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  1. 6.8 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    This collection of the most epic, hilarious, and strange Bill Murray stories from the past four decades spotlights the star’s extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.

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    The Tao of Bill Murray

    6.8 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 6.9 hrs • 9/7/2016 • Unabridged

    MEDITATIONS is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy. Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote his Meditations as a means of guidance and self-improvement almost 2000 years ago. Aurelius never meant for the text to be published as it was only meant as tool for himself.

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    Meditations

    6.9 hrs • 9/7/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 10.7 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    The author of the classic The Dream of Reason vividly explains the rise of modern thought. Western philosophy is now two-and-a-half millennia old, but much of it came in just two staccato bursts, each lasting only about 150 years. In his landmark survey of Western philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance, The Dream of Reason, Anthony Gottlieb documented the first burst, which came in the Athens of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Now, in The Dream of Enlightenment, Gottlieb expertly navigates a second great explosion of thought, taking us to northern Europe in the wake of its wars of religion and the rise of Galilean science. In a relatively short period—from the early 1640s to the eve of the French Revolution—Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, and Hume all made their mark. The Dream of Enlightenment tells their story and that of the birth of modern philosophy. As Gottlieb explains, all these men were amateurs: none had much to do with any university. They tried to fathom the implications of the new science and of religious upheaval, which led them to question traditional teachings and attitudes. What does the advance of science entail for our understanding of ourselves and for our ideas of God? How should a government deal with religious diversity—and what, actually, is government for? Such questions remain our questions, which is why Descartes, Hobbes, and the others are still pondered today. Yet it is because we still want to hear them that we can easily get these philosophers wrong. It is tempting to think they speak our language and live in our world; but to understand them properly, we must step back into their shoes. Gottlieb puts listeners in the minds of these frequently misinterpreted figures, elucidating the history of their times and the development of scientific ideas while engagingly explaining their arguments and assessing their legacy in lively prose. With chapters focusing on Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, Locke, Pierre Bayle, Leibniz, Hume, Rousseau, and Voltaire—and many walk-on parts—The Dream of Enlightenment creates a sweeping account of what the Enlightenment amounted to, and why we are still in its debt.

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    The Dream of Enlightenment by Anthony Gottlieb

    The Dream of Enlightenment

    10.7 hrs • 8/30/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.3 hrs • 6/14/2016

    Host philosophers Ken Taylor and John Perry invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues, ranging from popular culture to our most deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. Fun, accessible, and intellectually stimulating, Philosophy Talk is dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity and celebrates the value of the examined life.

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    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 6 by John Perry, Ken Taylor

    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 6

    Hosted by John Perry and Ken Taylor
    Produced by Ben Manilla Productions
    8.3 hrs • 6/14/16
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  5. 8.2 hrs • 5/10/2016

    Host philosophers Ken Taylor and John Perry invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues, ranging from popular culture to our most deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. Fun, accessible, and intellectually stimulating, Philosophy Talk is dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity and celebrates the value of the examined life.

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    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 5 by John Perry, Ken Taylor

    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 5

    Hosted by John Perry and Ken Taylor
    Produced by Ben Manilla Productions
    8.2 hrs • 5/10/16
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  6. 11.8 hrs • 4/19/2016 • Unabridged

    A fascinating exploration of how computer algorithms can be applied to our everyday lives, helping to solve common decision-making problems and illuminate the workings of the human mind. All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades. And the solutions they’ve found have much to teach us. In a dazzlingly interdisciplinary work, acclaimed author Brian Christian and cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths show how the simple, precise algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions. They explain how to have better hunches and when to leave things to chance, how to deal with overwhelming choices and how best to connect with others. From finding a spouse to finding a parking spot, from organizing one’s inbox to understanding the workings of human memory, Algorithms to Live By transforms the wisdom of computer science into strategies for human living.

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    Algorithms to Live By

    11.8 hrs • 4/19/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 8.2 hrs • 4/12/2016

    Host philosophers Ken Taylor and John Perry invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues, ranging from popular culture to our most deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. Fun, accessible, and intellectually stimulating, Philosophy Talk is dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity and celebrates the value of the examined life.

