Now I'm Swedish, which could influence my opinion but I don't think it does. It's a great listen with mainly great characters and a great story, told in a great way.
Although, don't believe that Swedish names and Swedish accents sound like they do in this recording.
Steven L. Goldman takes you along on a journey through the seemingly obvious: the success of science to improve the world. Even though that is non-arguable the case, science almost lost it's trust among the general public, with incomprehensible possible consequences due not to the failings of science to generate results, but due to what philosophers of science was arguing about scientific knowledge.
This is a profound question. Is there objective, universal truth? And is that what science gives us? As Derrida and Foucalt came into fashion during the mid 20th century, more and more started questioning the earlier privileged position of scientific knowledge. Social construction theory was slowly undermining the trust in science. This was an important wake up call for the scientific community who had been too busy doing science not to bother engaging themselves in the "philosophical debate". In the 1980s it had become obvious that science was about to lose the war.
Goldman gives an intelligent analysis with key events and individuals explaining the reasons why the science wars came into existence, and how it can be resolved.
Science is not objective truth, but that does not diminish science. Science is still the greatest tool there is for dealing with ordinary experience, giving us control over our environments. Why that is the case, and how that can be argued is brilliantly explained in this course.
Understanding that, is the best way in which most of us can support science, the greatest invention there ever was.
Pleasant surprises are at times life-changing. Stumbling across something that you easily could have missed, ending up transforming your life.
My expectations were low when I purchased this book. Hoping for some inspiration to get started with "unstuffing" my house, I instead got the mind-set of a super-achiever; following-through, according a plan, in a systematic way.
By starting with the small stuff you can't delude yourself that you're living according to your theoretically high standards when you aren't. Getting organized and disciplined creates ripples on the water, affecting bigger areas in your life.
I've always been quite an organized person, this book was still extremely helpful with great advice on how to approach overloaded kitchen cabinets, counter tops and wardrobes.
Paradoxically though, this is one of the most potent self-help books there are. It's behavioral therapy at its best, with clearly visible feedback.
Jodi Picoult failed to touch my soul with this book. Characters, story and milieu lacked the sparkle needed to transform them into real, captivating people. The notion that I was reading about fictional characters created in someone's imagination never left me. I jumped several chapters to get to the end. The moral conundrums at stake never challenged me.
No, there's better stuff out there.
This is not a book about baseball.
This is about science, and what science can do for us.
Being a skeptic, MD and well-acquainted with, and even public promoter of the virtues of a scientific approach to life, this book still changed my life.
Never before has the value of a fact-based approach been so beautifully described. The follies of the opposite, never before so lucidly and humorously shown.
Mesmerizing. (I had to get the hard copy as well.)
Is clicking "Add to cart" a mistake?
As long as you realize that you will get what you think you'll get.
Dan Brown sticks with his old recipe (who wouldn't?): the erudite, ingenious Langdon finding himself in predicament with a beautiful and intelligent woman escaping not just the evil-minded but also Polizia de Stato; deciphering clues from ancient art, history, religion and myth to solve the puzzle - and in the mean time; saving the world.
Boring? Well, yes and no.
Yes, as no new neuron-connections fire off as the texts of Shakespeare have been shown to do. (If Dan Brown is reading reviews; the words "unnerve", "admonish" and "materialize" unnerve me as they keep materializing, and I admonish him to check for synonyms.)
No, as I find it interesting to see how Brown works with his (best-selling) success-blue print for a novel, an opportunity to delve into Florence's rich history of culture and art, and yes, enabling me to discuss "Brown's latest".
If looking for something breath taking, novel, exhilarating this is not for you. Brown's talent lies in writing easily digestible escapist-stories with the traction of needing to know if the main characters will escape their huntsmen at every turn, sprinkled with da Vinci, Michelangelo, Dante and bio-terrorism.
As an extra flavor; Paul Michael's performance is excellent. Subtle nuances are pulled off so well I hardly notice them consciously, however they do add color and character to the story and is a pleasure to listen to.
I had a splendid couple of hours in Florence in pleasant and intelligent company.
Sometimes, that is one of the greatest merits of a story well told.
The subject of this book is one that I myself (!) have considered writing a book on. I'm glad I didn't even try - this is great, and fascinating. And the red thread is easily discernible through all the otherwise quite unrelated phenomena.
There's lots to be learned about oneself, others and the world, from this book.
The mark that Steve Jobs has put on the world is difficult to grasp. It's not just the revolutions he has created in so many fields, but perhaps more importantly, he has become the inspiration and the symbol for a new culture. A new culture that will create a different world.
Understanding this transformation of society demands an understanding of whom Steve Jobs was, and how he became whom he was. This book is both entertaining and at the same time answers those questions.
This book really "pushed me over the edge". I've had slumbering ideas for years, but now I've taken the first couple of steps towards creating my dream. This is not just a book for HBS alumni - their advantage is rather in their personalities, their stubborness and their willingness to work hard. I could really see that having a MBA from Harvard could be a burden if you considered becoming an entrepreneur - it's too easy to get a really good, safe, prestigious and well-paying job.
The Intelligent Entrepreneur is easy to listen to, it's inspiring - and the three individuals that we follow along are all different - we can each and every one find ourselves in them.
Usually pick books based on other listener's reviews, which I also did with this one. It's a good and interesting book, but there are lots of others out there that's more worth your time. The characters are quite shallow, and the story is dragged on, not realy letting you know anything, and then towards the end everything's told in 3 minutes.
If you've got a lot of time: Listen to it. Otherwise pick something else!
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