I am about 25% through with this book and I must say that it is fantastic up to this point. I have read a review that states that the character development of the minor characters is lacking but I can’t make that judgment up to this point. Weir has made the main character astronaut Mark Watney into a man without any fear. His use of botany and mechanical engineering are unmatched and it goes to show how much effort the author did in preparation for this character. His thought process in always searching for a solution is very encouraging to me in the daily problem solving that I face every day.
I highly recommend this book and look forward to reporting on this as I finish this up, hopefully this week. I have included a video by the author from February of this year that I hope you will enjoy.
This is another great book by Jared Diamond and I am reading it for a specific purpose. I particularly want to understand what causes, not just in societies, but individual organizations and companies the primary reasons for their demise and damages to themselves. In this book, Diamond primarily focuses on the environment and on page 6 he puts the damage to the environment to the societies in eight categories. Here is his quote:
“The process through which past societies have undermined themselves by damaging their environments fall into eight categories, whose relative importance differs from case to case: deforestation and habitat destruction, soil problems (erosion, salinization, and soil fertility losses), water management problems, overhunting, overfishing, effects of introduced species on native species, human population growth, and increased per capita of people.”
Hopefully, by using these categories as a guide, I will be able to more deeply understand other complex adaptive systems and their ebbs and flows.