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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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    • By Scientific American
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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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  • Scientific American, 1-Month Subscription

    "Poor reading spoils it"

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    The monotonic voice full of mispronounciations rather spoils this.
    Also Scientific American doesn't seem to work well without the illustrations.

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    This is a worthwhile subscription. The only problem is that that the narrator is difficult to understand. He runs sentences together so that meaning is confused and is kind of annoying to listen to.

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    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"

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    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

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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.

  • 4.1 (115 ratings)

    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

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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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  • 3.9 (106 ratings)

    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.

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  • 4.0 (82 ratings)

    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

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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"
  • 4.0 (74 ratings)

    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"
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  • 3.9 (71 ratings)

    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"
  • 4.1 (71 ratings)

    Consciousness: Scientific American Mind

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    • By Scientific American
    • Narrated By Mark Moran
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    This edition of Scientific American Mind contains seven articles. The cover story deals with synesthesia, when senses blend together in the brain. Also in this issue: thrill seeking, intelligence drugs, power trips, first impressions, the winter blues and lastly better work through relaxation.

    Douglas says: "Good Issue..."
  • 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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  • 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"
  • 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"
  • Science News, 12-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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  • 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, 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!

  • Charlie Rose Science Series Vol. I

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    The Charlie Rose Science Series is an exploration of the advances being made in scientific research, their contribution to our understanding of the world around us, and how these breakthroughs may be applied to improving human health. Volume One features five episodes: "The Brain", "The Human Genome", "Longevity", "Cancer", and "Stem Cells".

  • Consciousness: Scientific American Mind

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    • By Scientific American
    • Narrated By Mark Moran
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    This edition of Scientific American Mind contains seven articles. The cover story deals with synesthesia, when senses blend together in the brain. Also in this issue: thrill seeking, intelligence drugs, power trips, first impressions, the winter blues and lastly better work through relaxation.

    Douglas says: "Good Issue..."
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  • Scientific American, April 2014

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    "The First Starlight": The first stars ended the dark ages of the universe. "Rise of the Human Predator": Surprising new insights into how our ancestors became skilled hunters. "Journey to Bottom of the Sea": High-tech submersibles are poised to explore the ocean’s deepest trenches in an effort to tackle long-standing questions about exotic creatures, the source of tsunamis and the origins of life on earth. "The Genetic Geography of the Brain": The first detailed maps of what our genes are doing inside our brains challenge a long-held theory of how our gray matter works.

  • Surprises from Celiac Disease: Scientific American

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    • By Alessio Fasano
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    Alessio Fasano, of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, reports on how a study of the potentially fatal food-triggered disease has uncovered a process that many contribute to treating many autoimmune disorders. This article was published in the August 2009 edition of Scientific American.

  • Burnout: Scientific American Mind

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    This issue of Scientific American Mind contains six fascinating articles. In the cover story, "Burned Out," you'll find out that if you're feeling overwhelmed by the demands of your job, you're definitely not alone. You'll also hear about new research that finds older workers are not necessarily slower than younger workers, and they often make fewer errors; you'll go inside the extraordinary memory of Kim Peek, the savant who was the inspiration for Rain Man; and more.

  • The Neuroscience of Dance: Scientific American

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    • By Steven Brown, Lawrence M. Parsons, Scientific American
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    Recent brain-imaging studies reveal some of the complex neural choreography behind our ability to dance. This article was published in the July 2008 edition of Scientific American.

  • Science News, April 19, 2014

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    • By Society for Science & the Public
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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, April 12, 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, April 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.

  • Scientific American, April 2014

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    "The First Starlight": The first stars ended the dark ages of the universe. "Rise of the Human Predator": Surprising new insights into how our ancestors became skilled hunters. "Journey to Bottom of the Sea": High-tech submersibles are poised to explore the ocean’s deepest trenches in an effort to tackle long-standing questions about exotic creatures, the source of tsunamis and the origins of life on earth. "The Genetic Geography of the Brain": The first detailed maps of what our genes are doing inside our brains challenge a long-held theory of how our gray matter works.

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  • Audible Technology Review, April 2014

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    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
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    You’ll learn what it’s like to use a device that can be controlled with your voice and a noise-cancelling headset. You’ll hear about the growing security problem Google is facing. You’ll learn how researchers have shown that the swipe-to-unlock action can be replaced. You’ll hear how WebTV’s creator is trying to make wireless technology that will give us faster, better mobile Internet access. You’ll learn how a few apps are starting to reveal what Google Glass could soon become. And you’ll hear news from the worlds of Biomedicine, Technology and Communications.

  • Scientific American: Journey to Bottom of the Sea

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    • By Kate Wong
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    Hgh-tech submersibles are poised to explore the ocean’s deepest trenches in an effort to tackle long-standing questions about exotic creatures, the source of tsunamis and the origins of life on earth.

  • Science News, March 29, 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.