It may be best to leave some things alone.
Even if they are considered to be culturally revenant and you don't catch references.
It is ok to ask.
Some people get snarky.
It is not possible to read every book.
Some are dark and dystopian and, sort of, need to be read.
Like 1984. It's dark, but, somewhat important.
What we put into our heads has an effect on The World around us.
Not much. No. It is not much. It is something.
You are not much in the grand scheme of things.
If you disappeared today, the water would settle where you stood, quickly.
What you do with ever bit of your doing will most likely not leave a mark of any kind in one hundred years.
Yetl What you do, today and tomorrow may have a significant effect on people, animals and plants that share your journey.
I did not read Dune.
Everyone read Dune.
Dune seemed dark and pointless, too me.
A paragraph written by Richard Dawkins on meme sculpture of the Human Mind.
Some people seem to think what we read matters.http://www.download1.ch/ebooks/educatio ... die-ebook/
Brodie seemed to think we have both a Right and a Responsibility to choose our Memes.
What Cultural References do you want to Catch?
Garbage In/Garbage Out. That is a Truth.
Computers may have come a long way, Baby.
Humans are the very same animal today they were 500 years ago.
To Catch References.
The Botany of Desire.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Botany_of_Desire
The fundamental science is pretty good in that book.
It was written by a Journalist. It is not hard to read.
How can we talk about plants with one another, if no one knows about Plants?
Fantasy Novels often carry a social message or social commentary.
Must we keep a dystopian nightmare at the forefront of our minds?
That is easy for some of us. We live in that world.
The truth about plants is Horrifing enough. Who need dystopia?
To Catch References and to Talk to other humans using shared Reference Points?
Is it a cultural reference when a person says, "Statistics show..."
Is it a cultural phenomena that those words are responded to with the words, "Statistics are used to lie."
Sometimes it is like a call and responds.
Thowing numbers around at a cocktail party is not showing statistics due respect.
Of course, Drawing a normal distribution on a table napkin, finding both the Range and the Mode of some attribute expressed within the group present and .....
Well...Easy statistics can be used to get thrown out of a CockTail Party.
It's not the number so much as the conclusion.
I thought Freakonomics was funny.
The authors might get themselves thrown out of a cocktail party, too.
I have had conversations bog down because the other person brought up one of those two subjects and then did not know anything about the subject.
Those two books are entertaining, easy to read and they introduce complex and opaque subject matter.
Nearly anyone can read those books. Each once holds a few cultural references.
If you don't know Haploid and Diploid, you can still know fungus and virus have interesting effects on plants and their human victims.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.
We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.
Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.