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.
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.
I have not read the print version but thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. Hit rewind multiple times to catch some great Ah Ha moments.
I'm very fond of the workings of the Pooh narratives so using this format to illustate Tao was a great idea.
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.
Oh my. There were so many that I couldn't pick just one.
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.
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