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  • Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism

  • By: Aron Ra
  • Narrated by: Aron Ra
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 500

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

Aron Ra Opus Maximus

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

Don't plan on getting through this in one, or even several, goes. It's a tough, fast paced tour of many areas of science by an expert observer of many of them.

Aron has distilled his entire thought process on the Theory of Evolution into this one book. He lays out knowledgeable facts in a logical and accessible manner.

Thank you Aron.

  • Mind and Cosmos

  • Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False
  • By: Thomas Nagel
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

The modern materialist approach to life has conspicuously failed to explain such central mind-related features of our world as consciousness, intentionality, meaning, and value. This failure to account for something so integral to nature as mind, argues philosopher Thomas Nagel, is a major problem, threatening to unravel the entire naturalistic world picture, extending to biology, evolutionary theory, and cosmology. Since minds are features of biological systems that have developed through evolution, the standard materialist version of evolutionary biology is fundamentally incomplete.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intellectual honesty at its finest

  • By Alice Walker on 02-15-18

Easy of Time

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-17

If your interested in reading a book that leaves you with less knowledge of the subject rather than more then this books for you.
The author has achieved a remarkable grasp of the obvious and the ability to describe it with enough multisyllabic words to make your ears go blind.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Why Buddhism Is True

  • The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment
  • By: Robert Wright
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,739

From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. In Why Buddhism Is True, Wright leads listeners on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than a beginner's guide...

  • By Rugger Burke on 09-12-17

Prof. Wright Delivers again

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Robert Wright introduced me to secular Buddhism via an on line class 'Buddhism and Modern Psychology' at Princeton. It made me rethink what I had learned about the operation of the human brain and allowed me to see the congruence of the very old, Buddhism, and the very new, Theory of the Mind.

This book builds on that and sharpens the perspective.

Thank you, prof. Wright.

What other book might you compare Why Buddhism Is True to and why?

Buddhism without beliefs - Steven Batchelor and
After Buddhism - Batchlor

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

Please, don't attempt to make a move of the book.
You would fail and embarrass your self.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • After Buddhism

  • Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age
  • By: Stephen Batchelor
  • Narrated by: Stephen Batchelor
  • Length: 17 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Some 25 centuries after the Buddha started teaching, his message continues to inspire people across the globe, including those living in predominantly secular societies. What does it mean to adapt religious practices to secular contexts? Stephen Batchelor, an internationally known author and teacher, is committed to a secularized version of the Buddha's teachings. The time has come, he feels, to articulate a coherent, ethical, contemplative, and philosophical vision of Buddhism for our age.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening

  • By Christopher F. Wilson on 12-20-15

Buddhism in history and practice.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

This is a long involved study of the teachings, characters, and history of people in Northern India 2,400 years ago that followed Buddha.

Bachelor is an expert on this time in history that is clear. He presents Buddha is a living person involved in the day to day struggles of existence and as a person that, through introspection alone, was able to come to an understanding of the effects of, what we now know as evolution, on the human condition.

He presents his own material with a obvious love of the rhythms and meter of place and people names that is a pleasure to the ear.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Buddhism Without Beliefs

  • By: Stephen Batchelor
  • Narrated by: Stephen Batchelor
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Demystifing the tenets of Buddhism, this introduction to the Buddhist religion explains, without jargon or obscure terminology, the essential elements of its teachings, presents ways to work toward awakening, and examines Buddhism's relevance in Western culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play it at 1.25x speed

  • By Brian Northum on 04-20-16

Buddhism an Atheist can believe in

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

If you are open minded but not superstitions check this out.
Bachelor makes it possible to think about Buddhism without the religious requirements usually imposed on it. I recommend it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful