I purchased this book because it had the word "humanism" in the title. But, the book is not about Humanism, the brand of morality that goes with atheism. It was about being-human and finding purpose, meaning, and happiness.
THE TRULY STRANGE THING is that after reading/listening to this book to the end. I didn't feel the urge to drink alcohol anymore. THE URGE DISAPPEARED overnight and I was fixed. The book has nothing to do with urges or drinking, just happiness and meaning.
This book shines a tiny light on those big questions "why am I here?", "what should i be doing?".
I believe his other books have slight religious overtones. This one does not.
I did have an extreme reaction -though I wasn't looking for it. I was interested in humanistic morality, but found information on happiness, purpose, and meaning.
This book is a collection of essays. Some of the chapters repeat information, and some chapters stray onto tangent topics. But the information is great.
I would recommend this book to friends interested in broadening their knowledge of curious sciences. This book skirts the pictures, formulas and diagrams which can be frustrating to listeners, but still delivers a deep understanding of the subject.
Sync is a terrific counterpart to James Gleick's Chaos. Strogatz and Gleick Both hint at the profound implication that everything relates to this self organizing property.
I know I'm giving all 5 stars to this review. I'm just a layperson, and this book did not fail to deliver thought provoking, real, material in an understandable way. Maybe a science major would have a lesser opinion, but I'd still feel we would agree it was a good audio book.
YES. If you're a non science student, it can be difficult to plow through a large science text like this. Now that Dawkins reads it so well to you, anyone can just sit back and SOAK IN Darwin's ground breaking revelation.
A person can actually keep pace with Darwin's realizations that the other naturalist of his time were flat WRONG.
Richard Dawkins obviously feels strongly about Darwin's work, he brings energy and clairity.
For me, it would have been a tough time reading a tome like this. It would have sat half read for months or even years. Having it narrated by Dawkins was a treat and the book was consumed in 3 days.
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