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Monument, CO, US | Member Since 2013

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  • Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Grant Hardy

    Western philosophy is a vast intellectual tradition, the product of thousands of years of revolutionary thought built up by a rich collection of brilliant minds. But to understand the Western intellectual tradition is to get only half the story. The Eastern intellectual tradition has made just as important a contribution-and is also the product of thousands of years of cumulative thought by a distinct group of brilliant thinkers. Their ideas demonstrate wholly different ways of approaching and solving the same fundamental issues that concerned the West's greatest thinkers, such as . the existence of God; . the meaning of life; and. the nature of truth and reality.This epic and comprehensive 36-lecture examination of the East's most influential philosophers and thinkers-from a much-honored teacher and scholar-offers a thought-provoking look at the surprising connections and differences between East and West. By introducing you to the people-including The Buddha, Ashoka, Prince Shotoku, Confucius, and Gandhi-responsible for molding Asian philosophy and for giving birth to a wide variety of spiritual and ideological systems, it will strengthen your knowledge of cultures that play increasingly important roles in our globalized 21st-century world.

    Michael says: "Great Lectures among the best of the Great Courses"
    "Among the Best Great Courses = Don't Miss"
    What did you love best about Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition?

    Dr Hardy has a complete mastery of the material. It sounds like he is recalling from memory and it comes across as very conversational. He brings to light the genius of the philosophical thought from India and China and then includes Japan and Korea.
    The history of the East is enlightening

    What other book might you compare Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition to and why?

    The closest comparison is to The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida. However, I think this was better.

    The performance was outstanding. Mastery of the material. Conversational and Enthusiastic. You could tell he loved the material and he could not wait to tell you all about it.

    The Story was great. Dr Hardy was careful to repeat any lists and he went through them methodically and clearly.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Favorite part.

    There were many interesting and entertaining parts. You learn about "one hand clapping" and "shooting the messenger"

    However the most memorable part that I paused and listened to over and over was:
    Study Extensively
    Inquire Carefully
    Ponder Thoroughly
    Sift Clearly
    Practice Earnestly - Zhu Xi

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried when it was over. I wanted to continue to hear more. I will definitely be listening to this one again and take more notes.

    Any additional comments?

    Thought provoking
    You will definitely come away with a better appreciation of Eastern thought. You will also have a lot that can be applied to your life, like the following:
    Knowledge and Action Must go Together

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Critical Decision Making

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Michael A. Roberto
    • Narrated By Professor Michael A. Roberto

    Learn to approach the critical decisions in your life with a more seasoned, educated eye with this fascinating 24-lecture series that explores how individuals, groups, and organizations make effective decisions. The heart of this accessible series is a thorough examination of decision making at three key levels. First, you'll look at decisions made at the individual level, where, among the many things you'll learn is that intuition is more than just a gut instinct and, in fact, represents a powerful pattern recognition capability.

    PHIL says: "Very rewarding, fulfilling its promise"
    "Good course but broad brushes a lot"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The political and PR POV were glossed over, especially in the Shuttle disasters.

    Richard Feynman's analysis stated that management inexplicably believed the probability of failure to be 1000 times less than their working engineers. Feynman concludes "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled"

    The Shuttle disaster was more than poor decision making. It bordered on a cavalier incompetence by management but the course painted the management in a much better light.

    Case studies have strengths and weaknesses because what is presented is only what supports the conclusion. The shuttle disaster are but one. Having read some of the analysis on these events, I think that the course really misses the mark here and Incredibly, partially blamed the engineer for not making a better case!

    What did you like best about this story?

    The last part of the course had good material. In the end it emphasized techniques to ferret out problems that can be solved earlier vs later.It provided techniques that will help foster discussion, debate and result in better decisions

    What about Professor Michael A. Roberto’s performance did you like?

    Very good performance although there was a tendency at times to use straw man arguments.

    Was The Art of Critical Decision Making worth the listening time?

    Very good course. Offered a lot of very good ideas and techniques to combat group think and other decision making pitfalls.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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