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Null Hypothesis

Raised by humans. Living at the intersection of necessity and free will.

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  • Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Specter
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter has twice won the Global Health Council’s Excellence in Media Award, as well as the Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In Denialism, he fervently argues that people are turning away from new technologies and engaging in a kind of magical thinking that is hindering scientific progress.

    S says: "A compelling read"
    "Are we talking mindset or bio-ethics?"
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    What did you like best about Denialism? What did you like least?

    Interesting, though disjointed. Philosophically, the premise of rational thinking will only go as far as incentives to be rational will allow. Only when the individual cost of irrationality is greater than the collective benefit will the behavior change.

    The second half of the book is far more interesting from a practical standpoint. Genomics, bio-ethics, bio-engineering, and the framework of knowledge pursuits are all compelling subjects worthy of their own books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The author sneaks in a fair number of assumptions (or facts with weak bearing to his premise), which is ironic given his position on irrationality.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (580)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "Solid."
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    What did you love best about The Godfather?

    Having seen the movie first, I came away from the book very impressed with how well Coppola treated the story. Anyone taking the time for the book will come away with greater insight of the characters and setting and will view the theatrical version with greater perspective. A solid story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar, Germany

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Adam Fergusson
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    When Money Dies is the classic history of what happens when a nations currency depreciates beyond recovery. In 1923, with its currency effectively worthless (the exchange rate in December of that year was one dollar to 4,200,000,000,000 marks), the German republic was all but reduced to a barter economy. Expensive cigars, artworks, and jewels were routinely exchanged for staples such as bread; a cinema ticket could be bought for a lump of coal; and a bottle of paraffin for a silk shirt....

    John says: "Disappointed"
    "I had no idea..."
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    What did you love best about When Money Dies?

    For anyone who wants the rest of the story about the interwar years between WWI and WWII. Compelling tale of how the world got here from there in the context of post-WWI Europe. A must-read for economists, historians, public officials, and military strategists. Nests well as a post-script to Barbara Tuchman's 'Guns of August.'


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Fred Kaplan
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    America's power is in decline, its foreign policy adrift, its allies alienated, its soldiers trapped in a war that even generals regard as unwinnable. What has happened these past eight years is well known. Why it happened continues to puzzle. Daydream Believers combines in-depth reporting and analysis to explain how George W. Bush and his aides got so far off track - and why much of the nation followed.

    rick says: "Repetitive Text; Poor Narration"
    "Interesting, though incongruent."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Reads like the compilation of study notes gathered over the years. The premise revolves around how the world (didn't) change after 9-11, though the author delves into the history of ballistic missile defense and technology evolution during the cold war. Many interesting, yet unlinked ideas. Much finger pointing and passive-aggressive arguing. Still a good read for any generalist looking to expand their portfolio on perspectives.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Non fiction. We all know how it ends.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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