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April, 1997
Reviews in this issue:
Save me from helping myself
You can negotiate Anything, Herb Cohen
Quantum Technology, Gerard Milburn
Up to Loyalty Ladder, Murray Raphel and Neil Paphel
All Us Apes and other scientific wisdom from Ockham's Razor, ed Robyn Williams
Aussie Fact Book, Margaret Nicholson

The Insult, Rupert Thompson
Grim Pickings, Jennifer Rowe
The Funny Side of Billy Connolly,
Bruce Desau

A User's Guide to the Millennium, J.G. Ballard

This month we have several non-fiction titles, including some 'improving' books. I seriously hope you all appreciate the dangers of reviewing such a range of books at one time.

What dangers? I hear you ask. (Don't click on the back button!!) Simple. I read You Can Negotiate Anything, Up the Loyalty Ladder, some other 'improving' book whose title escapes me, and the Dilbert Principle - all interchangeably depending on which one I found first. The result was a peculiar swimming sensation in the brain

Have you tried to swap between someone seriously trying to improving your life and attitude and Scott Adams?

C. J. Cherryh answers
the hard questions

I used to nap through XYZoo, an idiosyncratic morning radio program lead by a comedian, Richard Stubbs. The strange dreams I experienced while taking this show in directly to my subconscious still haunt me.

Similarly, I had a shocking sense of trying to USE the Dilbert Principles. All right. Life is more stupid than fiction.

The really sad problem is that the Dilbert Principles are all true. That Scott Adams didn't just speak of things that I had experienced - he explained them to me.

Was Mary Fortune the mother of detective fiction? (archived) However, I have asked a psychologist about self-help books that talk directly to you about possible illnesses and yes, you can develop a kind of hypochondria. You start thinking, "Of course, I can't add up because my father counted to three before he beat me" and next thing you know, you are convinced that you can't add up.

The Dilbert principles are true. Scott Adams explained to me the mind-sets behind some of the behaviour I have encountered in my years as a (gasp!) consultant. But there was one very scary moment when I wondered whether I should change my behaviour to one suggested in his book.

My recommendation - read it. Enjoy! But don't hurt yourself.

Scott Adams is on the web. Let's all lobby him to produce the Dilbert Prescription. - by Ali Kayn

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