The book is not bad - a kind of review of everything that has been written about happiness - but I had to stop listening because I found the narration so bad. The reader has a lovely voice but reads like a speech recognition robot that does not comprehend what it is reading. One of the problems is that she regularly pauses at the wrong place in a sentence, thus distorting the meaning and drawing the listener up sharp in puzzlement. "What was that again???" The listener should not always be reminded that the narrator is doing a poor job, it interferes with understanding the content of the book.
Another problem with the narrator is that she mispronounces names (it is BERTrand Russell, not BertRAND Russell) and words that are less common in normal speech. She has a painful mispronunciation of words and phrases in French, a shame since there are so many references to French philosophers. Also in a book with numerous quotes, the narrator is unable to make it clear to the listener that we are now listening to a quote from some thinker and not to Sissela Bok, the book's author, leading to more confusion. Perhaps if she said "Quote... End quote" around the quotations this might make things easier for the listener.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the the period. But you will need a strong interest and a strong stomach to go through this horrifying history.
The book's title does not do justice to the content, which is really about new approaches to looking at how evolution affects our psychology. I am hooked on the new wave of rigorously researched works of popular science and this book is definitely one of the best. A must-read if you are interested in evolutionary psychology.
If you are all interested in the world of online surveillance, data privacy, and technology to both subvert and protect these, this book is very valuable. Unless you have a technical background things get a little dense at times but the author manages to present all the important issues in the form of a story, a story of a movement dedicated to freedom of information. Highly recommended, especially in the light of recent news stories...
If you are an evolutionist like myself you will find this book very entertaining and informative, lots of background information I did not know. It's a kind of adventure story of the histories of some early naturalists, evolutionary theorists, and geologists. Also the narration is perfect and never gets in the way of the story.
How anyone can write even in 1985 that human beings are distinguished from animals by the fact that they have no instincts is beyond me...
Adler fails to grasp that truth is propositional, not absolute...
From these two mistakes follow Adler's defence of a sort of dualism and ultimately to his conversion to, of all things, Episcopalianism...
A good man so I understand, however his works of philosophy are pretty much useless today...
This is a history of gay and sexual lifestyle politics in San Francisco in the 80's and 90's. It is of limited historical interest and at this point pretty dated.
If you want to know how the religious right in America thinks, this is the book for you... The author is a Platonist and an unapologetic dualist, an apparent Republican and a smug professor of religion. He dismisses materialism and misrepresents thinkers he does not approve of, such as Hobbes and Marx. If you can tolerate this, there is something to be learned from the lectures, but really there are better books out there.
Reich gets it right with his analysis of how allowing the super-wealthy to capture the U.S. has led to its ruin, and how a rational re-distribution of wealth is a pre-condition of prosperity for both rich and poor. Very clearly written for the lay reader, this is the only explanation you need for how the financial system crashed in 2008.
The author of this book I think does not take the time to carefully examine Hegel's contributions and to grasp his influence. He concentrates instead on criticizing Hegel, to the point where one wonders whether the author's intent is really to help the reader understand Hegel or just to see how cleverly he can insult him. For example, he spends rather a lot of attention for such a short book on Hegel's affair with his landlady - why?
I like a good poke at a pompous figure, and I have no special love for Hegel, but when I buy a book like this I hope for some insights even in the midst of criticism, and I expect the author to help me gain some clarity on the subject. Instead I got a crude body slam.
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