The Great Courses: Biology
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  • Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science | The Great Courses, Robert Sapolsky

    Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Sapolsky
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Sapolsky
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    Understanding our humanity - the essence of who we are - is one of the deepest mysteries and biggest challenges in modern science. Why do we have bad moods? Why are we capable of having such strange dreams? How can metaphors in our language hold such sway on our actions? As we learn more about the mechanisms of human behavior through evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, and other related fields, we're discovering just how intriguing the human species is.

    Somewhat Interesting but not Quite as Advertised

    It isn't utterly horrible. There are some interesting tidbits "from the frontiers of science". However, that's all you get. The prof makes it sound li..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 05 2013 by Adam J Duhame (Muskegon, MI, US)
  • Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications | The Great Courses

    Understanding Genetics: DNA, Genes, and Their Real-World Applications

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor David Sadava
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    We use DNA routinely - to cure diseases, solve crimes, and reunite families. Yet we've known about it for only 60 years. And what we're continuing to learn about it every day has the potential to transform our health, our nutrition, our society, and our future. But what, exactly is DNA, the self-replicating material present in nearly all living organisms?

    Very good book on genetics

    I thought that this was a very good book on genetics and how this field of science is being applied in the real world. The material is presented in a..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 15 2013 by Chris (Albuquerque, NM, United States)
  • Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition | The Great Courses

    Biology and Human Behavior: The Neurological Origins of Individuality, 2nd Edition

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Sapolsky
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    When are we responsible for our own actions, and when are we in the grip of biological forces beyond our control? What determines who we fall in love with? The intensity of our spiritual lives? The degree of our aggressive impulses? These questions fall into the scientific province of behavioral biology, the field that explores interactions between the brain, mind, body, and environment that have a surprising influence on how we behave.

    Perfect Follow Up

    for the Great Courses lectures Philosophy Of Mind and The Secrets Of Perception. This lecture series by Robert Sapolsky really ties together the idea..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 31 2013 by Douglas (Auburn, WA, United States)
  • Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception | The Great Courses

    Understanding the Secrets of Human Perception

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Peter M. Vishton
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    Your senses aren't just a part of you-they define you. Nothing you experience would be possible without the intricate power of your senses. But how much about them do you really know? Your ability to sense and perceive the world around you is so richly detailed and accurate as to be miraculous.

    Another Absolutely Marvelous...

    Great Courses lecture series! My graduate and post graduate degrees are in the Humanities, but I also have a minor degree in psychology with an accen..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 27 2013 by Douglas (Auburn, WA, United States)
  • Biology: The Science of Life | The Great Courses

    Biology: The Science of Life

    • ORIGINAL (36 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Stephen Nowicki
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    One of the greatest scientific feats of our era is the astonishing progress made in understanding biology-the intricate machinery of life-a progress to which the period we are living in right now has contributed the most.As you read these words, researchers are delving ever deeper into the workings of living systems, turning their discoveries into new medical treatments, improved methods of growing food, and innovative products that are already changing the world.

    Great for starters to biology

    very very interesting, next year I'm starting to study biology in University,
    and I wanted a good background for it.

    Reviewed on July 11 2013 by Eran (colorado)
  • Origins of Life | The Great Courses, Robert M. Hazen

    Origins of Life

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert M. Hazen
    • Narrated By Professor Robert M. Hazen
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    Four billion years ago, the infant Earth was a seething cauldron of erupting volcanoes, raining meteors, and hot noxious gases, totally devoid of life. But a relatively short time later-only 100 million to 200 million years-the planet was teeming with primitive organisms.What happened? Now you can find out-in a series of 24 vibrant lectures from a leader of the NASA-supported team studying the origins of life in the universe and also one of the nation's foremost science educators.

    Great Prof gives great overview

    The Professor giving this lecture is a very good public speaker. I like the way he makes science into a story. He makes the laboratory experiments com..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 22 2013 by nfaulk (Galveston, TX USA)
  • The Darwinian Revolution | The Great Courses

    The Darwinian Revolution

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Frederick Gregory
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    Published 150 years ago, Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species - the text that introduced the world to natural selection - is among a handful of books that have changed the world. But the route to that status has been surprisingly circuitous and uncertain. Now, in 24 absorbing lectures by an award-winning teacher, you'll learn the remarkable story of Darwin's ideas, how scientists and religious leaders reacted to them, and the sea change in human thought that resulted.

