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J. Horyski

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  • 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
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

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
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  • By Amazon Customer on 2017-11-13

An excellent and important work that holds up

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-03-17

Truly an excellent book that only occasionally reminds the reader that it was written in the 90s. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in really understanding the origins behind our shared moral inclinations, and an exploration of what those inclinations are.

And despite the book ruining some of the "magic" of altruism and brotherly love, it ends on a surprisingly upbeat note.

  • How to Be Better at Almost Everything

  • Learn Anything Quickly, Stack Your Skills, Dominate
  • Written by: Pat Flynn
  • Narrated by: Pat Flynn
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In How to Be Better at Almost Everything, best-selling author, fitness expert, entrepreneur, and professional business coach Pat Flynn shares the secrets to learning (almost) every skill, from marketing to music to martial arts to writing and relationships, teaching how to combine interests to achieve greatness in any field. His direct, “Generalist” approach to self-improvement gives you the tools you need to make your mark on the world and make buckets of money - without losing your soul. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Far More Religious Than You'll Expect

  • By J. Horyski on 2019-02-18

Far More Religious Than You'll Expect

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-18

In the beginning, the book offered some advice that I found basic but useful - par for the course for a book of this type. The author interjected the right amount of humour, with only some of it being cringey "dad jokes", and he's a good speaker which helped immensely. Keep that "in the beginning" in mind, because I'll be getting back to it.

Content-wise, the first half was essentially a collection of the author's musings and interests, loosely structured into a "system" for improving your life. Basically just the author's thoughts on meditation/prayer (good), yoga (bad because it lets demons into your body), logic (good), making your bed (good) and faith (super good). Most of this is presented in a completely shallow way. For example, the segments on meditation don't tell you how to meditate, only that you should, and the segments on logic similarly provide only a few pointers but don't get into what makes a good argument.

Tonally, the first half was all over the place. It went from folksy, g-rated wisdom about being a generalist vs. specialist, would slam the shifter and start carrying on about how the literal devil makes you resist writing your sc-ifi novel about a sex-robot uprising, and then drop a joke about premature ejaculation. It honestly felt at times like the author had found God half-way through writing, but didn't want to go back and edit anything for consistency.

I'm not religious, but the author clearly is and interjects this throughout the book. Initially, I didn't have an issue with it - it's helpful to know where an author is coming from, and I don't need to agree with everything in the book to get value out of it.

However, about halfway through the religious interjections went from a background hum to a full sermon delivered by a sidewalk preacher with a megaphone. There's a section on the importance of faith where the author goes on a long meander about good and evil, which reaches its nadir when he talks about how kids with cancer are a good thing because they make people nicer to each other. Really? God gives kids cancer so people will be nicer to their parents and feel better about themselves because they aren't dying in agonizing pain? Great, I'm sure those kids and their parents will appreciate being used as a prop in other people's uplifting life lessons.

This was the point where I decided I needed to see other books.

I flipped through the reviews for this book on Audible and Amazon, of which there seemed to be a curiously high number (and virtually all of the reviewers giving a perfect 5-stars), and the heavy-handed religious messaging isn't mentioned once.