You can definitely listen to this book their is a lot of value, it may also help in forcing you to ignore the technical until later.
I think the subject was interesting, but David, has a grandiose view of his perspective. So in that vain their is some odd hype, so be careful about being sucked in, and remember this is just his perspective.
People are different, on many levels. If you want to understand how different they can be this book is a good one for that.
Yes, this a major work, it needs to be carefully consider.
Better Angels of our Nature, by Steven pinker, would make a Great companion book.
It was easy to listen to at 2X. Voice was clear and anonsation perfect.
No. Do you self a favor and reflect on the significance of what is being said. Avi Tuschman, tries very hard to stay out of the book. He tries to take the perspective of the alien who is studying human life on earth.
Avi Tuschman, has put together a toolbox that can help the politician as well as the constituents the world over to think about the issue that we face in life from a lofty vantage point. It's time we look at how we govern, and this is a great book to help us alongh our way.
Eric Drexler has been thinking about this stuff for so long, that his intuitive understanding out strips anyone in the field. This is the iphone of sciences books, this is a carefully constructed masterpieces.His, metaphors and analogies are spot on with the careful consideration, of a master craftsman. This is the book worth waiting 27 years for. The maturity of his writing style from his first book Engines of creation really shows, in a really good way. There is no magic hand waving hear, and no bar graphics to consider just an intuitive exercise.
This is one of the major engines in Ray Kurzweil's the Singularity is Near, this explains in detail what ray Kurzweil is talking about when he talks about nanotechnology. Eric and ray had a falling out somewhere along the line, probably because Erics a more concrete thinker, I am saying this because Eric was supposed to be in Rays documentary but was not. So it interesting to keep that in mind. Regardless the Singularity is near is a good comparison contracting work, and Rays lack of description was likely due to the fact that it really was Eric's job to do it right. And that he does.
Playing with Atoms.
I felt like I was playing with a really cool lego set.
This is what the end of analog looks like
I was very disappointed, Al Gore lacks vision...
If Al realized that he did not have much to say about the future, and simple explore the different possibilities, and made sure that he did not mixes perspectives on the future, the book might have worked. His understanding of the financial markets was very interesting and maybe if he had explore that more in depth? There were probably a couple of good book ideas in here, he just needed to focuses more on one of them.
Al lacks a good understanding of energy. And because of this he spent no time at all looking at nuclear options, China is investing heavily in nuclear energy, and based on that alone his coal burning numbers are off. Al talks extensively about old school farming, but never talked about Vertical Farming, because Al never puts together 3D printing and building Vertical Farms... Hydroponic vertical farms solve many of the problems Al mentions. The truth is he named a lot of the right people, he just lacks an understanding to see how it all comes together
Al has a pretty good understanding of informational technology and the idea of animal sexting was both funny and reassuring that Al really does have a sense of humor.
I am a sucker for fact and figures...
Al spends way too much time talking about the future he doesn't want to see, and virtually no time on talking about the future he wants to see. The book is way too negative, and he lacks a problem solving perspective.
Sam Nastiness in The End of Faith, is a baclava of intended ruthlessness, and it was yummy, and I savored it. His ruthless dedication to the simple truths, that flow from the axioms put forth by religion was juicy and fresh, and it was a liberating catharsis, and my poo didn't stink for weeks
If you must pray for people please don't tell them it's not good for their health.
He captures Sams intended voice nicely.
"Morning has broken on a New day.." All irony intended.
It’s an enima for the soule, so stay close to the pooper.
Hood is a great writer I highly recommend the ride into the exploration of the illusion of self. Even if you are well vs in the subject you will find Hood's treatment of the social aspects of self thought provoking, Hood even puts an interesting spin on gender biases, beyond testosterone and estrogen.
The Brain, it is after all your reality generator.
Sounds Great at 2x
No. Your bound to want to reflect. Even coming back to it in a few days is a good idea
You own it to yourself to listen to this book
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