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Allyson B. Wilson

Atlanta Area, GA
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  • Exploring Metaphysics

  • By: David K. Johnson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David K. Johnson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

This mind-bending tour of metaphysics applies philosophy to the forefront of today's knowledge. Over the course of 24 fascinating lectures, Professor Johnson thinks through the big questions about humans and the universe: The relationship between the mind and the brain, how consciousness emerges from neurochemical processes, the existence of God, human free will, the possibility of time travel, and whether we live in a multiverse or even a computer simulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Examine your existence in an incredible journey!

  • By Grant on 09-21-14

Physics without the math

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-15

What would have made Exploring Metaphysics better?

More varying topics. less big ones. It covers several topics that have entire course dedicated to them.

What was most disappointing about The Great Courses and David K. Johnson ’s story?

Lectures start off really good but 2nd half is a bit much, at least the ending is light and well needed.

What character would you cut from Exploring Metaphysics?

Mr. Atheistic tendencies, he doesn't push the story along.

Any additional comments?

Im not sure what i got out of this.

  • The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition

  • By: Teofilo F. Ruiz, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Teofilo F. Ruiz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 233

Western civilization is closely associated with reason and science, and with exceptional accomplishments in art, architecture, music, and literature.Yet it has also been characterized by widespread belief in the supernatural and the irrational - with mystics who have visions of the divine and entire movements of people who wait in fervent anticipation of the apocalypse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For those who wonder why

  • By Christina on 10-07-13

What's in a name

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-14

Any additional comments?

"The Terror of History" a haunting title that makes more sense after finishing the lectures. The lectures are interesting and have a personal feel, I did not find Ruiz's accent a distraction, as some comments warned. One of the most memorable TGC lectures.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

  • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Novella
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,600

No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Material Different Title

  • By rkeinc on 09-21-14

Depressing destroyer of creativity

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-31-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who agree with all subjects discussed and enjoy confirmation of the subjects.

What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have James Taranto provide the course.

What three words best describe Professor Steven Novella’s voice?

Clear, articulate, authoritative

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness

Any additional comments?

I have been through a few of TGC now, this was by far the most tedious. I believe the term debt downer is appropiate here, but doesn't have to be. James Taranto argues critical thought on a daily basis using mundane political examples rather than aliens and ghosts, and more is learned.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful