The Great Courses: Understanding the Mind
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  • 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.

    Jeongsup says: "Unfruitful"
    Unfruitful

    No one, don't buy, its a waste

    Reviewed on May 04 2014 by Jeongsup ()
  • 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.

    xplicit7d9 says: "A bit dry for my taste."
    A bit dry for my taste.

    I was under the impression that this would deal more with the spiritual side of consciousness. It was hard to listen to at times.

    Reviewed on March 16 2014 by xplicit7d9 (Philly area)
  • 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.

    Douglas says: "Stellar Course!"
    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)