One of my biggest complaints on a lot of courses and books is that halfway through, they start to drag on about some topics or ideas I just don't find as interesting as some other topics or ideas the author/lecturer could have chosen.
This stays strong all through the course. There is no lecture that made me fall into passive listening. In fact, the second half is orders of magnitude above and beyond anything I have heard in a long while, because the professor has been to China and followed key events of modern history closely. In other words, it gains that vivid image and personal touch only a person who has witnessed the events can communicate.
If you get a single course, this is where you should start, hands down.
What would you do if an alien ship picks you up and give you control to fight an army of giant space robots? This story explains what most of us would do in these circumstances. The sequel is definitely on my list. I want to know what happens next.
This is the best collection of stories I've come across for a while. It's full of memorable short stories and one less than memorable, unnecessarily long one.
After the first two installments of this trilogy, this one delivers. You get all the action and tension you could hope for, and then some. My only complaint is that the final few chapters feel rushed, and the conclusion could have been better by mentioning things such as Battle School and what they plan to do next.
Here's an interesting study about a bunch of people who would pay big money to gain smaller and smaller split-second advantages over other traders, building systems and becoming obsessed on that micro-second "flash" advantage.
This course covers a variety of topics and compares them across religions, including creation, where we're going, rituals (in time and space), important people, places and objects, the nature of God, the afterlife and everything in between.
It explores debt as a universal truth, covering its financial form as well as trying to interpret religions on a debt-based system.
It made me really think about the world in a different way.
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.
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