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Very misleading and full of lies. This is bad science.
on April 16, 2013
The author spends his words in this book describing situations without facts or evidence. He makes wild claims and open accusations without defending his stance. Ausubel thinks it is alright to use his own "Bioneers" for quotes and for evidence to support his claim, and then quote comedians in order to demonstrate the 'stupidity of the enemy'. He praises individuals for their intellect and genius, for their contributions and vision of a brighter future, but then never truly states what their vision is. Nor does he actually tell what their genius and their contributions are! But I suppose that's for good reason. One great example was Buckminster Fuller, one of Ausubel's "arguably the greatest designer in the Twentieth Century". He uses this individual for establishing the "trim-tab", or the lead influence for the change he calls for (I think) in his book. But why him? Why should we marvel over a man who was expelled from Harvard twice- the first time because he ran out of money due to partying too hard, and the second time because he had no interest in school because he was partying too hard, so they let him go- why should we revere a man who's sole contribution to this world was an equation for a spherical building that was already built and basically perfected thirty years prior to his 'breakthrough'? Why should we follow a man into the Twenty-First Century who failed so miserably at a novel car and engine design that he killed the test driver at a demonstration where it was supposed to be shown off, resulting in the production of only three of its kind? Why are we quoting and revering a man, Ausubel, as the greatest designer when he designed nothing we use in the world today? The homes Fuller designed don't work and are uncomfortable, the car was a bust, and the building design (basically, what is now a glorified green house) wasn't even his own!
This book is full of stupid things like this and worse. A fractional amount of research into what is written in this book will make you want to puke. I can't believe I had to read this garbage for a college-level class; it belongs in the fairytale fiction section of a traveling library for third graders. Top shelf. Where it can't be reached by tiny arms.