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I'm sure this guy is brilliant. His ideas, undoubtedly , are incisive and compelling. The problem is, the average person has no idea what he's talking about. If I had to hear "teleological" or "Protogirou" or "meta" one more time, I was going to scream. Bring it down a few notches. In fact, rewrite the book so normal people understand what you're saying. You can have the best arguments in the world, but you're not going to transfer them to other people if they just want to turn off the book.
I'm not stupid. I'm a Summa cum laude graduate of law school and have been practicing law for 40 years. I forced myself to listen to the end. What a total waste of time.
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Thomas Nagel believes Darwin’s theory of natural selection is wrong. Nagel suggests natural selection fails to encompass the concept of mind. Even though Nagel acknowledges biology and physics have made great strides in understanding the nature of life, he suggests the mind should be a starting point for a theory of everything. Nagel infers that science research is bogged down by a mechanistic and materialistic view of nature. Nagel suggests science must discover the origin of consciousness to find the Holy Grail; i.e. an all-encompassing theory of nature.
Without agreeing or disagreeing with Nagel’s idea, it seems propitious for the United States to fund and begin their decade-long effort to examine the human brain. Though nearer term objectives are to understand Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, the longer term result may be to discover the origin of consciousness. Contrary to Nagel’s contention that natural selection cannot explain consciousness, brain research may reveal consciousness rises from the same source of mysterious elemental and repetitive combinations of an immortal gene that Darwin dimly understood. Brain research offers an avenue for extension or refutation of Darwin’s theory of natural selection.
"Mind and Cosmos" is a tribute to Nagel’s “outside the box” philosophical’ thought. Like some who say string theory is a blind alley for a theory of everything, natural selection may be a mistaken road to the origin of life.
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The somewhat shallow musings of a bloke, the kind of things you think of in the shower. The narrator is not quite so relaxed and goes at it like an actor auditioning for the role of Obstreperous Professor.
Would you try another book written by Thomas Nagel or narrated by Brian Troxell?
The sound quality for most audible books is sub-par, but here it is abysmal - unlistenable. It's beyond absurd that, after all this time, audible sound is noticeably below that of cd-quality, but then why innovate or even make an effort when you're a lazy monopoly protected by amazon?