This is not a real science book at all.
I've listened to the first hour and so far he has:
*equated Newtonian physics with materialism (I'm sure Newton would have been surprised);
*referred multiple times to the theory that genes determine development as a "belief system", and
*set up a straw man by conflating this with the view that one's whole life is determined at conception,
*cited the fact that stem cells develop differently depending on the conditions around them as evidence against it,
*claimed without justification that a prediction of this theory is that organisms with more complex (to human eyes) phenotypes should have physically larger genomes, which of course is not what is observed because it isn't true;
*suggested that the human genome (a word he pronounces incorrectly) project was done solely for the profits of venture capitalists, which I can only assume is an attempt to smear by association the whole of genetics and materialism, perhaps so that later he can say "but my brilliant revolutionary theories are ignored by the orthodoxy because they are in the pockets of...";
and he hasn't even started to outline his main thesis yet!
I don't intend to listen to the other 7 hours.
Another excellent addition to the Wheel of time series!!!
Can't wait for the next book to come out!
I never thought he/they would be able to tie up all the loose ends but it's looking good for now.
Tom Rob Smith is an excellent author and Dennis Boutsikaris does a fabulous job narrating.
This is an amazing sequel because it acknowledges that people don't just "live happily ever after" as so many fabulous books would have you believe.
Definetly recommend that you read Child 44 before reading this book, as Child 44 is the first book and explains the characters and their motivations very well.
I enjoy military history and in that regard this book is excellent.
I'm also interested in medicine, especially pre-hospital care, and again this book excels.
If you're interested in the history of military medicine this book is going to be right up your alley!
I had a hard time getting out of my car because I just wanted to keep listening!
I listened to this book while on several all day car trips. I was consistently disappointed to reach my destination because it meant I had to stop listening.
No complaints other than I wish the author hadn't died!
It is really incredible to learn about how a stroke affects the mind and body from the mind and voice of the woman affected. As someone studying medicine professionally (and for fun!) this book is excellent.
Jill Bolte Taylor does an excellent job narrating, you can hear her enthusiasm for the field of neuro-science even when it's her own brain affected!
If you are interested in learning about strokes, how they affect the patient, how they impact the family's life, this is the book for you!
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