Let this book guide you along a clearly marked path through the mysteries of science, history, politics, philosophy, religion, psychology, government and human behavior so that you may pick up clues about how to conduct your life and enhance your prosperity. Let the perspective of an engineer show you the way to understanding amidst the many conflicting choices presented by modern civilization. Learn how the world really works.
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“48 Hours to Chaos: An Engineer Looks at Life and How the World Really Works” by John D. Waterman is a book that covers a lot of territory, from what our planet was like before man up to present day mankind. The first part is interesting when Mr. Waterman is giving us the time-line for earths 4.6 billion years of history (Chapter 1) and the meaning of life (Chapter 3), but gets really interesting when he starts talking about how our societies evolved and how we are affected by choices we make or that we let others make for us. Mr. Waterman keeps his own beliefs out of this book and presents to the reader the facts. He discusses how pecking orders in society come about and what motivates humans in our actions. He covers the different kinds of governments and the pros and cons about them. What I particularly liked was that Mr. Waterman kept a sense of humor throughout the book, mostly in his footnotes. For example, in Chapter Two, footnote 4 is as follows:  Full disclosure: The scene featuring the time machine is a fictional device used to illustrate the points about life on the early Earth. Time travel is actually impossible under the current scientific understanding of reality, and will remain so until the second law of thermodynamics is superseded by a more sophisticated explanation of the underlying principles. In many of the chapters, Mr. Waterman also provides stories to help illustrate his point and often a summary of the chapter. This book would be a welcome addition to any classroom and I am more informed than I was before. Mr. Waterman is able to talk to the reader as an intelligent human being and also shows that you can inject humor into any subject. **This book was received for free through Goodreads First Reads. That in no way influenced my review.**
I must first say that I have not read the whole book. I actually stopped reading it half way through, due to the fact that: Though the thoughts put forth are intriguing, and well meditated, I found that it drew a little further from what is actually known, than I like to wonder. For instance, in one chapter it talks about how religions came to be (and he actually does a very good job of staying neutral on the subject), in the chapter it says the most likely way religion was created, was that a king in some village didn't want to look like a fool in front of his tribes people, who were asking him science questions he couldn't answer (why does it rain etc.)and decided to create fake gods in order to answer the questions. I found this to be a very plausible way to explain the origination of religion, since we have no way of actually knowing how it happened, and the same goes for the rest of the ideas in the book (except for the science chapters of course), as I said in the title of the review, it is like a highly trained fighter, swinging a knife in the dark, or put in other terms: A very intelligent, well educated man, trying to answer questions that the world has absolutely no leads on. So the book has brilliant ideas, but they're mostly theoretical.