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robert

I have a science background and I am fascinated with epistemology.

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  • Physics in Mind: A Quantum View of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Werner R. Loewenstein
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (22)
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    (18)
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    No one can escape a sense of awe when reflecting on the workings of the mind: we see, we hear, we feel, we are aware of the world around us. But what is the mind? What do we mean when we say we are “aware” of something? What is this peculiar state in our heads, at once utterly familiar and bewilderingly mysterious, that we call awareness or consciousness? In Physics in Mind, eminent biophysicist Werner R. Loewenstein argues that to answer these questions, we must first understand the physical mechanisms that underlie the workings of the mind.

    robert says: "Tour de force in writing and narration"
    "Tour de force in writing and narration"
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    I have been interested in consciousness theory for some time. This book is perhaps the best I have read or heard of this type, Werner R Loewenstein clearly explains the genesis and evolution of the nervous system. he also, gives up-to-date detailed discussions of the of the answer to the simple problem of consciousness that is where in the brain is it located. He is an artistic and skillful writer, and gives the best explanation that I have read as to why we evolved to be conscious. As to the difficult problem of consciousness; how we are aware, creative, and artistic; he remains strictly objective and scientific. He views the human brain has basically a exquisite computer, but leaves open the possibility that quantum computing, just like quantum sensing, may open new possibilities for explanation.

    Walter Dixons narration is excellent,and could not be improved upon. I like the book in audible form so much that I bought a visual version so that I can see the illustrations and review the references.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lee Smolin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (81)

    The Trouble with Physics argues that a limited notion of time is holding physics back. It's time for a major revolution in scientific thought. The reality of time could be the key to the next big breakthrough in theoretical physics. What if the laws of physics themselves were not timeless? What if they could evolve? Time Reborn offers a radical new approach to cosmology that embraces the reality of time and opens up a whole new universe of possibilities.

    Gary says: "Probably the best Science book I've listened to"
    "This one takes some time, but you might enjoy it."
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    The author is one of the leaders in the physics community today. He provides very detailed discussions of many of the important topics. If you have lots of time, and enjoy ingenious discussions of of important and sometime controversial topics in physics and/or philosophy performed by a less than enthusiastic reader , you should take it on. Dr. Smolin seems to believe that the scientific method and democracy, can save the planet. History would not seem to support this. He believes that the qualia of psychologists are real, and not manifestations of recursive, highly integrated information carried out by the biochemistry of the brain as demonstrated by frequency modulated MRI. Overall I found it stimulating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Locked On

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3605)
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    (3084)
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    (3067)

    Although his father had been reluctant to become a field operative, Jack Ryan Jr. wants nothing more. Privately training with a seasoned Special Forces drill instructor, he’s honing his skills to transition his work within The Campus from intelligence analysis to hunting down and eliminating terrorists wherever he can—even as Jack Ryan Sr. campaigns for re-election as President of the United States. But what neither father nor son knows is that the political and the personal have just become equally dangerous.

    Joseph says: "Give me more! Loved it!"
    "Classic Clancy!"
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    This novel is as up-to-date as today's newspaper. It gets US clandestine services against Muslim extremist terrorists. The political climate in United States also replicates our current situation. I am not turned off by the attention to detail devoted, I love it. The plot weaving is superb! The audiobook was perfect for an intercontinental flight. I hope that I can find another one as good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Brian Greene
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    In a rare blend of scientific insight and writing as elegant as the theories it explains, one of the world's leading string theorists, peels away the layers of mystery surrounding string theory to reveal a universe that consists of 11 dimensions where the fabric of space tears and repairs itself, and all matter-from the smallest quarks to the most gargantuan supernovas-is generated by the vibrations of microscopically tiny loops of energy.

    Ginger says: "Very Very good"
    "Elegant explanation, elegant narration"
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    I have a science background, but I'm neither a physicist nor am I a mathematician. Brian Greene has a gift for clear easy-to-understand explanations of both physical principles and the complex mathematics of string theory. I have previously read this book and two others that he has written. Eric Davies reads with clarity and just the right emphasis to promote understanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Transcendence of the Western Mind: Physics, Metaphysics, and Life on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Samuel Avery
    • Narrated By Andrew Mulcare
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
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    What is consciousness? This audiobook presents an understanding of life that transcends matter. More importantly, it transcends the difference between what you are and what I am. Despite its reliance on what is known through Western Science, it is a transcendence of the Western understanding of reality. It does not begin with a world and then try to figure out how life evolved within it; it begins with life and extrapolates where the world came from.

    robert says: "Outstanding Wordcraft"
    "Outstanding Wordcraft"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness: A Physical Basis for Immaterialism to be better than the print version?
    Andrew Mulcare does a superb narration. Every word is clear and concise and delivered in a very receivable manner .

    What did you like best about this story?
    This book will please anyone with an interest in modern physics or consciousness.

    What does Andrew Mulcare bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
    Andrew Mulcare delivers his narrations in a manner that is never tiring and easily ' easy-to-follow ,While driving or walking.

    If you could give The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness: A Physical Basis for Immaterialism a new subtitle, what would it be?
    The place of conscious observation in modern physics. What does meditation have to add to be careful contemplation of physics .Samuel Avery has well thought out, reasoned the issues of quantum mechanics and relativity theory and has applied it to meditation experience, to propose a new mythology.. .

    Any additional comments?
    I would like to meet Sam Avery, and talk to him more about his books I've read or listen to several of his audiobooks and have watched a presentation on the Internet.I wonder if he has read Guilio Tononi's recent book , Phi ? The integration of information to the highest level but no higher ( Phi) is discussed or paraphrased in Avery's booksThe Being or the observer in us all is the mythology waiting for a scientific theory. Tononi thinks that it's all contained in the cranium.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness: A Physical Basis for Immaterialism

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By Samuel Avery
    • Narrated By Andrew Mulcare
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (11)

    Written for both the layman and the professional scientist, The Dimensional Structure of Consciousnessopens an astounding world and points out that further progress of science depends upon a transcendence of the material world. Samuels Avery opens a 'Pandora's box'... and presents a 'through the looking glass' glimpse of the structure of consciousness as the basis of our human experience. Written by Samuel Avery, author of The Buddha and the Quantum.

    robert says: "Outstanding Wordcraft"
    "Outstanding Wordcraft"
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    Performance
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness: A Physical Basis for Immaterialism to be better than the print version?

    Andrew Mulcare does a superb narration. Every word is clear and concise and delivered in a very receivable manner .


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book will please anyone with an interest in modern physics or consciousness.


    What does Andrew Mulcare bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Andrew Mulcare delivers his narrations in a manner that is never tiring and easily ' easy-to-follow ,While driving or walking.


    If you could give The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness: A Physical Basis for Immaterialism a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The place of conscious observation in modern physics. What does meditation have to add to be careful contemplation of physics .Samuel Avery has well thought out, reasoned the issues of quantum mechanics and relativity theory and has applied it to meditation experience, to propose a new mythology.. .


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to meet Sam Avery, and talk to him more about his books I've read or listen to several of his audiobooks and have watched a presentation on the Internet.I wonder if he has read Guilio Tononi's recent book , Phi ? The integration of information to the highest level but no higher ( Phi) is discussed or paraphrased in Avery's booksThe Being or the observer in us all is the mythology waiting for a scientific theory. Tononi thinks that it's all contained in the cranium.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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