    Awesome!

    Yes, in fact I already have. I finished and started right back at the beginning because it contains so much great material.

    Reviewed on October 21 2014 by Christopher (SYLMAR, CA, United States)
  • Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process | The Great Courses

    Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Francis B. Colavita
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    In this series of 24 fascinating lectures, an acclaimed teacher and psychologist gives you a bio-psychological perspective on both the way we humans navigate and react to the world around us and an understanding of the ways in which that process is ever-changing.

    Another Excellent Selection...

    of lecture series in the Great Courses collection! In the past month and a half, I have listened to a dozen Great Courses lecture series on the brain..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 17 2013 by Douglas (Auburn, WA, United States)
  • Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective | The Great Courses

    Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Barbara J. King
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    In this series of 24 captivating lectures, an award-winning teacher and acclaimed scholar delves into the story of how, why, where, and when we became human. You'll gain a fresh understanding of the forces that have shaped our species, as Professor King synthesizes the best that more than a century of scientific scholarship has to offer across a variety of disciplines to gain the insights offered by fossils, ancient skeletal remains, and lifestyle information like cave art and stone tools.

    Like Taking Intro to Biological Anthropology

    I found this to be a nice summation of what you would end up, or at least should end up, getting out of an introductory class to biological evolution...Show More »

    Reviewed on December 03 2013 by Jeffery T. Harris (HAMDEN, CT, United States)
  • The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates | The Great Courses

    The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor John Hawks
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    Trying to understand our human origins has always been a fundamental part of who we are. Today, with the help of dramatic archaeological discoveries and groundbreaking advancements in technology and scientific understanding, we are closer than we've ever been to learning the true story. In recent decades, it has been the science of paleoanthropology that has led the investigation, helping us make sense of this controversial subject and providing us with a richer understanding of our origins.

    Current to spring 2014. Good science up to date.

    Writer is an expert in paleo-anthropology and biology through genomics. This course is current through denosovia and Florencia. A detailed explorati..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 29 2014 by marcus (Berwyn, IL, United States)
  • Origins of the Human Mind | The Great Courses

    Origins of the Human Mind

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw
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    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.

    Very enlightening...

    reading! Hinshaw's brilliantly constructed course blends biology, psychology, sociology, developmental science and philosophy to pursue the nature an..Show More »

    Reviewed on November 17 2013 by Douglas (Auburn, WA, United States)
  • Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography | The Great Courses, Sherwin B. Nuland

    Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Sherwin B. Nuland
    • Narrated By Professor Sherwin B. Nuland
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    Discover medical science's extraordinary journey from a time when even the slightest cut held the threat of infection and death to today's era of routine organ transplants and daily headlines about the mysteries of DNA and the human genome. What major discoveries made this transition possible? Who were the fascinating individuals responsible for those discoveries, and what qualities prepared each of them for their unique roles in medical history? These 12 compelling lectures draw on the lives of medicine's greatest contributors to tell the human story behind the development of Western scientific medicine.

    Great Review of Medicine's history

    I am a retired Surgeon, and although I took a course on the History of Medicine in medical school, I wanted to review it. The course by Dr Nuland was ..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 22 2014 by Mark E Faith ()
  • Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders | The Great Courses

    Secrets of Sleep Science: From Dreams to Disorders

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Craig H. Heller
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    Sleep is the subject of intense scientific debate among biologists and neuroscientists. Why must we spend about one-third of our lives asleep? What exactly is sleep? Why does a lack of sleep impair our cognitive abilities and leave us vulnerable to a host of medical issues ranging from obesity to reduced resistance to infectious disease?

    This Course Appealed To Me...

    on several different levels. As a lifelong insomniac, the section on sleep disorders had a very personal draw for me. As someone with a deep interes..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 07 2013 by Douglas (Auburn, WA, United States)
  • Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases | The Great Courses

    Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roy Benaroch
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    There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

    Enthralled!

    Actually, I've listened to it twice now and plan a third! I learn something new each time, and the professor's style is enjoyable and comfortable. A..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 09 2014 by Kindle Customer ()