This material was not that original, and having read and watched a lot of Dawkins, I was a little disappointed. But if you are new to him, it isn't a bad interview.
Engaging information density!
The list format and the unabashed expertise sharing!
I am thankful to Michael Clarke, and great job reading this by Greg Zarcone.
There is enough hate in the world without books like this.
The book is read like an infomercial. That could be changed, but I am not offering to do that.
Shallow salesmen ship tonalities.
Maybe, depends on the director. I had hoped for decent content, but it was unreadable/'unlistenable'.
...as a disclaimer I did not listen to the entire book.
Transformative, illuminating, provocative.
....This is an excellent book.
I am only in part 2, but... I am writing this review to vent a little. There is one theme that is being proposed regularly in explaining traits in modern humans. That is the presumptions that human beings by culture or personal preference choose their evolution. Like a bad movie that makes you fill in the plot holes, or accept it's misses this book has many inferences to the behavior of primal / pre-human tribes and how those behaviors effected evolution. Maybe it is the lack of detail, but the theories cited by Jared Diamond to explain hidden female ovulation is presented as a tool they chose to evolve for various reasons, or as something they evolved so that...
This isn't how evolution works. Evolution works that a biological feature is selected out. That is the ones that don't survive are killed by nature, or circumstance. It isn't that the creatures themselves choose to evolve subtle variations. To some degree in mating there is some suppression of less desired traits that would occur, but over all death of a feature, ie: complete homogeneity of a feature in the human population means alternatives were wiped out. For instance in reasoning why humans have much larger penises than other primates, the notion of the small penis babies not getting bred at all seems to be very significant. Perhaps in females walking upright the vaginal canal is stretched and therefore the smaller penis genes didn't get passed on due to insufficient penetration.
That women don't ovulate and display there dripping or inflamed genitals seems more likely to be due to reasons of disease and is certainly not an evolutionary choice or planned behavior.
If I stand on my tippy toes my future children wont be effected by that.
Also where genetic trade offs are concerned, for example Diamond talks about the life length gene being a trade off for many offspring. The reader is left to fill in the gap, I presumed there maybe some shared proteins or other genetic resources that are rationed somehow between creating a new baby and extending the life regenerating functions of the mother. But that is me filling in the gap.
But it is easy to criticize. And to it's credit the topics that are being presented here are thought provoking, interesting and in some cases really turning over some fresh ground. So that that ground isn't being perfectly seeded ( to stretch the metaphor ) isn't necessarily as important as to uncover it.
And for all it's prejudices and blind spots, there are many things in this book that are adding to my world view of people and the way they behave and why. So well worth listening to / reading.
Excellent pace. Excellent perspective. The author, ( a editor I believe at Wired ) also reads the book. And it itself is free.
The evolutionary perspective. The detailed science. Learned a lot about insulin and metabolism effects there of.
Insulin's effects on fat storage in the body.
The first part drags out a bit. Over all a good book. I actually switched my diet after reading / listening to it. ( And feel better for it ).
Good sci-fi explores the unknown. To me, good sci-fi explores concepts of space and time, and adds characters that hold it together. Sometimes profundity is obtained. Some of these stories had enough to be good sci-fi, some ( one in particular ) seemed to be trying to hard to be profound. About half way through, and although I hope to be delighted with some of the short stories. I have been quite satisfied so far with 2/3 stories. 'The Emperor of Mars' is read really really well !
Yes, he is very entertaining.
The book isn't focused on the title. Penn Jillette just uses the 10 commandments to tell stories that sometimes have a point and sometimes just don't suit. The stories however are all entertaining. And Penn Jillette reads them so, it is a good presentation. It you are looking for material on Atheism, I wouldn't recommend the book. It you want to hear some very entertaining stories about the life of a celebrity, ( raunchy ones ) then you might enjoy it. I am 90% through it, and expected more 'there is no god' and not as much "GAD, NO!" type stories. But aside from the pointlessness, it is entertaining. Thanks for the good stories Penn.
Louis is hilarious.
Yes I have listened to pleanty of Louis C.K. Cable, Netflix, and some youtube ( I say somewhat ashamedly ). This is up there with both the dirtiest, and some of the funniest.
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