The Great Courses: Understanding the Mind
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  • The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions | The Great Courses

    The Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert C. Solomon
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    Conventional wisdom suggests there is a sharp distinction between emotion and reason. Emotions are seen as inferior, disruptive, primitive, and even bestial forces. These 24 remarkable lectures suggest otherwise-that emotions have intelligence and provide personal strategies that are vitally important to our everyday lives of perceiving, evaluating, appraising, understanding, and acting in the world.

    6-stars lecture

    After listening to two other Great Courses by Robert C. Solomon, I had to get this, and I was not disappointed.

    Reviewed on May 22 2015 by Stian ()
  • Consciousness and Its Implications | The Great Courses

    Consciousness and Its Implications

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Daniel N. Robinson
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    Consciousness, a unique and perplexing mental state, has been the subject of debate for philosophers and scientists for millennia. And while it is widely agreed within contemporary philosophy that consciousness is a problem whose solutions are likely to determine the fate of any number of other problems, there is no settled position on the ultimate nature of consciousness. This series of 12 penetrating and thought-provoking lectures by an acclaimed teacher and scholar approaches its subject directly and unflinchingly.

    The title says it all.

    Did you ever want to know what it is to be alive and concious? Have you ever wanted to prove the consciousness of others? These things and so much mor..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 25 2015 by Garvice Hattox ()
  • Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines | The Great Courses

    Philosophy of Mind: Brains, Consciousness, and Thinking Machines

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Patrick Grim
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    The quest to understand the mind has motivated some of history's most profound thinkers. But only in our own time are we beginning to see the true complexity of this quest, as today's philosophers draw on the latest evidence from neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, and other fields to probe deeply into the inner workings of the mind.

    Stellar Course!

    Patrick Grim lays out the groundwork for the major theories of mind and what it means to "be a being" with consciousness, thought and self-awareness. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on August 25 2013 by Douglas (Auburn, WA, United States)