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  • Why Information Grows

  • The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies
  • By: César Hidalgo
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
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What is economic growth? And why, historically, has it occurred in only a few places? Previous efforts to answer these questions have focused on institutions, geography, finances, and psychology. But according to MIT's anti-disciplinarian César Hidalgo, understanding the nature of economic growth demands transcending the social sciences and including the natural sciences of information, networks, and complexity. To understand the growth of economies, Hidalgo argues, we first need to understand the growth of order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By bpjammin on 01-07-17

CESAR HIDALGO is a man *to watch*

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Reviewed: 06-12-19

This short book is difficult to characterize. Its scope is broad but it goes deep. The parts on information are extremely important and compelling. On economics, I'm not much of an authority but sounds promising. Essential for students of cognitive neuroscience and mindsciences in general. A background in computation is helpful but not essential.

  • Sleeping, Dreaming, and Dying

  • An Exploration of Consciousness with the Dalai Lama
  • By: Francisco J. Varela PhD
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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For modern science, the transitional states of consciousness lie at the forefront of research in many fields. For a Buddhist practitioner, these same states present crucial opportunities to explore and transform consciousness itself. This book is the account of a historic dialogue between leading Western scientists and the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Revolving around three key moments of consciousness - sleep, dreams, and death - the conversations recorded here are both engrossing and highly listenable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unlike any other book I have read

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-14-18

must reading for serious students

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Reviewed: 06-12-19

Must reading for serious students of cognitive science and mindsciences in general. same for Varela's Embodied Cognition.

  • The Fabric of Reality

  • The Science of Parallel Universes - and Its Implications
  • By: David Deutsch
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
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Author of the New York Times best seller The Beginning of Infinity, David Deutsch, explores the four most fundamental strands of human knowledge: quantum physics, and the theories of knowledge, computation, and evolution - and their unexpected connections. Taken together, these four strands reveal a deeply integrated, rational, and optimistic worldview. It describes a unified fabric of reality that is objective and comprehensible, in which human action and thought are central.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Such a disappointment

  • By Philip Cziao on 01-27-19

MUST FOR SERIOUS STUDENT OF DEUTSCH POPPER DAWKINS

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Reviewed: 12-27-18

Doesn't matter if you read Fabric of Reality first or afterwards. Both books are understably already historically important. Bonus: great narration!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 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
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,192
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,943

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

Nice sober clear. Thank you SC

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Reviewed: 11-19-18

Nice overview by Dr.. Carol. Reccomend beginning of the Infinity by David Deutsch as a complement. Stands alone well tho. Great to hear this author read his own book! ( give me that or give me or give me Benedict Cumberbach!

  • I Am a Strange Loop

  • By: Douglas R. Hofstadter
  • Narrated by: Greg Baglia
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 83
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One of our greatest philosophers and scientists of the mind asks where the self comes from - and how our selves can exist in the minds of others. I Am a Strange Loop argues that the key to understanding selves and consciousness is the "strange loop" - a special kind of abstract feedback loop inhabiting our brains. The most central and complex symbol in your brain is the one called "I". The "I" is the nexus in our brain, one of many symbols seeming to have free will and to have gained the paradoxical ability to push particles around, rather than the reverse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly recycled, but a great introduction

  • By Wing J. Flanagan on 11-15-18

Must reading for thinking persons

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Reviewed: 11-19-18

Highly rewarding ( even on second reading with 3 year interval) for motivated learner and thinkers.

  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost

  • By: Rebecca Solnit
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Solnit
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 204
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 189
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    4 out of 5 stars 181

A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit's own life to explore issues of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown. The result is a distinctive, stimulating, and poignant voyage of discovery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Made me sleepy

  • By Natalie on 03-18-17

Has a few GREAT parts

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Reviewed: 10-10-18

....but overall- a bit anemic. Self indulgent. A particular kind of reader might enjoy it more than I did.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,961
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    5 out of 5 stars 6,134
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,092

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff, but mostly repeats

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-13-18

A superb book by a very good thinker

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Reviewed: 09-09-18

This book should be read from cover to cover. It deserves and rewards careful contemplation.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Us vs. Them

  • The Failure of Globalism
  • By: Ian Bremmer
  • Narrated by: Willis Sparks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 293
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    4 out of 5 stars 254

From Brexit in the UK, to Donald Trump in the US, to extremist parties in Europe and the developing world, populism has dominated recent headlines. What explains this rise of leaders who stoke nationalist anger in their countries, from Le Pen to Erdogan? How long will the populist wave last? Who will be the winners and losers in this climate, and how can we defend the values of democracy, free trade, and international cooperation? No one is better suited to explore these questions than Ian Bremmer, who has built his career on assessing global risk for his clients.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book with a big blind spot

  • By Randy on 04-25-18

meh. Nothing particularly new or different.

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Reviewed: 07-23-18

Fast and loose with statistics based on surveys. This book COULD have been great but is only average in insightful content.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Surfaces and Essences

  • Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking
  • By: Douglas Hofstadter, Emmanuel Sander
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 33 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 155
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Analogy is the core of all thinking. This is the simple but unorthodox premise that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Douglas Hofstadter and French psychologist Emmanuel Sander defend in their new work. Hofstadter has been grappling with the mysteries of human thought for over 30 years. Now, with his trademark wit and special talent for making complex ideas vivid, he has partnered with Sander to put forth a highly novel perspective on cognition.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of verbiage, few insights. Don't bother.

  • By Tim on 08-04-16

Thinking about thinking

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Reviewed: 05-22-18

Long but worth it. Patience is rewarded if thinking about thinking is your thing . This book proves the maxim.

  • Introduction to Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher

  • By: Doris Lessing
  • Narrated by: Doris Lessing, Richard Holloway
  • Length: 2 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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Doris Lessing reads from her introduction to Ecclesiastes or, the preacher. Ancient tradition suggests that this world-weary lament is the work of Solomon in old age. Casting its eye over the transient nature of life, the book questions the story for wisdom and the truth, choosing instead to espouse the value of living for the moment. The introduction is preceded by a reading from the book by Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Doris Lessing please!

  • By Darred on 12-12-17

More Doris Lessing please!

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Reviewed: 12-12-17

Doris Lessing is a truly great writer who deserves more of a presence here on Audible! Perhaps if enough of the say this our voices will be heard