Today I finished reading Insurgent. (I watched the Divergent movie with a friend, and I was curious about the books.) It was good, and I was doing ok suspension-of-disbelief-wise, but the big revelation at the end of the book apparently requires me to accept that nonviolence/ law-abidingness/ empathy?? are fairly straightforwardly controlled by genetics and brain structure. Which is… a lot harder for me to suspend disbelief for, than just “some people’s brains work differently and we call that being divergent” was.


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