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Eivind Hagen

Battle Ground, WA USA
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  • The War on Normal People

  • By: Andrew Yang
  • Narrated by: Andrew Yang
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 549
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
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    5 out of 5 stars 484

The shift toward automation is about to create a tsunami of unemployment. Not in the distant future - now. One recent estimate predicts 13 million American workers will lose their jobs within the next seven years - jobs that won't be replaced. In a future marked by restlessness and chronic unemployment, what will happen to American society? In The War on Normal People, Andrew Yang paints a dire portrait of the American economy. Rapidly advancing technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and automation software are making millions of Americans' livelihoods irrelevant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an important topic, increasingly relevant.

  • By Eivind Hagen on 07-04-18

This is an important topic, increasingly relevant.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Narration is not passionate enough, but the message comes through loud and clear.
Universal Basic Income is potentially a central part off how we will solve many of the problems of pure capitalism. This is an idea that may seem counterintuitive, but if you follow the logic it shows a lot of potential. Also worth realizing is that UBI is already in use in various forms around the world.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Manual for Creating Atheists

  • By: Peter Boghossian
  • Narrated by: Peter Boghossian
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith - and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, this audiobook offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith - but for talking them out of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The first atheist missionary

  • By Paul on 03-18-14

Some useful anecdotes, but poor narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-21-18

I think the concept of half a million "street epistemologists" is presumptuous, and that anyone who might be in the target group for this will reject the approach promoted by the author.

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature

  • Why Violence Has Declined
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 36 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,138

We’ve all had the experience of reading about a bloody war or shocking crime and asking, “What is the world coming to?” But we seldom ask, “How bad was the world in the past?” In this startling new book, the best-selling cognitive scientist Steven Pinker shows that the world of the past was much worse. In fact, we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd kill for another book this good

  • By Eric Nicolas Morgan on 11-11-11

Comprehensive explanations

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Reviewed: 02-24-18

A very long book, it digs deep to excavate the history of violence and the factors that have unquestionably reduced it over the ages.

  • The Demon-Haunted World

  • Science as a Candle in the Dark
  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Seth MacFarlane
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498

How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don't understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cary's new career

  • By DT on 09-05-17

Brilliant thinking, and still relevant.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-25-17

Almost prescient. I'm really glad I didn't skip over this book just because it's a little older than everything else I'm reading.

  • Consciousness Explained

  • By: Daniel C. Dennett
  • Narrated by: Paul Mantell
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

The national bestseller chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 1991 is now available as an audiobook. The author of Brainstorms, Daniel C. Dennett replaces our traditional vision of consciousness with a new model based on a wealth of fact and theory from the latest scientific research.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best analysis of consciousness in modern history

  • By Tim on 02-12-14

Fascinating and insightful, but also challenging.

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

Presents a comprehensive explanation of human consciousness. I'll need to listen to some parts again, as some parts of the book is quite technical in nature.

  • The Kafir Project

  • By: Lee Burvine
  • Narrated by: Seth Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Astronomer and TV science guy Gevin Rees just landed the interview of a lifetime with the world's most famous physicist. Remarkable, because the eccentric genius is notoriously reclusive, and he's already dead. What happens next forces Rees to run for his life from not one but two deadly assassins and global powers desperate to bury what he's just uncovered. Mind-blowing technology and solid evidence that would rewrite religious history and challenge the faith of billions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and narrated.

  • By mom of three on 11-10-16

Almost satisfying.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-16

Some parts are spectacular, but other parts are just so so. With more editing this might have turned into a classic...

  • Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism

  • By: Aron Ra
  • Narrated by: Aron Ra
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 556

Religious fundamentalists and biblical literalists present any number of arguments that attempt to disprove evolution. Those with a sympathetic ear often fail to critically examine these creationist claims, leading to an ill-informed public and, perhaps more troubling, ill-advised public policy. As Aron Ra makes clear, however, every single argument deployed by creationists in their attacks on evolution is founded on fundamental scientific, religious, and historical falsehoods - all of them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic listen!

  • By Ms. Gray on 11-06-16

A great education on the fallacies of creationism

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Reviewed: 11-19-16

If creationism bothers you, then this book will be with your time. Narrated by the author, for great effect.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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 17,970
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,903

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

The best book I've ever read!

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Reviewed: 10-07-16

I'm a 16 year old female, aspiring computer engineer, and just a FASCINATED kid all around. This book sparked my interest, captivated me, and taught me so much about the world, culture, history, and the human psyche. I also took an introductory archaeology course at a community college after reading this book, and then re-read it after taking the course. Connecting archaeological events to what is talked about in the book makes it all the mire interesting. I think everyone should read this book.

  • The Beginning of Infinity

  • Explanations That Transform the World
  • By: David Deutsch
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758

A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers. Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perspective Shifter

  • By kevmoo on 01-19-14

Profound knowledge

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Reviewed: 01-29-16

There are some ups and downs in terms of how accessible and enjoyable the material is, but the reward for comprehending this is immense. The book contains tools for distinguishing those areas deserving of our time and effort, from those areas where it would go to waste. I will come back to this book again, add I'm sure it'll bear more fruit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bold

  • How to Go Big, Make Bank, and Better the World
  • By: Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
  • Narrated by: Steven Kotler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688

Bold is a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By SiuMoi on 02-20-15

Great content, mediocre narration.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

This book covers exponential technologies and how to leverage them. Use of incentive prices and crowd funding pay a major role.

It's unfortunate that it's narrated by one of the authors, who has a great voice but fails to enunciate many words properly and often stops mid-sentence and thereby breaking the flow.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful