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Intelligent and insightful
Possibly the most intelligent and entertaining book I have ever read on sexuality - Karley is a delight!
Excellent as usual
Get anything by Daniel N. Robinson - a witty and entertaining speaker and a very insightful scholar!
Great overview of the science
Carroll is very clear and this is a good introduction to many scientific concepts and to atheism. However he gets it wrong when he says there is no meaning or purpose to the universe or to life itself and no objective criteria that can serve as a basis for morality.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Good book within limits
More of an introduction to intelligence testing than a philosophical discussion of the meaning of intelligence.
Hegel is unintelligible in much of his writing but Singer does an amazing job of clarifying what the old man was trying to say. Highly recommended as an introduction to Hegel!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Much too long
John Hands has much to cover - too much - and he does not handle it well. I got some new knowledge from this book but to get there I had to be vitally interested in the topic and disciplined enough to plow through many hours of Hands reviewing the current state of scientific understanding of central issues in cosmology, evolution, and related science fields. Hands takes pains to undermine current orthodoxy on matters such as the Big Bang theory, string theory, and neo-Darwinism, and is perhaps a little too smug about this.
The amount of verbiage discussing current theories makes me worry that as our scientific understanding learns and evolves, the book will become dated.
In short there is useful stuff in here even for the scientifically literate but it might be written at too high a level for the lay person and too exhaustive to reward 31 hours of listening for someone with a science background.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Reich does a fantastic job of clearly explaining everything that has gone wrong with American capitalism. The wealthy have rigged the US political economy from top to bottom. Unfortunately I don't hold out the same hope for reform as does Reich...
Excellent excellent discussion between two highly intelligent and literate debaters. I am very impressed with Maajid Nawaz and his project for the reform of Islam. This is a must-read for anyone interested in Islamism, Jihadism, ISIS, and the prospects for reform of Islam - and that should include anyone alive and thinking about the state of the world today.
A history of sectarianism
The professor does a great job of exploring the convoluted history of Christian sects and the various theologies they have espoused. I learned a lot about the various species you encounter in daily life, and the speaker is an expert.
The history of Christianity and really of all religions is the history of thinkers using reason and logic to try to explain things that are unreasonable and illogical. The arguments may be sound but the premises are ludicrous and absurd. Yet this professor accepts these premises as a given, as "revealed wisdom" so to speak.
Unless you have been brainwashed from an early age, for example, it is hard to listen patiently through a close and lengthy discussion of whether the bread of the Eucharist is literally the flesh of Christ or just that the spirit of Christ is in the bread. Yet a major church schism occurred over just this burning question.
Christ is supposed to have "died for our sins", this is central to the myth of Christ, but you will find no questioning of the premise that it is necessary for human beings to be redeemed from sin through the blood sacrifice of the Son of God, who is actually God himself in human form, a form he adopted since God cannot die and someone had to die for our sins, blah blah blah. This sort of nonsense has to be ingested with mother's milk...
Still if you are interested in the history of thought it is worth following how early Christianity, filled with pagan superstition, has through the evolution of various sects over thousands of years increasingly come closer to acceptance of science and reason. Its trajectory is therefore inevitably towards extinction.
0 of 4 people found this review helpful
Good overview course
Great beginner's review course. I was disappointed that there was almost no content on mental illness and CBT. Still I have never been disappointed by The Teaching Company's courses.
8 of 14 people found this review helpful