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  1. 9.6 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    You are a four-dimensional human. Each of us exists in three-dimensional physical space. But, as a constellation of everyday digital phenomena rewires our lives, we are increasingly coaxed from the containment of our predigital selves into a wonderful and eerie fourth dimension, a world of ceaseless communication, instant information, and global connection. Our portals to this new world have been wedged open, and the silhouette of a figure is slowly taking shape. But what does it feel like to be four-dimensional? How do digital technologies influence the rhythms of our thoughts, the style and tilt of our consciousness? What new sensitivities and sensibilities are emerging with our exposure to the delights, sorrows, and anxieties of a networked world? And how do we live in public with these recoded private lives? Laurence Scott―hailed as a “New Generation Thinker” by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the BBC―shows how this four-dimensional life is dramatically changing us by redefining our social lives and extending the limits of our presence in the world. Blending tech philosophy with insights on everything from Seinfeld to the fall of Gaddafi, Scott stands with a rising generation of social critics hoping to understand our new reality. His virtuosic debut is a revelatory and original exploration of life in the digital age.

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    The Four-Dimensional Human by Laurence Scott

    The Four-Dimensional Human

    9.6 hrs • 8/9/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 2.0 hrs • 7/1/2016

    Did you ever wonder why one person is rich and another is poor, one is happy and another is sad? Dr. Joseph Murphy offers guidelines to put you on the right path. As the founder of the Church of Divine Science, Dr. Murphy produced books, tapes, and radio broadcasts on spiritual matters, the historical values of life, the art of wholesome living, and the teachings of great philosophers—both from the Eastern and Western cultures.

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  3. 3.4 hrs • 6/24/2016 • Abridged

    Unlike what the general literature around finding meaning and happiness suggests, the only right way to happiness is not about through taking positive approach to life and making simple habitual changes. Come and take ‘The Other Way’ through brutal realism, critical thinking, re-questioning of basic values we have unknowingly internalized and acknowledging what is broken in our society. Based on more than forty scientific and literary resources ranging from Paul Piff, Richard Easterlin, Walter Mischel to Daniel Kahneman and Ursula LeGuin; and using the domain expertise of the author in the fields of psychology and sociology The Other Way proposes a unique and valuable perspective and to its readers. This book is guaranteed to offer you a fresh, mature view about life and give you a sense of purpose to work and better our world. On the personal level it aims to be a lantern, guiding you through tough questions you have to ask yourself, thus showing the way to heightened personal and societal awareness. By connecting the dots; explore what is common between a mobile application that searches for happiness; the anecdotes of a cocaine addict; Gestalt Therapy and the concept of ‘Flow’.

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    The Other Way

    3.4 hrs • 6/24/16 • Abridged
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  4. 0.0 hrs • 6/22/2016 • Unabridged

    A clear answer is given to the question: What is bullshit?

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  5. 0.9 hrs • 8/19/2015 • Unabridged

    Che cos’è un gioco? Un gioco è un’attività intrapresa da una o più persone allo scopo di mantenere vivo il proprio interesse nella comunicazione quale attività della vita. — L. Ron Hubbard Che cos’è la vita? Questa era la domanda fondamentale che L. Ron Hubbard si pose quando si accinse al compito di svelare l’enigma dell’esistenza umana. Dopo aver preso in esame tutti gli aspetti e gli elementi dell’esistenza, giunse ad una conclusione decisamente strabiliante che chiariva di colpo tutti i vari fenomeni della vita. La vita è un gioco. In questa conferenza, L. Ron Hubbard spiega perché sia più facile capire la vita paragonandola ad un gioco, dopodichè ne definisce sia i requisiti che le condizioni, mostrando come essa segua le regole di qualsiasi gioco. Infatti, indipendentemente dal gioco o dal luogo o dal modo in cui una persona fa i giochi dell’esistenza, e indipendentemente dal fatto che abbia acconsentito a giocare, le regole sono sempre le stesse. Grazie a tutto quello che descrive, Hubbard fornisce una comprensione del tutto nuova di tutto quello che costituisce il comportamento umano. Qui abbiamo dunque non solo la consapevolezza di fare e vincere un gioco scelto da noi, ma anche il modo di aiutare altri a fare un gioco migliore.

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    Giochi

    0.9 hrs • 8/19/15 • Unabridged
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  6. 0.9 hrs • 8/19/2015 • Unabridged

    Ciò di cui parleremo molto chiaramente, molto direttamente e senza mezzi termini, è questo: l’efficienza di un individuo può essere modificata e l’efficienza di un individuo può essere aumentata; può essere migliorata o può essere peggiorata. — L. Ron Hubbard Il successo di un’organizzazione e, per la verità, della civiltà dipende dall’individuo. Le persone che realizzano di più con meno sforzo sono più volenterose, più capaci e, in effetti, più efficienti. Risentono meno del logorio emotivo e della tensione. Sono più adatte a prendere decisioni importanti. E l’aumento dell’efficienza nelle industrie arreca benefici all’intera società. Questo è l’argomento di Aumentare l’Efficienza, in cui L. Ron Hubbard rivela scoperte che offrono un punto di vista del tutto nuovo sull’efficienza: non nel suo senso meccanico, ma in termini di pensiero, emozione e sforzo. Inoltre, ecco la spiegazione del motivo per cui l’approccio al pensiero è di somma importanza, dato che solo il pensiero è in grado di cambiare emozione e sforzo. Questa conferenza, quindi, contiene l’intero “segreto” dell’efficienza e i mezzi esatti per superare i capricci dell’emozione e lo sforzo del lavoro.

