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Lane Cove, Australia | Member Since 2006

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 718 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • Hidden Dimensions: The Unification of Physics and Consciousness

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By B. Alan Wallace
    • Narrated By Stow Lovejoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bridging the gap between the world of science and the realm of the spiritual, Wallace, a pioneer of modern consciousness research, offers a practical and revolutionary method for exploring the mind that combines the keenest insights of contemporary physics and philosophers with the time-honored meditative traditions of Buddhism.

    Michael says: "An exciting vision of a new science."
    "An exciting vision of a new science."

    I agree with Bernard, this is deep and thought provoking material. I kept being reminded of Roger Penrose's "Emperor's New Mind" where the topics of consciousness and its relationship with reality are discussed. Similarly, Popper's insights about scientific method also came to mind. Our scientific methods don't really prove anything: "true" in the scientific sense just means 'not yet falsified'. As to the Buddhist slant, this stems from the fact that Buddhism takes a scientific approach to spirituality and has never been about doctrine and faith. Belief is never demanded (or enforced). In Buddhism, as discussed by Ken Wilber, John Daido Loori and others, the approach is always "Do the experiment yourself and see if you get the same result". Unfortunately, most people are not willing to do the experiments, especially if they involve sitting zazen for 10 years! I recommend this work to anyone interested in the intersection of science and religion. It raises as many questions as it answers but they are, in opinion, very important and timely questions.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Viper Pilot: The Autobiography of One of America's Most Decorated Combat Pilots

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dan Hampton
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sure to rank as one of the greatest aviation memoirs ever written, Viper Pilot is an Air Force legend's thrilling eyewitness account of modern air warfare. From 1986 to 2006, Lt. Col. Dan Hampton was a leading member of the Wild Weasels, the elite Air Force fighter squadrons whose mission is recognized as the most dangerous job in modern air combat. Weasels are the first planes sent into a war zone, flying deep behind enemy lines purposely seeking to draw fire from surface-to-air missiles and artillery. They must skillfully evade being shot down - and then return to destroy the threats, thereby making the skies safe for everyone else to follow.

    NOKWISA says: "Fast and Furious"
    "Good except for the USA! USA! chest pounding"
    What did you like best about Viper Pilot? What did you like least?

    An interesting view from inside a war. However, there is an implicit "war as a video game" feel with the blindness to the actual human tragedy and suffering of war.

    Could you see Viper Pilot being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The book could be made into a movie but it really would need to find a new hook as this genre has been done to death (pun intended).

    Any additional comments?

    The author's "don't mess with Uncle Sam" and "might is right" comments at a couple of points only serve to illustrate an ugly side of USA patriotic logic. The USA is right, and they'll kill you if you disagree and the fact that they have the military power to kill you proves they are right.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Excellent, Useful Information"
    What made the experience of listening to The Willpower Instinct the most enjoyable?

    This audiobook is one of the best books about changing undesirable behaviours. It provides understanding about why we sometimes do things that we know are bad for us but do them anyway.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Willpower Instinct?

    The last couple of chapters are filled with powerful tips on changing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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