- File Size: 1802 KB
- Print Length: 476 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 27, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074C2KYH3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,978 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
PRAGMA Kindle Edition
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Danger Flags – Words put to what I always suspected. The really interesting part is how it may make the reader squirm just a bit.
Limit Breaks – How much can you take before the need for change becomes actionable? Very interesting.
Lingua Franca – Old words, history and modern word understanding and usage are all we have to communicate complexity. Marshall explores several words that have morphed 180 degrees in meaning to become modern understanding and he speculates why. “Condescension” was an excellent word to explore. The original meaning from just 200 years ago has been completely lost. The modern meaning has become so twisted and lost that there is no modern single word that carries the original meaning.
Marshall applies interesting ways to communicate intangible basic concepts. “Boo/yay” ideology and mental constructs … positive/negative “valence” communications. The reader has a broad range of such Marshall notions to explore.
Pragma represents a great introduction uncommon ways of thinking and introduces people and historical documents that allow for deeper dives. And the format is uniquely actionable and easy to reference in the future. Many of the essays build and expand on each other and the book acts as a coherent whole. Yet the simple 10-20 minute essays make getting immediate practical help for life situations on demand its most powerful piece.
A lot of books pride themselves on repeating the same point over and over through hundreds of pages. Each of Marshall's essays contain the depth of most books and the resources to delve deeper.
To quote Condescension:
"Language – words – are one of the chief tools of thought and communications..."
Reading each of these essays will expand your toolset to tackle the world. Marshall is an excellent writer and a sharp thinker. Pragma and his other recent works MACHINA and PROGRESSION along with Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: Bestsellers and famous Books have been the most important books I've read in the past two years.
Do yourself a favor and pick this up. Also I highly recommend starting with the Lingua Franca series.