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Kenneth

Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States Member Since 2005

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  • "Disturbing Feature Article"

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    Scientific America Mind is always a good magazine.

    The feature article, argues that humans lie all the time, at all different levels, that we're wired to lie, and that it's advantageous to lie. The core argument would seem to be that lying bridges the gap between societies needs and individual needs, which are assumed to be fundamentally in conflict. There would seem to be some scientific support for this idea among other primates.

    The whole thing feels very Maoist.

    I suspect that there are environments and cultures where this is truer than in others. I suspect that the more oppressive an environment, be it a bad employer or a totalitarian government, the more lying is necessary, adaptive, and even a sign of political intelligence. But I also suspect that the less oppressive an environment the more being able to tell the truth is necessary, adaptive, and a sign of emotional intelligence. Current scientific thought, perhaps as a reflection of current American culture, seems to have swung in the direction of "Lying is good".

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    Lies: Scientific American Mind

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    This edition of Scientific American Mind contains six articles. The cover story, "Natural Born Liars", examines why we lie and why we're so good at it. Also in this issue: why innocent people confess to crimes they didn't commit; an in-depth examination of what dreams are and why we have them; the very real therapeutic uses for hypnosis; how to improve your powers of recall; and is mental stress increasing your chances of a heart attack?

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  • Science News, 12-Month Subscription

    "Wonderful digest of the very latest research"

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    I've been reading this magazine for 15 years and find it one of the best and most condensed sources of the latest research. This magazine often contains summaries and digests of the major science publications (Nature, Science, etc), so you hear about the latest real science. The editors have consistently demonstrated savvy skill in choice of relevant research, not the sound bite pseudo science published by otherwise reputable sources. (Hydrogen car to save world energy crisis? Give me a break.)

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  • "Great Science--Not Great Enteratinment"

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    For science lovers, this can be a good subscription. I'm interested by discoveries in science, which is exactly what this periodical is about--imparting the latest in scientific discoveries from the world of computers, astronomy, medicine, biology, and more. It's thorough and educational, but not captivating.

    The main problem is that there's only one narrator, and though he seems knowledgable, he speaks with little excitement. This leads to a science recording with more than one slow spot. I think it would be better if they had more than one narrator (like a newscast) or at least something to break up the monologue. It just keeps going from one story to the next like a ticker tape.

    If you like science, however, I think you can overlook this problem. It's just something to be aware of.

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    Science News, 1-Month Subscription

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    Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. Since its debut in 1922, the publication has been known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Science News is committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman will find interesting and easy to digest.

    Science News is available in audio exclusively at Audible.

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  • 4.3 (25 ratings)
    The Body Speaks: Scientific American Mind  by Scientific American Narrated by Mark Moran

    The Body Speaks: Scientific American Mind

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    This edition of Scientific American Mind contains six articles. You will hear about exciting new advances in the early detection of autism, how people can be trained to recover their lost sense of smell, the special language skills that set humans apart from their fellow animals, and how the body speaks.

  • 4.3 (11 ratings)
    Scientific American, April 2006  by Scientific American Narrated by Scientific American

    Scientific American, April 2006

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    This month, we'll hear about unusually smart animals, a new, even-greener brand of hybrid, a new compound that stops bacteria from mutating to resist antibiotics, and a look at the effect of globalization on the world's poor.

  • 4.0 (117 ratings)
    The Brain: Scientific American Mind  by Scientific American Narrated by uncredited

    The Brain: Scientific American Mind

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    Studying how the mind and brain work sounds like it ought to be about as futile as trying to grab handfuls of air. Yet psychology, neuroscience and related fields have made amazing progress. This special issue of Scientific American reviews just a sliver of the discoveries that investigators from around the globe have made about the workings of our inner lives. The breadth of subjects tracks the vastness of thought.

    Douglas says: "It was pretty good..."
  • 3.8 (115 ratings)
    Science News, 1-Month Subscription  by Science Service Narrated by Mark Moran

    Science News, 1-Month Subscription

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    Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. Since its debut in 1922, the publication has been known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Science News is committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman will find interesting and easy to digest.

    Science News is available in audio exclusively at Audible.

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  • 4.0 (110 ratings)
    The Science of Persuasion: Scientific American (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Cialdini, Scientific American Narrated by Sal Giangrasso

    The Science of Persuasion: Scientific American

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    From the pages of Scientific American magazine: "The Science of Persuasion" reveals how sales people and politicians, as well as friends and family, get others to agree to what they want.

