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Tyler

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  • The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (864)

    We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

    Teddy says: "Excellent Book All Over"
    "Solid Research"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I think it puts history and religion into important context.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The comparison of pre-historical and biblical expectation and toleration of violence with modern socially acceptable perspectives was eye opening.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This is the first book I've heard or read in some time that brought doubt to the legitimacy of old testament ethics. I have been disturbed by the idea that the US is implicitly supporting old testament ethics in our support of Israel, and was disappointed until hearing this at how rarely this problem is brought up in non-fiction media, however indirectly. It often seems to pale in the shadow of Hitler and Shariah law, but this helped me to believe it at least has been and can be brought up in modern thought.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enhancing Human Capacities

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julian Savulescu, Ruud ter Meulen
    • Narrated By Gregory Gorton
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Human enhancement is one of the most exciting \- and troubling - areas of recent scientific advance. It raises new and profound challenges relating to the human condition as well as giving rise to serious questions surrounding the limits and ethics of changing human nature. This stimulating volume is the first to review the very latest scientific developments in human enhancement.

    Tyler says: "Fascinating review of biology and philosophy"
    "Fascinating review of biology and philosophy"
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    Would you listen to Enhancing Human Capacities again? Why?

    Yes, it has diverse topics with detailed information, so in the future I may skip between chapters based on what I'm interested in at the time, but there are so many interesting topics, perspectives, and pieces of information that I will likely come back to this.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Some compelling concepts are medicine being proactive to enhance life instead of focusing mainly on disease, some of the possibilities for the near future, and also, for me at least, some of the more philosophical topics brought in at the end.


    What about Gregory Gorton’s performance did you like?

    For material that can be dry because of its complexity, but also interesting because of it, the tone is an appropriate balance between neutral tone, quick pace, and expressiveness.


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

    I've been exposed to them before, but I find subjects such as to what extent a person would retain their personality if they could effectively live forever and the possibility of inorganic consciousness fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    Many parts of this may be more dry, complex, and philosophical than many people will enjoy, but for those interested in things like history and interpretation of the Chinese Room thought experiment this is worth listening to all the way through. Even if you happen to disagree, this is thought provoking material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lazarus Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Howard
    • Narrated By John Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    John Howard is the second longest serving prime minister in Australia's history. His tenure lasted almost 12 years. His autobiography is essential reading for those interested in contemporary politics, in Australian history or the craft of practical politics. John Howard spent decades under media scrutiny, and while his credentials as a political leader, devoted family man and sports tragic are beyond dispute, in this autobiography he reveals much more about himself.

    richard says: "Enlightning"
    "Nice to have it read by the writer"
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    Would you listen to Lazarus Rising again? Why?

    Yes, it is well read, well written, and the topics range from the interesting to the politically relevant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realism and detailed attention to the reality of politics were very interesting.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked scenes from the author's childhood, I feel that these sorts of things are often overlooked but play a major role in a politician's choices.


    Any additional comments?

    I find it interesting that he was a supported by the Jewish community from early on, because his father's lawyer was Jewish. Israel seems to have strong influence on countries across the globe, I'm not sure exactly what role it had in John Howard's success and what influence it then had on Australia's foreign policy, but I was surprised to see the issue crop up here, being used to dealing with pro Israel bias, which, compared to states implementing shariah law may be either intelligent or a stoking of flames, in the United States.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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