The Professor did a very nice job of breaking down some modern-day myths and deconstructed them in such a way that there's little room for anyone to argue against it
Marianne? No Ginger. Kidding...this is a series of lectures narrated by the professor who provided the lecture
I don't know that there was any one scene (lecture) in particular that was more compelling than the next. I did enjoy the lectures that discussed scientific greats throughout history that alllowed their biases to derail or misguide further achievements.
meh...this is more of an academic excercise than a suspenseful thrill read. The material was good, but nothing I couldn't put down
the key to the title of this book is A "SCIENTIFIC" guide to critical thinking. Shame on me for not figuring this out, out of the gate, but I originally downloaded this due to an interest in "strategic" thinking in the workplace. While there are undoubtedly parallels in terms of the process of thinking and good information with respect to recognizing biases and how the brain/memory work...this is very much a discussion on debunking or veryifing scientific evidence versus any non-scientific business process.
It's a very good listen nontheless but not what I was expecting and not overly applicable to a corporate business setting (which again, is my own mistake). I only point this out in case anyone else struggles with reading comprehension like I did.
I certainly enjoyed the continuing character development from the ongoing series
I can't spoil anything so for anyone that has read the first three, you'll clearly want to read the next. I have to be honest though, I am starting to get a little tired of the considerable effort Martin takes in describing every stitch of clothing that a character is wearing. I know it paints a beautiful image but these books could be shortenend by 200 pages each if we left Cerci's wardrobe out of every chapter.
I'd also add that I'm a bit of a history buff but I never realized that the middle-ages were quite so rapey....I know this is a work of fiction but it's based on those times so unless Martin is taking creative liberties with that aspect....I get the distinct impression that every woman in Martin's books is raped at least once in their lifetimes. Just pointing out the brutality of the social message...not condemning him for putting it on paper..
I do enjoy Doltrice though I feel like he's changed his accent/inflection for some of the main characters from one book to another which is a little discordant. Otherwise he does a nice job...he doesn't go over the top with most of the character impressions which is good. I think some of the impressions are too close to each other but with the sheer volume of characters in this series I can't imagine how you couldn't get repetitive.
I think Martin's goal is to take every character you love and reduce them (and by extension you) to ruins. No spoilers as this has been evidenced since the first book in the series but suffice it to say that life continues to hand your favorite characters a never ending supply of poop sandwiches.
Nothing with respect to this book but I went through the first 4 in rapid succession but now find myself putting down the series to get some different reading done. I'm not sure if this is a result of a bit of a lull with respect to A Feast for Crows or if it's the knowledge that Martin takes a loooooong time to complete each book so there's little compelling reason to hurry through them if I'll ultimately have to wait another decade or so before the series concludes.
Probably not. The "book" is actually a series of articles that are put together like a chapter book. As such there is a decent degree of redundancy. The plus side is that with repetition comes increased comprehension (as the subject matter can be a little heady for us non-science types)...the downside is that the book really could have been condensed by an order of a few hours with all the repeate material
the narrator is generally personable and you can easily visualize Neil deGrasse Tyson in his style. To each their own on this but I think the most compelling aspect of the narrative for me is getting a greater appreciation for the sheer magnitude of the universe versus the sheer insignficance of our place in it.
For someone with nothing more than a beginners understanding of astrophysics, I found all of it pretty interesting. Probably, my favorite were the portions that focus on the potential for life on other planets.
"bring your pillow" kidding. my guess is books on astrophysics don't translate well to the big screen. Probably better suited for PBS or the Discovery Channel
A little repetitious but fascinating stuff to the layman.
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