Gave me some core new avenues to think on. Well thought out and carefully explained. Perhaps the only improvement would have been a performance by the author, but nevertheless felt the reader had a strong grasp of the author's intent.
Psychology, AI, and the neo-Darwinian process of evolution are all emergent level phenomena that are products of physics. They each, in turn, lead to the creation of a beginning of infinite knowledge. And you are always at the beginning of infinity.
Take your time, give this book the time it deserves! Amazing.
...a potpourri of interesting thoughts, ideas and stories which I just didn't see coming. One of my favorite books ... and I don't even like David. I wish I could erase everything I know from the book and start all over again !!!
Totally unpredictable from chapter to chapter.
The worst thing about the book is its title and cover by a landslide.
Every human should read/listen to this book. From quantum paradoxes to AI terror alleviation, this book has given me hope though problems are inevitable but saleable.
One of the reasons for downloading this as audiobook is to be able to multi-task while listening. During the first few chapters were easy, after around chapter 3, it gets more complex and requires full time attention.
I would have preferred to buy this as an ebook instead.
Deutsch has some great points but he ruins his story by trashing creationism by circular logic.
There were some interesting comments and relevant scientific points.
Words can express how much I love this book. I listened to it over the course of three weeks while in traffic, driving to work every day. It's changed how I think about things, this should be required reading for all humans
Superficially this book seems to meander through disparate topics such as cosmology, political science, aesthetics, evolution and philosophy, but upon careful reading, it definitely has a central thesis. The central thesis is about the fundamental nature of explanations, the process of creating good explanations, and the central role that humans play in the cosmos because of our unique ability among creatures to create explanations.
This book has been the most influential on my thinking bar none.