What you think--is not what you think you think. Your conscious mind--because it's the only part that speaks to you--is taking credit for a lot of the real work done in the much deeper parts of the brain. Very recent breakthrough discoveries in neuroscience have resulted in several surprisingly counter-intuitive insights into our intuition.The author turns what could have been a complicated subject, into clear explanations backed up with results of several very interesting experiments. This was a fun and fascinating journey into the the inner-space of the mind, giving the reader a peek into who 'they' really are.
Make the pain stop!
I had no other book in my Audible library so I figured I'd continue listening until I finished raking the leaves. It's the fastest leaf raking I've ever done!
The first half of this book is harmless enough; a recitation of recent technology that in case you're one of the unfortunate people who have been in a coma the last 20 years, will find informational.But this first half is only a prelude to the main point of the book, which is basically that Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes and the Luddites were right
I am sorry for not spending the time here to detail the many errors and misconceptions in this book. This is because I don't have the patience to think about this book any longer. It's only by my compassion for other readers that I can send this warning. It would be masochistic of me to spend any more time than necessary, but suffice it to say that practically every syllable endured while racing through the leaf raking was like an icepick to the prefrontal logic and rational centers of my brain.
There are so many ways to counter the ideas in this book that I would not even know which to select and which to leave out.Of course it would do little good to detail the nonsensical arguments anyway because for those who are not a fan of socialism, then you can probably guess what these arguments are. If you are a fan of controlling other people's lives, then nothing will change your mind, because reason is not automatic -- those who deny it cannot be conquered by it.
The only specific advice I will include is this. If you have any respect for private property or individual freedom, or any misgivings of government "help," or if you are actually a fan of progress and the advancements of science and technology, then you'll want to avoid this recent update to the Communist Manifesto.
Very impressive information and a fascinating collection of success stories. I've already recommended the book to friends. It's interesting to see how timing and luck have had such a powerful influence on the outcomes of some people's lives. However the conclusion the author deduces from these findings had me mentally screaming at the book.The fact that luck plays a large part in creating opportunity does not seem to me to be the overriding deciding factor in a person's success any more than the luck of the deal Poker--there are many hands and many ways to play them. The author's conclusion is simply a handy excuse for failure. The author tries to take the interesting happenstances of a few people and project that onto the general population to prove that individual effort is futile--that everything takes a village. In other-words, "You didn't build that."The author argues that if more people got the breaks Bill Gates did, then there would have been more Bill Gate successes; but what market would there be for dozens of Microsofts? In fact there WERE more Bill Gate successes, but in many other fields.Yes, of course you could give additional benefits to some "underprivileged" person, but regardless what those benefits were, you would first have to TAKE them from someone else... and then that second person would then be underprivileged.It seemed to me that the author suffers from some of the same faulty reasoning he describes in others: He sees the world primarily through the narrow lens of his own history.Interesting book, but I would recommend bringing your own INDIVIDUAL analysis and deduction to the material.
It took a while for me to get this book because I was skeptical since the promises sounded a bit far-fetched. But after listening to the book, I found that there is an awful lot of very useful information here. Whether or not I take it all, the the book definitely over-delivers on content. I only wish I had bought the eBook first so that I could get the Audible book at a discount because this is the type of book that is very good to have as reference material.
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