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Kristine A. Ellor

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  • Bozo Sapiens: Why to Err Is Human

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Kaplan, Ellen Kaplan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (80)
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    (37)
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    (34)

    Our species, it appears, is hardwired to get things wrong in myriad different ways. Why did recipients of a loan offer accept a higher rate of interest when a pretty woman's face was printed on the flyer? Why did one poll on immigration find the most despised aliens were ones from a group that did not exist? What made four of the Air Force's best pilots fly their planes, in formation, straight into the ground?

    Ivan says: "A tour de force"
    "One of those rare books....."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bozo Sapiens to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version yet, although I did purchase a print copy to read and annotate after listening to the audio version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Listening to this book and the authors' explanations of why we humans behave the way we do (often badly!) explained so much about what I have seen in the school yard, in the halls of political power, and in the work place. This book gave me the words to understand and overcome some of the pervasive unpleasantness that surrounds so many social interactions. And a road map to personally make those necessarily unpleasant interactions more pleasant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Far from feeling like being human is a runaway freight train of bad choices, somehow genetically programmed and inevitably irresponsible on both a small scale and a grand scale, this book gave me great hope. I think the pivotal idea for me was distinguishing between biological evolution and social evolution. The latter, of course, more rapid and plastic than the former.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book gave me great hope for the future of human kind and our essential 'humanity'. And I mean that, humanity, in a good way!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get my college age children to read this book. It would be an antidote to cynicism and formulaic approaches to relationships both personal and professional.

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