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Adam J Duhame

Muskegon, MI, US
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  • Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science

  • By: Robert Sapolsky, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: The Great Courses
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Human And Loving It!

  • By Gillian on 07-28-15

Somewhat Interesting but not Quite as Advertised

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

Reviewed: 10-05-13

What did you like best about Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science? What did you like least?

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 like you are going to embark on a journey that will lead to a far greater understanding of what it means to be a human being. Title should read "Fun Facts from the Frontiers of Science."

50 of 57 people found this review helpful

  • Writing Creative Nonfiction

  • By: Tilar J J. Mazzeo, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Tilar J J. Mazzeo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 420

Bringing together the imaginative strategies of fiction storytelling and new ways of narrating true, real-life events, creative nonfiction is the fastest-growing part of the creative writing world. It's a cutting-edge genre that's reshaping how we write (and read) everything from biographies and memoirs to blogs and public speaking scripts to personal essays and magazine articles.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fiction! Nonfiction! You Name It!

  • By Gillian on 05-05-15

Hard to Listen to and Patronizing

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

Reviewed: 10-05-13

What disappointed you about Writing Creative Nonfiction?

In short, she talks to you like you are five. This applies to her cadence, tone, and to the actual course material. I thought this was a "great" course taught at a real university. This seems unlikely.

Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

Sure there are some great ones.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Professor Tilar J J. Mazzeo?

Natalie Portman. A duck. Anyone.

Any additional comments?

To be fair, I only listened to the first 15 minutes of this course. If the prof's tone hadn't been that with which you would speak to a group a third graders I would have gone on. Perhaps, content wise, there are some wonderful gems later in the course.

26 of 74 people found this review helpful