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.
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.
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