use of the community..the advance here is not in intelligence in the conventional sense. it is in the power of connecting people

so let’s just focus on that.. ie: 2 convos

be\cause: hari addiction law.. opposite of addiction is connection

but too much put it on frustrating book list..

be\casue: based on too many ie’s/assumptions of man-made institutions – knowledge illusions (ie: money; production; measuring; et al)


Heather Marsh‘s Binding Chaos

so much good.. but also putting on frustrating book list.. thinking ie: approval econ et al.. is not going to cut a true alternative.. we gotta go .. no strings.. nothing to prove.. et al..

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way


Tim O’Reilly‘s wtf .. we’re missing tech as it could be


George Monbiot‘s out of the wreckage .. same feel as wtf .. missing tech as it could be ..  not going deep enough


Cathy Davidson‘s the new ed.. missing tech as it could be ..  go deeper

wish we could talk


Steven Johnson‘s wonderland.. great insight (the seeming premise that we need play and leisure is spot on).. but dangerous/frustrating book.. because it’s perpetuating the broken feedback loop.. of not us.. mostly by mis rep ing the ideas of play and leisure (which could get us to global equity).. with playing along and escape

maybe if more forthright on title.. (ie: how playing along made the modern world)..and more forthright on defn’s..  or.. if more forthright on modern world.. being sick/intoxicated/ineq


Scale, Geoffrey West great insight (for me) on ie: solar as open system.. frustrating because (to me) basing writings on wrong fractal


Doughnut Economics, Kate Raworth.. great insight/visual.. of the problem.. ie: donut showing where sweet spot is.. (in hole for lacking personal resources.. beyond donuts for lacking planet resources).. but too much of suggested solutions are based on and assuming money/measure.. and too assuming it will take decades to change..


New PowerJeremy Heimans and Henry Timms ..asks some good questions.. has some good insight.. frustrated that we can’t seem to imagine beyond money as os.. voting as infra.. et al


Thinking in Systems, Dana Meadows ..great insight on systems.. esp loved meadows undisturbed law.. but didn’t seem to follow into other areas.. ie: tragedy of commons wasn’t an undisturbed system (which i think an authentic commons/commoning would be).. i see money/measure as disturbances.. and Dana didn’t seem to..


Ted Dintersmith‘s what school could be.. the question needs to be what life could be.. he even has two chapters: 8 – doing (obsolete) things better  and 9 – doing better things.. having supposed to‘s (aka: school.. no matter how nice) is obsolete..  doing better things.. entails letting go.. of the controls that have disturbed our ecosystem..  if we want to help oscar (everyone) .. that can’t be part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake


Factfulness by Hans Rosling.. love the man.. rip.. but too many #s describing humanity..what about first error (describing not us)..getting us to black science of people.. and what is fact.. ie: recorded death by war/disease .. non recorded death by suicide/homelessness/disease-of-heart.. (& non recorded homeless et al).. recent ie.. puerto rico’s 5000.. et al


The Philosophical Baby, Alison Gopnik, great insight: young, frustrating: older missing science of people/whales ness aka: disturbance to ecosystem