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Andre Lima

Sao Paulo, Brazil | Member Since 2011

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  • Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frans de Waal
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    (34)
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    "It's the animal in us," we often hear when we've been bad. But why not when we're good? Primates and Philosophers tackles this question by exploring the biological foundations of one of humanity's most valued traits: morality.In this provocative book, primatologist Frans de Waal argues that modern-day evolutionary biology takes far too dim a view of the natural world, emphasizing our "selfish" genes.

    Douglas says: "Having Just Read..."
    "Are humans just another primate?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Primates and Philosophers the most enjoyable?

    Frans de Waal is an authority in primate behaviour, with a long and productive academic career and lots of field work. The experiences he share in the book shed light in how many different aspects humans and non-human apes are similar, and how it is ever more convergent to frame those similarities as different grades in a continuum.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How de Waal explains why moral systems are bound to mammal biology aspects for us.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Biology of Belief

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Bruce H. Lipton
    • Narrated By Bruce H. Lipton
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    Since the publication of The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton has received widespread acclaim as one of the most accessible and knowledgeable voices of "new biology". The science is called epigenetics – a revolutionary field that shows us how the energy of consciousness is as important in shaping life on earth as DNA and chemistry.

    Michelle says: "A Must-read"
    "Not science. Can I have my credit back?"
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    I am writing this review just to warn potential listeners: this is not a science title. By the start of the 2nd hour, I just could not get more bullshit. The author actually states that autism is caused by lack of affection. The narration, though, was really great, and was the reason why I kept listening until now.

    Audible is really not doing a good job in classifying science titles. Tip: check if author have anything published in the main science journals, like Nature, Science, Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Science, PNAS, or alike. Otherwise, think it twice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everyday Quantum Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David A. Grandy
    • Narrated By Tim Lundeen
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    Most people have heard about quantum physics and its remarkable, well-nigh bizarre claims. And most people would assume that quantum reality describes a world quite different from ours. In this book, David A. Grandy shows that one can find quantum puzzles, or variations thereof, in the backyard of everyday experience.

    Michael says: "Deceptive Title - not worth reading"
    "Weak arguments and a lot of opinions"
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    The whole book is a sequence of clouded arguments or author's personal opinion. He almost says that what's going on in your mind can change quantum-level reality, but manages to keep the argument obfuscated. One can never say that they read a book and learned nothing; it is not the case but David Grandy has been suspended from my reading list for the next 3 years and Indiana University Press is going to the corner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Briefer History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
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    Stephen Hawking's worldwide best seller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, the history and future of the universe.

    David says: "Stick with the original: A brief history of time"
    "God?"
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    I find it strange and scary finding the word "God" when reading a scientific text. Somehow, every time a scientist says "God", they acknowledge its existence, in some basic cognitive level that is socially shared. Theists need no more arguments to force creationism into schools, nor to convert religion-based opinions and preferences into law. I am not glad I read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Evolution Is True

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jerry A. Coyne
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (323)
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    Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

    Ernest says: "Perfect !! Just what I was looking for."
    "Very convincing, if you believe in DNA ;)"
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    I loved this book: it is full of evidences and they are laid out in a beautifully consistent order. I will take from it better arguments to defend something I believe: evolution theory validity. But I must say: the bits where the author tries to convince the ID believers are annoying. All of the evidences presented are overkill -- if your faith is not directed at science. So, I guess the intellectual investment would be more fruitful if directed at empowering K12 biology teachers. They have a challenge on hands and need any help scientific community could provide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gina Kolata
    • Narrated By Gina Kolata
    Overall
    (277)
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    Feeling feverish, tired, or achy? Listening to Gina Kolata's engrossing account of the 1918 Influenza epidemic is sure to give you the chills. A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and considers what can be done to prevent it.

    L. says: "Disappointed"
    "12 Monkeys Chiling"
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    Sometimes real life is more scary than fiction.

