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By Dubito Ergo Sum on 05-21-15
A brilliant marraige of various psych sciences!
Would you listen to Feeling Smart again? Why?
I would have to to get more out of it. The structure starts off good, but the latter end runs on like a reference or collection of topics. Not that it is a bad thing, fans of David McRaney, author of You Are Not So Smart and You Are Now Less Dumb, will really find this book enjoyable.
Would you recommend Feeling Smart to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes, once again fans of David McRaney, Dan Ariely, Mathew Lieberman, Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson, Nassim Taleb, Dr Novella etc.......... would all enjoy the a-book.
Anyone wanting an evidence based approach to these topics will find a litany of peer-reviewed experiments cited throughout.
Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yeah I've listened to him read more books than I could remember to type in this box.... he never disappoints and always seem to deliver the appropriate emphasis.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did find his theory fascinating, in so much that at the level of the brain, there is very little, if any separation of rational thought and emotional thought. Definitely cool stuff.
Any additional comments?
Only had one major disagreement with his thesis. In Winters chapter on love and sexual relationships, he makes mention of sperm competition in OTHER species, but fails to adequately address the presence of those features in humans, our primate cousins and our ancestors. This of course calls into question the application of his theory to sexual emotions. Perhaps he considers it more of a vestigial trait, and perhaps its the political/social context of the author though, he works at an Israeli university.
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