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Origins of the Human Mind | [The Great Courses]

Origins of the Human Mind

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.
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Publisher's Summary

For thousands of years, the human mind has been shrouded in mystery. But with the latest advancements in both our understanding of the brain and the technology we use to look inside it, scientists have vastly improved their grasp of the human mind. Now, more than at any other point in human history, we can better explain and describe how the human mind has evolved; how our genes and environments work together to mold the people we become; and the sources, symptoms, and potential treatment methods for debilitating mental disorders like depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and many others.

The human mind and its complexities lie at the heart of who we are as human beings. And grasping its origins, no matter how mysterious they can sometimes be, is essential to a well-rounded understanding of answers to questions that have fascinated and perplexed humanity throughout history.

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. Each offers its own fascinating insights. But by examining them both individually and together, Professor Hinshaw reveals similarities and differences in viewpoints and approaches that wouldn't be apparent from a focus on just one - providing you with the best possible picture about what the mind truly is.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 11-17-13
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Very enlightening..."

    reading! Hinshaw's brilliantly constructed course blends biology, psychology, sociology, developmental science and philosophy to pursue the nature and origins of the most complicated known system in the universe: the human mind. Always intellectual and scientific in approach, Hinshaw never floats too far into speculation, and yet he does not commit the sin of the Functionalists in dismissing the mind as a "mere byproduct of the brain." Intelligent, thought-provoking and challenging even for someone who has spent years in this line of study, this course is one of the best Great Courses I have come across.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    P Bethesda, MD, United States 10-30-13
    P Bethesda, MD, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great material, great prof, scope too wide"
    Where does Origins of the Human Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top half


    What other book might you compare Origins of the Human Mind to and why?

    It's a course, so this isn't applicable


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The professor is engaging and his use of his personal experience with a family mental disorder illustrated a subset of his lessons in a compelling way. Three stars is in comparison to professional narrators.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great topic. But it is necessarily complex. I finished each lesson wanting more depth. The professor gamely tried to provide real insight but this required him to move too fast so he could hit all the points he wanted to make. Even as a survey, the scope should be smaller. That said, I very much enjoyed this and would recommend it. It provides a great 10,000 foot view and does so in a way that drew me in.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    geoff statesville, NC, United States 09-07-13
    geoff statesville, NC, United States 09-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "The next best thing to being in class."

    Very good teacher. I would recommend this book to all people, but especially to young people. These lectures help us to understand ourselves and others better. The brain, genes, and environments. This is in lecture format, so if at first you find them boring, do not stop. You will not know what you missed, but you will miss what you don't know.
    Love this series of teaching lectures. Great addition to Audible.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Hoegler WALPOLE, MA, US 10-07-13
    Pauline Hoegler WALPOLE, MA, US 10-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Stephen Hinshaw makes this all seem easy."
    Any additional comments?

    I listen to it over and over again and it doesn't get old.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 08-18-14
    Ben 08-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Coherent, organized, well-balanced, informative!"
    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.

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    D. Diderot Los Angleles, CA United States 05-15-14
    D. Diderot Los Angleles, CA United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2011

    My life as a person can best be explained as just an ignorant, blind, and stupid fool, with too much time on my hands. Now, maybe we learn

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    "Sensational, w/ intellectually stimulating info"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Each 21 talks, built upon the other in salient information & emotional intensity, Dr. Hinshaw carefully pulled his tightly woven fabric from 21 previous sectional topics, stepping into is crescendo in 22 & 23, where all tears & remaining promises become actualized.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The depth, breath, & magnitude of issues presented, busted further during the 2 concluding lectures, demonstrated a great, unusual familiarity with current scientific data, & synthesizing ideas & facts by his lectures.


    What about Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw’s performance did you like?

    Dr. Hinshaw skillfully demonstrated, the exact qualities other academics, many amongst our leading minds, lack in professionals breath, in-depth understanding, rare in intellectual character & maturity.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Already familiar with topic, never expected to pick up new data. I'm impressed with Hinshaw's personal appeal for narrative integration of Self with learned content.


    Any additional comments?

    Mental health professionals & academics, such as Hinshaw, are notorious for saying one thing & doing another. This is not the case for Dr. Hinshaw's neuro-phenomenological perspective wherein knowledge is cognitively embedded & embodied, plus holds these values overtly & includes message in his lectures.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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