    In this book, Gina Kolata describes the events around 1918 Influenza pandemic and the colossal effort scients delivered to trace back the possible origins of the virus, uncover its lethal genetic structure and prepare humanity for a probable come back.

    Chilling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ancestor's Tale

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
    Overall
    (101)
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    (28)
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    The Ancestor's Tale is a pilgrimage back through time - a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors. Chimpanzees join us at about six million years in the past, gorillas at seven million years, orangutans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band. The journey provides the setting for a collection of some 40 tales.

    A User says: "Very abridged, but fascinating anyway"
    "The Travel of Our Lives"
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    What did you love best about The Ancestor's Tale?

    The bit about the RNA world, a theory about how life could have emerged from simpler molecules that have a superior balance between self-replicating and catalystic capabilities than DNA and proteins have.


    What other book might you compare The Ancestor's Tale to and why?

    Dawkins' another book, The Blind Watchmaker


    What about Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s performance did you like?

    This couple is just wonderful. I heard the Blind Watchmaker as well, and that was a perfect performance as well. Engaging and humorous, hard to stop listening to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Last chapter, when Dawkins reflects about the reverence to the wonderful universe we live in that only science can really bring us.


    Any additional comments?

    Every time I read or listen to Dawkins, my further reading increases 2 years long. There is much to be learned from this figure ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael Brooks
    • Narrated By Matt Addis
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    Science starts to get interesting when things don'’t make sense. Even today, there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the 16th century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse. In 13 Things That Don'’t Make Sense, Michael Brooks meets thirteen modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow'’s breakthroughs.

    Robert Patterson says: "Too much non-science for my taste."
    "Are you sure?"
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    What did you love best about 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries?

    Discussions around the challenges in life sciences, like characterizing life, placebo effect and homeopathy.


    What other book might you compare 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries to and why?

    The Next Fifty Years, edited by John Brockman.


    Have you listened to any of Matt Addis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I did not. But he was really great.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This book goes like 13 different movies ...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Daniel Kahneman
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    Overall
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    The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

    Mike says: "Difficult Listen, but Probably a Great Read"
    "Know thysystems"
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    If you could sum up Thinking, Fast and Slow in three words, what would they be?

    Nobel Prize worth.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book revisits Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman works on Prospect Theory (not a romance narrative), and in several passages, Kahneman share with the reader what was like working with Amos and dozens of other big names in behavioral economics along these years. I would say that Kahneman is a real character ;)


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Egan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I did not. Patrick Egan gave us a engaging perfomance. Hard to stop listening.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Brain Bugs


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Should Not - and Put Ourselves in Great Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Daniel Gardner
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    From terror attacks to the War on Terror, bursting real-estate bubbles to crystal meth epidemics, sexual predators to poisonous toys from China, our list of fears seems to be exploding. And yet, we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. Irrational fear is running amok, and often with tragic results. In the months after 9/11, when people decided to drive instead of fly - believing they were avoiding risk - road deaths rose by 1,595. Those lives were lost to fear.

    Kristopher says: "A rational assessment of the world we live in"
    "Brain, Media and Cultural Interactions"
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    Would you listen to The Science of Fear again? Why?

    Yes. The subject is most interesting and the book is full of references to classical works in the area of risk perception. Great job in connecting ideas from Kannehman, Tvorsky, Slovic, and other researchers in a revealing and instructive narrative.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Science of Fear?

    This specific passage: "...This isn't a failing of the media, so much as it is a reflection of the hardwiring of the human brain that was shaped by environments that bore little resemblance to the world we inhabit. We listen to iPods, read the newspaper, watch television, work on computers, and fly around the world with brains beautifully adapted to picking berries and stalking antilope. The wonder is not we sometimes make mistakes about risks. The wonder is that sometimes we get it right."


    What about Scott Peterson’s performance did you like?

    Yes, great performance.


    If you could give The Science of Fear a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Guts and Head: two different perspectives of life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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