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  • The Demon in Democracy

  • Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies
  • By: Ryszard Legutko, John O'Sullivan, Teresa Adelson
  • Narrated by: Liam Gerrard
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1

Ryszard Legutko lived and suffered under communism for decades - and he fought with the Polish anti-communist movement to abolish it. Having lived for two decades under a liberal democracy, however, he has discovered that these two political systems have a lot more in common than one might think. They both stem from the same historical roots in early modernity, and accept similar presuppositions about history, society, religion, politics, culture, and human nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very important and timely book

  • By Paula Wright on 11-10-18

Very important and timely book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Western civilization stands on the precipice of unprecedented success or collapse. This book helps nudge us towards success. A must read.

  • The Modern Scholar: Evolutionary Psychology, Part II

  • The Science of Human Nature
  • By: Allen MacNeill
  • Narrated by: Allen MacNeill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

"Why do we do what we do?" In this thought-provoking series of lectures, Allen D. MacNeill examines the surprising - and sometimes unsettling - answers to this most basic of human questions. The remarkable new field of evolutionary psychology takes a scientific approach to the evolution of human nature. Analyzing human behavior in relation to food, clothing, shelter, health care, and sex, Evolutionary Psychology proves an immensely stimulating exploration of human endeavor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights to human propensities

  • By Paula Wright on 30-07-18

Great insights to human propensities

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Reviewed: 30-07-18

I am an independent researcher in evolutionary theory who is a passionate advocate for the consilience of the natural and social sciences. These volumes (and the volume on evolutionary biology) are very accessible for those interested in modern evolutionary theory and are interested in getting past political/ideological smears of applied evolutionary theory, and towards understanding the breadth and depth of its application in helping us better understand our conscious and mortal predicament.

Evolutionary theory is a powerful tool and ideologues of all stripes will always want to bend it out of shape to fit their political ends. It's also not going to be going away. We see it under attack today in 2018 by clowns to the left and jokers to the right. This puts the onus is on true evolutionary scholars like MacNeill, Buss, Schmitt, etc to explain its possibilities and its limits to an interested lay public.

This is a great place to start.

  • The Philosophy of Science

  • A Very Short Introduction
  • By: Samir Okasha
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
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    4 out of 5 stars 14
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    4 out of 5 stars 14

What is science? Is there a real difference between science and myth? Is science objective? Can science explain everything? This Very Short Introduction provides a concise overview of the main themes of contemporary philosophy of science. Beginning with a short history of science to set the scene, Samir Okasha goes on to investigate the nature of scientific reasoning, scientific explanation, revolutions in science, and theories such as realism and anti-realism.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A sleeper hit

  • By Kjetil Grun on 02-10-09

good but needs updating

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-16

studies today show Darwinian scientists are highly liberal in a classical liberal not conservative sense

  • Mother Nature

  • Maternal Instincts and How They Shape the Human Species
  • By: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
  • Narrated by: Helen Stern
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    5 out of 5 stars 4

Maternal instinct - the all-consuming, utterly selfless love that mothers lavish on their children - has long been assumed to be an innate, indeed defining element of a woman's nature. But is it? In this provocative, groundbreaking audiobook, renowned anthropologist (and mother) Sarah Blaffer Hrdy shares a radical new vision of motherhood and its crucial role in human evolution. Hrdy strips away stereotypes and gender-biased myths to demonstrate that traditional views of maternal behavior are essentially wishful thinking codified as objective observation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hrdy's gift

  • By Paula Wright on 07-10-15

Hrdy's gift

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-15

This book. like Mothers and Others, is a gift to us all. The story of motherhood unfettered by ideology,. Essential (but never essentialist) reading for true scholars of human nature.

  • The Righteous Mind

  • Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant! Well researched, accessible, convincing

  • By Jim Vaughan on 26-11-12

Interesting thesis

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-10-15

but I was confused by the absence of any discussion of kin selection. Hence 4 stars not 5.

  • The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates

  • By: John Hawks, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John Hawks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Trying to understand our human origins has always been a fundamental part of who we are. Today, with the help of dramatic archaeological discoveries and groundbreaking advancements in technology and scientific understanding, we are closer than we've ever been to learning the true story. In recent decades, it has been the science of paleoanthropology that has led the investigation, helping us make sense of this controversial subject and providing us with a richer understanding of our origins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More up to date

  • By Paula Wright on 07-10-15

More up to date

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-15

more up to date than Biological Anthropology. Again recommend reading with Hrdy's Mothernature and Mothers and Others

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  • Why Women Have Sex

  • Understanding Sexual Motivations - from Adventure to Revenge
  • By: Cindy M. Meston, David M. Buss
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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    4 out of 5 stars 12

An unparalleled exploration of the mysteries underlying women's sexuality that rivals the culture-shifting Kinsey Report, from two of America's leading research psychologists. Do women have sex simply to reproduce or display their affection? When University of Texas at Austin clinical psychologist Cindy M. Meston and evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss joined forces to investigate the underlying sexual motivations of women, what they found astonished them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trivial but entertaining

  • By Judy Corstjens on 04-10-14

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-10-15

Essential reading for those interested in understanding human sexuality. I found the narration distracting however as the actress attempted to act the words rather than narrate them.

  • Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective

  • By: Barbara J. King
  • Narrated by: Barbara J. King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

In this series of 24 captivating lectures, an award-winning teacher and acclaimed scholar delves into the story of how, why, where, and when we became human. You'll gain a fresh understanding of the forces that have shaped our species, as Professor King synthesizes the best that more than a century of scientific scholarship has to offer across a variety of disciplines to gain the insights offered by fossils, ancient skeletal remains, and lifestyle information like cave art and stone tools.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good for a historical perspective - but be careful

  • By Sean on 11-03-16

Read Hrdy also

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Reviewed: 07-10-15

great discussions but has crucial perspectives missing. I recommend this but not without also reading Hrdy's Mothernature and Mothers and Others

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  • Mothers and Others

  • The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding
  • By: Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
  • Narrated by: Helen Stern
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Somewhere in Africa, more than a million years ago, a line of apes began to rear their young differently than their Great Ape ancestors. From this new form of care came new ways of engaging and understanding each other. How such singular human capacities evolved, and how they have kept us alive for thousands of generations, is the mystery revealed in this bold and wide-ranging new vision of human emotional evolution. Mothers and Others finds the key in the primatologically unique length of human childhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading

  • By Paula Wright on 07-10-15

Essential reading

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Reviewed: 07-10-15

essential reading for scholars of human nature or those just interested. Encyclopedic knowledge contained here just as with Hrdy's Mothernature

  • Pleasurable Weight Loss

  • The Secrets to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Loving Your Life Today
  • By: Jena la Flamme
  • Narrated by: Jena la Flamme
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
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    4 out of 5 stars 2
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    3 out of 5 stars 2

"The key to losing weight is not about enjoying less," teaches Jena la Flamme. "It's about enjoying more." This revolutionary insight has allowed thousands of Jena's students to lose weight without boring food plans, arduous rules, or punishing exercise. Why does it work? Because pleasure is the secret to switching off the stress triggers that are the real culprit behind emotional eating and weight gain.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • awful goddess worship

  • By Paula Wright on 07-10-15

awful goddess worship

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

Awful cloying book. it evokes evolutionary theory but is a total misrepresentation of it. it's goddess worship woo.

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