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Henrik

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  • The Red Queen

  • Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature
  • Autor: Matt Ridley
  • Sprecher: Simon Prebble
  • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 56 Min.
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Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic book about the evolution of the sexes.

  • Von Henrik Am hilfreichsten 29.10.2018

A classic book about the evolution of the sexes.

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Rezensiert am: 29.10.2018

I was happy when I discovered that the Red Queen was available as audiobook. I had already read it a couple of years ago, and I was kind of surprised how many ideas about the evolution of the sexes, I have taken from this book - more or less anything of interest that I have to say, comes from this book....

  • Blueprint

  • How DNA Makes Us Who We Are
  • Autor: Robert Plomin
  • Sprecher: Robert Plomin
  • Spieldauer: 8 Std. und 22 Min.
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Blueprint, written and read by Robert Plomin. The blueprint for our individuality lies in the 1 percent of DNA that differs between people. Our intellectual capacity, our introversion or extraversion, our vulnerability to mental illness, even whether we are a morning person - all of these aspects of our personality are profoundly shaped by our inherited DNA differences. In Blueprint, Robert Plomin, a pioneer in the field of behavioural genetics, draws on a lifetime's worth of research to make the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping who we are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wonder what impact this book might have

  • Von Henrik Am hilfreichsten 26.10.2018

I wonder what impact this book might have

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Rezensiert am: 26.10.2018

This was really a great read.
Having finished Blueprint, I wonder if the book could have an impact parallel to, say, the Selfish Gene by Dawkins. In that book he launched terms like immortal/selfish gene, replicators, organisms as survival machines for the genes, memes, and made a clear exposé of the neodarwinian logic of natural selection through variation as it had been developed in the decades before the publication.
This book also draws on research from the last 40 years or so from twin- and adoptions studies and behavioral genetics.
It makes a very clear exposé of the results and findings from twin- and adoption studies, and their importance for the future of psychology, our understanding of heritability and environment.
Family matters, but they don't make a difference.
School matters, but it doesn't make a difference.
A lot of things matter, but differences in all known human traits - the heritability - are, as a rule of thumb, about 50 % due to genes, and the other 50 % is something in the nonshared environment - meaning it's not your parents, but also that no research has been able to point to anything in the environment that has any big effect. It might just be randomness, chance

Some of the new concepts/ideas that I'm curious about if they will take hold as stable concepts or commonly shared knowledge through which we understand ourselves, mental illnesses, education, health, psychology, parenting and more are the following:

1. There are no qualitative disorders, only quantitative dimensions
2. The abnormal is the normal.
3. Polygenic scores.
4. SNIPS
5. The nature of nurture
6. High heritability scores as an indication of a meritocratic society

Had I been a young man, I think, this field of research is what I would have wanted to get caught up in.
I will be interesting to see if it will be part of a DNA-Revolution. Plomin has written the most accessible book that I have 'read' about this subject until today, and he also brings new ideas to the market, that I think will be with us for a long time to come.
Now, I've listened to it once, the paperback is in the mail, and when it arrives, I'll read it once more. This is a book that's worth knowing, truly understanding and thinking about.

  • Utopia for Realists

  • Autor: Rutger Bregman
  • Sprecher: Peter Noble
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 32 Min.
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We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, when technology and so-called progress have made us richer but more uncertain than ever before. We have questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. So, too, does the time seem to be coming to an end when we looked to economists to help us define the qualities necessary to create a successful society. We need a new movement.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So what's the solution?

