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Chelsea, MA, USA


  • Kansas Evolution Hearings: Day 4 (5/12/05)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 5 mins)

    A subcommittee of the Kansas Board of Education holds hearings on whether the state's science curriculum should permit alternate theories to be taught alongside evolution. In this final hearing, attorney Pedro Irigonegaray states the case for teaching evolution exclusively. Irigonegaray was given the opportunity to call witnesses, but declined. Also heard is a retired lawyer, John Calvert, who heads the Intelligent Design Network of Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

    jerry says: "Fools Like These"
    "If you listen to only 1 day, listen to day 4"

    All 4 days of testimony were riveting, but the 4th day is most telling. It has the least scientific information, but the most information about the character of the two sides. The laywer representing "science" does his side no good by demonizing and belittling his opponents, and resorting to logic as little as possible. Essentially, evolutionary theory comes across as highly religious and unwilling to see evidence outside its paradymn of a closed-system universe. The appropriate response to such a challenge is to dispute it, or simply say that as of yet no closed system theory can explain the phenomenon, but ID is not a useful alternative. Instead, the "scientific community" comes across as dogmatic, elitist, and anti-science by maligning ID as Creationism, and boycotting any discussion that challenges their views.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Ricks
    • Narrated By James Lurie

    The American military is a tightly sealed community, and few outsiders have reason to know that a great many senior officers view the Iraq war with incredulity and dismay. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in Fiasco, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the-record military accounts with his own extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to create a spellbinding account of an epic disaster.

    Scott says: "History not Politics"
    "Informative, well argued, but highly biased"

    This is a well researched case against the current campaign in Iraq. The words of many witnesses are brought to bear. But for the most part the voices are heavily filtered, only keeping those that describe mistakes or personal conflict, ignoring almost any successes and areas of general agreement. I had the clear impression while listening to this book that the author first thought of the title, then wrote the book to fit that title precisely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • IBM and the Holocaust: A Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Edwin Black
    • Narrated By Edwin Black

    Edwin Black has now uncovered one of the last great mysteries of Germany's war against the Jews - how did Hitler get the names? In this groundbreaking audiobook, Black himself tells the stunning story of IBM's strategic alliance with Nazi Germany.

    Jeffrey says: "Terribly Informative"
    "Rich in information/Poor in presentation"

    Given the subject matter and the wealth of details, this book should have read like a powerful drama. Or like a presentation from a prosecutor, nailing each point until the case was closed. Or in a detached, scientific analysis of the evidence. Instead, the facts are haphazardly tossed out like a series of disorganized one page essays, as if the writer was too outraged by his topic that he couldn't collect his thoughts in an organized manner. This book could have been so much better.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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