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Ben

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  • Origins of the Human Mind

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    This 24-lecture series is your guide to the latest information and viewpoints on what scientists know about this fascinating subject. Taught by an award-winning teacher whose training as a clinical psychologist straddles both the science of the mind and its impact on individual lives, their comprehensive approach reveals how that science applies to the life of our species - and to your own life as well. The lectures explore theories about how the mind works on both an evolutionary and individual scale.

    Douglas says: "Very enlightening..."
    "Coherent, organized, well-balanced, informative!"
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    Where does Origins of the Human Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 5%.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The lecturer truly invests himself in the course and manages to cover an amazing amount of ground. The insights I have gained into the development of personality, the interaction of environmental and genetic influences, diseases of the mind and life stages have profoundly influenced by understanding of the human condition.


    What does Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The lecturer is convincing, yet not overwhelming or opinionated. All of this is conveyed very effectively through intonation, pacing and emotional warmth. The personal story at the end is told with such emotional engagement that the lecturer's voice is still with me as I recall every detail. This biographical detail was truly welcome in an otherwise impersonal corpus.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this course three times now and still feel that I need to repeat the experience. There is so much to take in and so much to think about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Christian
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (410)

    How is it possible for the disciplines of cosmology, geology, anthropology, biology, and history to fit together? These 48 lectures answer that question by weaving a single story from accounts of the past developed by a variety of scholarly disciplines. The result is a story stretching from the origins of the universe to the present day and beyond, in which human history is seen as part of the history of our Earth and biosphere, and the Earth's history, in turn, is seen as part of the history of the universe.

    John P. Gillespie says: "The Big Picture of Big History"
    "Very enlightening"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity?

    The notion of energy flows and emergent properties unifying different systems of complexity made me see the extent to which everything is interconnected from the Big Bang all the way to modern human sociality.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent story of complexity formation. I have seen the connections between complexity at the atomic, galactic, stellar, cellular, geologic and social levels. The only criticism is that the speaker tends to be rather redundant. But overall, this course is a fascinating ride through time, space, history and ideas. I highly recommend it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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