    Shaina H says: "Direct and to the point"
  • 3.9 (106 ratings)
    Creativity: Scientific American Mind  by Scientific American Mind Narrated by uncredited

    Creativity: Scientific American Mind

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    The cover story in this issue explains how creativity and brilliance arises in all of us. Then, we'll take a look at the latest theories behind the experience commonly known as 'deja-vu'. Also, we'll learn about a mental breakdown that causes apathy so extreme it could become deadly, as well as Capgras syndrome, a perception disorder that causes people to think their loved ones have been replaced by extraterrestrial body doubles.

    Prospyros says: "Loved it"
  • 4.0 (82 ratings)
    Memory, Fear & Anger: Scientific American Mind  by Scientific American Narrated by uncredited

    Memory, Fear & Anger: Scientific American Mind

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    The cover story reveals how painful, long-term memories might actually be erased with the use of drugs at just the right moment. Then, an article that asks a provocative question - can we cure fear? Following that, it's an examination of anger -- should you control your emotions or let them rip? Next, it's a look at the persistence of myths -- and their connection to the brain's biological needs. Our fifth article seeks to explode one myth -- about the value of self-esteem.

  • 3.8 (77 ratings)
    Audible Technology Review, 1-Month Subscription  by Technology Review Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Audible Technology Review, 1-Month Subscription

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    Technology Review, the award winning magazine from MIT, is the only publication you need to keep up with what's happening in every area of emerging technology. Audible Technology Review incorporates key feature stories from the magazine and is published ten times each year. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    James says: "In-depth and well-rounded"
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  • 4.0 (74 ratings)
    Scientific American, 1-Month Subscription

    Scientific American, 1-Month Subscription

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    Scientific American is the most well-known and most highly-respected science and technology monthly in the world. It plays a vital role in bringing scientific and technological achievement to the attention of the general public. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Fiona says: "Interesting marred by poor narration"
  • 3.9 (73 ratings)
    Human Evolution: Scientific American Special Edition  by Scientific American Narrated by uncredited

    Human Evolution: Scientific American Special Edition

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    Reading the cracked brown fragments of fossils and sequences of DNA, scientists have found clues that the story of human origins has more convolutions than previously thought. The account of our shared human heritage now includes more controversial plot twists and mysteries. Was the remarkable seven-million-year-old skull found in July 2002 in Chad really one of our first forebears, or a distant dead-end cousin with precociously evolved features?

    Mike says: "Excellent, informative, concise"
  • Scientific American, 1-Month Subscription

    Scientific American, 1-Month Subscription

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    Scientific American is the most well-known and most highly-respected science and technology monthly in the world. It plays a vital role in bringing scientific and technological achievement to the attention of the general public. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Fiona says: "Interesting marred by poor narration"
  • Science News, 1-Month Subscription  by Science Service Narrated by Mark Moran

    Science News, 1-Month Subscription

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    Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. Since its debut in 1922, the publication has been known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Science News is committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman will find interesting and easy to digest.

    Science News is available in audio exclusively at Audible.

    A User says: "Right level of detail"
  • Audible Technology Review, 1-Month Subscription  by Technology Review Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Audible Technology Review, 1-Month Subscription

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    Technology Review, the award winning magazine from MIT, is the only publication you need to keep up with what's happening in every area of emerging technology. Audible Technology Review incorporates key feature stories from the magazine and is published ten times each year. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    James says: "In-depth and well-rounded"
  • Audible Fast Company, 1-Month Subscription

    Audible Fast Company, 1-Month Subscription

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    Fast Company is a "workstyle" magazine, a new breed of business journalism that understands a powerful new truth: Work is personal. Fast Company connects with an authentic voice, inspires with a revolutionary style, and instructs with personal tools to serve as a manifesto for change. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    James says: "Variety of Narrators &"
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  • The Science of Persuasion: Scientific American (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert Cialdini, Scientific American Narrated by Sal Giangrasso

    The Science of Persuasion: Scientific American

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    • By Robert Cialdini, Scientific American
    • Narrated By Sal Giangrasso
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    From the pages of Scientific American magazine: "The Science of Persuasion" reveals how sales people and politicians, as well as friends and family, get others to agree to what they want.

    Shaina H says: "Direct and to the point"
  • Audible Technology Review, 12-Month Subscription  by Technology Review Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Audible Technology Review, 12-Month Subscription

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    Technology Review, the award winning magazine from MIT, is the only publication you need to keep up with what's happening in every area of emerging technology. Audible Technology Review incorporates key feature stories from the magazine and is published ten times each year. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

  • Scientific American: The Science of Learning (






UNABRIDGED) by Barbara Kantrowitz Narrated by Mark Moran

    Scientific American: The Science of Learning

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    Barbara Kantrowitz, senior editor at the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news organization focused on education journalism, reports on why science students learn less when they are expected to listen passively.

