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Bruce Marsh

Edward, England
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  • The Great Illusion: The Myth of Free Will, Consciousness, and the Self

  • By: Paul Singh
  • Narrated by: Rich Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
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This book presents research that supports the naturalistic stance that the mind is identical to the brain. The author argues that if one were to look at the idea that the mind is the brain, then it follows logically that free will must be an illusion, that there can be no consciousness separate from the brain, and that there can be no substantial self that exists independently from the brain. He further argues that there can be no such thing as absolute moral responsibility.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I’ve never listened to anything this bad!

  • By Bruce Marsh on 05-02-19

I’ve never listened to anything this bad!

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Reviewed: 05-02-19

I’ve been listening to Audible for eight happy years and confess that I’ve not previously written a review. However I felt compelled to warn listeners away from this recording. I found myself outraged by the claims of the author, belittling “short sighted” and “naive” people who believe in things such as religion and the afterlife, and instead proposing an agenda of “there’s no such thing as free will” simply because no-one has proven it exists. Utter waffle proposed by a snake oil salesman trying to sell a book that contains no useful thoughts or insight. Avoid.

The recording is made even worse by the android like voice of the narrator.

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  • Methods of Persuasion

  • How to Use Psychology to Influence Human Behavior
  • By: Nick Kolenda
  • Narrated by: Mike Norgaard
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Using principles from cognitive psychology, Nick Kolenda developed a unique way to subconsciously influence people's thoughts. He developed a "mind reading" stage show depicting that phenomenon, and his demonstrations have been seen by over a million people across the globe. Methods of Persuasion reveals that secret for the first time. You'll learn how to use those principles to influence people's thoughts in your own life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Donna McConnell on 14-02-18

Packed full of ideas and applications

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Reviewed: 08-08-18

Unlike traditional self help books that have one or two ideas and lots of padding, this is packed full of ideas, concepts and applications. Can’t recommend highly enough.

  • The Fry Chronicles

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,130
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934

This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of delighted listening

  • By Mary on 21-09-10

Excellent

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Reviewed: 17-06-14

What did you like most about The Fry Chronicles?

Previously I wouldn't have considered myself a fan of Stephen Fry. He was simply the "other bloke" in many of the best comedies. However, after listening to Fry describe his life, I now realise that the man is a comic genius. I couldn't recommend this enough. It had me laughing out loud.

  • Exploring Metaphysics

  • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Felix on 28-06-14

five out of ten

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Reviewed: 17-06-14

Was Exploring Metaphysics worth the listening time?

There are some great thought provoking ideas in this book. Whilst some of the material is too hypothetical and ungrounded, other elements cause you to really think about the world differently. Metaphysics is the study beyond every day physics and the lecture explores the ideas of (for example) whether the mind exists, time and space. I'd recommend this book if you fancy a look at the world from another dimension.

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