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Ben

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  • Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jim Al-Khalili, Johnjoe McFadden
    • Narrated By Pete Cross
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    Life is the most extraordinary phenomenon in the known universe; but how does it work? Even in this age of cloning and synthetic biology, the remarkable truth remains: nobody has ever made anything living entirely out of dead material. Life remains the only way to make life. Are we missing a vital ingredient in its creation? Like Richard Dawkins' The Selfish Gene, which provided a new perspective on how evolution works, Life on the Edge alters our understanding of life's dynamics.

    Ben says: "revolutionizing ideas "
    "revolutionizing ideas "
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    revolutionizing ideas in the junction of many disciplines. very well written for a complex science book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Questions of Philosophy

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By The Great Courses, David K. Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor David K. Johnson
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    (744)
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    (670)
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    (658)

    We have all pondered seemingly unanswerably but significant questions about our existence - the biggest of all being, "Why are we here?" Philosophy has developed over millennia to help us grapple with these essential intangibles. There is no better way to study the big questions in philosophy than to compare how the world's greatest minds have analyzed these questions, defined the terms, and then reasoned out potential solutions. Once you've compared the arguments, the final step is always deciding for yourself whether you find an explanation convincing.

    Gary says: "No easy answers, just easy questions"
    "A must for the seeker of Truth"
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    be ready to have at least some of your basic believes shaken. as a theist, I had some serious pills to swallow in some lectures. it really made me think of my assumptions, Prof. Johnson's assumptions, and inquire for the truth.

    Prof. Johnson's lectures are comprehensive, interesting and even humorous. the only thing I should warn a listener is that you can find yourself feeling offended, either because one of your deepest believes has just been proven wrong, or because your religion is being mocked at a little or used in an unsesable way. I confess I felt offended a few times not only for my religion, but for the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religion. nonetheless, one should try to leave it aside and confront the intelectual, not personal, challenge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Common (translator)
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885, Thus Spoke Zarathustra is the most famous and influential work of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The work is a philosophical novel in which the character of Zarathustra, a religious prophet-like figure, delivers a series of lessons and sermons in a Biblical style that articulate the central ideas of Nietzsche's mature thought.

    Gary says: "No truths just perspectives"
    "Brilliant philosophy, outstanding narration"
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    tactless, but revolutionary philosophy that in my opinion changed history, especially relevant to the 20th century.
    the narration was outstanding, giving power to every word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Masters of War: History's Greatest Strategic Thinkers

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Andrew R. Wilson
    • Narrated By Professor Andrew R. Wilson Ph.D Harvard University
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    From Napoleon's revolutionary campaigns to the way insurgency, terrorism, and nuclear weaponry have defined the nature of warfare in the 21st century, the results of military strategy have changed the course of history. These 24 thought-provoking lectures give you an inside look at both the content and historical context of the world's greatest war strategists. From the triremes and hoplites of ancient Greece to the Special Forces in 21st-century Afghanistan, strategy is the process by which political objectives are translated into military action.

    Glen Sears says: "Great for new students and military professionals"
    "Strategic thought for the gifted amateur"
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    underlines the most important strategists in chronological order, leaving the listener with more then the basics for strategic analysis of the past, present, and future scenarios.
    might be a little hard to grip for someone with only basic historical background. I would recommend some historical courses before taking this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Luke Timothy Johnson Ph.D. Yale University
    • Narrated By Professor Luke Timothy Johnson Ph.D. Yale University
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    Each of the great three Abrahamic religious traditions holds the seeds for deep mystical contemplation. But what do most of us know about these mystics and the tradition they sustained? Explore this spiritual, literary, and intellectual heritage in these great faiths of the West as it unfolds over three millennia with these 36 enlightening, thought-provoking lectures that offer nearly

    Ben says: "Powerful perspective"
    "Powerful perspective"
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    The course gives a powerful perspective of the three major monotheistic religions. It is very balanced and extremely respectful.
    As a member of one of these mystical traditions, it was thrilling to hear about the other traditions, to witness the similarities and differences, but mostly feel great respect to fellow members of mystical traditions. It was also interesting to hear about my own tradition in a broad perspective.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Theories of Human Development

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Malcolm W. Watson
    • Narrated By Professor Malcolm W. Watson Ph.D. University of Denver
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    In these 24 lectures, probe the field of "human development"; the science that studies how we learn and develop psychologically, from birth to the end of life. This very young science not only enables us to understand children and help them develop optimally, but also gives us profound insights into who we are as adults. Professor Watson introduces you to the six theories that have had perhaps the greatest influence on this field

    Mark says: "Great CLEP review"
    "insightful"
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    Every lecture had new and insightful ways of seen how humans develop.
    The narration is energetic, but with common but minor confusions, usually in logic, that one can either understand the idea and continue on or miss the idea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Andrew Newberg University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    • Narrated By Professor Andrew Newberg University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    Overall
    (278)
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    (246)
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    Does God exist? Do we have a soul? Is it possible to make contact with a spiritual realm? How should we respond to the divine? Will life continue beyond death?Most people, whether deeply religious or outright doubters of any spiritual power, have probably pondered these questions for themselves. In fact, the religious impulse is so powerfully pervasive that neuroscience has posed a provocative question: Are our brains wired to worship?

    Amazon Customer says: "Engaging"
    "Mind blowing!"
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    the questions asked and the analysis made were brilliant. the lectures were both skeptical and with awe, revealing and concealing. some parts of the lectures felt a little repetitive, and sometimes I felt that the ideas were lectured in a somewhat shallow way, but maybe it is because of my previous knowledge and curiosity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exploring Metaphysics

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, David K. Johnson
    • Narrated By Professor David K. Johnson
    Overall
    (659)
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    (585)
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    This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "Fascinating."
    "stunning"
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    the course can make one think and rethink of the nature of reality and consciousness. it's the first audiobook that I know I will rehear and even take notes to get the details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • European Thought and Culture in the 19th Century

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Lloyd Kramer
    • Narrated By Professor Lloyd Kramer Ph.D. Cornell University
    Overall
    (61)
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    (57)
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    (58)

    In the 19th century, Europe was the crucible for most of the ideas, institutions, and "isms" that now shape the life of our entire planet-nationalism, capitalism, democracy, socialism, feminism, and the list goes on and on. But where did these ideas come from? Over the course of 24 sweeping lectures, Professor Kramer invites you to view intellectual history as a series of overlapping, interconnected dialogues....

    Ben says: "Very good summery"
    "Very good summery"
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    The course brings the bottom line of the major ideas of the 19th century in clear and understandable way. It is a great introduction, but won't lead you deep into the ideas or texts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Good and Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Friedrich Nietzsche
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
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    (234)
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    Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, first published in 1886, presents a scathing critique of traditional morality and attacks previous philosophers for their blind acceptance of Christian ideals of virtue. As an alternative to what he viewed as the illogical and irrelevant philosophy of the nineteenth century, Nietzsche argues for the importance of imagination, self-assertion, danger, and originality for genuine philosophy.

    Philip says: "Steven Crossley Nails It!"
    "Very deep thoughts"
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    This was my first encounter with Nietzsche's writings. His ideas, even though in manny cases differ from my own way of thinking, are definitely worth the time to think about.
    In that sence, I felt I dint have enough time to think during the narration. There was not enough time, in my opinion, between different themes that are usually separated by paragraphs, and in many cases I needed that extra second to conclude one idea and go to the next. Part from that, the narration was very vivid and I truly enjoyed it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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