I listen almost exclusively to non-fiction, expository works. This Course ranks quite high in quality, listenability and interest, in spite of being about Economics.
I think the most memorable thing is the speaking ability of Professor Salemi - he is able, through voice and inflection alone, to convey his powerful interest in his subject, and this makes the listener eager to hear what he has to say.
I would not recommend this book, as it does not result in any clearer understanding of what women want than the average man already has - at least, if I am 'average'.
No. However I thought the narration excellent on this one.
I was especially moved by the relation of a couple of stories about women who, while know what the 'wished' for, were and are hampered by society's mores (although what they wished for seems to me to be quite harmless, our Victorian attitudes make it socially risky for women to express themselves).
I found it disappointing that, while the question "What Do Women Want" is a long-time urgent one for everybody, a book that purports to tell us the answer left me with the exact same understanding, and questions, as I already had. Apparently there is a good reason why nobody knows.
As with all D.MacCulloch's work, it is thorough, well-written and scholarly.
The revelation that Silence and silent prayer caused some schism in the early Christian church was new to me, and of great historic interest. Alternately, the least interesting feature of the book turned out to be it's greater bulk in the form of the many, many descriptions and reasons for 'dark silence': the Christian church(es) remaining mum on their own and others' ill-doings.
Dixon is, with Grover Gardner, one of the best Narrators in the business. His command of language, crisp & clean pronunciation, and his ability to subtly reveal the humor in a work make him one of my two favorites.(Gardner being the other).
I had no extreme reaction beyond the wish for more emphasis on my specialist interest which I mention below.
I had been hoping for more emphasis on Monastic Silence and Mystical Silence, rather than the many larger elucidations of the 'silence' around the treatment of Women, Child Abuse, Homosexuality and Holocaust.Commentary on Monastic Silence is all too short.
Yes. I will listen several times. Well done production, fascinating topic, and the truth about String Theory...what more could anyone ask?
Right from the start, Smolin identifies they 'Trouble with Physics'. Anyone really interested in Physics could not resist hearing this refreshing and un-biased viewpoint.
Walter Dixon's reading is always clear and clean - his command of reading in technical subjects is exemplary.
I was not aware of the extent to which the 'Monster' of String Theory had invaded all of Physics research, apparently to the exclusion of any actual Critical thought. Quite alarming, actually.
Many thanks to Doctor Smolin for writing a REAL Physics book for people who have wanted to know the true state of Physics for years. The last book I thought was as valuable was Gary Zukav's 'Dancing Wu Li Masters'.Other popular Physics books, these days, promote String Theory almost exclusively, and usually without even a nod to the glossing over required to swallow String Theory itself, the very limited likelihood that these problems can be overcome, and the additional Foundational Problems of the Theories-Behind-the-Theory (Quantum Theory, for instance, which, while a very successful, functional tool, cannot be applied to extensive or complex systems, and which relies on many unexplained features such as 'quantum jitters' as Brian Greene calls them, and the Uncertainty Principle - which is not explained, but has an "is because it is" acceptance among Quantum Theorists). Lee Smolin's book speaks *directly* about the 5 main Problems that Physics needs to address to get back on track and become consistent (and Scientific) again.
I would gladly listen to Tim Pabon's reading again any time, Drexler is out of the question, though.
Drexler spends very much of the book bemoaning and complaining about the failure and misuse by Government Bureaucracy that supposedly caused his original fostering of Nano-Technology to fail.Because the term was 'usurped' by marketing and media hype he has now restyled Nanotechnology as "Atomically Precise Manufacturing " (which is the same day-dream, with very different marketing).
In this book Drexler complains at length about the hype that amateur enthusiasts and the media heaped on his first vision of Nanotechnology, deriding their nightmare visions of the 'Gray Goo' problem, and the "wild" fantasies of Blood-bourne robots that were supposed to fix cancer and other health problems. Somehow he denies (and also somehow forgets) that these very ideas were discussed and promoted in his book "Engines of Creation". If I recall correctly, Chapter 2 discussed small robots that could repair our cells and "even reverse aging", perhaps even defeating old age and death. The gray goo problem of nanotech run amok was discussed extensively in "Engines" to encourage pre-emptive oversight and guidance. Drexler now blames his enthusiastic followers for these fantasies and nightmares, dissociating himself entirely from them - which is considerably disingenuous of him.
And finally, despite his strident attempts to make APM sound plausible and reasonable, his own repeated notes of caution, hesitation and "maybe" statements make his arguments unconvincing.
This seems to be just an attempt to make one last bit of money out of Nanotechnology.
While Tim Pabon has the occasional pronunciation difficulty with some technical and scientific terms, his reading is clear and consistent, and never befuddled, despite the complexity of Drexler's language and technical jargon. Excellent job.
I was angered by Drexler's blaming his enthusiastic followers for concepts and ideas he created himself (and now denies creating). I was disappointed in the overall tone of this fairly feeble attempt to describe the same old thing a different way.
At one time I believed in the possibility of Nanotechnology or Atomically Precise Manufacturing (call it what you will), but based on this and the "where's my Jetpack" lack of development in 30 years, I will not be holding my breath during my lifetime, nor expect any Blood-bourne robots to resurrect me (which Drexler himself suggested in Engines of Creation, but now claims were over-enthusiastic fantasies by "amateurs"). Very bad.
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