by Picador. He considers how life on earth might continue after the collapse of civilisation caused by the alleged climate crises and the future scarcity of fuel. Evans states in the book that there was nothing to be learnt from the experiment, but I would argue that he has a depth of insight not often seen in an account so personal, and he appears to have learnt a lot about himself. The story at the heart of, Inspired by Alex Garland’s ‘The Beach’, British academic Dylan Evans sells his house, his car and quits his job, cutting loose all safety nets, to instigate a social experiment involving a post-apocalyptic simulation. Rather I found a reflective journey into Evans deeply personal, internal breakdown. With thoughts of doubt and regret filling his mind, Evans abandons the experiment half way through after bein. I haven’t read any of these “preper” style books, but the underlying psychology and logistics of the operation should be fascinating. Further than that, there are valuable lessons to be taken from the book about the importance of taking a step back to really think about what you are doing. We’d love your help. Inspired by Alex Garland’s ‘The Beach’, British academic Dylan Evans sells his house, his car and quits his job, cutting loose all safety nets, to instigate a social experiment involving a post-apocalyptic simulation. I'm still hopeful of a story about leaving academia for a creative sustaining independent life. This was an unexpected page turner - an interesting and quirky book that explores the author's descent into depression and eventual recovery whilst detailing the mundanity and depravation of commune living that mirror the state of his mind. Only that could explain why he sold practically all his possessions to create this post apocalyptic experiment. Evans is a good writer and the story is very easy to read and flows well. I am interested in Dylan Evans because he was once a Lacan scholar who wrote a well-researched (but questionably useful) resource titled. I was pretty horrified by these initial few chapters. An important and sometimes shocking read, especially for someone who, like me, considers themselves a 'doomer'. It's a shame because if he wrote the book in a different way, it could have been interesting. There are also discussions of psycholgiacla and philiosphical theory such as Dabrowski's theory of "Positive Disintegration" which I found really interesting. Huge disappointment! Darker than you would expect it’s also a fairly accurate depiction of depression and mental illness. Setting out on his Utopia Experiment, Dylan Evans had a fantasy which i'm sure many people (myself included) often share - to escape our environmentally destructive technological civilisation and live a sustainable and fulfilling life off the land. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t interesting. Needless to say, not everything went according to plan. I suspect the book could have been improved if Evans pulled himself out of the centre: he either needed to. “In any case, I clearly wasn’t cut out to be a cult leader”, So I often put myself mentally in an end of the world scenario, it's good to be prepared. And a little too much of its-all-about-me. At the same time a great need to succeed and be selfsufficent whilst dealing with nomads in a controlled environment shows great strength of character. Extremely readable, I quickly became obsessed and plowed through the book quickly, enjoying it a great deal. Having suffered from depression myself I could empathise greatly with his downward spiral. At first I couldn’t help wondering why none of his friends or family noticed these massive warning signs and tried to talk to him about perhaps not chucking away his entire life to play apocalypses. In this case the author struggles to make sense of his experiment. Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Mostly authors of memoirs like telling us what great people they are with really awesome ideas and achievements that they are sure we want to read about. He realizes the advantage of accumulated knowledge that forms the bedrock of civilization, the antithesis. Evans starts with a view point that primitive societies are better, the thesis. To see what your friends thought of this book. So I often put myself mentally in an end of the world scenario, it's good to be prepared. However this guy actually did to great detriment to his mental health. Evans states in the book that there was nothing to be learnt from the experiment, but I would argue that he has a depth of insight not often seen in an account so personal, and he appears to have learnt a lot about himself. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t interesting. This book is a very accessible, sharply written memoir of sorts, but is much an exploration of general tenets of philosophy, modernity, psychology and psychiatry as an account of setting up a survivalist community. It was a great counter to the simpler-life mentality that appears to be pervading modern pop culture. When a philosopher tries to set up a psychology experiment things won't work out nicely. I started to read this book because I'm writing a novel about the future and I thought that it might inform me about what the future might look like.
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