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  • Philosophy of Science

  • By: Jeffrey L. Kasser, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey L. Kasser
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

What makes science science? Why is science so successful? How do we distinguish science from pseudoscience? This exciting inquiry into the vigorous debate over the nature of science covers important philosophers such as Karl Popper, W. V. Quine, Thomas Kuhn, Paul Feyerabend, Imre Lakatos, Carl Hempel, Nelson Goodman, and Bas van Fraassen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful series

  • By Claire C McLauchin on 06-24-15

ambitious course perhaps too ambitious

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

this was a fascinating and detailed course on the philosophy of science. this was a difficult undertaking and I at times struggled to follow that the contents of the course. I think the scope of the content and the admirable attempt to avoid simplifying the complex debates has the effect of making this course far more difficult than most great courses series. however I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the philosophy of science or thinks that they appreciate all the complex arguments on the subject. It was deeply humbling for me

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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,530
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,078
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,057

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Eugene on 05-29-18

Excellent book

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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: 06-01-18

An excellent book describing the fraud perpetrated by theranos. It made my blood boil as somebody who has worked in the lab testing industry. highly recommended for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to know what can go wrong if they lose touch with reality.

  • Hacking: Computer Hacking, Security Testing, Penetration Testing, and Basic Security

  • By: Gary Hall, Erin Watson
  • Narrated by: T. W. Ashworth
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Are you interested in learning about how to hack systems? Do you want to learn how to protect yourself from being hacked? Do you wish to learn the art of ethical hacking? Do you want to know the secret techniques that genius hackers use? Hacking is one of the most misunderstood cyber concepts. The majority of people think of hacking as something evil or illegal, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Indeed, hacking can be a real threat, but if you want to stop someone from hacking you, you must also learn how to hack!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a good audio book

  • By Terrell on 08-17-17

good basic overview of info security

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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: 04-29-18

covers the major topics and provides enough detail for an interested listener to dive in more deeply. because it's a technical subject the audiobook be boring at times but people with some IT background and familiarity with Linux should be able to extract meaning from the audio.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,930
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,285

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

excellent thought-provoking book

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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: 02-03-18

I give it 4 stars rather than 5 mainly because I wish the author had to find some certain terms more thoroughly. much of the author's discussion of the death of humanism and liberal humanism specifically is predicated on free will being undermined by a modern science. the other does a great job explaining his perspective however it is far from Clear what type of Free Will liberal humanism requires and that book in my view would have been better if the author had considered the various tests of free will that philosophers and cognitive scientists have worked through. for example higher order desires, that is I want to want to travel more, might not be a function that are non conscious being can replicate. higher order desires as a practical definition of free will is far from perfect it's not clear to me that liberal humanism requires much more.

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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 17,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,844

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

excellent, compelling history book

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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: 01-23-18

Sweeping in scope and breath, this is one of my favorite history books ever. incredible and its ability to look Beyond standard paradigms of understanding and ask the deepest possible questions about humans and there roll in the universe

  • How to Build Microservices

  • Top 10 Hacks to Modeling, Integrating & Deploying Microservices (The Blokehead Success Series)
  • By: The Blokehead
  • Narrated by: Chris Brinkley
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 41

This book is an exploration of microservices and how to build them. It begins by explaining what they are, so as to help the listener better understand them. After listening to this book, you will know how and where microservices are used. The following topics are discussed in this book: technology heterogeneity, resilience, sealing, and deployment; managing complex systems; checklists; integration; and much, much more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's okay

  • By Jonathon on 09-30-16

solid attempt at underserved tech lit segment

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-17

solid overview. would benefit from including PDF with TOC and checklists referred to in audiobook

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  • Chaos Monkeys

  • Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
  • By: Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225

Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a data center powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this "chaos monkey" to test online services' robustness - their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society's chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wanna Save 14hrs of Your Life??? Read This.

  • By John J. on 05-21-17

consider this skeptic impressed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-17

I like serious business books and thought that this would be a little bit of a stretch for my tastes. Even though this book was not as substantively focused as I'm accustomed to, it made up for it in entertainment value. I found it to be an honest, well written and explained account of experiences in modern technology companies. I found myself re-listening to several chapters. highly recommended

  • The Phoenix Project

  • A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win 5th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
  • Narrated by: Chris Ruen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,461

Bill, an IT manager at Parts Unlimited, has been tasked with taking on a project critical to the future of the business, code named Phoenix Project. But the project is massively over budget and behind schedule. The CEO demands Bill must fix the mess in 90 days, or else Bill’s entire department will be outsourced. With the help of a prospective board member and his mysterious philosophy of the Three Ways, Bill starts to see that IT work has more in common with manufacturing plant work than he ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I thought

  • By Christopher on 11-03-15

Good business novel

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

I would generally recommend this to others as an updated and much needed revision to classic The Goal. I think it struck a good balance between wasting too much time explaining fictitious complexity of problems while keeping the text descriptive enough to feel genuine. the business novel genre is valuable in part because of the Socratic method employed where everyone wants formula cancer but the process for getting there is the most important.

  • The Art of Critical Decision Making

  • By: Michael A. Roberto, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael A. Roberto
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036

Learn to approach the critical decisions in your life with a more seasoned, educated eye with this fascinating 24-lecture series that explores how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective decisions. The heart of this accessible series is a thorough examination of decision making at three key levels. First, you'll look at decisions made at the individual level, where, among the many things you'll learn is that intuition is more than just a gut instinct and, in fact, represents a powerful pattern recognition capability.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very rewarding, fulfilling its promise

  • By Philo on 09-15-13

my favorite specific the focus course from GC

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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: 04-09-17

This is an excellent series of lectures and decision-making covering individual human cognitive biases group dynamics and organizational Dynamics. I highly recommended to anybody interested in these topics.

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  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,845

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the scenes of amazing science

  • By Neuron on 10-16-17

help me appreciate Thinking Fast and Slow more

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

excellent storytelling and a profound topic. help me appreciate the beauty and tragedy and human relationships and collaboration. I can't imagine there's a single person on Earth who wouldn't benefit from reading this book.