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  • Slutever

  • By: Karley Sciortino
  • Narrated by: Karley Sciortino
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

"Slut" is a great word. It just sounds perfect - so sharp and clear and beautiful. It's one of those satisfying four letter words, like cunt and f--k. Slut also happens to be an anagram for lust, which is one of those divine coincidences that makes you wonder if God actually exists. We're lucky that slut is such a great word, because it's safe to say that almost every woman will be called a slut at least once in her lifetime. Despite a slowly shifting sexual double standard, it's still taboo to be a woman who's openly sexual - let alone one who sleeps around.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By isa on 03-02-18

Intelligent and insightful

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Reviewed: 07-20-18

Possibly the most intelligent and entertaining book I have ever read on sexuality - Karley is a delight!

  • Consciousness and Its Implications

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
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    4 out of 5 stars 139

Consciousness, a unique and perplexing mental state, has been the subject of debate for philosophers and scientists for millennia. And while it is widely agreed within contemporary philosophy that consciousness is a problem whose solutions are likely to determine the fate of any number of other problems, there is no settled position on the ultimate nature of consciousness. This series of 12 penetrating and thought-provoking lectures by an acclaimed teacher and scholar approaches its subject directly and unflinchingly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best

  • By Alexander C. Eustice on 02-14-15

Excellent as usual

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Reviewed: 11-20-17

Get anything by Daniel N. Robinson - a witty and entertaining speaker and a very insightful scholar!

  • The Big Picture

  • On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
  • By: Sean Carroll
  • Narrated by: Sean Carroll
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,675

Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on the Higgs boson and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions. Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keeping this on REPEAT for months to come

  • By Chris Akers on 06-10-16

Great overview of the science

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Reviewed: 07-26-16

Carroll is very clear and this is a good introduction to many scientific concepts and to atheism. However he gets it wrong when he says there is no meaning or purpose to the universe or to life itself and no objective criteria that can serve as a basis for morality.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Intelligence: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: Ian J. Deary
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    4 out of 5 stars 15
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    4 out of 5 stars 15

For people with little or no knowledge of the science of human intelligence, this volume takes listeners to a stage where they are able to make judgments for themselves about the key questions of human mental ability. Each chapter addresses a central scientific issue but does so in a way that is lively and completely accessible. Issues discussed include whether there are several different types of intelligence, whether intelligence differences are caused by genes or the environment, the biological basis of intelligence levels, and whether intelligence declines as we grow older.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a bad review of IQ

  • By Republica Peruanu on 12-05-16

Good book within limits

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Reviewed: 07-26-16

More of an introduction to intelligence testing than a philosophical discussion of the meaning of intelligence.

  • Hegel: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: Peter Singer
  • Narrated by: Christine Williams
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Hegel is regarded as one of the most influential figures on modern political and intellectual development. After painting Hegel's life and times in broad strokes, Peter Singer goes on to tackle some of the more challenging aspects of Hegel's philosophy. Offering a broad discussion of Hegel's ideas and an account of his major works, Singer explains what have often been considered abstruse and obscure ideas in a clear and inviting manner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent introduction, if a bit biased.

  • By snakegandhi on 03-01-16

Very clear

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Reviewed: 07-26-16

Hegel is unintelligible in much of his writing but Singer does an amazing job of clarifying what the old man was trying to say. Highly recommended as an introduction to Hegel!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cosmosapiens

  • Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe
  • By: John Hands
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 31 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
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    4 out of 5 stars 68

Who are we, and how did we get here? These are two of the most fundamental and far-reaching questions facing scientists and cosmologists alike and have rested at the center of human intellectual endeavor since its beginning. They are questions that stretch across numerous disciplines. Philosophy, theology, evolutionary biology, and mathematics are just some of the fields looking to explain the emergence of human life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Stunningly Thorough Survey of Human Knowledge

