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J. Putney

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  • 6 reviews
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  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3893)
    Performance
    (1814)
    Story
    (1827)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "I had no Idea we knew so much"
    Overall

    WOW the amount of information the world has collected about his life is astounding. Einstein (the person) is no longer an abstract concept, he's a slighty crazy genius who had a mind bogglingly complex life. I understand him in a much different light. Though it is a bit long, I had to use the SleepyTunes iPhone app to help me get through it at night :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Yorker Festival - Richard Dawkins: Disciple of Darwin

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Henry Finder
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Richard Dawkins holds the Charles Simonyi Chair of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford. His books include the best-selling The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Ancestor's Tale, and A Devil's Chaplain, a collection of essays. He has received the International Cosmos Prize and the Kistler Prize.

    Brad says: "Excellent!"
    "5 stars indeed"
    Overall

    I think this is one of my favorite downloads, and I like replaying it for friends. It's a good conversation started.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kansas Evolution Hearings: Day 1 (5/5/05)

    • NONE (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A subcommittee of the Kansas Board of Education holds hearings on whether the state's science curriculum should permit alternate theories to be taught alongside evolution. During the first three days of hearings, proponents of intelligent design present their views. They are represented by a retired lawyer, John Calvert, who heads the Intelligent Design Network of Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

    Sue says: "A must listen . . ."
    "Think about the children"
    Overall

    It's nice to see that the scientific community gave this fake debate the respect it deserved by not involving itself in something it has already spoken so clearly about. Even now Intelligent Design has yet to publish an article in a peer-reviewed scientific journal and the reasons are quite clear. Their arguments continually use the lack of evidence for one view as evidence for another view. Children in Kansas schools will be allowed to prove they have a monster in their closet because closet monsters do not hide under their bed, and they checked under their bed and there was no monster. And if the teacher questions this the child can say "but look it's here in my ID book and thats science"

    Their quoted books and studies(non peer-reviewed) continually use unscientific concepts that simply sound scientific to a school board with a poor understanding of the associations ID exploits. For example ID relies heavily on measuring intelligence and information in a system, but information theory provides no scientific way to objectivly measure the amount of information or "inteligence" in a system (see Mismeasure of Man). Back to a kansas classroom example, let's say a child scribbles a note and passes it in class but the teacher intercepts it. The teacher finds a seemingly funny set of symbols on the paper that apear to be a pictogram making fun of the teacher, the teacher ,knowing her ID quite well, realizes that she can determine the information in the note and determines it's a note making fun of him/her. Of course the reality is that the student was merely tracing funny shapes found in their text book at random and there was no information relating to the teacher at all no matter how much it may have looked like it. But this is an ID school and that student is in big trouble.

    So sure this might be worth a listen but be ready for some serious thinking becasue the pleasant-sounding lies abound.

    Poor Kansas students, how can we help them?

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kansas Evolution Hearings: Day 4 (5/12/05)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    A subcommittee of the Kansas Board of Education holds hearings on whether the state's science curriculum should permit alternate theories to be taught alongside evolution. In this final hearing, attorney Pedro Irigonegaray states the case for teaching evolution exclusively. Irigonegaray was given the opportunity to call witnesses, but declined. Also heard is a retired lawyer, John Calvert, who heads the Intelligent Design Network of Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

    jerry says: "Fools Like These"
    "Think about the children"
    Overall

    It's nice to see that the scientific community gave this fake debate the respect it deserved by not involving itself in something it has already spoken so clearly about. Even now Intelligent Design has yet to publish an article in a peer-reviewed scientific journal and the reasons are quite clear. Their arguments continually use the lack of evidence for one view as evidence for another view. Children in Kansas schools will be allowed to prove they have a monster in their closet because closet monsters do not hide under their bed, and they checked under their bed and there was no monster. And if the teacher questions this the child can say "but look it's here in my ID book and thats science"

    Their quoted books and studies(non peer-reviewed) continually use unscientific concepts that simply sound scientific to a school board with a poor understanding of the associations ID exploits. For example ID relies heavily on measuring intelligence and information in a system, but information theory provides no scientific way to objectivly measure the amount of information or "inteligence" in a system (see Mismeasure of Man). Back to a kansas classroom example, let's say a child scribbles a note and passes it in class but the teacher intercepts it. The teacher finds a seemingly funny set of symbols on the paper that apear to be a pictogram making fun of the teacher, the teacher ,knowing her ID quite well, realizes that she can determine the information in the note and determines it's a note making fun of him/her. Of course the reality is that the student was merely tracing funny shapes found in their text book at random and there was no information relating to the teacher at all no matter how much it may have looked like it. But this is an ID school and that student is in big trouble.

    So sure this might be worth a listen but be ready for some serious thinking becasue the pleasant-sounding lies abound.

    Poor Kansas students, how can we help them?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A People's History of the United States: Highlights from the Twentieth Century

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Howard Zinn
    • Narrated By Matt Damon, Howard Zinn
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (142)

    Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools (with its emphasis on great men in high places) to focus on the street, the home, and the workplace.

    Michael says: "the second half is better"
    "to the previous review"
    Overall

    It's not quite the original because it's the updated Twentieth Century version that was also released as a book. I must add it is quite wonderful and I'm glad Matt Damon could read for it. It's a must have for those interested in history from a new point of view other than war, namely the peoples.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Quantum Presents Meet the Real Creator - You!

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Fred Alan Wolf
    • Narrated By Fred Alan Wolf
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    The more you learn about quantum physics, the more you wonder: who is really creating your reality? Fear not, Dr. Quantum, superhero of spiritual science, is here to help you meet the real creator: You! Join this champion of modern thought (sometimes known by his alter ego, Dr. Fred Alan Wolf) on a quest for truth through the strange reality of quantum physics.

    John says: "Not what I expected"
    "This is not Quantum Physics"
    Overall

    Ok to download IF you realize that this is one person's view about human spirituality, and NOT actually about any of the qualities or scientific implications of quantum physics.

    This book uses a quantum physics vocabulary (vocabulary, mind you, not actual scientist-endorsed interpretations or data) to make speculations about the soul, which is describes in terms of an imaginary elephant. It presents common misreadings of what real quantum physicists call "observation," equating a probabilistic science to a false determinism.

    Incredibly disappointing.
    I am surprised Audible would advertise this on its front page.

    37 of 59 people found this review helpful

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