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Wolfe

Denver, CO | Member Since 2009

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  • The Social Conquest of Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Edward O. Wilson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
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    (183)
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    (179)

    Edward O. Wilson is one of the world’s preeminent biologists, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and the author of more than 25 books. The defining work in a remarkable career, The Social Conquest of Earth boldly addresses age-old questions (Where did we come from? What are we? Where are we going?) while delving into the biological sources of morality, religion, and the creative arts.

    Gary says: "Wow, Wilson has a lot to say and boy can he write."
    "Excellent theory changing book.....time will tell."
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    If you could sum up The Social Conquest of Earth in three words, what would they be?

    A new explanation


    What other book might you compare The Social Conquest of Earth to and why?

    The Red Queen, The Third Chimpanzee, and The Moral Animal. A book of the same type and nature but a totally different explanation and if hods up making large parts of those books obsolete.


    Any additional comments?

    Professor Wilson makes a cogent argument for looking at our evolution in a different way. His argument that we are eusocial animals (like ants and bees) at first seems hard to swallow but by the end of the book, it all makes sense. The argument for multilevel evolution, if it holds up, will replace the theories of kin selection and reciprocal altruism. Clearly this a big change and this theory has its detractors.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aristotle's Children: How Christian, Muslims and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard E. Rubenstein
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
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    (14)
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    Best-selling author Richard E. Rubenstein brings the past to life in this engrossing story of social, religious, and scientific revolution during one of the darkest periods in European history. When a group of Dark Ages scholars rediscovered the works of Aristotle, the great thinker's ideas ignited a firestorm of enlightened thought. This is the endlessly fascinating account of the pivotal period in history when the modern era took root.

    John says: "Interesting story of the rediscovery of Aristotle"
    "Not really Children...but Child....Christianity."
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    Any additional comments?

    It was an excellent book on the Scholasticism of the middle ages and its players. I learned a lot about people I had always heard of but not read their works. My only disappointment was it did not really delve into the effects of Aristotle's teaching on Judaism and Islam in any depth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 4 Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard Panek
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (445)

    Over the past few decades, a handful of scientists have been racing to explain a disturbing aspect of our universe: only four percent of it consists of the matter that makes up you, me, our books, and every star and planet. The rest is completely unknown. Richard Panek tells the dramatic story of the quest to find this “dark” matter and an even more bizarre substance called “dark energy”. This is perhaps the greatest mystery in all of science, and solving it will bring fame, funding, and certainly a Nobel Prize.

    Adam says: "Excellent survey of Cosmology and Astrophysics"
    "A great update on the current state of cosmology"
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    A great update on the current state of cosmology told in an understandable way with the added bonus of some of the behind the scenes stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mismeasure of Man

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen Jay Gould
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
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    (23)

    When published in 1981, The Mismeasure of Man was immediately hailed as a masterwork, the ringing answer to those who would classify people, rank them according to their supposed genetic gifts and limits. Yet the idea of of biology as destiny dies hard, as witness the attention devoted to The Bell Curve, whose arguments are here so effectively anticipated and thoroughly undermined.

    Wolfe says: "Excellent and eye opening"
    "Excellent and eye opening"
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    Any additional comments?

    A story of history that makes you shake your head in disbelief but also an excellent story of cognitive bias and its influence on science. A story that can still occur today.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    Overall
    (2060)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (920)

    Maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb had an illustrious career on Wall Street before turning his focus to his black swan theory. Not all swans are white, and not all events, no matter what the experts think, are predictable. Taleb shows that black swans, like 9/11, cannot be foreseen and have an immeasurable impact on the world.

    Kenneth says: "Brilliant, Obnoxious, Narcissistic, Brilliant"
    "Excellent and thought provoking"
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    Would you listen to The Black Swan again? Why?

    Well worth listening to a second time. Impossible to absorb all the implications first time around


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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