Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what appear to be rather ordinary human behaviors. What makes you happy? Where did your personality come from? Why do you have trouble controlling certain behaviors? Why do you behave differently as an adult than you did as an adolescent?Since the start of recorded history, and probably even before, people have been interested in answering questions about why we behave the way we do.
I have been listening Great Courses lectures for some time now, but this one truly stands out. The topics are relevant and fascinating to everyday life. The speaker is colloquial and gives you time to digest the information. Overall, one of the best ways I've spent my time!
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Regardless of age or occupation, conversation can be tricky. But like it or not, it's one of the most important things you do on a daily basis. Successful conversations help you advance professionally and make, maintain, and deepen relationships. Moreover, research shows that talking, when done on a substantive level, is correlated with a feeling of happiness and general well-being.In just six lectures, Professor Curzan teaches you key strategies that can dramatically improve your ability to converse with anyone, from strangers to supervisors.
One of the best series I have heard in a while! Really breaks down conversations and makes you think twice about what you say and hear!
From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.
Honestly, I can listen to Cary Elwes read the phone book, but I don't have to, because this is a wonderfully done book.
One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.
Was absolutely thrilled by this book! It was simultaneously informative, thrilling, a real page turner (so to speak). One of the best audiobooks I've listened to.
Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.
Ready to think of a way to fix the world? Improve your habits? Welcome to behavioral economics at work. Nudge focuses on those little things that make a big difference in how we behave. It shows us how changes in wording, reminders, and way choices are displayed can make a huge difference in how we behave, even when we have the exact same choices as before. Crucial for anyone who wants to improve their decision making!
The hijackers who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, thought they were fighting a cosmic war. According to award-winning writer and scholar of religions Reza Aslan, by infusing the United States War on Terror with the same kind of religiously polarizing rhetoric and Manichean worldview, it is also fighting a cosmic war, a war that can't be won.
Reza Aslan tells a great tale of how contemporary and ancient politics have affected the War on Terror, and how modern politics have affected the people in those countries. He concludes by showing how we can defeat jihad and end the War on Terror. Wonderful book! Highly recommended!
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From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.
This book had some controversy when it came out, and some hard-liners may not enjoy this book, but this tale of the historical Jesus is fascinating and epic! Reza Aslan does a wonderful job of really telling a fascinating story, putting a new context of Jesus and his life, and it really makes a lot of sense about the development and foundations of Christianity at the very earliest period, and taking the true historical nature of Jesus, and what he stood for. For Christians, people interested in religion, and even Romanophiles, this is a great epic tale!
Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.
Really enjoyed it all the way through! Amy is fun, and is one of the most quotable people I have ever read. She also makes it clear that writing is hard, something I am very familiar with! I enjoy the way she writes tremendously!
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Though it is the fastest growing religion in the world, Islam remains shrouded by ignorance and fear. What is the essence of this ancient faith? Is it a religion of peace or war? How does Allah differ from the God of Jews and Christians? Can an Islamic state be founded on democratic values such as pluralism and human rights? A writer and scholar of comparative religions, Reza Aslan has earned international acclaim for the passion and clarity he has brought to these questions.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as it gives a good background on the origins of Islam, an overview of the mythical vs historical Quran, the context in the modern era, the divisions within Islam, and the different ideologies. Gives an overview of the divisions between Sunni, Shia, Sufi, and Wahab ideologies. Reza Aslan peppers in contemporary implications for all of these throughout the book, and ends on what the modern era and contemporary issues means for Islam, and what the religion will look like in the future. Great book overall, even though I thought I knew a lot before reading it, there was so much I didn't know! So glad I read this, gives me a new glass through which to look at the situations in the Middle East, and beyond!
Unmasking the Social Engineer: The Human Element of Security focuses on combining the science of understanding non-verbal communications with the knowledge of how social engineers, scam artists, and con men use these skills to build feelings of trust and rapport in their targets. The author helps listeners understand how to identify and detect social engineers and scammers by analyzing their non-verbal behavior.
Hadnagy reads off tables, figures, and pictures which you cannot see. And he recites in-text citations word for word. Very frustrating, and some content is useless without that data, not even being described.
For content, as someone who is experienced with Ekman's work, Hadnagy gives a fine, basic overview. This is a good book for beginners, with no training or little knowledge of Paul Ekman's work or microexpressions.
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