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  • Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

  • By: Daniel Goleman, Richard Davidson
  • Narrated by: Daniel Goleman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

Two New York Times best-selling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain. In the last 20 years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. Unveiling here the kind of cutting-edge research that has made them giants in their fields, Daniel Goleman and Richard J Davidson show us the truth about what meditation can really do for us.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Important information for meditation seekers

  • By Luanna Vieira Leite on 01-11-18

A Totally Understandable Summary of the Science

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Reviewed: 02-23-19

This excellent book provides a clear and comprehensive summary of what is know scientifically about the benefits of meditation and its effects on the human mind. If you are a practiced meditator; a scientifically interested person; a scientist working in the field of neurobiology and psychology looking for a summary overview of the field; or a person just interested in improving your mental health and considering meditation as an approach, this book is for you. As a working scientist and meditator myself, I loved this book and have recommended it to my nonscientific friends who have raved about it. A must read for any curious person.

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  • Maps of Meaning

  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655

From the author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos comes a provocative hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated. A cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is NOT an easy book

  • By Stephen W on 06-19-18

Brilliant Seminal Work (Figures Unreadable)

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Reviewed: 07-08-18

Maps of meaning is a seminal work that for the first time integrates modern scientific reasoning with the worlds of mythology, religion, psychology, neurology, and philosophy. It explains how the underlying "animal" brain of homo sapiens has become the vessel for human cognition as we now understand it; and how culture and values, even unstated and not understood by those who carry them, are transmitted and disseminated from mind to mind, across society, and through time in the evolution of culture.

For most readers who are not students of arcane mythology and theology, much of the middle part of the book is a tedious academic treatment that beats the dead horse of the author's well proven thesis, but the author should be excused for the unrelenting assault in this magnum opus as the concepts he presents are scientifically and philosophically revolutionary and "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence".

The Audible reading is well performed by the author, but a major problem with the Audible presentation is the poor quality of the accompanying pdf diagrams, many of which contain text or detail which is simply not legible. Why not redraw the artwork with high resolution images?

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