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David

Kennewick, WA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 325 titles in library
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  • How the Mind Works

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (598)
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    (479)
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    (470)

    In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

    David says: "Excellent, but a difficult listen."
    "Excellent, but a difficult listen."
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    What made the experience of listening to How the Mind Works the most enjoyable?

    Pinker answers a lot of questions about how and why people think the way they do. As always, he doesn't just make assertions, he backs everything up by explaining the state of the research and the ideas of the researchers in the field (even when those ideas are different from his). It's a much easier read than actual research papers, and has wit and good story telling to leven the large doses of information, but it's not easy to follow when listening. It requires a lot of concentration or you can do what I did and just listen to everything twice, sometimes three times, until you get it.

    If you consider yourself an intellectual, you'll want to be familiar with Stephen Pinker's work. The Better Angels of our Nature, and The Blank Slate are easier to pick up just listening once so I would recommend one of those as a place to start.

    This book was written more than 10 years ago. It's holding up very well though and an afterword written only a couple of years ago is included which explains how recent research relates to the book.


    80 of 82 people found this review helpful
  • Get What's Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Philip Moeller, Paul Solman
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Want to know how to navigate the forbidding maze of Social Security and emerge with the highest possible benefits? You could try reading all 2,728 rules of the Social Security system (and the thousands of explanations of these rules), but Kotlikoff, Moeller, and Solman explain Social Security benefits in an easy-to-understand and user-friendly style.

    David says: "A vast amount of hard to find information"
    "A vast amount of hard to find information"
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    Would you listen to Get What's Yours again? Why?

    I knew it would be a book that was easier to read than to listen to, but it's really not too bad. I listened to the parts that most effect my situation three times (and the rest of it just once) and I pretty much understand all the variables that will impact my benefits; amazing (without ever taking a note). Now I can make informed decisions. Thanks guys. If you have issues involving disability, you probably should read it for real while taking notes.

    It's well written and funny too, and the reading is excellent. I agree with them that most people take benefits too early, but the important thing is to understand the system well enough to decide intelligently.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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