  • By Dan on 03-11-16

Much too long

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Reviewed: 04-11-16

John Hands has much to cover - too much - and he does not handle it well. I got some new knowledge from this book but to get there I had to be vitally interested in the topic and disciplined enough to plow through many hours of Hands reviewing the current state of scientific understanding of central issues in cosmology, evolution, and related science fields. Hands takes pains to undermine current orthodoxy on matters such as the Big Bang theory, string theory, and neo-Darwinism, and is perhaps a little too smug about this.
The amount of verbiage discussing current theories makes me worry that as our scientific understanding learns and evolves, the book will become dated.
In short there is useful stuff in here even for the scientifically literate but it might be written at too high a level for the lay person and too exhaustive to reward 31 hours of listening for someone with a science background.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Saving Capitalism

  • For the Many, Not the Few
  • By: Robert B. Reich
  • Narrated by: Robert B. Reich
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158

In Saving Capitalism, Robert Reich reveals the entrenched cycles of power and influence that have damaged American capitalism, perpetuating a new oligarchy in which the 1 percent get ever richer and the rest - middle and working class alike - lose ever more economic agency, making for the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity since World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A riveting economics book! Mind. Blown.

  • By Nothing really matters on 04-18-16

Must read!

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Reviewed: 01-21-16

Reich does a fantastic job of clearly explaining everything that has gone wrong with American capitalism. The wealthy have rigged the US political economy from top to bottom. Unfortunately I don't hold out the same hope for reform as does Reich...

  • Islam and the Future of Tolerance

  • A Dialogue
  • By: Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950

In this short book, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz invite you to join an urgently needed conversation: Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Is it amenable to reform? Why do so many Muslims seem drawn to extremism? What do words like Islamism, jihadism, and fundamentalism mean in today's world? Remarkable for the breadth and depth of its analysis, this dialogue between a famous atheist and a former radical is all the more startling for its decorum. Harris and Nawaz have produced something genuinely new: they engage one of the most polarizing issues of our time - fearlessly and fully - and actually make progress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for an honest debate on the topics

  • By Andre Wallace Simonsen on 12-17-15

Must read!

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Reviewed: 01-12-16

Excellent excellent discussion between two highly intelligent and literate debaters. I am very impressed with Maajid Nawaz and his project for the reform of Islam. This is a must-read for anyone interested in Islamism, Jihadism, ISIS, and the prospects for reform of Islam - and that should include anyone alive and thinking about the state of the world today.

  • The History of Christian Theology

  • By: Phillip Cary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Phillip Cary
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

In this 36-lecture course, you'll find an engaging way to explore profound religious questions and the many responses believers, scholars, and theologians have developed over more than 2,000 years. Through this series, Professor Cary reveals the enduring power of the Christian tradition-as both an intellectual discipline and a spiritual path.These lectures begin at the very dawn of Christianity, as you examine some of the earliest examples of scripture recorded by the first communities of the faithful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Been Waiting for This

  • By Slinksterchic on 09-25-13

A history of sectarianism

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Reviewed: 09-22-15

The professor does a great job of exploring the convoluted history of Christian sects and the various theologies they have espoused. I learned a lot about the various species you encounter in daily life, and the speaker is an expert.
The history of Christianity and really of all religions is the history of thinkers using reason and logic to try to explain things that are unreasonable and illogical. The arguments may be sound but the premises are ludicrous and absurd. Yet this professor accepts these premises as a given, as "revealed wisdom" so to speak.
Unless you have been brainwashed from an early age, for example, it is hard to listen patiently through a close and lengthy discussion of whether the bread of the Eucharist is literally the flesh of Christ or just that the spirit of Christ is in the bread. Yet a major church schism occurred over just this burning question.
Christ is supposed to have "died for our sins", this is central to the myth of Christ, but you will find no questioning of the premise that it is necessary for human beings to be redeemed from sin through the blood sacrifice of the Son of God, who is actually God himself in human form, a form he adopted since God cannot die and someone had to die for our sins, blah blah blah. This sort of nonsense has to be ingested with mother's milk...
Still if you are interested in the history of thought it is worth following how early Christianity, filled with pagan superstition, has through the evolution of various sects over thousands of years increasingly come closer to acceptance of science and reason. Its trajectory is therefore inevitably towards extinction.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
  • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,091
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great addition to my counseling practice

  • By Stephanie-Samantha on 01-09-16

Good overview course

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Reviewed: 08-16-15

Great beginner's review course. I was disappointed that there was almost no content on mental illness and CBT. Still I have never been disappointed by The Teaching Company's courses.

8 of 14 people found this review helpful