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  • The Ethical Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Gazzaniga
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Will increased scientific understanding of our brains overturn our beliefs about moral and ethical behavior? How will increasingly powerful brain imaging technologies affect the ideas of privacy and of self-incrimination? Such thought-provoking questions are rapidly emerging as new discoveries in neuroscience have raised difficult legal and ethical dilemmas. Michael Gazzaniga, widely considered to be the father of cognitive neuroscience, investigates with an expert eye some of these controversial and complex issues.

    Derek says: "interesting stuff"
    "not sure if this is science or philosophy, but bad"
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    This book contains very little relevant science, and thus doesn't appear to be a science book. It is also not a book of philosophy, in the sense of establishing a coherent theory based on a well-defined set of premises. Rather, it seems to be a collection of random thoughts of the sort one might discuss over a barstool. So if you are curious about Michael Gazzaniga's vague musings about ethics, you'll like this book. If you wanted to learn something more general about ethics, you won't.

    The reader is annoying, which doesn't help.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Allegory of the Cave

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Plato
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    Plato's Allegory of the Cave is what many believe to be the foundation of Western Philosophy. It addresses what is visible and invisible, seen and observed versus intuited and imagined, and what is public versus private and just versus unjust. It also concerns the meaning and importance of education, the state of the soul, the conflict between truth and beauty, animal urges versus higher aspirations, knowledge versus ignorance, and on and on.

    yvette hatfield says: "Philisophy student"
    "allegory is fine; commentary is not useful"
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    The author spends most of his time telling us that philosophy isn't very interesting. As a fan of philosophy, I found it insulting. But in any case it was a waste of time to listen to. Just skip to the allegory itself and ignore all the rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Linked: The New Science of Networks

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (113)

    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi traces the fascinating history of connected systems. Understanding the structure and behavior of networks will forever alter our world, allowing us to design the "perfect" business or stop a disease outbreak before it goes global.

    Alex says: "Network theory for beginners"
    "three times too long"
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    At the end of a long chapter on phase transitions in physics, the author helpfully notes that nothing in that chapter is actually relevant to network science, ostensibly the topic of the book. 'Nuff said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: A History of the English Language

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Drout
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (120)

    Professor Drout addresses the foundation of language and its connection to specific portions of the brain. The components of language are explained in easy-to-understand terms and the progression of the language from Germanic to Old, Middle, and Modern English is fully illustrated - including such revolutionary language upheavals as those brought about by the Norman Conquest and the Great Vowel Shift.

    Maria says: "Hits all the right marks"
    "decent for beginners"
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    as a trained psycholinguist, I found the author's frequent misstatements about psychology and neuroscience annoying. Hopefully he understood the history of language better than he understood these peripheral parts of his course. But it made me wonder...

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1928)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (741)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "A little silly"
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    This book has some interesting information, but it is buried deep inside flights of fancy and purple prose. Bragg is very serious in calling this a "biography": English is treated as a living, breathing thing with wills and desires. The bulk of the book is taken up with speculations about how English might have felt about this, or what she might have been thinking when deciding to do that. I don't mind a little flowery prose now and then, but it got pretty tiresome. Chop that out, and the book would have only been an hour or so long.

    The reader was entertaining, though. I have no idea how good his pronunciation of Old English or Church Latin actually is, but is certainly sounded credible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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