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Andre Paulino de Lima

Sao Paulo, Brazil
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  • Ignorance

  • How It Drives Science 
  • By: Stuart Firestein
  • Narrated by: David Copelin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Knowledge is a big subject, says Stuart Firestein, but ignorance is a bigger one. And it is ignorance - not knowledge - that is the true engine of science. Most of us have a false impression of science as a surefire, deliberate, step-by-step method for finding things out and getting things done. In fact, says Firestein, more often than not, science is like looking for a black cat in a dark room, and there may not be a cat in the room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good short rest

  • By MD on 03-22-19

Good to know ...

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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: 01-08-16

If you are pursuing a career in Sciences, consider listening to this book. And later, if you feel you must go a little deeper, consider the edX course on "Ignorance", offered by the Michael Smithson and Grabriele Bammer, from Australian National University.

  • The Master Algorithm

  • How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World
  • By: Pedro Domingos
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136

Under the aegis of machine learning in our data-driven machine age, computers are programming themselves and learning about - and solving - an extraordinary range of problems, from the mundane to the most daunting. Today it is machine learning programs that enable Amazon and Netflix to predict what users will like, Apple to power Siri's ability to understand voices, and Google to pilot cars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Let the Data Speak for themselves

  • By Gary on 10-16-15

Great listening

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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: 01-08-16

Great listening. If you want to get deeper, the author is going to offer a Machine Learning course on Coursera.
Suggestion: It would be great if the book pictures were made available to the listener, in special those of the chapter 9 -- then I would give it 5 stars!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Biology of Belief

  • By: Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Bruce H. Lipton Ph.D.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,405

Since the publication of The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton has received widespread acclaim as one of the most accessible and knowledgeable voices of "new biology". The science is called epigenetics – a revolutionary field that shows us how the energy of consciousness is as important in shaping life on earth as DNA and chemistry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook or speech?

  • By Jay on 05-19-12

Not science. Can I have my credit back?

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-14

I am writing this review just to warn potential listeners: this is not a science title. By the start of the 2nd hour, I just could not get more bullshit. The author actually states that autism is caused by lack of affection. The narration, though, was really great, and was the reason why I kept listening until now.

Audible is really not doing a good job in classifying science titles. Tip: check if author have anything published in the main science journals, like Nature, Science, Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Science, PNAS, or alike. Otherwise, think it twice.

10 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Everyday Quantum Reality

  • By: David A. Grandy
  • Narrated by: Tim Lundeen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

Most people have heard about quantum physics and its remarkable, well-nigh bizarre claims. And most people would assume that quantum reality describes a world quite different from ours. In this book, David A. Grandy shows that one can find quantum puzzles, or variations thereof, in the backyard of everyday experience.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Deceptive Title - not worth reading

  • By Michael on 09-05-12

Weak arguments and a lot of opinions

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

Reviewed: 12-01-13

The whole book is a sequence of clouded arguments or author's personal opinion. He almost says that what's going on in your mind can change quantum-level reality, but manages to keep the argument obfuscated. One can never say that they read a book and learned nothing; it is not the case but David Grandy has been suspended from my reading list for the next 3 years and Indiana University Press is going to the corner.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Briefer History of Time

  • By: Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

Stephen Hawking’s worldwide best seller A Brief History of Time remains a landmark volume in scientific writing. But for those who have asked for a more accessible formulation of its key concepts - the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, and the history and future of the universe - A Briefer History of Time is Professor Hawking’s response.    

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with the original: A brief history of time

  • By David Parks on 07-08-08

God?

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

Reviewed: 12-01-13

I find it strange and scary finding the word "God" when reading a scientific text. Somehow, every time a scientist says "God", they acknowledge its existence, in some basic cognitive level that is socially shared. Theists need no more arguments to force creationism into schools, nor to convert religion-based opinions and preferences into law. I am not glad I read this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Why Evolution Is True

  • By: Jerry A. Coyne
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979

Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As great as everyone says it is

  • By Joseph on 12-01-10

Very convincing, if you believe in DNA ;)

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-12

I loved this book: it is full of evidences and they are laid out in a beautifully consistent order. I will take from it better arguments to defend something I believe: evolution theory validity. But I must say: the bits where the author tries to convince the ID believers are annoying. All of the evidences presented are overkill -- if your faith is not directed at science. So, I guess the intellectual investment would be more fruitful if directed at empowering K12 biology teachers. They have a challenge on hands and need any help scientific community could provide.

