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  • The Coddling of the American Mind

  • How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
  • Written by: Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 174

The culture of “safety” and its intolerance of opposing viewpoints has left many young people anxious and unprepared for adult life. Lukianoff and Haidt offer a comprehensive set of reforms that will strengthen young people and institutions, allowing us all to reap the benefits of diversity, including viewpoint diversity. This is a book for anyone who is confused by what’s happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live and work and cooperate across party lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two of today's great minds at work.

  • By Adam Milne on 2018-10-09

A must read for any teacher, professor or parent

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Reviewed: 2018-11-18

The road to bell is paved with good intention. The more we try to protect our children from getting hurt the more we leave them to be destroyed by the real world. We refuse to allow them to fail or succeed in their own and this leads to a written with heightened risk of depression, self harm, and suicide. Children's psyche like trees in the wind, muscles in the body, and our ammune system must be given experience with challange in order to strengthen and grow. Of course we want to protect today's children from everything but we must look at the hidden costs of our actions.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • Written by: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
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    5 out of 5 stars 683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675

Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams, and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accept minor defects and enjoy this book

  • By Anonymous User on 2017-12-10

All around amazing!

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Reviewed: 2018-10-14

Gripping and thought provoking start to finish! Best book I've "read" in years. Do enjoy!

  • Lying

  • Written by: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
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    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent and Challenging

  • By Kindle Customer on 2017-10-22

Just a little short

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 2018-06-26

Probably easier to find a free copy online. It is absolutely worth listening to but you could listen to Sam Harris on a 3 hour podcast go deeper on the topic for free.

  • How to Change Your Mind

  • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
  • Written by: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 460
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    5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 414

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Judge not!

  • By Brad Rudner on 2018-06-02

Psychedlics: Medicines from the past to guild us

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Reviewed: 2018-06-26

What a trip! I wish he touched more on the history before the synthetic psychedlics were on the scene. So many cultures have safely used these plants and chemicals as a tool in their culture to keep the bonds of tradition and family alive. This is not just a western medicine but a sacred practice humans have had with us for our entire evolution.

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • Written by: Yuval Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,418
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'll definitely listen to this again.

  • By Shea Earl on 2017-11-25

Thought provoking in many ways.

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Reviewed: 2018-06-26

Hard to o argue against the well though our perspectives and n how we got here and where we are going next

  • Feed

  • Written by: M.T. Anderson
  • Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4 out of 5 stars 6

Titus' ability to read, write and even think for himself has been almost completely obliterated by his "feed", a transmitter implanted directly into his brain. Feeds are a crucial part of life for Titus and his friends. After all, how else would they know where to party on the moon, how to get bargains at Weatherbee & Crotch or how to accessorize the mysterious lesions everyone's been getting?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adding more depth to an already incredible story

  • By Justin Greeno on 2018-04-09

Adding more depth to an already incredible story

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Reviewed: 2018-04-09

This has been my favourite book for quite some time but I've never gotten to enjoy it in this way before. As an audio book many more layers are added to the story in ways I will not spoil for you now. A truly great story, fun, deep, and thought provoking.

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  • Enlightenment Now

  • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • Written by: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West but worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intellectual optimistic Steven Pinker did it again

  • By Justin Greeno on 2018-04-07

Intellectual optimistic Steven Pinker did it again

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Reviewed: 2018-04-07

When you want to stay informed about the state of the world you are consistently pushed the idea that everything is terrible and we're ask turning this planet into a hell scape. This book brings a wealth of information and a ton of graphs to help pull you out of that mind set and remind you we are standing on the shoulders of giants and we continue to push towards an ever brighter future.

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