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George Broadfoot

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  • The Evolving Self

  • A Psychology for the Third Millennium
  • By: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    3 out of 5 stars 4

In this wise, humane inquiry, Csikszentmihalyi ( Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience) argues that genetically programmed behaviors that once helped humans adapt and multiply now threaten our survival. These traits include obsessions with food and sex, addiction to pleasure, excessive rationality, and a tendency to focus on the negative. A University of Chicago psychology professor, the author also believes we must free our minds of cultural illusions, such as ethnocentric superiority or identification with one's possessions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's all in chapter 10

  • By George Broadfoot on 25-01-2017

It's all in chapter 10

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

Reviewed: 25-01-2017

I had some great insights delivered by this book's author (via the book). Most earlier chapters I felt were wandering excursions, interesting but not very focused compared with, say, guns germs and steel.
Having very much enjoyed Flow, I thoroughly agreed with the ideas presented in the final chapter and think they will be relatable to most people (including high school students). Some fine insights made it worth the effort.
Something about the narration didn't sit well with me, but I got over it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Being a Beast

  • By: Charles Foster
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3 out of 5 stars 2
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    4 out of 5 stars 2
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    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Charles Foster wanted to know what it was like to be a beast: a badger, an otter, a deer, a fox, a swift. What it was really like. And through knowing what it was like, he wanted to get down and grapple with the beast in us all. So he tried it out; he lived life as a badger for six weeks, sleeping in a dirt hole and eating earthworms. He came face to face with shrimps as he lived like an otter and he spent hours curled up in a back garden in East London and rooting in bins like an urban fox.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent reading, brilliant writing

  • By George Broadfoot on 05-01-2017

Excellent reading, brilliant writing

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-01-2017

I loved this concept, the poetic yet science based writing and the humour. If you love the natural world then I reccommend this whole heartedly.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting perspective

  • By MR R S BROOKES on 29-01-2018

another great one

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Reviewed: 30-12-2016

I skipped the bit at the start where he discusses longer life spans and godlike abilities in humans because I found it a bit much. The rest of the book is thought provoking and synthesises many huge ideas like a spider's web.
Get it if you liked Sapiens!

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,644
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,624

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking

  • By Anonymous User on 30-08-2017

so good

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Reviewed: 15-05-2016

This is a vast and insightful work that does what all great non-fiction should do- it makes you feel smarter after hearing it. But also, you feel a bit dirty because lets face it, we are a terrifying species when viewed from certain angles.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • What Is Life?

  • How Chemistry Becomes Biology
  • By: Addy Pross
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrdinger posed a simple, yet profound, question: What is life?. How could the very existence of such extraordinary chemical systems be understood? This problem has puzzled biologists and physical scientists both before, and ever since. Living things are hugely complex and have unique properties, such as self-maintenance and apparently purposeful behaviour which we do not see in inert matter. So how does chemistry give rise to biology?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fascinating science...

  • By George Broadfoot on 15-03-2015

fascinating science...

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 15-03-2015

a thought provoking listen that presents the topic in a clear and coherent manner despite the inherent complexity.

  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By George Broadfoot on 18-01-2015

excellent

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Reviewed: 18-01-2015

I highly recommend this to everyone who is old enough to comprehend it. That age will be different for every individual I imagine.
I am a science teacher in Australia and I strongly feel that critical thinking should be explicitly taught in the science syllabus (prior to the senior years).

16 of 16 people found this review helpful