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    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 4 by John Perry, Ken Taylor

    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 4

    Hosted by John Perry and Ken Taylor
    Produced by Ben Manilla Productions
    8.2 hrs • 4/12/16
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  8. 6.5 hrs • 3/21/2016 • Unabridged

    We used to say “seeing is believing”; now googling is believing. With 24/7 access to nearly all of the world’s information at our fingertips, we no longer trek to the library or the encyclopedia shelf in search of answers. We just open our browsers, type in a few keywords and wait for the information to come to us. Indeed, the Internet has revolutionized the way we learn and know, as well as how we interact with each other. And yet this explosion of technological innovation has also produced a curious paradox: even as we know more, we seem to understand less. While a wealth of literature has been devoted to life with the Internet, the deep philosophical implications of this seismic shift have not been properly explored until now. Demonstrating that knowledge based on reason plays an essential role in society and that there is much more to “knowing” than just acquiring information, leading philosopher Michael Patrick Lynch shows how our digital way of life makes us overvalue some ways of processing information over others, and thus risks distorting what it means to be human. With far-reaching implications, Lynch’s argument charts a path from Plato’s cave to Shannon’s mathematical theory of information to Google Glass, illustrating that technology itself isn’t the problem, nor is it the solution. Instead, it will be the way in which we adapt our minds to these new tools that will ultimately decide whether or not the “Internet of Things”—all those gadgets on our wrists, in our pockets and on our laps—will be a net gain for humanity. Along the way, Lynch uses a philosopher’s lens to examine some of the most urgent issues facing digital life today, including how social media is revolutionizing the way we think about privacy; why a greater reliance on Wikipedia and Google doesn’t necessarily make knowledge “more democratic”; and the perils of using “big data” alone to predict cultural trends. Promising to modernize our understanding of what it means to be human in the digital age, The Internet of Us builds on previous works by Nicholas Carr, James Gleick, and Jaron Lanier to give us a necessary guide on how to navigate the philosophical quagmire that is the Information Age.

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    The Internet of Us

    6.5 hrs • 3/21/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 8.4 hrs • 3/8/2016

    Host philosophers Ken Taylor and John Perry invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues, ranging from popular culture to our most deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. Fun, accessible, and intellectually stimulating, Philosophy Talk is dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity and celebrates the value of the examined life.

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    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 3 by John Perry, Ken Taylor

    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 3

    Hosted by John Perry and Ken Taylor
    Produced by Ben Manilla Productions
    8.4 hrs • 3/8/16
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  10. 8.2 hrs • 2/9/2016

    Host philosophers Ken Taylor and John Perry invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues, ranging from popular culture to our most deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. Fun, accessible, and intellectually stimulating, Philosophy Talk is dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity and celebrates the value of the examined life.

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    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 2 by John Perry, Ken Taylor

    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 2

    Hosted by John Perry and Ken Taylor
    Produced by Ben Manilla Productions
    8.2 hrs • 2/9/16
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  11. 16.7 hrs • 1/31/2016 • Unabridged

    Old Path White Clouds presents the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha. Drawn directly from twenty-four Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources, and retold by Thich Nhat Hanh in his inimitably beautiful style, this book traces the Buddha’s life slowly and gently over the course of eighty years, partly through the eyes of Svasti, the buffalo boy, and partly through the eyes of the Buddha himself. Old Path White Clouds is destined to become a classic of religious literature.

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    Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh

    Old Path White Clouds

    16.7 hrs • 1/31/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 8.3 hrs • 1/12/2016

    Host philosophers John Perry and Ken Taylor invite you to join them in conversation on a wide variety of issues, ranging from popular culture to our most deeply held beliefs about science, morality, and the human condition. Philosophy Talk challenges listeners to identify and question their assumptions and to think about things in new ways. Fun, accessible, and intellectually stimulating, Philosophy Talk is dedicated to reasoned conversation driven by human curiosity and celebrates the value of the examined life.

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    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 1 by John Perry, Ken Taylor

    Philosophy Talk, Vol. 1

    Hosted by John Perry and Ken Taylor
    Produced by Ben Manilla Productions
    8.3 hrs • 1/12/16
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    6.2 hrs • 12/1/2015

    Agnes Baker Pilgrim, known to most as Grandma Aggie, is in her nineties and is the oldest living member of the Takelma Tribe, one of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. A descendant of both spiritual and political tribal leaders, Grandma Aggie travels tirelessly around the world to keep traditions alive, to help those in need, and to be a voice for the voiceless, helping everyone to remember to preserve our Earth for animals and each other in a spiritual environment. Considered an excellent speaker, she has mesmerized her audience wherever she appears, and now her wit, wisdom, memories, advice, stories and spirituality have been captured for all to hear. Honored as a “Living Cultural Legend” by the Oregon Council of the Arts, Grandma Aggie here speaks about her childhood memories, about her tribe and her life as a child growing up in an area that often didn’t allow Indians and dogs into many public places, as well as about such contemporary issues as bullying, teen suicide, drugs and alcohol, Pope Francis, President Obama, water conservation, climate change, and much more. This is an amazing recording of one of the oldest and most important voices of the First Nation and of the world. Her stories and advice will mesmerize and captivate you, as well as provide a blueprint for how all the inhabitants of the earth can live together in harmony, spirituality, and peace.

