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Sean

Sean BELVEDERE TIBURON, CA, United States Member Since 2009
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  • "Cursory but not instructive"

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    The book provides a decent tour of current psychology and behavior science but does not offer any substantive tips about how to use the information.

    As a science author (as opposed to a scientist) he does a good job of explaining subtle concepts. The other side of this coin is that most of the information is presented in layman's terms. So if you are looking for a more scientific exploration of these issues you should look at other titles.

    Like most books in this category, the author spends a great deal of time describing how we are led astray by cognitive biases without offering any insight about how to avoid them. I would like to see a book that tried to tackle that problem more seriously.

    Unfortunately, the author chose to read his own book, which is almost always a mistake. The delivery is rather flat--not monotone, but it doesn't really hold your attention.

    Overall, the content is accurate and informative and the performance is adequate. If you are looking for an introduction to cognitive bias then the book will be interesting. If you want a more in depth scientific approach I would recommend "Thinking Fast and Slow."

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    What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

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    Science writer David DiSalvo reveals a remarkable paradox: what your brain wants is frequently not what your brain needs. In fact, much of what makes our brains "happy" leads to errors, biases, and distortions, which make getting out of our own way extremely difficult. DiSalvo's search includes forays into evolutionary and social psychology, cognitive science, neurology, and even marketing and economics - as well as interviews with many of the top thinkers in psychology and neuroscience today.

    Sean says: "Cursory but not instructive"
  • "Good brain book, not really about f..."

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    Although the author purports to address the issue of free will from a neuroscience point of view he goes off on many, many tangents and is oddly reticent to make any firm assertions.

    He gives a good tour of the current state of what we understand about how the brain works. This is meant to set the stage for addressing the question of whether brain chemistry and wiring pre-determines out decisions or if free will really exists. However, although he asserts that he thinks free will exists he does not create any structured arguments to support his belief. Either he feels the evidence speaks for itself (in which case he has over-estimated his audience) or his hypothesis never crystallized in his mind.

    As an experienced neuroscientist he has a masterful grasp of the subject (although I found his frequent, parenthetical comments of "so-and-so, who worked in a lab across campus from me" did not add anything to the story.) Not only does he understand what he is writing about, but he has thought deeply about the implications and he presents the material accurately.

    I found the performance to be rather snarky and it distracted from the text.

    The survey of current neuroscience makes the book worth reading, but I think he does a disservice to claim the book is about free will.

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    Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain

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    The father of cognitive neuroscience and author of Human offers a provocative argument against the common belief that our lives are wholly determined by physical processes and we are therefore not responsible for our actions.

    Dan says: "Use Your Credit On "Who's In Charge""
  • "Excellent synthesis and analysis"

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    I actually listened to this book twice because I found it so insightful and interesting. The author brings together several diverse fields in an understandable and persuasive way. He debunks several common fears and helps put others in their proper perspective.

    There are many books on the market that deal with error, cognitive bias and heuristics. This book presents enough information to make the concepts understandable and relevant without getting overly academic. He then provides concrete, real world examples of how they influence behavior and perceptions.

    The author tackles cancer, terrorism, pollution, pedophiles and violent crime. He gives a very realistic analysis of popular perceptions of these risks. Then he dissects them in terms of the actual risk they pose to the average person (much less than perceived) and convincingly shows where the discrepancies arise.

    He covers psychology, evolutionary biology, heuristics, history, politics and statistics but somehow keeps the material from getting dry or overly technical. It's a delicate balance and he manages to keep up the balancing act for the entire book.

    The book is an excellent antidote to the alarmist "is your family safe?!" stories that the press currently engages in.

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    The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Should Not - and Put Ourselves in Great Danger

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    From terror attacks to the War on Terror, bursting real-estate bubbles to crystal meth epidemics, sexual predators to poisonous toys from China, our list of fears seems to be exploding. And yet, we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. Irrational fear is running amok, and often with tragic results. In the months after 9/11, when people decided to drive instead of fly - believing they were avoiding risk - road deaths rose by 1,595. Those lives were lost to fear.

    Kristopher says: "A rational assessment of the world we live in"
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    "Required reading... with one caveat."

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    What did you love best about The Righteous Mind?

