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  • Beyond Weird

  • By: Philip Ball
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cowley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

An exhilarating tour of the contemporary quantum landscape, Beyond Weird is a book about what quantum physics really means - and what it doesn't. Science writer Philip Ball offers an up-to-date, accessible account of the quest to come to grips with the most fundamental theory of physical reality, and to explain how its counterintuitive principles underpin the world we experience. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • better questions for quantum mechanics

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-22-19

better questions for quantum mechanics

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Reviewed: 02-22-19

fascinating perspectives from which to view quantum mechanics - from more understandable and logically consistent viewpoints - than I have ever come across

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Change Your Mind

  • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,615
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    5 out of 5 stars 7,782
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,717

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

Great supplement to Electric Koolaid Acid Test

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Reviewed: 07-20-18

discusses amazing healing potential of psychedelics and the betterment of healthy people.
Well written. Informative

  • How Emotions Are Made

  • The Secret Life of the Brain
  • By: Lisa Feldman Barrett
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

Emotions feel automatic to us; that's why scientists have long assumed that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Today, however, the science of emotion is in the midst of a revolution on par with the discovery of relativity in physics and natural selection in biology. This paradigm shift has far-reaching implications not only for psychology but also medicine, the legal system, airport security, child-rearing, and even meditation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye-opening

  • By W. White on 05-29-17

I cannot recommend this book

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Reviewed: 02-25-18

Although this book does have some important points to make concerning emotions, it did not meet my expectations. My expectations were based on the title and on an interview of the author. This book is basically an essay, arguing that emotions are made. It does not answer "how" emotions are made, with any satisfaction, or in any depth. It spends a lot of time arguing against a concept it calls "essentialism". Too much time is spent on battling this strawman.
Less, would be more: If all the important ideas were distilled out of this book, it would be one tenth its current length. With assistance from philosophers, science fiction aficionados, and AI engineers, the speculative topics could be expressed more clearly as being speculative, and a theory of "how" emotions are made could be built.
The challenge of explaining how emotions are made may be every bit as challenging as explaining how quantum mechanics gives us General Relativity and classical physics.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anarchism and Other Essays

  • By: Emma Goldman
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Among the men and women prominent in the public life of early 20th-century America there are but few whose names are mentioned as often as that of Emma Goldman. Yet the real Emma Goldman is almost quite unknown. Here are powerful, penetrating, prophetic essays on direct action, the role of minorities, prison reform, puritan hypocrisy, and violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration is crazy spectacular

  • By Don M. Smith on 03-17-17

defining article on anarchism in US a century ago

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Reviewed: 02-02-18

Loved it! I read it in a philosophy class in college. I just listened to it. I still find it so inspirational. I highly recommend this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

  • Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,110
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    5 out of 5 stars 3,851
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,825

Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play parts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing differences from print text

  • By Damon D. Hickey on 10-24-17

Great prequel to Golden Compass

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Reviewed: 11-10-17

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. I find it very timely. It might even be my favorite book in this series.

  • A People's History of the United States

  • By: Howard Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
  • Length: 34 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,222

A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Amateur hour in the production booth

  • By Thomas on 11-09-10

I recommend

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Reviewed: 10-21-17

important information for any U.S. citizen, who would like to know more about our history

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Telomere Effect

  • A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer
  • By: Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Dr. Elissa Epel
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 320

Have you wondered why some 60-year-olds look and feel like 40-year-olds and why some 40-year-olds look and feel like 60-year-olds? While many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel's research shows that the length and health of one's telomeres are a biological underpinning of the long-hypothesized mind-body connection.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I expected so much more

  • By Innate on 01-28-17

Great information

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Reviewed: 01-14-17

basically: get more exercise (especially aerobic), eat healthy foods (whole foods, fruits, veggies, organic) and reduce stress - to stay healthy - by keeping your cells young and your telomeres long

13 of 16 people found this review helpful