This is one course that makes me want to listen to more courses by Professor Hazen. While I don't subscribe to some models he explains, it provided me with an alternative possibility of the history of the Earth.
I didn't know what to expect getting into this book, which is probably why I enjoyed it as a quick trip through the period specified in the title. If you get this book, don't get your expectations up and you'll probably learn a thing or two.
I got this book after reading the Ex-Heroes series by the same author, but I wonder what was going through the author's mind when he wrote it. It may just be me, but I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters nor consider the zombies a believable threat.
This is the story about being stranded all alone in a planet, with all the isolation, emotional and existential terror that would imply. Throughout the story, you'll keep asking yourself "will he/won't he survive" and at what cost. It's an excellent story, even though I had my doubts going in. It did a great job proving it was well worth my time and credit.
While this course is dry compared to some other Great Courses offerings, it's still fascinating if you stick with it.
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.
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