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Sarah

Woodstock, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (375)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Adam says: "Excellent survey of Cosmology and Astrophysics"
    "Ugh"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No actual science discussion, just the background politics of science. The title of the book isn't right for the real subject matter.


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  • Free Will

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (340)

    A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

    Margaret says: "Fascinating debate!"
    "Just wish it were longer"
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    What did you love best about Free Will?

    This is the first book I've read from Sam Harris. I loved the subject matter and the conciseness with which it was presented. I also enjoyed his narration. Love that he points out that punishment is still possible as a preventative measure, we didn't need free will, good or evil to legitimize it. We just need to consider the effects of punishment in the long run. Fascinating, I could listen to much more on this subject.


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