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Helsinki, Finland | Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 75 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World Through Experience and Reason

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor James Hall

    Everyone has to think in order to function in the world, but what is the best way to reason effectively in your pursuit of reliable beliefs and useful knowledge? What is the best way to prove a case, create a rule, solve a problem, justify an idea, invent a hypothesis, or evaluate an argument? In short, what is the best way to think? Professor Hall helps you cut through deception and faulty reasoning in these 24 humorous, clear, and interesting lectures, offering a friendly but intellectually rigorous approach to the problem of thinking. Among the topics you'll learn about are:. Deduction: This form of reasoning reaches a conclusion based on a set of premises; if the premises are true, then the conclusion necessarily follows.. Induction: Less ironclad than deduction, this approach surveys the evidence and then generalizes an explanation to account for it; the conclusion may be probable, but it is not certain.. Syllogism: This simple but powerful deductive argument offers two premises and a conclusion. An example: "All Greeks are mortals. All Athenians are Greeks. Therefore, all Athenians are mortals.". Dialectic: A question-and-answer dialogue, called dialectic, is valuable for uncovering first principles.. Venn diagrams: This technique uses overlapping circles to represent different classes of objects or ideas in order to clarify a syllogism.Some of the greatest philosophers who ever lived have used these tools to separate ideas that make sense from those that don't. Now you, too, can think more clearly, making better lives for ourselves and for those to come.

    Douglas says: "Wow!"
    "This course is too much based on superstition"
    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor James Hall?

    The Great Courses concept is fine by me, but Professor James Hall's insight on taking superstition as an equal part of rational reasoning with (scientific) facts, is just way too much for me - and thus I lost the interest to this book within 2 hours.

    Has Tools of Thinking: Understanding the World Through Experience and Reason turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. As long as I don't have to listen to James Hall's opinions.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He clearly has a theological hidden agenda.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    I might listen through the whole book after a while... maybe there is some true substance in this book - as its title suggests.

    9 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous evolutionary biologist, presents a gorgeously lucid, science book examining some of the nature’s most fundamental questions both from a mythical and scientific perspective. Science is our most precise and powerful tool for making sense of the world. Before we developed the scientific method, we created rich mythologies to explain the unknown. The pressing questions that primitive men and women asked are the same ones we ask as children. Who was the first person? What is the sun? Why is there night and day?

    Connie says: "Audio version is superb for us grown-ups"
    "Science vs. Superstition"
    What made the experience of listening to The Magic of Reality the most enjoyable?

    The author, Dr. Richard Dawkins, reads the book.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the story of the rainbow, i.e. why we see colors and how the science behind it reveals the cosmic reality, the best part of the book.

    What aspect of Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s performance would you have changed?

    More references to further reading and exploring of the contextual subjects.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Have never had a need (urge) to do so.

    Any additional comments?

    The quality of the cover image of the audiobooks are usually very low. This said, would there be any technological solution, which would able readers to see images, which are in the book, e.g. graphs etc?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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