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Daniel Crumbo

Tucson, AZ
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The Mind Club audiobook cover art

Lively, delightful intro to mind

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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: 03-29-16

Much of this is old hat for those in the field, and some of cited studies are dated/shaky (inevitable considering the scope of the book) but the authors (both of whom I deeply admire) put it all together quite wonderfully. Very close to a must-read for anyone interested in this sort of thing. The

17 of 20 people found this review helpful

Brain Storms audiobook cover art

An excellent take on a difficult subject

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

A thoughtful, insightful, strikingly well-written, and soberly optimistic view into the history and future of the science of Parkinson's. An even better account of the people who battle with, survive, and succumb to the disease. Beyond its proximate subject, Palfreman's book is a exploration of coping and perseverance, and a nuanced take on faith, science, and faith in science.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

The Gap of Time audiobook cover art

Nice take

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

Reviewed: 10-28-15

I'm a Winter's Tale scholar, so I'm biased about Winterson's interpretive moves. The literary intrusions are a little taxing, and she gets Bohemia all wrong. She nails the melodrama of Sicilia, however. It's not Shakespeare, but it's quite wonderful.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

The Science of Evil audiobook cover art

Hasn't aged well

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-15

Halfway between an insightful query into the complexities of social emotions and a big steaming crock of woo. I groaned aloud several times. Iffy science, lazy philosophy, and a lousy copy editor combine to make this THE can-miss book on empathy and antisocial behavior.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

What Is Life? audiobook cover art

Smart idea, poorly expressed

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

Reviewed: 08-22-15

Important and thought-provoking thesis, but the prose is turgid and self-indulgent. Needs editor or probably a co-author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Aesthetic Brain audiobook cover art

A fine contribution

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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: 06-10-15

A responsible, sober, up-to-date, and clear take on evolutionary neuroaesthetics, Chatterjee's book navigates the science and the anxiety the science elicits with tact and aplomb.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sapiens audiobook cover art

Slow start, big finish

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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: 03-22-15

Starts a little unevenly, and Harari can be a bit pat regarding important points of academic debate, but such are the demands of the immense scope of his project. Its finish, however, is astounding. Harari's synthetic gifts are very well suited to concise analysis of current events and even speculation into the future, which I typically find to be epic adventures in eye-rolling. An important work and a must-read for anyone looking for a deep-time perspective on human affairs.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful