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  • Sex at Dawn

  • How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • Written by: Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan (Preface)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another take on the noble savage

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-02-07

Yet another take on the noble savage

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Reviewed: 2019-02-07

I think that the authors have a point on whether humans are a monogamous species but they are not the first and not the last to make that point, I believe that the one they called standard narrative does not really exist, they end up presenting a noble savage classical story, everybody was so happy, healthy and peaceful until the terrible civilization came along and destroyed the beautiful world.
They make look like civilization was some sort of conspiracy that came from another planet, civilization is a human creation and if something is unnatural about it well humans put it there. If they had focus on presenting evidence on the point they mentioned they were going to make things would have been better but since they had another agenda on presenting a noble savage story well they failed, in certain parts of the book I was sure I was listening to pseudoscience and not a scientific approach on the origins of modern sexuality.

  • The Economics of Uncertainty

  • Written by: Connel Fullenkamp, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Connel Fullenkamp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 4
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Economies are deeply complex systems. The marketplace involves many economic actors behaving in rational and irrational ways, sustaining a dizzying array of interconnected activity. Because of the number of participants involved, the unpredictability of their actions, and the sheer variety of possible actions, some degree of economic uncertainty is inevitable. In 24 practical and empowering half-hour lectures, The Economics of Uncertainty takes the mystery and dread out of uncertainty, giving you the tools to deal with risk in every phase of your life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good material

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-03-14

Really good introduction to risk management

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Reviewed: 2019-02-01

This course is full of insightful information about risks and how to manage them, it was also entertaining and had a good pace. I enjoyed a lot the last lecture because it gave a good take away of the course but all the lectures were good. Highly recommended if you are intrigued by the uncertainties in life as I am.

  • Undeniable

  • Evolution and the Science of Creation
  • Written by: Bill Nye
  • Narrated by: Bill Nye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 30
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Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undeniable evidence for evolution

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-01-28

Undeniable evidence for evolution

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Reviewed: 2019-01-28

I really love how this book presents the evidence for evolution, it really gets assimilated by almost everyone I think. I liked all the chapters but the one for GMOs I found a bit confusing, Bill Nye seems to agree with using GMOs but At the same time he does not seem to agree, it seems to me he is still on the fence on that one and at the end I am intrigued by something I really think it will be interesting to know more about his old boss.

  • Why Evolution Is True

  • Written by: Jerry A. Coyne
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 14
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Why evolution is more than just a theory: it is a fact. In all the current highly publicized debates about creationism and its descendant "intelligent design", there is an element of the controversy that is rarely mentioned: the evidence, the empirical truth of evolution by natural selection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably well researched

  • By Аmazon Customer on 2018-03-01

The evidence for evolution

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Reviewed: 2019-01-17

Highly recommended especially for people that are looking for the facts behind evolution, it is very clear an concise presenting the irrefutable evidence that evolution is a fact.
I liked all chapters but the last one Evolution redux goes to the details of why people have problems to accept evolution, that chapters itself makes it worthwhile to read the book.

The narration is also very good

  • Everything All at Once

  • How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem
  • Written by: Bill Nye
  • Narrated by: Bill Nye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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Everything All at Once is an exciting, inspiring call to unleash the power of the nerd mindset that exists within us all. Nye believes we'll never be able to tackle our society's biggest, most complex problems if we don't even know how to solve the small ones. Step by step, he shows his listeners the key tools behind his everything-all-at-once approach: radical curiosity, a deep desire for a better future, and a willingness to take the actions needed to make it a reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read or listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-11-05

Excellent read or listen

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Reviewed: 2018-11-05

I was grateful surprised by this book, when O started for some reason I did not expect it to be that good, I was wrong is excellent.

It really is a book that is worth reading, it has a lot of information and the premises of the book are really good, I really enjoyed it.

The book really resonate with me and I resonate with it. Let’s change the world!

  • Cosmos

  • Written by: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • LeVar is like listening to a breathy James T. Kirk

  • By Robert on 2018-04-04

Sagan at his best

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Reviewed: 2018-10-25

Truly extraordinary book, it transport me to the time when I watch the TV series for the first time. There are some wonderful parts of the book too many to mention but there is a quote that will stick with me forever that says something like “Books are like seeds that can lie dormant and then flower in the most uncompromising soil.”

  • The Moral Animal

  • Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
  • Written by: Robert Wright
  • Narrated by: Greg Thornton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 21
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Are men literally born to cheat? Does monogamy actually serve women's interests? These are among the questions that have made The Moral Animal one of the most provocative science books in recent years. Wright unveils the genetic strategies behind everything from our sexual preferences to our office politics - as well as their implications for our moral codes and public policies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wright on

  • By Amazon Customer on 2017-11-13

Good book, good approach to the topic

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Reviewed: 2018-10-25

I truly enjoyed the book, the evolutionary psychology perspective taken was very interesting, I also think that the references to Darwin life were really good maybe the best part. There are some claims made throughout the book that need some verification but overall a really good book, highly recommended.
The narration is also very good it makes the book more enjoyable

  • An Economic History of the World since 1400

  • Written by: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lot of very interesting information

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-10-01

A lot of very interesting information

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Reviewed: 2018-10-01

I am amazed by the amount of pertinent information and how it was organized, I personally like the most the last five chapters and the last one is a very good summary the provides very good insight. It is really a very good course an worth listening to it. Highly recommended

  • The Selfish Gene

  • Written by: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
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Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless Dawkins classic

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-02-11

Life changing book

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Reviewed: 2018-07-25

I read the Selfish Gene for the first time more than 25 years ago and I considered at that time and even today a life changing book. It really is extraordinary how the book is formulated and written, the conclusions are astonishing. Listening to it was good but to fully appreciate it you have to read it and stop at times to reflect on what you are reading and understand it fully.
It is Richard Dawkins as his best, I also recommend The Blind Watchmaker and River Out of Eden.

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  • Mindset

  • The New Psychology of Success
  • Written by: Carol Dweck
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
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Mindset is one of those rare audio books that can help you make positive changes in your life and at the same time see the world in a new way. A leading expert in motivation and personality psychology, Carol Dweck has discovered in more than 20 years of research that our mindset is not a minor personality quirk: it creates our whole mental world. It explains how we become optimistic or pessimistic. It shapes our goals, our attitude toward work, and ultimately predicts whether or not we will fulfull our potential.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mindset so impressed I bought the book

  • By Catherine McLeod on 2017-12-06

Great Mindset

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Reviewed: 2018-07-04

Having a good mindset has always been considered important now we know what this good mindset consists in of thanks to this great book.

I like the emphasis not only in having the growth mindset but also in how to keep it and avoiding reverting back to where most of us normally are.