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Publisher's Summary

Is Earth merely an insignificant speck in a vast and meaningless universe? On the contrary: The Privileged Planet shows that this cherished assumption of materialism is dead wrong. In this provocative book, Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay W. Richards present a staggering array of evidence that exposes the hollowness of this modern dogma. They demonstrate that our planet is exquisitely fit not only to support life, but also to give us the best view of the universe, as if Earth were designed both for life and for scientific discovery. Readers are taken on a scientific odyssey from a history of tectonic plates, to the wonders of water and solar eclipses, to our location in the Milky Way, to the laws that govern the universe, and to the beginning of cosmic time. The Privileged Planet contains astounding findings that should lead any individual to reevaluate and even to reconsider our very purpose on what so many have dismissed as nothing more than an accident of cosmic evolution.

©2004 Guillermo Gonzales and Jay W. Richards (P)2011 Regnery Publishing

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Poor narration mars good book

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Mispronunciations and lack of pauses between paragraphs make the book very difficult to follow. One example of many mispronunciations is the word 'causal' is pronounced as 'casual' several times.

Would you be willing to try another one of Todd Barsness???s performances?

Maybe he could handle a non-technical book

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Outstanding

I first saw the documentary on these guys, and their book goes into so much more detail. I won't pretend to follow every detail of the science, but the basic arguments are clear and accessible. It's brilliant to see two guys who have the sense to step back and see the whole picture!

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Amazing

Does an amazing, if not over detailed, job of explaining how special earth really is. I wouldn't call this light listening but it's well worth purchasing.

Is intelligent design the same as creationism? No, is the answer given. Is earth the product of an undirected process such as natural selection acting on random variations or the product of an intelligent cause?

I purchased the video after listening to the book, stunning and elaborate.

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Absolutely fascinating

The amount of eye-opening information in this book is absolutely fascinating! The only thing I don’t understand is why these facts often seem to be shrugged off by so many “experts”?

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Thoroughly informative

Lay person here: This was full of scientific info that as best as I can imagine, presented in a way for most average lay persons can understand. It takes commitment to want to know what they have to say. I found it insightful and it challenged me to try to learn/ understand more of what they presented.

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Well said!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book the authors presented their arguments in a clear concise manner and while I am inclined to believe their arguments because that's what I would like to believe anyway they seem to be very objective. This book made me want to explore math and the sciences more than I ever have before.

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Important to all people on this planet!

It's unclear how such great thought is so rare in the scientific field. This is a paradigm shifting and perception changing book. It's amazing how it makes a big difference what we think before we think, and the assumptions we may have that we are not even aware that we have. This book helps bring to light some of the most important aspects of how we see our universe and existence. Worth a second read, it perks my interest in who I am and how to interpret the things around me, in a way that opens my eyes and mind, and will see the world in a better and larger way.

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Bible proof of privileged planet

It is unbelievable that the Bible actually confirms this particular book at Ecc. chapter 11 versus three it speaks of how God put it into man's mind and heart to search the universe to find out everything that he had made and he will never get to The end of it. It gives the explanation as being that is why God made man to live forever to try to find out everything that he had created

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A great testimony for the existence of God

Very well written, great laymen's term explanations of complex math, and theory's. A wonderful wonder filled look at our world and its place in the universe.

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Excellent book!

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

A little wordy but it does cover just how awesome is the positioning of the earth really is to permit life. Just a minute change in dimensions or distances would not permit life.

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Easy listening and understandable

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  • 01-05-22

The required quantity and quality of info

The world viewed from naturalism not explains the relations between structures in cosmos. What we have to know to rise healthy questions ? If you know, will be able to see the lack of foundations for pure naturalist/darwinist worldview. You will be able to rise the questions : why, how we got here ? What else has to be exist before us ? The simplistic general response of naturalism : " it has evolved by chance and selection" is not fit the reality. So, go and know the facts and relations of our universe to be able to rise satisfiable questions.

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  • 08-22-19

No attention to punctuation

I have have to assume that the narrator read the book with a very pressing engagement on his mind. He motors through it in such a way as to make it a very difficult lesson. Todd: PLEASE slow down and pay attention to punctuation and paragraphs.