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BryanW

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  • The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jay L. Garfield
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    What is the meaning of life?It's a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of all-at once profound and universal, but also deeply personal.We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we're living, but that we're doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

    George says: "Thoughtful, Evenhanded, Precise, and Well Spoken"
    "Prime examples of meaningful life Philosophically"
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    The lecturer gives an amazing overview of the meaning of life from early Greeks to modernity. Each set is historical and then philosophical by turn. The ways of thinking of our lives are ably and interestingly compared by the lecturer. I was often thrilled by the parallels between the ideas. This is an excellent series for philosophy that isn't overwhelming (mostly).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3029)
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    (2824)
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    (2832)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Good story, funny, and fun"
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    Listened to it on my own, then turned around and played it with teenagers for a long car ride. They loved it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark Leary
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (225)

    Every day of your life is spent surrounded by mysteries that involve what appear to be rather ordinary human behaviors. What makes you happy? Where did your personality come from? Why do you have trouble controlling certain behaviors? Why do you behave differently as an adult than you did as an adolescent?Since the start of recorded history, and probably even before, people have been interested in answering questions about why we behave the way we do.

    BryanW says: "Nowhere near the depth of typical Great Courses"
    "Nowhere near the depth of typical Great Courses"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who is interested in psychology using this as the very first introduction. The lecturer did a fantastic job with voice modulation and enthusiasm, so I waited a long time for it to improve.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The course sounds fascinating, but it doesn't even go into the depth of a high school biology course when evoking biological explanations. The psychology and neurology were of similar disappointments


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment in the level and material


    Any additional comments?

    The Great Courses typically provide a great college lecture set finding a good level of depth and interest. One lump of coal in the diamonds.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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