Author Michael Lewis lists “the books that made me” including:
The book that changed my life
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
Interesting selection …
I did fully read both Cervantes and Tolstoy. With me it was Anna Karenina that gave me many false starts until I read beyond the Anna / Vronsky relationship and understood the book was really about Levin (Tolstoy) and his relationship with God and the cosmos in general. But, rather than ghosts, I didn’t believe in (American) Gods until I read Neil Gaiman either.
However, like Lewis, for me Pirsig’s ZMM was seminal – hence the dedicated “Pirsig Pages” here – as far as my metaphysical thought journey is concerned.
“The book that changed my life: Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig.”
Pirsig’s book was our main source of inspiration on Quality in the development of Post-Normal Science. Complemented by William Edwards Deming “participatory” practice of quality control. https://t.co/BfbcbNeXP8
— Silvio Funtowicz (@SFuntowicz) July 23, 2021
Deming and the industrial “Total Quality” and Excellence movements generally part of my journey too, but “Post-Normal Science” also sounds intriguing. Must follow-up.
In my case it was very personal experience of Fred Lennon that inspired my interest in quality to new levels in that industrial context before I ever saw the metaphysical connections or the philosophical interests.