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  • Economics, 3rd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Timothy Taylor
    • Narrated By Professor Timothy Taylor

    Economic issues are active in our lives every day. However, when the subject of economics comes up in conversation or on the news, we can find ourselves longing for a more sophisticated understanding of the fundamentals of economics. These 36 lectures will help you think about and discuss economic issues that affect you and the nation every day-interest rates, unemployment, personal investing, budget deficits, globalization, and many more-with a greater level of knowledge and sophistication.

    Linda Chan says: "Econmics, 3rd Edition"
    "Outstanding, albeit dated, primer on economics."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, provides a soid foundation of economic concepts. I would warn that the information is slightly dated (recorded in 2005 I believe), which means some of the lessons learned from the most recent economic problems of the world won't be covered. That said, the lecturer provides ample theoretical and historical examples for most concepts, which helped made difficult concepts clear.

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    What about Professor Timothy Taylor’s performance did you like?

    Did a great job of making the rather dull topic interesting. The jokes he told to break up the topic, while not standup material, were humorous enough that I found them enjoyable. Gave frequent examples, both theoretical and historical, to put the concepts in the real world. Great work all around.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Probably not. I firmly believe the lecturer did a great job, one can only handle so much economics before the eyelids get heavy. But in his defense, I'm not sure anyone could liven up the topic enough to justify 18hrs straight of econ.

    Any additional comments?

    Great for learning what not to fall for in news reports. Also, did a great job of not getting too into politics. Bravo!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    Marc says: "well worth the time to listen to, good roundup"
    "Excellent primer on scientific critical thinking."
    Where does Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first TGC lecture series and only my 4th audiobook so far so my comparison is a little shallow. That said, I thought it was a great series.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I found it to be a great series that struck a successful balance between covering all the topics and not overburdening the listener. The lecturer was clear and articulate, and reviewed or referenced other lectures to tie it all together nicely. My only (nit-picky) complaint was that it was at times too professional. A joke, hyperbole, or humorous analogy would have livened it up just a bit. Again, that's an overly critical remark. Overall, well done. Would highly recommend to others.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the lectures on logical fallacies and how they can be used in popular pseudo-science topics.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This summer...thinking....goes....critical *cue explosion, swordfights, and/or scantily clad supermodels*

    Any additional comments?

    Great primer into the topic of critical thinking in todays world. If I were king for a day, I'd make everyone on facebook listen to this series so to ebb the flow of anti-vaccine/conspiracy theories on my news feed from crazy family members. Will help you develop healthy skepticism and ID some of the BS floating out there.

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