  • Von Kevin Schmidt Am hilfreichsten 16.10.2018

Utopia for sentimentalists

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Rezensiert am: 24.10.2018

His Utopia is basically a world with basic income and open borders. He tries to make the case for both. I close the book, though, unconvinced.
As utopian thinking in all its different leftist, religious or rightist guises has had devastating effects through history, one should always be on guard when people want to sell you a utopia - even if it's stated to be for realists. (In the final chapter of the book, he does admit to proposing things that are unrealistic as a strategy to drive real change. When you come with extreme proposals, you expand the spectrum for solutions, and what once was an extreme position can become middle ground. He lambasts the left for not using this strategy, but being way to conformist on reigning doxa about how a modern economy might work)
At the end of the book he evens mentions Festinger and cognitive dissonance reduction and for a moment I thought, he really would discuss some of his claims in light of research that might really go against his own political project. He didn't. It became another classic example of what I call: Refutation through mentioning.
Here are some of my notes, that I took, whilst listening to this audiobook. Some of them might not be completely fair, as I was mostly annoyed listening to his reasoning.
1. He is a hater of typical, ordinary middle class and popular culture.
2. Basic income seems to be a panacea for all the evils of the world
3. Interesting story about basic income-initiatives in the sixties in the US. Also about Nixon's work in that direction. (I wonder what role the Cold War/Communism played for advancing such ideas at that time?)
4. He sees no incentive problems in connection with basic income, and never speaks about fairness.
5. There is no problem or discussion of possibly increased divorce rates or broken families as a result of basic income.
6. The welfare state is evil in its hunt on poor people.
7. He basically states, that it is poverty that makes makes people fat and stupid. That is the causal link.
8. Just give them money and they will be smart and slender seems to be the implication.
9. But - then it's not just poverty that is the problem. Then it's is inequality, that seem to have the same pernicious effects as poverty.
10. GDP is an evil economic construct.
11. Banks are not needed. They destroy wealth. (He has an example of Ireland that did without banks for half a year - a fascinating story, but I thought he was just describing a new nascent banking system, and had it continued for longer, some of the Irish pubs would have been transformed to fully fledged banks with time)
12. He hates profit makers
13. Open borders are great.
14 Admits to admiring economists like Hayek and Friedman. Why, one wonders - well because he mirrors his own project in theirs - they were also ridiculed and at the margins of economical thinking, but in the moment of crisis (stagflation and oil crisis of the seventies) - their economic, monetary ideas moved to the center. So he also hopes and believes that his ideas about open borders and basic income will move to the center in connection with a crisis.
Maybe he is right - there are several voices talking about basic income as something that should be explored and tested as ever expanding automation is looming on the horizon. Yet - I believe, there are problems about incentive structures, free riding, social cohesion and trust. The same goes for open borders - there might be economical benefits from open borders, but again questions of social trust and cohesion, alienation (ideological, religiously and language), loss of social capital - just doesn't seem to take up much place in his equation (he does mention Putnam, but again mentioning is refuting, he might also have pointed to some study refuting Putnam)

  • Progress

  • Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future
  • Autor: Johan Norberg
  • Sprecher: Derek Perkins
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 57 Min.
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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It's on the television, in the papers, and in our minds. Every day we're bludgeoned by news of how bad everything is - financial collapse, unemployment, growing poverty, environmental disasters, disease, hunger, war. But the rarely acknowledged reality is that our progress over the past few decades has been unprecedented. By almost any index you care to identify, things are markedly better now than they have ever been for almost everyone alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • Von Henrik Am hilfreichsten 28.09.2018

Very good book

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Rezensiert am: 28.09.2018

This book was so good that I'll get it as paperback too, and listen/read it one more time, because it's packed with worthwhile facts and perspectives for our world.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • Autor: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Sprecher: Derek Perkins
  • Spieldauer: 11 Std. und 41 Min.
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a thrilling journey through today’s most urgent issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfume

  • Von Marc Dierckx Am hilfreichsten 24.10.2018

Great Essays from Harari

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Rezensiert am: 18.09.2018

Enjoyable to listen to these 21 essays from Harari. Having found Sapiens extremely inspiring and novel in its synthesis and thought about human beings, and also enjoyed Homo Deus, I find these essays to be just as enjoyable. He addresses a number of more contemporary topics, like terrorism, which is an essay that to me is an instant reread, and would feature in my compendium on classical texts on terrorism.

