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Septemics: Hierarchies of Human Phenomena by Jim Marshall is a book that uncovers scales that human activities can be measured by and improved. There are individual and group scales. The author discusses twenty-four individual scales, including the Scale of Control, the Scale of Stopping, the Scale of Basic Purpose, and so on. Group scales include the Scale of Sexuality, the Scale of Politics, the Scale of Management, and many others. Individual scales manage an individual’s actions. The eleven group scales are concerned with the activities of individuals in a group.
The scaling system has seven steps. According to Marshall, this is a course that can be studied as a science like Botany or Anatomy. He claims that human activities, generally, are supposed to be studied as a science. This scaling system aims to give professionals or anyone interested in studying human activities a seven-step hierarchy to break down any human phenomenon. The author believes that when studied and applied properly, this system will aid readers in understanding human activities and improve our reactions and actions to them.
This book was an eye-opener for me. The author began by explaining what the term Septemics means and what readers can expect to gain from learning the scales. This introduction was necessary, and it helped ease my initial confusion, as I had never heard of Septemics before. I also liked that the writer was objective and straightforward in explaining the scales. He included real-life examples in every chapter, so readers will have a good idea of how to apply these scales to both themselves and others.
The author was thorough. He started writing using a third-person writing style but eventually settled for a second-person writing style; this was satisfactory because it gave me a feeling of having a one-on-one session with the author. This book, however, is not for anyone looking for a light-read; it is for intellectuals and those genuinely interested in studying human beings, human activities, and how to improve their reactions to other people. A reader should this book at least twice to gain its true value.
I have no criticism for this book, and I rate it 4 out of 4. I recommend it to psychologists and philosophers. I believe that these scales will be beneficial to readers who take it seriously, but I do not agree that Septemics, as is explained in this book, can be considered a real science course like Botany or Anatomy; it read to me like a self-help and human-evaluation book. When I was done reading, I felt that I needed more and that the author had not gone in-depth enough to classify his scaling system as a science. I believe that there is more to learn, and the author should plan to release a deeper and more thorough book about Septemics.
Septemics: Hierarchies of Human Phenomena
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