You have what it takes to shine, but sometimes find yourself falling flat? I thought I had to work extra hard and go through struggles to achieve my goals, until I got this book. I realized that altering my approaches just a little, with the concepts mentioned in this book in mind, helped me get ahead more.
This course should have been called "The Most Influential Characters in Western History" because I don't see any of the influential characters in Middle Eastern, Asian or African civilisations. And there's plenty to choose from. All characters and stories discussed take place in America, Europe or a fantasy equivalent of them.
Such a lost opportunity to really explore the world.
I have a personal discomfort of the idea of going to a hospital and seeing a doctor. Yes, I know I need to if things get bad, but I never thought of things from their perspective.
This course helps relieve some of that unease. It doesn't get rid of it, but it is a step toward understanding.
This series of lectures explores some of the biggest controversies of early Christianity, ranging from the serious questions (do we still have the original New Testament?) to the borderline crazy (did Jesus have a twin brother?)
If you take it with a grain of salt, it's an interesting journey through some of the most hotly debated issues of the faith.
I stopped listening halfway through. I think this didn't age too well. I usually love good sci-fi novels but this one just didn't click even though I listened for as long as I was going to.
Nintendo, one of the biggest entertainment companies in modern history, has faced some unique technological and social challenges. This explores the history of Nintendo from the crash of 1983 up to the rise of the Wii.
Let me get the professor's voice and tone out of the way: Compared to more collected professors in the Great Courses, Professor David K. Johnson has a voice that could be considered annoying.
The good: He is well versed in complex ideas as well as pop culture, so expect plenty of examples from pop culture when explaining big questions regarding personal identity, free will, time travel, quantum mechanics and God.
I don't agree with many of his conclusions, but his enthusiasm kept me going to the end.
This course as an exploration of ten cultural value dimensions:
1. Identity—Individualist versus Collectivist
2. Authority—Low versus High Power Distance
3. Risk—Low versus High Uncertainty Avoidance
4. Achievement—Cooperative versus Competitive
5. Time—Punctuality versus Relationships
6. Communication—Direct versus Indirect
7. Lifestyle—Being versus Doing
8. Rules—Particularist versus Universalist
9. Expressiveness—Neutral versus Affective
10. Social Norms—Tight versus Loose
Followed by applying them to ten global culture clusters:
1. Anglo Cultures
2. Nordic European Cultures
3. Germanic Cultures
4. Eastern European/Central Asian Cultures
5. Latin European Cultures
6. Latin American Cultures
7. Confucian Asian Cultures
8. South Asian Cultures
9. Sub-Saharan African Cultures
10. Arab Cultures
It's not a full guide of do's and don'ts, but it provides some key guidelines on each social clusters and how to learn more.
An excellent tour of many world religions, exploring origins, belief systems, social structures and various sects among other things. Highly recommended.
I thought this was going to be another alarmist book warning of a financial Armageddon, but the tone is balanced and the arguments solid. Something is wrong with money, and this is the book that will keep you up at night.
This story starts slow, but picks up once the characters decide to take action. The third act of the story is very entertaining. The codas at the end are highly entertaining.
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