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Mike

Mike LOS ANGELES, CA, United States Member Since 2009
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  • "Excellent, informative, concise"

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    This was exactly what I was looking for. It is one of the most concise, informative, and information packed books on human evolution that you will find on Audible. It's like reading a condensed version of four or five books on human evolutionary development in one, as it not only covers various aspects of human evolution (bipedalism, competition with other hominids, tool use, diet, brain size, DNA research, etc.), but also balances the consensus opinions with competing theories/interpretations of data (e.g. an African origin of h. sapiens vs. multiple groups of hominids across Asia and Africa that evolved separately but intermixed).

    I prefer this balanced approach over books that have a specific thesis or unifying theme(s), as they do not provide as much if any balance to the author's point of view, leaving you wondering about the objectivity of the narrative. This book doesn't have a marketing gimmick to skew its presentation of the facts.

    The level of detail in this book is sometimes comparable to a college lecture. For example, this book frequently cites dates and does not shy away from referencing lesser known homo species by name, e.g. "H. antecessor" and "H. ergaster" along with the more familiar "H. erectus" and "H. sapiens", etc. Also, in several instances the book will explain the logic or methodology behind certain assumptions or findings, e.g. how and why mitochondrial DNA can be used to trace maternal lineage back in time to an "Eve", and date her existence. It then usually provides a few examples, mention a few counter-points for balance, and then moves on.

    Unlike a college lecture, the presentation is so well organized and so well paced that it keeps your interest. It never gets bogged down on extraneous details or issues, never sounds like it's wasting space trying to justify a theme, etc. Here are some facts, mechanics, conclusions, examples, counterpoints... next topic.

    The reader is quick, so it's almost like 4 hours of info.

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    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"
  • "Fascinating and well worth it!"

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    This is fascinating audio article that presents a behind the scenes look at how the scientific community would react if it discovered proof of alien life. This isn't based on speculation but an actual incident where, for the better part of the day, a group of astronomers believed they had discovered just such proof. *** It then goes on to discuss related issues, such as how you would confirm a signal was extraterrestrial, the likely dissent in the scientific community, how one might decipher the transmission (my favorite part), how long that might take (years?) if at all, speculation as to what that message might be, whether we should be transmitting our own messages (Stephen Hawking says it may not be safe), how far our television transmissions have traveled in the galaxy already, and so on.

    One of the more amazing comments was from an astronomer at Berkeley who has "played a leading role in the discovery of dozens of extra-solar planets"; he predicts that space based telescopes will be able to map the continents and oceans of planets in other solar systems by the end of the century. Conversely, an alien civilization with a mere 1,000 year technological head start on us would likely have far more impressive capabilities, e.g. the ability to listen to our satellite communications.

    It ends with a discussion on the Fermi Paradox (the apparent conflict between predictions that intelligent life is abundant in the galaxy/universe and the lack of evidence for such alien life).

    My only "complaint" is that it wasn't longer. (However, at 23 minutes in length, it's longer than most "half hour" TV shows, when you factor in commercials) If you're interested in astronomy and/or the search for alien life in the universe, it is very much worth the mere $1.36 (just don't use a credit!)

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    Scientific American: Contact - The Day After

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    Tim Folger reports on a worldwide collaborative effort to search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

    Mike says: "Fascinating and well worth it!"
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    A wonderful mag.

Angela

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  • "Turbocharging the Brain"

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was interesting and I caught several of the points.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The different affect of drugs on the brain of different people. How some drugs affect people with lower intelligence but do not of higher brain function. Some of the technical jargon was a little over my head or the actual drug names so that was less interesting.


    Did Mark Moran do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, once I started it, it was best listened to in one sitting.


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    Scientific American: Turbocharging the Brain

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    Pills that are safely able to improve mental processes will one day be available to all. This article was published in the October 2009 edition of Scientific American.

    Angela says: "Turbocharging the Brain"

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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?

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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.

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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"
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    James says: "In-depth and well-rounded"
  • Science News, 12-Month Subscription  by Science Service Narrated by Mark Moran

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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!

  • Audible Technology Review, 12-Month Subscription  by Technology Review Narrated by Todd Mundt

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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!

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    Scientific American: Everything You Know about Calories is Wrong

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    Rob Dunn, a biologist at North Carolina State University, writes about how digestion is far too messy a process to accurately convey in neat numbers.

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UNABRIDGED) by Jennifer Frazer Narrated by Mark Moran

    Scientific American: Fungi on the March

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    Jennifer Frazer writes about how a strange fungal disease in North America is heralding a new threat to human health.

  • Science News, July 26, 2014  by Society for Science & the Public Narrated by Mark Moran

    Science News, July 26, 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.

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    Scientific American: This Way to Mars

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    Damon Landau, an outer-planet mission analyst at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Nathan J. Strange, a JPL mission architect, report on how the human space program could get astronauts to Mars cheaply and quickly.

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UNABRIDGED) by Harrison H. Schmitt Narrated by Mark Moran

    From the Moon to Mars: Scientific American

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    Harrison H. Schmitt, the lunar module pilot for the Apollo 17 mission, offers some pointers for future explorers of Mars. This article was published in the July 2009 edition of Scientific American.

  • Science News, July 26, 2014  by Society for Science & the Public Narrated by Mark Moran

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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.

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    Science News, July 19, 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, July 12, 2014  by Society for Science & the Public Narrated by Mark Moran

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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, July 05, 2014  by Society for Science & the Public Narrated by Mark Moran

    Science News, July 05, 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.

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  • Scientific American: Giant Bubbles of the Milky Way (






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    Scientific American: Giant Bubbles of the Milky Way

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    Newly discovered lobes that stretch tens of thousands of light-years above and below the Milky Way’s disk.

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

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    In this issue, you’ll hear how researchers can investigate the source of emotions, memory, and consciousness for the first time. You’ll learn how better research tools and new insights into the genetics of brain disorders could revive the moribund effort to improve treatments. You’ll hear how a better understanding of the complex systems the brain uses to relay information could lead to massive breakthroughs in memory and computing. You’ll learn about a remarkable experiment where a paralyzed woman used her mind to control a robotic arm. And you’ll hear how Gabriel Kreiman’s single-neuron measurements of unconscious decision-making could someday point to ways we can learn to control ourselves.

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

    Scientific American, July 2014

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    "Extra Sensory Perception": A world filled with sensors will change the way we see, hear, think and live. "Giant Bubbles of the Milky Way": Newly discovered lobes that stretch tens of thousands of light-years above and below the Milky Way’s disk. "Gods of Blood & Stone": The mysterious culture of ancient Teotihuacan is at last giving up its secrets. "Building Tastier Fruits & Veggies": Scientists are finally able to bring flavor back to produce without genetic engineering.

  • Science News, June 28, 2014  by Society for Science & the Public Narrated by Mark Moran

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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.