Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Gives a brief overview of Spinoza's up bringing and formative years and then delves into the philosophy he espoused in his writings. Poets loved him and religious leaders despised him. Atheist, pantheists, and deeply religious believers have all tried to claim him as their own. Though he speaks of God he seems to be talking more of the God of Einstein and Hawking. He Attacked scripture and made the argument that they were just morals to live by only and not divine. The book then covers his theories of modes of thought including Imagination, reason, and intuition. A significant amount of incite on Spinoza in such a small volume.
Not what I expected but still a decent philosophical read on why art is important.
This book covered much of the same ground as Taleb’s Black Swan book but still a worthwhile read on randomness. It is a good yet unsettling read since it points out we are not as in control of our environment as we would like to think.
People are becoming more interested in Consciousness and are reading books related to this topic. Power vs Force is a very interesting book, well-written, with findings, sources, and interpretations concentrated without excess wordiness.
And, after listening to many Audible books that used professional narrators, I got a bit spoiled and have expectations of enunciation, interesting inflection, and no hissing "S" sounds. Some author-read books come out fantastic - like William Shatner's autobiography, or Tom Campbell's My Big TOE trilogy. Others are okay. And some seem to undermine the author's work, like this audiobook.
I hope this book will be read by a professional Narrator. It is simply too important to be cast aside because listeners can't abide the author's own reading. If the author had been standing at a podium, reading this book in front of an audience, he would have lost the audience. At times he sounds bored or as if he isn't paying attention to the meaning of the words he is reading but is reading automatically.
With a deep gravelly voice that maintains a slurred monotone, broken only at times with the hissing of words that end in "S" letters, despite my intense interest in the words, I had difficulty getting the meaning of the words due to distraction and frustration. Only by the 20th chapter had I gotten used to the author's voice.
Yet, I am going to listen to this audiobook at least one more time. The information and findings are fascinating. With the number of people who have been posting feedback with frustration on the reading voice, I hope this book will be re-read professionally and given a greater and more positive exposure to many people. It's a valuable work by the author.