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Paul

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  • 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
    Overall
    (621)
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    (563)
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    (548)

    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.

    Jason says: "Clear thinking is valuable beyond measure!"
    "Critical Thinking: Facts vs. Fiction"
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    What would have made Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills better?

    Before I downloaded and listened to this program, I was already well familiar with the field of "Critical Thinking". Which helped me taking difficult exams; how to eliminate wrong answers in a multiple choice exams, like GRE, LSAT, etc. "Critical Thinking" is a College course taught in most places now.
    I liked the author's ideas and concepts of how to see inside of
    claims that people make, that look convincing at first, but upon analysis they all fall short of their claims, like most of TV commercials, etc.
    However, I think the author is gone too far with his "Critical Thinking" concepts, questioning everything under the Sun.
    Although 99% of UFO claims are highly questionable, but that does not preclude the 1%, which may give validity to UFO existence.
    Ditto for Mary's apparitions, etc. Then we have to question God, and prayers, as subjective, wishful thinking, depression, (Freudian concepts).
    I still recommend this book for those not familiar with this field, IT IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL in one life.
    Best Wishes,



    What was one of the most memorable moments of Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills?

    The various tools he elaborates thinking critically.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Steven Novella’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    What character would you cut from Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills?

    An Abridged version, 3 hrs, would be nice.


    Any additional comments?

    He does marvelous job on how to look into things, and discover flaws and incongruences.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By James Van Praagh
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
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    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Based on over 25 years of spirit communication and thousands of professional readings, world-famous medium James Van Praagh shares the personal regrets, misgivings, remorse, and, most important, the advice of the dead who have chosen him as a medium. These spirits have a great deal to say about what they have learned and discovered on the other side and how we, the living, can benefit from their experiences.

    Sue says: "Excellent book, awesome narrator!"
    "The flow of the message is well organized"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unfinished Business to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, however, the audio edition is perfect from the beginning to the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was previously familiar with the subject matter (Michael Newton, Dr. Weiss, number of other Psychiatrists who delved into this subject), and I am very cautious reading in esoteric subjects, there is not way proving the validity of the authors claims.
    they're very good about that. However, 'Unfinished Business' sounds authentic, experienced in the field, and his advice and analysis of the problem issues are psychologically insightful, intuitive and profound indeed.


    What about Marc Cashman’s performance did you like?

    I liked his narration of the book.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Unfinished Business?

    Before and after each session/subject, he gives us such insights into our grave errors that we commit everyday, in pride, anger, greed, not listening (when we ought to), envy, etc. We clearly see the direct consequences that last for ages, which we were not aware of these, and knew nothing about.


    Any additional comments?

    No any information can be lost in this world, (law of Physics), all are embedded in our Subconscious, (Carl Jung), and seems when we decide to come back, we bring our Subconscious with us, with all its previous addictions, prejudice, pride, etc. Once we're in Heaven, all we want is people's forgiveness, so we can move foreword.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle toward Self-Realization

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Karen Horney
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (33)

    One of the most original psychoanalysts after Freud, Karen Horney pioneered such now-familiar concepts as alienation, self-realization, and the idealized image, and she brought to psychoanalysis a new understanding of the importance of culture and environment.

    W. F. Rucker says: "Common sense advice for life"
    "I completely enjoyed listening all through."
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    What made the experience of listening to Neurosis and Human Growth the most enjoyable?

    The author, like other founders of School of Psychiatry: Freud, Jung, Adler etc. they formed their ideas after seeing thousands of patients, and it clearly shows her vast experience in the field. Medical Psychology is such a sensitive area, we simply can't afford listening to abundance of self-claimed, non-enduring psychologists. I clearly saw that some Psychologists have directly stolen ideas from this author, which I didn't know then.
    Karen Horney being a woman medical doctor, sees some Freudian matters differently, and rightly so.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Karen Horney is wonderful in this book. Culmination of her 50 years of work in the field.


    What does Heather Henderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is wonderful. She has soft voice, knows the material, and conveys the material convincingly, to the public.
    Some narrators, have little idea what the passage they're reading is all about. It shows.


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

    Definitely so! But can't.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is for general public, and we all have neurotic tendencies in us. No one is spared from!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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