Okay, some things are starting to make more sense as I learn more. That’s good!
I finished listening to NeuroTribes! Wow, great book. Life-changing. Heart-breaking at times. I’ve had this book on my radar for quite a while (like so many books) and finally took the time to listen to it. I’m glad I did. I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time. I’m planning to read some other books referenced by Silberman. This is a book everyone could benefit from reading.
There’s a deeper issue in this book too. It is the whole question of how people deal with other people. The xenophobia that apparently runs through so many people is baffling to me. One of my favorite science fiction series is C. J. Cherryh’s Foreigner series. Although it could be called Downton Abbey in space with assassins, it deals with these sorts of fundamental questions about relationships between people who are biologically wired to think and feel differently. It looks at the efforts of people on each side to cross the divide and at least try to understand and get along. Plus they’re just fun books! The new one, Convergence, just came out. I’m reading Visitor now because I hadn’t gotten to it yet. Cherryh approaches similar issues in other books. I also enjoyed Cyteen, The Faded Sun series, and many others.
The future of the Federation in Star Trek seems very distant these days with the awful rise in intolerance, hostility, ignorance, and violence that people seem so eager to embrace.
Star Trek Continues
Speaking of Star Trek, I’ve enjoyed Star Trek Continues, the fan made series continuing TOS. The new episode came out recently. I haven’t had time to watch it—but I’m looking forward to finding time to settle in and watch!
It should be fun!