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Gare&Sophia

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,656

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Fantastic

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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: 04-02-16

Rare insight, I wish it were twice as long. Like romance for the brain. Where do go from here? Loved it.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals

  • By: Elizabeth A. Murray, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth A. Murray
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,064

Modern history is filled with terrible crimes, baffling hoaxes, and seedy scandals. The infamous Jack the Ripper slayings. The alleged survival of Anastasia Romanov, the youngest daughter of the murdered Tsar. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong's public fall from grace. The Chicago Tylenol poisonings and the copycat crimes that followed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • History of tabloid crimes - very little science

  • By Jouko on 05-29-15

Fun and mildly informative

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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: 03-13-16

She is passionate about the subject, scientific as opposed to either criminalistic or legalistic.

Gare Henderson, Ph.D.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Beak of the Finch

  • A Story of Evolution in Our Time
  • By: Jonathan Weiner
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

Rosemary and Peter Grant and those assisting them have spend 20 years on Daphne Major, an island in the Galapagos, studying natural selection. They recognize each individual bird on the island, when there are 400 at the time of the author's visit or when there are over a thousand. They have observed about 20 generations of finches - continuously.Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin's finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating in-depth look at evolution in action

  • By Philip on 05-15-11

This book clearly deserves all its awards

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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: 03-24-14

Evolution made material, without anthropology. Did you know that the illegal ivory trade is causing elephants to be born with shorter or non-existent tusks. Well written and fascinating for the evolution buff. A must read!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Ideas of Psychology

  • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

If you’ve ever wanted to delve more deeply into the mysteries of human emotion, perception, and cognition, and of why we do what we do, these 48 lectures offer a superb place to start. With them, you’ll see the entire history of psychology unfold. In the hands of Professor Robinson, these lectures encompass ideas, speculations, and point-blank moral questions that might just dismantle and rebuild everything you once thought you knew about psychology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How did Psychology come to be what it is now?

  • By Carrie on 05-10-14

The Oxford level of examination of psychology

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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: 01-21-14

The teaser review that comes up for this course is just plain misguided. As a former Ivy league professor I applaud Professor Robinson's approach to the topic. He puts modern and historic psychology and its underlying theories in the perspective necessary to understand the rational basis from which they were derived.

I am a scientist and I felt this his approach and coverage of a diverse set of related topics was excellent. I should also point out that my wife who is a mental health professional also found this book to be not only a great read, but an excellent coverage of the topic.

71 of 76 people found this review helpful

  • The Moral Landscape

  • How Science Can Determine Human Values
  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,381

In this explosive new book, Sam Harris tears down the wall between scientific facts and human values, arguing that most people are simply mistaken about the relationship between morality and the rest of human knowledge. Harris urges us to think about morality in terms of human and animal well-being, viewing the experiences of conscious creatures as peaks and valleys on a "moral landscape".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it

  • By Paul on 11-23-10

Science as religion, certainty as science

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-13

I was really disappointed with this book from the start, but after reading a couple of similar texts I decided to go back and give it a fair hearing. I left with the conclusion that this guy is as inflexible in his thinking as a Nazi. He assumes that his knowledge is complete and infallible, he makes fun of people who don't support his conclusions as apodictic. He makes the same mistakes that the 14th century priests made in believing that the bible contained all knowledge of value. He quotes many studies and hangs on their results as fact, as opposed to pathways.

My daughter asked me if I believed in the supernatural, like spells, witches, etc.. I responded that I did believe that there was tremendous knowledge that I don't have, but that I think that the concept of supernatural is a contradiction in that if it occurred then it is, by definition, not supernatural. In other words if someone figures out how to fly around on a broom stick, then broom stick flight is just something that someone else has figured out how to do...not magic, not supernatural.

I digress because Dr. Harris has truly missed this lesson. Knowledge is a direction not a destination. And as a non-religious scientist, who respects all knowledge, I find that his certainty on so many issues makes me doubt either his credibility or his sanity.

However, if you are looking for someone to confirm that science is the new God, then this is the book for you.

Gare Henderson

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Bottom Billion

  • Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It
  • By: Paul Collier
  • Narrated by: Gideon Emery
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Paul Collier reveals that 50 failed states - home to the poorest one billion people on earth - pose the central challenge of the developing world in the 21st century. The book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed by the industrialized West, that are dropping further and further behind the majority of the world's people, often falling into an absolute decline in living standards.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • no easy fix

  • By Andy on 01-31-10

Is poverty a disease or a wound?