  • Scientific American, 12-Month Subscription  by Scientific American Narrated by Mark Moran

    Scientific American, 12-Month Subscription

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    Scientific American is the most well-known and most highly-respected science and technology monthly in the world. It plays a vital role in bringing scientific and technological achievement to the attention of the general public. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

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  • Scientific American: A Robot in Every Home (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Gates Narrated by Sal Giangrasso

    Scientific American: A Robot in Every Home

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    • By Bill Gates
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    From the pages of Scientific American, this is the January 2007 cover story "A Robot in Every Home" by Bill Gates. Gates is the co-founder and chairman of Microsoft. In this article, the leader of the PC revolution predicts that the next hot field will be robotics.

  • Scientific American, June 2014  by Scientific American Narrated by Mark Moran

    Scientific American, June 2014

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    In this issue: "Good Habits, Bad Habits": Researchers are pinpointing the brain circuits that can help us form good habits and break bad ones. "Germ Catcher": Machines are being developed for hospitals that can quickly identify virtually any bacterium, virus or fungus. "Summon the Rain": Governments and farmers worldwide spend millions every year trying to control the weather. New science suggests they might be on to something. "Seeds of a Cure": Researchers are running clinical trials with traditional herbal medicines—and generating promising leads.

  • Scientific American: The Joyful Mind (






UNABRIDGED) by Morten L. Kringelbach, Kent C. Berridge Narrated by Mark Moran

    Scientific American: The Joyful Mind

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    A new understanding of how the brain generates pleasure could lead to better treatment of addiction and depression - and even to a new science of happiness.

  • Scientific American: Why Exercise Works Magic (






UNABRIDGED) by Shari S. Bassuk, Timothy S. Church, JoAnn E. Mason Narrated by Mark Moran

    Scientific American: Why Exercise Works Magic

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    Shari S. Bassuk, an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Timothy S. Church, a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University, and JoAnn E. Mason, chief of the division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explain why being active is good for many reasons beyond the old familiar ones.

    Jolie says: "Great info, but I'll stick with print"
  • Science News, August 23, 2014  by Society for Science & the Public Narrated by Mark Moran

    Science News, August 23, 2014

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    Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. This 75-year-old publication is known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Since its debut in 1922, Science News has been committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman would find interesting and easy to digest.

  • Science News, August 16, 2014  by Society for Science & the Public Narrated by Mark Moran

    Science News, August 16, 2014

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    Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. This 75-year-old publication is known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Since its debut in 1922, Science News has been committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman would find interesting and easy to digest.

  • Science News, August 09, 2014  by Society for Science & the Public Narrated by Mark Moran

    Science News, August 09, 2014

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    Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. This 75-year-old publication is known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Since its debut in 1922, Science News has been committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman would find interesting and easy to digest.

  • Scientific American: The Science of Learning (






UNABRIDGED) by Barbara Kantrowitz Narrated by Mark Moran

    Scientific American: The Science of Learning

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    Barbara Kantrowitz, senior editor at the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit news organization focused on education journalism, reports on why science students learn less when they are expected to listen passively.

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  • Science News, August 02, 2014  by Society for Science & the Public Narrated by Mark Moran

    Science News, August 02, 2014

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    Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. This 75-year-old publication is known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the latest scientific research. Since its debut in 1922, Science News has been committed to providing reports on scientific and technical developments that the layman would find interesting and easy to digest.

  • Scientific American, August 2014  by Scientific American Narrated by Mark Moran

    Scientific American, August 2014

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    "The Black Hole at the Beginning of Time": The big bang – and all that came from it – may just be a holographic mirage from another dimension. "A New Kind of Inheritance": Changes caused by harmful chemicals, stress, and other influences can be passed down to – and may cause disease in - future generations. "Accidental Genius": A blow to the head can sometimes unmask hidden artistic or intellectual gifts. "The Science of Learning": Science students learn less when they are expected to listen passively.

  • Audible Technology Review, August 2014  by Technology Review Narrated by Todd Mundt

    Audible Technology Review, August 2014

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    You’ll learn how Facebook is pushing beyond data-driven studies on voting, sharing, and organ-donation prompts, to make people feel good or bad. You’ll hear how inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is working with Google to apply his theory of intelligence to understanding online information. You’ll learn how Amazon’s Fire Phone could make visual search easier, better, and more popular. You’ll hear how IBM is working on a new computer chip – which could be up to five times faster than current transistors. You’ll learn how smart homes will require unprecedented effort to ensure not just security but also usability. And you’ll hear news from the worlds of Biomedicine, Technology and Communications.

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