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Comment: Stanislaw Lem - "Return from the Stars" (Score 1) 368

by richieb (#48550403) Attached to: Overly Familiar Sci-Fi
This is an example of a culture shock novel. The hero of the store returns from to Earth 200 years in the future and finds the culture incomprehensible.

It is pretty difficult to imagine what a thing you cannot comprehend is like, and Lem does an outstanding (though still imperfect) job.

If you haven't read this book give it a shot.

Comment: Re: When I hear "I work 60 hours a week"... (Score 1) 717

by richieb (#46260179) Attached to: Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

There is a reason for this. If you live rural, there is no backup. It comes down to your ability to handle doing surgery at 3 am effectively even though you haven't been home yet. Sure, you aren't as good as when fresh.

Perhaps the problem is that there is no backup. There should be more than one doctor available. We are just not willing to pay for it.

Working 90 hours a week is work hoarding. There are other people who could be doing this work and most likely better...

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