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    Aumentare L’Efficienza by L. Ron Hubbard

    Aumentare L’Efficienza

    0.9 hrs • 8/19/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 5.7 hrs • 1/6/2015 • Unabridged

    A debate, nearly to the death, about life and art—cocktails included—and basis for the major motion picture from James Franco Caleb Powell always wanted to become an artist, but he overcommitted to life (he’s a stay-at-home dad of three young girls), whereas his former professor David Shields always wanted to become a human being, but he overcommitted to art (he has five books coming out in the next year and a half). Shields and Powell spend four days together at a cabin in the Cascade Mountains, playing chess, shooting hoops, hiking to lakes and an abandoned mine; they rewatch My Dinner with André and The Trip, relax in a hot tub, and talk about everything they can think of in the name of exploring and debating their central question (life and/or art?): marriage, family, sports, sex, happiness, drugs, death, betrayal—and, of course, writers and writing. The relationship—the balance of power—between Shields and Powell is in constant flux, as two egos try to undermine each other, two personalities overlap and collapse. This audiobook seeks to deconstruct the Q&A format, which has roots as deep as Plato and Socrates and as wide as Laurel and Hardy, Beckett’s Didi and Gogo, and Car Talk’s Magliozzi brothers. I Think You’re Totally Wrong also seeks to confound, as much as possible, the divisions between “reality” and “fiction,” between “life” and “art.” There are no teachers or students here, no interviewers or interviewees, no masters in the universe—only a chasm of uncertainty in a dialogue that remains dazzlingly provocative and entertaining from start to finish.

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  8. 8.7 hrs • 9/29/2014 • Unabridged

    At once a celebration of technology and a warning about its misuse, The Glass Cage will change the way you think about the tools you use every day. In The Glass Cage, bestselling author Nicholas Carr digs behind the headlines about factory robots and self-driving cars, wearable computers and digitized medicine, as he explores the hidden costs of granting software dominion over our work and our leisure. Even as they bring ease to our lives, these programs are stealing something essential from us. Drawing on psychological and neurological studies that underscore how tightly people’s happiness and satisfaction are tied to performing hard work in the real world, Carr reveals something we already suspect: shifting our attention to computer screens can leave us disengaged and discontented. From nineteenth-century textile mills to the cockpits of modern jets, from the frozen hunting grounds of Inuit tribes to the sterile landscapes of GPS maps, The Glass Cage explores the impact of automation from a deeply human perspective, examining the personal as well as the economic consequences of our growing dependence on computers. With a characteristic blend of history and philosophy, poetry and science, Carr takes us on a journey from the work and early theory of Adam Smith and Alfred North Whitehead to the latest research into human attention, memory, and happiness, culminating in a moving meditation on how we can use technology to expand the human experience.

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    The Glass Cage

    8.7 hrs • 9/29/14 • Unabridged
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  9. 10.2 hrs • 12/12/2012 • Unabridged

    Like many young Americans, Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. As he became a husband, and then a father, the moral dimensions of eating became increasingly important to him. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them. Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill.  Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is a book that, in the words of the Los Angeles Times, places Jonathan Safran Foer “at the table with our greatest philosophers.”

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    Eating Animals

    10.2 hrs • 12/12/12 • Unabridged
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  10. 6.3 hrs • 10/30/2012 • Unabridged

    What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often personally stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. Try as we might to avoid them, assholes are found everywhere, at work, at home, on the road, and in the public sphere. Encountering one causes great difficulty and personal strain, especially because we often cannot understand why exactly someone should be acting like that. Asshole management begins with asshole understanding. Much as Machiavelli illuminated political strategy for princes, this book finally gives us the concepts to think or say why assholes disturb us so, and explains why such people seem part of the human social condition, especially in an age of raging narcissism and unbridled capitalism. These concepts are also practically useful, as understanding the asshole we are stuck with helps us think constructively about how to handle problems he (and they are mostly all men) presents. We get a better sense of when the asshole is best resisted, and when he is best ignored, a better sense of what is, and what is not, worth fighting for.

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    Assholes

    6.3 hrs • 10/30/12 • Unabridged
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    2.3 hrs • 9/19/2011 • Unabridged

    Thomas Paine published Common Sense in 1776, a time when America was a hotbed of revolution. The pamphlet, which called for America’s political freedom from England, sold more than 150,000 copies in three months. Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action, he soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution itself. His persuasive pieces, written so elegantly, spoke to the hearts and minds of all those fighting for freedom from England.

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    Common Sense

    2.3 hrs • 9/19/11 • Unabridged
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  12. 1.7 hrs • 12/14/2010 • Unabridged

    The Bed of Procrustes takes its title from Greek mythology: the story of a man who made his visitors fit his bed to perfection by either stretching them or cutting their limbs. It represents Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s view of modern civilization’s hubristic side effects—modifying humans to satisfy technology, blaming reality for not fitting economic models, inventing diseases to sell drugs, defining intelligence as what can be tested in a classroom, and convincing people that employment is not slavery. Playful and irreverent, these aphorisms will surprise you by exposing self-delusions you have been living with but never recognized. With a rare combination of pointed wit and potent wisdom, Taleb plows through human illusions, contrasting the classical values of courage, elegance, and erudition against the modern diseases of nerdiness, philistinism, and phoniness.

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    The Bed of Procrustes

    1.7 hrs • 12/14/10 • Unabridged
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