Gardner uses many studies that show that people make decisions with their gut and rarely do we make them based on evidence and critical thinking. We need to become more aware of how and why we fear so much.
We live in the safest of times in human history, but we are more afraid than ever. It does not make sense, but it seems to be the case. Why can't we do an objective analysis is a major issue for those listening.
An interesting overview of the development of governance in the ancient world and the middle ages. Panoramic view across cultures and the globe which provided some "oh that's how and why that developed here, but not here." Not being a specialist, it helped me understand the differences between tribal kinship systems in China and the feudal systems in Europe.
It was interesting to speculate about the role of the Catholic Church in the development of an independent judiciary, the separation of powers, and the rule of law. The importance of religions in setting the groundwork for the development of the rule of law which was a missing ingredient in China which offers an explanation of their continuing struggle in developing rule of law.
I would recommend that you download the PDFs because the maps and tables help provide some insight into the different areas in their historical context.
Fascinating to consider the comparisons between ants and people. The power of social evolution in the development of two such different species was amazing to see as the book developed. It was a perspective that I had never considered. As our social communications continues to develop and expand, it will be interesting in a few thousand years see what the results will be.
The presentation of the times, culture, governance, and the church. It was interesting to see how the laws and customs of feudal times were so different. The life styles of suffering under a repressive environment. The bands of hungry law breakers demonstrated a system that makes people criminals by the bad system.
Probably, Ellen, Tom, and their son. In some ways the characters seemed a little too modern. This seemed to be most pronounced among the women -- Ellen and Arianna.
Yes. I think his most recent work with the Trilogies about the wars in the 20th century The Fall of Giants and the Winter of the World were better, but he was still quite good. He is one of the best readers.
An interesting read, the parts about the architectural issues was a little more detailed than I wanted.In the end, the good guys do okay in the end which seems kind of unlikely, but then it is fiction.
Based on scientifically determined information with a clear examples of the scientific method.
Performance is difficult in a work of this sort which presents a lot of scientific information. Difficult territory, meticulous, and matter of fact.
Summarizes a lot of material and information without tying all together, but that may be a function of the information which doesn't fit into a neat easily summarized comprehensive thesis.
I have not read the print version, so I cannot compare. I enjoyed the Fall of Giants, the first book of the trilogy, better than this one.
Seeing the impact of the society and war on regular people provides some insight into the period of time.
He is wonderful. His change of accents is flawless which assists greatly in following dialog. He should definitely be kept for the next volume.
Carla von Ulrich, Lloyd Williams, or Daisy Peshkov. Carla's brave act to protect the unknown girl and her love for the child standout as extraordinary actions.
The transitions from the first book could have been better in spots to remind the reader where a character originated. I tend to forget over a few months. A family history chart might be a nice printout addition.
Near the top in terms of the importance of his perspective. Our economic system needs compassion plus enlightened self-interest.
The support and evidence that he uses to back up his views. He is not ideological, but clearly pragmatic finding things that work.
I wish our leaders would pay attention to points made in this book to make our economy work better.
Enjoyable is not the right word. Seeing how sick that the British aristocracy were in their attitudes toward their fellow man was disgraceful. It was appalling to see how this 1% acted.
The mixing of the struggles of women and the working class into an anti-war movement was a hopeful sign that did not pan out. The co-option of the media and some of the leaders of the women's movement was disappointing.The long history of the mistreatment of the shell shocked and PTSD victims was a reminder of some our present troubles.
I wish that reading this book would lead more people and countries to reject war as an option. Until we see the idiocy of war, there will always be those pushing us to engage in combat.
Some interesting ideas about innovation and our bias against or about shy people. The first part of the book brought many interesting studies brought up early in the book. Seemed to drag a little when she got too much into anecdotal stories of counseling friends and ice skating better.
It was very entertaining. Good characters and character development. It could have been a little shorter, maybe, too much detail in parts. I highly recommend it.
I would strongly recommend this book because it forces one to look at our own decision-making. It provides a framework to understand rational and non-rational decisions. We are capable of both, but we need to nudge ourselves in the direction of more rational decisions.
Some of the examples of research that shows how non-rational we can be even when being told of our errors.
Characters are not part of this book.
I would have liked to gone on a little longer at times. When I got home from work, I wanted to keep listening and sometimes set in the car because there was a point or idea being clarified.or finished.
Read it or listen to it. I may buy the print copy so I can use some parts in a class with students.
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