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Toronto, ON, Canada | Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 94 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Infinite Potential: What Quantum Physics Reveals About How We Should Live

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lothar Schäfer
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer, Shishir Kurup

    In Infinite Potential, physical chemist Lothar Schäfer presents a stunning view of the universe as interconnected, nonmaterial, composed of a field of infinite potential, and conscious. With his own research as well as that of some of the most distinguished scientists of our time, Schäfer moves us from a reality of Darwinian competition to cooperation, a meaningless universe to a meaningful one, and a disconnected, isolated existence to an interconnected one.

    Paul says: "Mixing quantum theory with wishful thinking."
    "The conclusion came before the science on this one"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It's thought provoking non-sense.

    Do you think Infinite Potential needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It doesn't need a follow up it needs a rewrite. The initial ideas and theories are quite intriguing but the author wastes the potential by pushing a faulty story. He clearly had a conclusion in mind and wrapped and twists facts and ideas in support of the conclusion. A real scientist would let the evidence lead to the conclusion not the other way around.

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  • The Talent Code: Unlocking the Secret of Skill in Sports, Art, Music, Math, and Just About Anything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By John Farrell

    New research has revealed that myelin, once considered an inert form of insulation for brain cells, may be the holy grail of acquiring skill. Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition.

    Stephen says: "Anecdotes presented as data"
    "Great performance of reasonable ideas"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Talent Code to be better than the print version?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Talent Code?

    Being a collection of supporting evidence and stories it's a difficult question to answer withing singling out those stories, which in my mind takes away from the question and the book as a whole.

    I think it's well put together though sometimes I'm unsure of the logic in the sequence of the stories, I'm not a writer so I would assume there is a purpose for the progression.

    Which scene was your favorite?


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Talent Code?

    The idea of deep practice and the practice of absorbing information, then consciously recalling it at my own will to solidify that pathway. I found I've done intuitively a lot of the ideas put forth in this book, which gives me greater appreciation for having read it because it brings structure now to what was once instinct.

    Any additional comments?

    If even as fiction or anecdotal evidence only the book still is worth a read on interest alone, it's a worthy practice to try and put aside preconceived ideas and opening the mind up to new ones without bias.

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  • Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bill Duggan
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland

    How "Aha!" really happens....When do you get your best ideas? You probably answer "At night" or "In the shower" or "Stuck in traffic". You get a flash of insight. Things come together in your mind. You connect the dots. You say to yourself, "Aha! I see what to do." Brain science now reveals how these flashes of insight happen. It's a special form of intuition. We call it strategic intuition, because it gives you an idea for action - a strategy. This new book by William Duggan is the first full treatment of strategic intuition.

    Ricardo says: "It makes perfect sense, great insights"
    "Everything is right if you lie to make it so..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The only redeeming aspect of the book is when Bill cites true events and real knowledge he had nothing to do with. Where it goes wrong is his blatantly wrong interpretation of them to support his

    If you’ve listened to books by Bill Duggan before, how does this one compare?


    Have you listened to any of Dennis Holland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Strategic Intuition?

    I would suggest Bill go back and write something less insulting to the people he cites.

    Any additional comments?

    The reader need only to read the preface to catch the setup to what results into a recount of historical events, reinterpreted and often blatantly wrong or subjective exactly before Bill makes a bold claim and relation to his theories.

    It's easy to be right when you redefine the elements challenging your ideas, BEFORE you explain those ideas. It's call framing in negotiations. Get the opposing party to agree with you on a broad and general direction appearing to be reasonable, but in actuality you preconceived using backward induction to control decisions and opinions.

    Napoleon according to Bill is the greatest military strategist in history, what's worth discussion is not Napoleon's merits for that title, but rather Bill's selective use of Napoleon and butchering history to fit his points. Likewise with Buddha, he begins by saying the area he sites to support his theory can not be confirmed and is gathered from legend. Incredibly insulting to the reader if you use legend as fact as an appeal to authority when the writer's credibility is in question.

    To say Microsoft and Google are 1st tier companies in the

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