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D. Bajer

Teacher, permaculture designer, master gardener, and systemes thinker.

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 33 ratings
  • 89 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We Are

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Sebastian Seung
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sebastian Seung, a dynamic professor at MIT, is on a quest to discover the biological basis of identity. He believes it lies in the pattern of connections between the brain’s neurons, which change slowly over time as we learn and grow. The connectome, as it’s called, is where our genetic inheritance intersects with our life experience. It’s where nature meets nurture. Seung introduces us to the dedicated researchers who are mapping the brain’s connections, neuron by neuron, synapse by synapse.

    aaron says: "A Nice Addition to Your Brain Science Library"
    "Worth the listen"
    Where does Connectome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Seung makes a pretty convincing argument of their existence of connectomes and how, if only we could advance our technological abilities to better image the brain, they could provide deep insight into mysteries of the mind.

    Overall a good listen and I would recommend it. Seung does, however, go off on a few long(ish) tangents that I didn't add to the book; specifically, the need for better technology (I agree but I wish that he hadn't spend so much time arguing it) and some of the strange hypothetical scenario near the end such as uploading ourselves into supercomputers... interesting, but I felt that it somehow detracted from the more concrete aspects of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    A. Yoshida says: "Inspire to find why you do what you do"
    "Worth The Listen"
    What did you love best about Start with Why?

    The ideas in the book are great and have been very useful in my own personal and professional life; grant writing, etc. The book is definitely worth a listen, though, if you've seen and agree with the author's TEDtalk than you basically already know 85% of what's in this book; any extra information that Sinek provides is mostly more evidence to back up his argument "people don't buy what you do but why you do it".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost Map

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a thrilling historical account of the worst cholera outbreak in Victorian London and a brilliant exploration of how Dr. John Snow's solution revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science, and the modern world.

    Matthew Groom says: "It was okay until the end"
    "Another great book by Steven Johnson!"
    Would you listen to The Ghost Map again? Why?

    After listening to Steven's 'Where Good Ideas Come From', I knew that I had to hear more; 'The Ghost Map' did not disappoint.

    Reading like a novel, this masterpiece of investigative story telling chronicles life in 19th century London and the brilliant and serendipitous coming together of the ideas needed to combat cholera.

    I absolutely love Steven's analogy of the city as an ecosystem and his overarching description of how very conditions that lead to the pandemic of1854 were the very conditions that solved it.

    Great Listen!

    Any additional comments?

    Excellent narration by Alan Sklar; I know that narration can make or break an audiobook but I would go so far as to say that I can't imagine an audiobook that wouldn't be made better by this guy's narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Technology Wants

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kevin Kelly
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer

    This provocative book introduces a brand-new view of technology. It suggests that technology as a whole is not a jumble of wires and metal but a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies. Kevin Kelly looks out through the eyes of this global technological system to discover "what it wants." He uses vivid examples from the past to trace technology's long course and then follows a dozen trajectories of technology into the near future to project where technology is headed.

    David Everling says: "Sprawling scope, an ambivalent thesis"
    What did you love best about What Technology Wants?

    Kevin Kelly's book is a mind-opening look at technology as an extension of the complex, upward-spiral of life and ecology. This book truly broadened my definition of technology and, indeed, life itself.

    An excellent read; I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in technology but perhaps, even more so, to biologist, ecologist, and system theorists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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