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A. Tillery


Alabama | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 406 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • The Modern Scholar: Evolutionary Psychology I: The Science of Human Nature

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Allen D. MacNeill

    “Why do we do what we do?” In this thought-provoking series of lectures, Professor Allen D. MacNeill examines the surprising - and sometimes unsettling - answers to this most basic of human questions. The remarkable new field of evolutionary psychology takes a scientific approach to the evolution of human nature. Analyzing human behavior in relation to food, clothing, shelter, health care, and sex, Evolutionary Psychology proves an immensely stimulating exploration of human endeavor.

    James says: "Great primer on Evolutionary Psychology"
    "Easy to follow lectures"

    Although I have nothing relative to evolutionary psychology with which to compare, I've thoroughly enjoyed this series of lectures. They aren't bogged down with a lot of technicalities and are easy for those unfamiliar with the subject to follow and understand. Time is taken to explain each area, with anecdotes to illustrate the topic at hand. I thought I would be bored to tears but have found it very enlightening and enjoyable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In The Blank Slate, Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading experts on language and the mind, explores the idea of human nature and its moral, emotional, and political colorings. With characteristic wit, lucidity, and insight, Pinker argues that the dogma that the mind has no innate traits, denies our common humanity and our individual preferences, replaces objective analyses of social problems with feel-good slogans, and distorts our understanding of politics, violence, parenting, and the arts.

    Frank says: "Great book from an amazing polymath author"
    "Thorough Analysis"

    As a student of Sociology, I often get bogged down by theories of social constructivism. It can be rather depressing. The book was quite long, as Pinker's usually are, but there was much to provoke thought even though I was not entirely sure where he was going with it much of the time until the end. I actually think that was a beneficial tactic because it allows the listener to ponder different aspects and use that information in forming an opinion as opposed to the author's viewpoint seeming to be the only right way to view the situation. So for those who have listened to his books and have wondered the same thing, hang in there. The last chapter brought it all home and made it so worth it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tao of Pooh

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Benjamin Hoff
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life. Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey.

    Gavin says: "Simply Pooh"
    "Interesting Direction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Tao of Pooh to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. Hit rewind multiple times to catch some great Ah Ha moments.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm very fond of the workings of the Pooh narratives so using this format to illustate Tao was a great idea.

    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've listended to several books that he's narrated and I must say his calm, steady manner allows the listener to focus on the story and not the narration. Just as you have to use imagination to envision the print version, so to with this.

    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Oh my. There were so many that I couldn't pick just one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage of Sense and Soul: Integrating Science and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Ken Wilber
    • Narrated By Denis deBoisblanc
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Science and religion have always been considered mutually exclusive concepts, but are they really? Philosopher Ken Wilber shows how we might begin to think about science and religion in ways that allow for their reconciliation, on terms acceptable to both camps.

    Paul Patterson says: "Toward Integrity in Science and Religion"
    "Print Companion Guide?"
    Any additional comments?

    Seeing the comments on the density of the material and growing rather tired of typing notes in bookmarks, I remembered that it is mentioned early on in the audiobook that there is a companion guide to keep track of key points. I had to jump on here to see if there was indeed a printable file provided, but alas, there is not. So, I can get one for I Am a Pole and So Can You but not for this. Bummer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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