Love and Other Thought Experiments: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

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Love and Other Thought Experiments: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

Love and Other Thought Experiments: Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020

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The story unspools in some really interesting and unexpected directions—I don’t want to give too much away because the surprise is part of the fun. At its core, “Love and Other Thought Experiments” attempts to be a commentary about love and the interdependence of human existence, but the random interjections of philosophy and artificial intelligence feel jarringly out of place, diluting the novel’s resulting effect into pure frustration and pretentiousness. A stand alone fictionalised work centered just on the thought experiments would have been preferable for me. With its no-nonsense design and quiet release, Love and Other Thought Experiments is the fascinating, magnetic party guest you can't stop thinking about and hope to see again soon.

The second chapter introduces Ali, a Turkish Cypriot boy, and concerns an incident in which he risks death by swimming out to sea to rescue a friend's football.Also, while I am not familiar with most experimental philosophy and it was interesting to learn about many ideas through this novel, there was one thought experiment drawn from game theory that I was familiar with, The Prisoner’s Dilemma (ch.

Also, honestly, I don't think I can adequately describe the playful, intelligent, mind-bending journey Ward has created here.Each chapter begins with a brief description of a famous philosophical argument or thought experiment, and a quotation. Books with strong craft and little emotional connection can definitely be tricky; I generally love writing that plays with form, but missing the payoff can unfortunately ruin the experience, and reading several of these types of stories together certainly sounds trying.



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