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  • The Evolution of Everything

  • How New Ideas Emerge
  • By: Matt Ridley
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

The Evolution of Everything is about bottom-up order and its enemy, the top-down twitch - the endless fascination human beings have with design rather than evolution, with direction rather than emergence. Drawing on anecdotes from science, economics, history, politics, and philosophy, Matt Ridley's wide-ranging, highly opinionated opus demolishes conventional assumptions that major scientific and social imperatives are dictated by those on high.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Winfield on 12-16-15

Strawman

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

While I agree with the author on many of the individual views that he has on the innumerable topics that he talks about in this book, his central thesis that was supposed to bind them all together is rather weak. Yes, all processes of change and invention, all institutions and behaviors are subject to trial and error and evolutionary pressures. But instead of providing any enlightening insights on this process itself, the author goes through topic after topic claiming that some people attribute change and invention to planning and intelligent design and are unaware of the influence of trial and error. So it is hour after hour of him calling others stupid. and what's worse, I think that is mostly a strawman. I think very few people actually tjink that way. He does also offer some advice and personal positions on how many of these issues and areas should be handled. While much of his views have have some merit, that is more or less accidental. They don't follow a consistent pattern. He tries to derive them from an argument against planning and design, but really, all actions always involve planning and design (and are also always all subject to evolutionary pressures). So in the end there is painfully little to take away from this book.

Also, maybe this is just me, but I found the narrator annoying in how he made the text seem even more arrogant than it already was by reading it in a tone and with an accent that I couldn't stand.

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  • What to Expect When No One's Expecting

  • America's Coming Demographic Disaster
  • By: Jonathan V. Last
  • Narrated by: Jonathan V. Last
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Look around you and think for a minute: Is America too crowded? For years, we have been warned about the looming danger of overpopulation: people jostling for space on a planet that's busting at the seams and running out of oil and food and land and everything else. It's all bunk. The population bomb never exploded. Instead, statistics from around the world make clear that since the 1970s, we've been facing exactly the opposite problem: people are having too few babies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Your typical social conservative screed full of lots of misleading facts

  • By isaiah on 06-05-18

Factual and timely

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-17

The author comes to the topic with a clear stand point, but that doesn't matter too much, because he makes his arguments with painstaking factuality - always basing his claims on numerous studies and statistics.
It's a topic that will dramatically transform human societies in our lifetimes, but that few people have become aware of. This book including the detailed comparison of possible policy measures and their effect are therefore very timely and relevant to anyone interested in the future fate of the world and its people's.

  • The Ringworld Throne

  • The Ringworld Series, Book 3
  • By: Larry Niven
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

Come back to the Ringworld - the most astonishing feat of engineering ever encountered. A place of untold technological wonders, home to myriad humanoid races, and world of some of the most beloved science fiction stories ever written.

The human Louis Wu; the puppeteer known as the Hindmost; Acolyte, son of the Kzin called Chmeee: legendary beings brought together once again in the defense of the Ringworld. Something is going on with the protectors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should have stopped at the second book.

  • By Aerindel on 09-06-12

Whoever enjoyed the predecessors

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-16

and is interested in finding out more about the different races of the ringworld and how they have shaped its fate will enjoy this book. Whoever is easily offended by otherworldly cultural practices or is only in for space exploration and engineering might enjoy it less.