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Dean Travers

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Worth the 14 hours and will buy the hard copy

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Reviewed: 13-10-2020

This books brings together several ideas that make sense to me but it’s the first time I’ve seen them in one coherent narrative. It bridges the wide gap between humans as advanced animals without free will to the feeling selves we think we are. Well worth 14 hours of your time. I will likely listen to this multiple time and will definitely buy the hard copy

More than the title suggests

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Reviewed: 22-06-2020

I have listened to this audiobook now more than three times and I digest a lot of this genre. This is not a cheesy leadership book and a more fitting title would be "15 Commitments of the Conscious Self". You will hear many good strategies for leadership in the conventional meaning of the word but more important are the takeaways for self leadership. My favourites were the chapters on candor and integrity, which have both nudged me in directions with significant immediate payoffs in the way I feel about myself. I was directed to it from a Tim Ferris interview with Jim in which he shares his personal story, which is itself amazing and I'd encourage interested listeners to look it up. I'm already recommending this to friends.

Stay with it, it's worth it

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Reviewed: 12-01-2019

This is a great book. The author approaches a touchy subject well, not being taken away by the "change the world" hype but being honest enough to submit himself to the experience of psychedelics. The first half of the book is reserved for the recent history of psychedelics (mainly in the US) and is quite wonkish. The second half takes the reader on a journey of what positive effects these drugs could have for individuals and society, touching on the underlying neuroscience (the role of the default mode network is fascinating), all the while punctuated by the author recounting his own experiences on the drugs. The subject touches on so many interesting areas including neuroscience, mental health and the nature of the self and consciousness. Also a good listen is the podcast interview of the author by Sam Harris in May 2018.

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Almost as good as his previous works

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Reviewed: 30-10-2018

Almost as good as his previous works but not quite. Ideas in places were not that polished. Gives the semblance of being a collection rather than a continuous narrative. But I should be fair for this is foreshadowed in the title. Still there is a whiff of the need to publish. A good book by a great writer is always worth it.