    Broad, scientific approach to understanding the biology of human behavior.


    What other book might you compare The Righteous Mind to and why?

    "Thinking Fast and Slow" by Kahneman and "The Believing Brain" by Shermer in terms of understanding neuroscience and the way our brains, opinions and behaviors come about.


    Any additional comments?

    We've created a culture where we all operate under the illusion that we need to be right. We convince ourselves that our thoughts and actions stem from some innate ability to realize and appreciate a guiding, transcendent truth, whether it be social, spiritual or logical. The humbling reality is that we have selfish genes which utilize complex modules to ensure their survival. Haidt cogently describes our biology with both scientific and symbolic aplomb.

    As a biologist and physician, I have great appreciation for this perspective. I particularly appreciate the analogy between our ethical "taste" modules and our literal gustatory senses. We cannot fight the fact that we are hardwired to respond to these tastes and indulging them initiates the neurochemical cascade which, if deprived, would leave us bereft of the true experience of humanness.

    Continuing this analogy, I would attempt to demonstrate where Haidt possibly falls short in helping both himself and his reader best apply their enhanced understanding of human and cultural biology.

    As our ethical "tastes" for sanctity, loyalty and authority have a place in maintaining safety and wellness, our taste for sugar and fat has served our species greatly in times of scarcity. The utility of these modules is entirely contextual though. In the United States (my very divided country), we live in relative abundance. The vast majority has an excess of calories as well as social safety. The context has changed and indulging our hunger for fat and sugar as well as symbolic tribal loyalty, sanctity and authoritarian acquiescence has very negative consequences. We benefit when we recognize mal-adaptive application of natural tendencies. There is little risk that we will go hungry if we forgo calories and there is little risk that the fabric of our society (and our own differential survivability) will fall apart if we question authority, symbolism or factionism.

    We live in a country of abundance and safety. Indulging these tastes is causing an epidemic of obesity, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. Could not the same be happening when insisting on applying unnecessary ethical modules? I enjoy being clean AND my understanding of germs and public health tells me I don't need to be continually vigilant. I enjoy my groups of shared interest AND I don't need to denigrate or vilify any groups to which I do not belong. I appreciate order AND I know rules and laws exist to serve a social purpose but my eternal soul is not at risk should I fail to worship compliance.

    Haidt is correct in that Conservatives indulge their ethical tastes more broadly. Their message is an ethical meal that satisfies many of our cravings. The Liberterian and Liberal ideologies are less appealing to a broad population... but dining at their table more often may be the only way of preventing the epidemic of ethical indulgence?

  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    "Arrogantly offputting.... if he wasn't so smart."

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    Where does Antifragile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Unique perspective with real utility. Top quartile.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Applying a scientific and intelligent rationale for traditionalism.


    What about Joe Ochman’s performance did you like?

    Read with believably conceited indignation which would have been off-putting were it not earned and justified.


    If you could give Antifragile a new subtitle, what would it be?

    "I spit in your general direction"


    Any additional comments?

    As a physician and leader, I'm drawn to innovative ideas that can guide our work and lives in a healthier and more fulfilling manner. Taleb's principles provide a compelling counter to our tendency to over-engineer and "fragilize" our lives and businesses. Resonant.

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  • "Enlightening"

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    Wow, did I love this book. It was well written and well narrated. Not really at all technical, per se, it uses real life stories to illustrate the various characteristics of sociopaths. I have read in reviews that the reviewers saw the book as self-help. I would characterize it more as self-defense. Once upon a time, I had a colleague who was a complete scoundrel and who had hurt many people. I commented to one of my closest friends that what I could not understand was that I actually liked this scoundrel. My friend commented that amoral people often have that effect on us. This book helps us to identify those people. The book often reads more like one written by a science reporter than by one written by a social scientist. I am not complaining. On the contrary, it makes the book that much more readable. I think that the book helped me to understand the seemingly unfathomable why of what bad people sometimes do. Why are people sometimes totally insensitive to the feelings and needs of others. Why would one hurt another being for no apparent reason at all... not even for their own apparent personal gain.

    Highly recommended.

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    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"

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UNABRIDGED) by Wallace J. Nichols, Céline Cousteau (foreword) Narrated by Wallace J. Nichols

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