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

Reviewed: 07-19-13

I really enjoyed this, primarily UN centric, treatment of the hidden realities of that group of people who rarely make the news. If you're an international traveler, these are the people that you see walking in the broiling sun, or begging on the side of the road.

Yet, the book is hopeful in offering new solutions, some that may interest business people such as low end insurance products.

Overall this book was compelling, and interesting from start to finish.

Gare Henderson

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gifts of Imperfection

  • Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,743

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy 'The Power of Vulnerability' Instead!

  • By tracy on 08-17-14

A light hearted yet affectionaly dense work.

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

Reviewed: 05-12-13

This book was both true to its title, and extremely eye opening. Dig deep, Dr. Brown uses stories effectively to show us the shell of conformity that constrains both our joy and our happiness. Love is not a feeling its a behavior. I strongly recommend it.

Gare Henderson

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • No More Mr. Nice Guy!

  • By: Robert A. Glover
  • Narrated by: Robert O'Keefe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,160

Dr. Glover believes there are men who suffer what he calls the "Nice Guy Syndrome". These men listen, offer advice, and jump at the chance to help. But no matter how hard they try to please others, their own lives are incomplete. Here Dr. Glover offers guidance on how to take back control. He suggests ways to achieve fulfillment in emotional, physical, and professional relationships. By redefining his priorities, any man can create the life he always wanted.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Things that make you go Hmm...

  • By Nigel on 01-26-16

Embarrassingly good

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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: 01-18-13

A very adult look at what I have been doing wrong in my life. A lot of new information, and some very fresh perspectives. It's funny, I'm not a typical nice guy. I'm strong, successful and have had a life of successful relationships. But, I still find that the women in my life are not carrying their weight especially in the bedroom. This book helped me to realize that many of my methods are flawed with unhelpful pride and crushing shame.

I would hope that there is a similar book written for women. But this book is an often uncomfortable but important read.

Gare Henderson

29 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Abundance

  • The Future Is Better Than You Think
  • By: Steven Kotler, Peter H. Diamandis
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,066

We will soon be able to meet and exceed the basic needs of every man, woman, and child on the planet. Abundance for all is within our grasp. This bold, contrarian view, backed up by exhaustive research, introduces our near-term future, where exponentially growing technologies and three other powerful forces are conspiring to better the lives of billions of people. This book is an antidote to pessimism by tech-entrepreneur-turned-philanthropist Peter H. Diamandis and award-winning science writer Steven Kotler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope with Confidence

  • By Dan on 07-25-12

A view from inside the technological money...

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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: 01-17-13

More that a bit self-satisfied, and glib with facts and statistics, this book opened my eyes to some amazing new technologies. The new information alone makes this book worth a listen. However, the authors missed the mark set by the title by a wide margin. Will technology really be able to save us, if we just wait long enough, and spend enough money? Only time will tell, although many of the innovations that these authors are so confident in will surely change the world...yet I fear that the changes will continue at a evolutionary as opposed to a revolutionary pace.

A good book that delivers a lot, albeit staged on a shaky premise.

Gare Henderson

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Getting Past Your Past

  • Take Control of Your Life With Self-Help Techniques from EMDR Therapy
  • By: Francine Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Whether we've experienced small setbacks or major traumas, we are all influenced by memories and experiences we may not remember or don't fully understand. Getting Past Your Past offers practical procedures that demystify the human condition and empower listeners looking to achieve real change. An easy conversational style, humor, and fascinating real life stories make it simple to understand the brain science behind why we get stuck in various ways and what we can about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A competent introduction to a very useful method.

  • By Gare&Sophia on 01-16-13

A competent introduction to a very useful method.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-13

This eye movement methodology of managing and intergrating memory is going to be huge. It opens the door to a wide array of both human and automated techniques for managing the mind and memory in particular. I found the presentation to be a bit whinney and the narrator seemed more emotional than a therapist perhaps ought to be, but the information is quite solid. I have already begun using the techniques on my friends who have recently undergone some emotional trauma.

Some will enjoy it much more than others, but most will benefit from reading it.

Gare Henderson

13 of 13 people found this review helpful