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  • The Coddling of the American Mind

  • How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
  • Autor: Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff
  • Sprecher: Jonathan Haidt
  • Spieldauer: 10 Std. und 6 Min.
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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The culture of “safety” and its intolerance of opposing viewpoints has left many young people anxious and unprepared for adult life. Lukianoff and Haidt offer a comprehensive set of reforms that will strengthen young people and institutions, allowing us all to reap the benefits of diversity, including viewpoint diversity. This is a book for anyone who is confused by what’s happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live and work and cooperate across party lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The road to Hell can be paved with good intentions

  • Von Henrik Am hilfreichsten 09.09.2018

The road to Hell can be paved with good intentions

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Rezensiert am: 09.09.2018

I hope they are right when they are optimistic about the years to come. Warning against tribalism, identity politics, us-them thinking, victimization, safeteism, micro-aggressions, calling-out etc., I'm on line with them. Interesting to hear the ideas about I-Generation and the potential harm or influence that social media might have on youth. I also find their argument for underscoring our common humanity instead of diverse identities, is a far better way. I also believe they are right about pointing to our mental system as a system that is anti-fragile - it should not be held safe from all harm and hurt, without adversity it gets weak. What doesn't break you makes you stronger. Finally - I think I'll look up, CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy). I do believe that we shouldn't just trust our feelings, yet they can be irritatingly insistent and loud - I would like to be able to think as clearly, critically and rationally about some topics, but sometimes emotions makes me less 'coolly' rational.

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  • Just Babies

  • The Origins of Good and Evil
  • Autor: Paul Bloom
  • Sprecher: Mike Chamberlain
  • Spieldauer: 6 Std. und 41 Min.
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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From John Locke to Sigmund Freud, philosophers and psychologists have long believed that we begin life as blank moral slates. Many of us take for granted that babies are born selfish and that it is the role of society - and especially parents - to transform them from little sociopaths into civilized beings. In Just Babies, Paul Bloom argues that humans are in fact hardwired with a sense of morality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I like Bloom

  • Von Henrik Am hilfreichsten 26.08.2018

I like Bloom

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Rezensiert am: 26.08.2018

If you like books about moral psychology and evolutionary psychology, you will enjoy this book. Bloom writes in a clear, engaging and understandable prose - as I remember Steven Pinker telling Bloom in a video on YouTube: Bloom didn't need to consult Pinker's book 'A Sense of Style', while he already wrote so we'll.

  • Black Rednecks and White Liberals

  • Autor: Thomas Sowell
  • Sprecher: Hugh Mann
  • Spieldauer: 11 Std. und 9 Min.
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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This explosive new audiobook challenges many of the long-held assumptions about blacks, about Jews, about Germans and Nazis, about slavery, and about education. Plainly written, powerfully reasoned, and backed with a startling array of documented facts, Black Rednecks and White Liberals takes on the trendy intellectuals of our times as well as historic interpreters of American life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The essence of Sowell

  • Von Henrik Am hilfreichsten 18.08.2018

The essence of Sowell

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Rezensiert am: 18.08.2018

I've listened to several of Thomas Sowell's books this year. This book seemed to be a collection of Sowell's greatest hits and analysises. I think, I'll get this book as a paperback, and then read it once more.

  • Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)

  • Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions and Hurtful Acts
  • Autor: Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
  • Sprecher: Marsha Mercant, Joe Barrett
  • Spieldauer: 9 Std. und 4 Min.
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell? Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a mistake to listen to this book

  • Von Henrik Am hilfreichsten 15.08.2018

Not a mistake to listen to this book

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Rezensiert am: 15.08.2018

I gained a much better idea about the utility of the concept of cognitive dissonance reduction. The strength of the book are some very well written chapters, where the authors explain cases from religious cults, police interrogation. marriage and politics using cognitive dissonance reduction. If I should have a small complaint about the book, it would be, the sense of a liberal bias. I don't remember them bringing any examples of cognitive dissonance reduction coming from people of the left. I wasn't really captivated what they said about stereotypes either, where Lee Jusim has convinced me that stereotypes are less of the mark than previously supposed.

  • Discrimination and Disparities

  • Autor: Thomas Sowell
  • Sprecher: Robertson Dean
  • Spieldauer: 5 Std. und 2 Min.
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    5 out of 5 stars 6
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Discrimination and Disparities challenges believers in such one-factor explanations of economic outcome differences as discrimination, exploitation, or genetics. It is listenable enough for people with no prior knowledge of economics. Yet the empirical evidence with which it backs up its analysis spans the globe and challenges beliefs across the ideological spectrum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be basic education

  • Von Anonymer Hörer Am hilfreichsten 23.08.2018

Sowell classic

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Rezensiert am: 10.08.2018

Many of the points, that I've heard from some of his other books were reiterated here, in a shorter form. Yet those are points deserving repetition.