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SAN DIEGO , CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Brain That Changes Itself: Personal Triumphs from the Frontiers of Brain Science

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Norman Doidge
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this revolutionary look at the brain, best-selling author, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., introduces both the brilliant scientists championing this new science of neuroplasticity and the astonishing progress of the people whose lives they've transformed.

    Introducing principles we can all use, as well as a riveting collection of case histories, The Brain That Changes Itself has "implications for all human beings, not to mention human culture, human learning and human history."

    Jen says: "Worth reading"
    "Very readable"

    This is a very readable book for the popular audience on the fascinating subject of brain plasticity. It reminds me of John McPhee's writing: skillful prose with, especially in the first half or so of the book, a mixture of engrossing (true) stories with technical discussion. It is hard to believe that Dr. Doidge is a psychiatrist, and a Freudian to boot (though to be fair, Freud posited a physiological basis to his theories) because the writing is so free of jargon and so lucid. The chapter on pornography and various forms of sexual deviancy is pretty grim and you might not want to listen to it with the kids in the car, but the revelations in this book are simply astounding.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Darwin8u says: "He was curious, was a risk-taker. He was a genius."
    "Not So Wonderful"

    I recognize that Feynman was a great physicist, etc., but I just do not see what is so compelling about his non-scientific books, at least this one. Feynman adopts a studiedly colloquial, urban blue collar style-- exacerbated by the reader's sounding like a cross between a borscht belt comedian and Archie Bunker-- and just goes on and on. Feynman portrays himself as the eternal adolescent, specifically the class clown, and he becomes tedious in the same way that Tom Sawyer does when he, no longer so charming, intrudes himself into the adult novel "Huckleberry Finn," relentlessly juvenile and self-indulgent. Feynman's anecdotes are wordy, repetitious and frequently quite pointless. Contrary to many, I found none of his stuff to be sidesplitting, and rarely provoking of even a smile. And the book just keeps getting more and more annoying, at least through the 4 or so cds that I listened to before-- for the first time in my experience-- quitting to go on to another book. Finally, Feynman's usually self-deprecating tone seems to me to often mask a streak of amoral cruelty. The guy clearly cares more about his pranks than about people.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful

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