Saturday, April 14, 2012

Solving Why Many Books Have Introductions

This book solves the world's problems. Honest.

This book also will significantly improve your life, change your outlook so you better appreciate what is around you, and allow you to live a healthier and longer life.  Plus, you might laugh along the way.

Political Science students will realize this is the ultimate Political Science books.  For over a century, many Political Science and Public Administration books have gone into intricate details about the process of public policy analysis and decision making. I have read many of them.  It seems the academic analysis has developed into explorations and debates one various details about the policy process.  None of the academic books though show how these processes lead to policy decisions. Indeed, the academicians argue, doing so would put academia into the world of reaching conclusions, as if somehow actually resolving a scientific study should never be permitted in social sciences.

This book presents the conclusions of decades of intense Political Science analysis.  This book will not waste much time detailing the process of how these conclusions are read. If you wish to read the process, go read the many academic Political Science and Public Administration books. Start with Max Weber and Frederick Taylor. While their writings are outdated, they still explain a large portion of the basis of what exists in theory today. Then read more contemporary (and by that, I mean people I have actually met) authors such as Luther Gulick and Herbert Simon.  Simon also has keen insights into Economics, where it is useful to understand a range of authors such as Lawrence Klein, Paul Krugman, Hyman Minsky, Joseph Stiglitz, and David Walker.  Take the psychology of Muzafer Sharif and apply it to public policy. Consider your own sense of morality and remember that there are universal truths found in all religions, including atheism. Note that Karl Marx appears to have applied an Economic analysis based upon the teachings of the New Testament, which means two political extremes are essentially the same. Then discard all these books and read newspapers, a range of editorials, know the biases of the writers, keep an open mind, ask questions, and then use that greatest computer of them all, your brain.

So why do books have introductions? It seems to be tradition. Introductions become important, as many lazy readers do not read much past the introduction and then pretend to have read the entire book. If you are one of those people, let me save you some time so you may be able to speak confidently regarding this book at social events while pretending to have read the entire book. This book is about a vampire, a werewolf, and a high school misfit senior who must decide whether she prefers bite marks on her neck or on her leg, who go on a three hour cruise and are trapped on a desert island with two expert sailors and a brilliant scientist who are all unable to figure out how to repair a simple hole in a boat, and it ends with the  sailors marrying the vampire and the werewolf and the woman discovering one can swim to shore from the deserted island where she returns to society to search for a magic wand.  That should be enough information for someone to hold their end of the conversation about this book.

Books have to start somewhere.  Some writers are confused, so they begin by explaining how times were the best at the same time times were the worse, or how it was dark, as well as stormy and cloudy that night. Since many prospective readers only skim the first few sentences, I thought it was best to start this book with the previous writings.  Ironically, it may be less confusing that some authors. I am amazed at a the depths that English students go to understand what some authors meant. Often, the authors are confusing because they were drunk, suffered from intellectual disabilities, or some of their writings were  published unfinished or with editing from someone who didn't understand the author either which only confused the writings to greater extents.

In sum, we overanalyze, and we debate our over-analysis into such details that we forget the big picture of reality.  This book presents the reality of solving the world's problems.