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John

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  • War of the Worldviews: Science Vs. Spirituality

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow, Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (73)

    Two bestselling authors first met in a televised Caltech debate on “the future of God,” one an articulate advocate for spirituality, the other a prominent physicist. This remarkable book is the product of that serendipitous encounter and the contentious - but respectful - clash of worldviews that grew along with their friendship.

    HossBud says: "Meh."
    "Not what I expect- but that's a good thing!"
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    What made the experience of listening to War of the Worldviews the most enjoyable?

    Deepak Chopra actually made a good argument for consciousness preceding matter, using Quantum Theory as support. This was unexpected and very welcome to hear because I was assuming that Mlodinow was going to "wipe the floor" with Chopra.

    In contrast, I thought that Leonard Mlodinow only had a few good moments. He spent most of his time decrying the notion of a deity, even though Chopra did the exact same thing in his argument. Even more damning was Mlodinow's insistence on experimental proof, except, conveniently, where we are technologically incapable of experimentation in regards to several key concepts in physics.In other words, throw this theory out, but keep this other one, even though neither can be proven and both are accepted by different parts of the scientific community. Overall, Mlodinow only supports a few of his points with evidence. The rest is conjecture.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of War of the Worldviews?

    When Chopra stated that religion has failed human civilization, and that spirituality requires one to embrace science.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Thought Chopra made an excellent argument, and supported it with sound scientific theories and experimental proof.

    Thought Mlodinow could have been much better. One shining moment for him was the chapter about physical human brain function near the end of the book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The NEW discussion about who we are and where we came from.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was much better than I expected it to be. I recommend it to anyone interested in science, spirituality, or both.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Attack of the Fiend: The Last Apprentice, #4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (217)

    Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who banishes boggarts and drives away ghosts. But now a new danger is threatening Tom's world: the witches are rising and the three most powerful clans are uniting in order to conjure an unimaginable evil. Tom and the Spook set out to stop the witches before they unleash the demon. But when Tom finds himself on his own, he wonders if he has the courage and cunning to defeat the most powerful enemy he has ever encountered.

    Patricia says: "The Last Apprentice: Attack of the Fiend"
    "Excellent All Way Round"
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    The narration was fantastic, and Delaney has a wonderful continuing story here with Tom Ward, and his venture into all things that go bump in the night. These books are excellent for anyone that likes fantasy or horror/ghosts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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