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James

Union, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • The Modern Scholar: Evolutionary Psychology I: The Science of Human Nature

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Allen D. MacNeill
    Overall
    (108)
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    (75)
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    (77)

    “Why do we do what we do?” In this thought-provoking series of lectures, Professor Allen D. MacNeill examines the surprising - and sometimes unsettling - answers to this most basic of human questions. The remarkable new field of evolutionary psychology takes a scientific approach to the evolution of human nature. Analyzing human behavior in relation to food, clothing, shelter, health care, and sex, Evolutionary Psychology proves an immensely stimulating exploration of human endeavor.

    James says: "Great primer on Evolutionary Psychology"
    "Great primer on Evolutionary Psychology"
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    What did you love best about The Modern Scholar: Evolutionary Psychology I?

    The subject was covered with interesting examples and theories that could explain why things are the way they are in our minds and, if they are true, what that means in our modern day environments.Obviously evolutionary pyschology will be about what adaptations our mind has evolved to help us survive and reproduce and I thought the author did a good job keeping to that central theme while exploring briefly ideas that venture from certain conclusions. The author is humorous at times and I thought the book was well read. I'm looking forward to the next segment!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (364)

    In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

    C. J. Hamilton says: "Instant classic"
    "One of the best books I've ever read (heard)"
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    This book is fascinating. I can't imagine a person not being more enriched by taking the time to read and think about the arguments in this book.

    As definitely and clearly as i can state it: Get this book.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Bible: A Biography: Books That Changed the World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    As the work at the heart of Christianity, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world. It is also the world's most widely distributed book, having been translated into over 2,000 languages, as well as the world's best-selling book, year after year. But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history.

    Gary says: "Great Listen"
    "Do you wish your computer could read you a book"
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    Written by Karen Armstrong. Narrated by a robot.

    I found this books good points came in how it covered the evolving context of religious beliefs to changes in relation to history and textual criticism. The author also draws connection to the controversies between scholarship and biblical literalists and different sects themselves.

    You'll like the book. That is if you can handle hours of monotone speaking.

    PS Although it doesnt come in audio form James Kugel, in my opinion, is still the best on covering, in well annotated detail, the old vs new understandings of the bible in his book "how to read the bible"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Nicholas Ball
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (138)

    Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices past and present that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate. With Hitchens as your erudite and witty guide, you'll be led through a wealth of philosophy, literature, and scientific inquiry, including generous portions of the words of Lucretius, Benedict de Spinoza, Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, and more.

    Oskar E. Boethius Lissheim says: "Hitchens' Heroes"
    "Interesting authors, but not great as an audiobook"
    Overall

    Definitely interesting and a good place to see the minds of different free thinkers throughout history.

    My one major criticism is that as an audiobook it was hard at times to distinguish the text of the narrator from that of the various authors in the book, especially when returning to a section midway through.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Misquoting Jesus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Richard M. Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1912)
    Performance
    (1100)
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    (1104)

    When world-class biblical scholar Bart Ehrman first began to study the texts of the Bible in their original languages he was startled to discover the multitude of mistakes and intentional alterations that had been made by earlier translators. In Misquoting Jesus, Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had upon the Bible we use today.

    R. J. Monts says: "a (mostly) balanced discussion"
    "Very interesting and well written"
    Overall

    After reading some other books that, maybe for the first time, got me to ask "where did we get the bible from anyway?" I came across Misquoting Jesus.

    I couldnt recommend the book enough not only because of its comprehensive nature but the ability of the author to keep the book interesting and thought provoking.

    I found it easy to understand and unlike a lot of books on the matter this one is not apologetic and skewd towards the beliefs of a practicing Christian who wants you to still believe everything is good even though theres a lot of problems with the text. However its not a Hitchens god basher either. A very well rounded scholarly book for the layman such as myself.

    Great book and well worth the time to listen or read.

    18 of 26 people found this review helpful

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