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    Grandma Says: Wake Up, World! by Agnes Baker Pilgrim

    Grandma Says: Wake Up, World!

    6.2 hrs • 12/1/15
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  14. 6.0 hrs • 11/1/2015 • Unabridged

    As intriguing today as when it was first published, Hume’s An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding is a fascinating exploration into the nature of human knowledge. Using billiard balls, candles, and other colorful examples, Hume conveys the core of his empiricism—that true knowledge can only be gained through sensory experience. No other philosopher has been at the forefront of the mind than David Hume; physics, psychology, neuroscience—connections to Hume are everywhere. Here is the book that Immanuel Kant confessed to have awoken him from his “dogmatic slumber.”

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    An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

    Read by Hugh Ross
    6.0 hrs • 11/1/15 • Unabridged
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  15. 0.9 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    「この仕事は反乱を意味するわけではありません。こういった輩の滅亡に対する願いなど、露ほども意味していません。これが意味しているのは、人間が再び自分の足で立ち、非常に混乱した機械的な社会の中で自分自身を見付け出し、そして自分自身に対して、自分を創造した幸せのいくらか、誠実さのいくらか、そして愛と優しさのいくらかを取り戻せることができるという希望なのです。」 ― L. ロン ハバード 歴史の始まりから、人間は、より大きな自由を達成できるかもしれない、日々の退屈な仕事から抜け出せるかもしれないという希望を胸に抱いてきました。何世紀にもわたり、最も偉大な宗教指導者たちが語り続けてきたその希望によって、人間は、未来に直面する力を何度も新たなものにしてきました。しかし、希望を実現するための実際の手段を持っていなかったために、より大きな自由という目的は、すべての人にとってではなかったとしても、ほとんどの人にとって遠い彼方の達成不可能な夢であり続けていました。 20世紀に入ると、自然科学が急速に空前の進歩を遂げ、宇宙に関する多くの情報が明らかになりました。しかし同時に、そうした科学は研究対象を物質世界にのみ限定したもので、人間の魂の存在を無視し、否定さえするものでした。 それが、人間の謎を解き明かそうとする、L. ロン ハバードの25年にわたる探求の背景にあったものです。彼は、何千年にもわたる宗教の教えから蓄えた知識に20世紀の科学の手法と方法論を用いることで、人間とは一体何者で、一体何であるのかを理解しようとしたのです。 そして1952年に、彼は歴史的な発見に到達しました。単なる信条ではなく、明白な証拠とともに、ハバード氏は無限の生命力を持つ不滅の精神が実際に存在するということを証明しました。「意識していることを意識している個体」、つまり、その人自身です。さらにハバード氏は、そういった科学的な手法によって、この「意識していることを意識している個体」の人生をたどることができるということも発見しました…何度も何度も繰り返される人生です。 これらの驚くべき発見には、念願の科学と宗教の融合とも言えるほどの意味合いがありました。科学によって長い間人間に否定されてきた魂が、科学によって提供された技術によって発見されることとなったからです。それにより、宗教の分野において何千年にもわたって信じられてきたことが現実のものとなり、誰でもすぐに実感することができるようになりました。 新しい宗教、世界初の完全に実践的な宗教であるサイエントロジーは、そうして誕生したのです。

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    人間の希望 (The Hope of Man)

    0.9 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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  16. 1.1 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    「あなたが突き動かされる理由、あなたが今の通り正しい理由、あなたが少しでも機能する理由、あなたが少しでも考える理由を見付けようとすること。それはかなりの冒険でしょう。」 ― L. ロン ハバード あなたの心は、あなたの永遠の伴侶です。あなたは1日24時間、365日、心とともに生きています。けれども、人間は心がどういう仕組みになっているのかについて、ほとんど何も知りません。結婚の破綻から職業での挫折まで、仕事の妨げとなる緊張から国家間の紛争まで、人間が抱えるほぼすべての危機は、心に対する人間の無知にその原因をたどることができます。 ですから、その答えを見付けることにどれだけ潜在的な益があるのかを想像してみてください。組織が繁栄し、国家同士が意見の食い違いを解決できるだけでなく、そういった知識を備え、自分自身と他の人たちを完全に理解している個人は、自らの目標を達成する大きな可能性を持つことになります。 実際に、何百万もの人々がまさにそれを達成してきました。史上初めて、人間は心の完全な構造とそれが正確にどう機能するのかを詳細に述べた「操作マニュアル」を手に入れたのです。この「マニュアル」を勉強すれば、誰でも無限の多様性を持つ人間の振舞いの原因を理解することができ、人生で出くわすどのような状況も、その知識によって解決することができます。 したがって、ここには誰もが手にする、最も価値のある必需品の仕組みを発見する冒険が待っているのです。

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