  • Flu

  • The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
  • By: Gina Kolata
  • Narrated by: Gina Kolata
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Feeling feverish, tired, or achy? Listening to Gina Kolata's engrossing account of the 1918 Influenza epidemic is sure to give you the chills. A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and considers what can be done to prevent it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating science; disappointing narration.

  • By Joanne on 10-25-05
  • Flu
  • The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
  • By: Gina Kolata
  • Narrated by: Gina Kolata

12 Monkeys Chiling

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

Reviewed: 09-23-12

Sometimes real life is more scary than fiction.

In this book, Gina Kolata describes the events around 1918 Influenza pandemic and the colossal effort scients delivered to trace back the possible origins of the virus, uncover its lethal genetic structure and prepare humanity for a probable come back.

Chilling.

  • Primates and Philosophers

  • How Morality Evolved
  • By: Frans de Waal
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

"It's the animal in us," we often hear when we've been bad. But why not when we're good? Primates and Philosophers tackles this question by exploring the biological foundations of one of humanity's most valued traits: morality.In this provocative book, primatologist Frans de Waal argues that modern-day evolutionary biology takes far too dim a view of the natural world, emphasizing our "selfish" genes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Having Just Read...

  • By Douglas on 12-14-13

Are humans just another primate?

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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: 07-31-12

What made the experience of listening to Primates and Philosophers the most enjoyable?

Frans de Waal is an authority in primate behaviour, with a long and productive academic career and lots of field work. The experiences he share in the book shed light in how many different aspects humans and non-human apes are similar, and how it is ever more convergent to frame those similarities as different grades in a continuum.

What did you like best about this story?

How de Waal explains why moral systems are bound to mammal biology aspects for us.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ancestor's Tale

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

The Ancestor's Tale is a pilgrimage back through time - a journey on which we meet up with fellow pilgrims as we and they converge on our common ancestors. Chimpanzees join us at about six million years in the past, gorillas at seven million years, orangutans at 14 million years, as we stride on together, a growing band. The journey provides the setting for a collection of some 40 tales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very abridged, but fascinating anyway

  • By C. on 04-11-09

The Travel of Our Lives

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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: 06-30-12

What did you love best about The Ancestor's Tale?

The bit about the RNA world, a theory about how life could have emerged from simpler molecules that have a superior balance between self-replicating and catalystic capabilities than DNA and proteins have.

What other book might you compare The Ancestor's Tale to and why?

Dawkins' another book, The Blind Watchmaker

What about Richard Dawkins and Lalla Ward ’s performance did you like?

This couple is just wonderful. I heard the Blind Watchmaker as well, and that was a perfect performance as well. Engaging and humorous, hard to stop listening to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Last chapter, when Dawkins reflects about the reverence to the wonderful universe we live in that only science can really bring us.

Any additional comments?

Every time I read or listen to Dawkins, my further reading increases 2 years long. There is much to be learned from this figure ;)

  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries

  • By: Michael Brooks
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Science starts to get interesting when things don'’t make sense. Even today, there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the 16th century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse. In 13 Things That Don'’t Make Sense, Michael Brooks meets thirteen modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow'’s breakthroughs.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too much non-science for my taste.

  • By Robert Patterson on 09-14-11

Are you sure?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-12

What did you love best about 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries?

Discussions around the challenges in life sciences, like characterizing life, placebo effect and homeopathy.

What other book might you compare 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries to and why?

The Next Fifty Years, edited by John Brockman.

Have you listened to any of Matt Addis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I did not. But he was really great.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This book goes like 13 different movies ...