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  • Evolving Ourselves

  • How Unnatural Selection and Nonrandom Mutation are Changing Life on Earth
  • By: Juan Enriquez, Steve Gullans
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
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Why are conditions like autism, asthma, obesity, and allergies exploding at unprecedented rates? Why are we living longer, getting smarter, having far fewer kids? If Darwin were alive today, how would he explain this new world?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fascinating ideas and science

  • By Joel on 07-04-15

Extremely forward looking

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Reviewed: 01-02-19

I loved this book as it gives very interesting perspective regarding life and evolution. It really makes people think about what technology can do to life itself.

  • Everybody Lies

  • Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
  • By: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Steven Pinker - foreword
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,546
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,145
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,120

By the end of on average day in the early 21st century, human beings searching the Internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information - unprecedented in history - can tell us a great deal about who we are - the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than 20 years ago seemed unfathomable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Might be worth it to get the book

  • By Laura on 08-09-17

Very interesting book

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Reviewed: 04-23-18

I read Nissam Taleb's New book - Skin in the game prior to this one and is amazed at how both authors came up with totally different conclusion regarding the study of social science. Good read and highly recommended !

  • Skin in the Game

  • Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,529
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199
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    4 out of 5 stars 2,179

In his most provocative and practical book yet, one of the foremost thinkers of our time redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others. Citing examples ranging from Hammurabi to Seneca, Antaeus the Giant to Donald Trump, Nassim Nicholas Taleb shows how the willingness to accept one's own risks is an essential attribute of heroes, saints, and flourishing people in all walks of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance smothered by Condescension and Petty Squabbling

  • By Jeremy on 03-11-18

Excellent description on what's going on now

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Reviewed: 04-17-18

I love reading books written by Mr Taleb as he describes the essence of what really is happening around the world. Although I have encountered concepts in the book which are difficult to grasp at first sight, I still enjoyed the parts that I understand. Highly recommend to everyone who wants to live well and robust in life

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  • Radical Focus

  • Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results
  • By: Christina R. Wodtke
  • Narrated by: Samantha Desz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

How do you inspire a diverse team to work together, going all out in pursuit of a single, challenging goal? How do you get your team to commit to bold goals? How do you stay motivated despite setbacks and disappointments? And what do you do when it looks like you're headed for failure? In Radical Focus, Christina Wodtke combines her hard earned experience as an executive at Zynga, Linkedin and many of Silicon Valley's hottest companies to answer those questions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By larry white on 06-17-18

Great Story

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Reviewed: 09-18-17

simple and easy to understand. should be read by beginners who wamt to learn more aboit OKR

  • The Economic Singularity

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Death of Capitalism
  • By: Calum Chace
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is overtaking our human ability to absorb and process information. Robots are becoming increasingly dexterous, flexible, and safe to be around (except the military ones). AI is our most powerful technology, and you need to understand it. This new book from best-selling author Calum Chace argues that within a few decades, most humans will not be able to work for money. Self-driving cars will probably be the canary in the coal mine, providing a wake-up call for everyone who isn't yet paying attention.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What will happen when humans become obsolete?

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-03-16

very good read. a lot of insights in the book.

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Reviewed: 05-14-17

Very good read. Lots of insights in the book. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would recommend it to others

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