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Dwight D Panozzo

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey United States | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 126 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jennifer Michael Hecht
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hecht champions doubt and questioning as one of the great and noble, if unheralded, intellectual traditions that distinguish the Western mind. From Socrates to Galileo and Darwin to Wittgenstein and Hawking, this is an account of the world's greatest intellectual virtuosos - who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers - and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning.

    Darwin8u says: "Surveys doubt with amazing narrative skill"
    "The classical education in Secularism I needed"
    Any additional comments?

    If you never went through a cavalcade of studying the works of people who called b!?&sh@/ on religion, then this is the book for you. What a great education in the scope of these works. I really felt grounded around the issue of doubt through time as a result of reading it. It also upset me in that I was left with an overall feeling of hopelessness of safe coexistence with religion. Religion seems to come back with a vengeance and kill off or at least destroy the careers of people who say "No" to the delusions of its unvalidated precepts. It seems as though doubting ends up being a game of Whack-a-Mole.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen Batchelor
    • Narrated By Stephen Batchelor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Written with the same brilliance and boldness that made Buddhism Without Beliefs a classic in its field, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist is Stephen Batchelor's account of his journey through Buddhism, which culminates in a groundbreaking new portrait of the historical Buddha.

    Joshua says: "Deeply informative, refreshingly honest."
    "Almost Perfect"

    With the exception of his statement at about the 9:33:00 mark that he sees no reason to put more weight of evidence into his belief system based on science than the Buddhist does based on meditative proofs, Batchelor completely nails the task of providing a thorough and clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses that Siddhartha's ideas have developed into. Apparently, he does not believe that his beliefs would stand up to the scrutiny of one who did not already share his belief system. Perhaps one day I will be fortunate enough to explore his position. Perhaps his position as stated in the book has already been altered. In either case, this book is a treasure and a soothing antidote to the injections of unvalidated dogma heaped onto the unknowing by those Buddhists who appear to have married their mind to mindlessness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • Narrated By Jon Kabat-Zinn

    It is everywhere around us. Even worse, it gets inside us - sapping our energy, undermining our health, and making us more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and disease. Now, based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's renowned mindfulness-based stress-reduction program, this groundbreaking audiobook shows you how to use natural, medically proven methods to soothe and heal your body, mind, and spirit.

    Anna Dresner says: "Nice Introduction, but the Heart of it is Missing"
    "Woo-Free Mindfulness Education"
    What did you love best about Full Catastrophe Living?

    It is an excellent primer for mindfulness training. Dr. Cabot-Zinn presents the work in a straightforward way that is thoughtful, compassionate, and, most importantly for this reader, woo-free. In other words, Cabot-Zinn does not engage in inducing or inculcating unvalidatible principles into the work, such as references to gods, mystical forces, etc. Those elements are present in many other books on Audible, despite some of them being presented as training manuals for professionals.

    This is the book to get if you are interested in understanding/developing mindfulness either for yourself or as an adjunct to treatment for psychotherapy clients. It appears to proceed from the unspoken tenant that mindfulness development can and should be based in scientifically-based principles and not from culturally-based, illogical, and oppressive principles rooted in fad, fashion, and feel-good fantasy.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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