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Jonathan M Tweet

Seattle, WA, US | Member Since 2007

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  • The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Andrew Newberg
    • Narrated By Professor Andrew Newberg
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    (36)
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    (32)
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    (29)

    Does God exist? Do we have a soul? Is it possible to make contact with a spiritual realm? How should we respond to the divine? Will life continue beyond death?Most people, whether deeply religious or outright doubters of any spiritual power, have probably pondered these questions for themselves. In fact, the religious impulse is so powerfully pervasive that neuroscience has posed a provocative question: Are our brains wired to worship?

    Douglas says: "A WARNING..."
    "Nice overview but too thin"
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    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Andrew Newberg?

    Newberg is knowledgeable and I would try another book by him. This was the first Great Courses audiobook I've tried, and it was so thin on content that I'm hesitant to buy any other Great Courses audiobook, even though I've put several on my wish list.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A nonfiction book on a similar topic but with more content. Typically I will relisten to an audiobook, but not this one.


    Which character – as performed by Professor Andrew Newberg – was your favorite?

    My favorite scientific study was when they gave dopamine to atheists, making them perceive ambiguous shapes more like believers perceive them.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I kept waiting to get past the general and to the meaty specifics. Even though I was listening as double speed, the content was so thin that my mind wandered.


    Any additional comments?

    It's in the form of lectures, so it works great for an Audiobook. The Modern Scholar series is better. It's also in lecture format, but the content is powerful and packed, not weak and thin.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robert Wright
    • Narrated By Greg Thornton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (357)

    Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

    Darwin8u says: "A Masterpiece of Science Writing"
    "The Number One Book I Recommend to Friends"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Moral Animal to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Wright deals with weighty topics, and the narrator of the audiobook makes the text easier to parse.


    What other book might you compare The Moral Animal to and why?

    Wright's book Evolution of God is similar in that it tackles a very broad topic from a modern perspective.


    What about Greg Thornton’s performance did you like?

    His natural cadence made Wright's intellectually weighty prose readily understandable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Wright's account of the members of Poseidon's cult, finding each other as trustworthy insiders in the wide, strange world of the Roman Empire.


    Any additional comments?

    Wright is a wide-ranging scholar and writer who approaches the biggest issues a secular writer can: the nature of humanity and the scope of history. This book is more about the nature of humanity, while his book Evolution of God is more about the scope of history. Moral Animal is from the 90s, but the science in it is all still current. Wright is insightful and the narrator is flawless.

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