The Great Courses No.1686: Being Human: Life Lessons From The Frontiers Of Science
12 lectures | 29 minutes each | Year Released: 2012
MPEG-3 | 128 Kbps, 44.1 KHz, 2 channels | English | 355 MB
Understanding our humanity—the very essence of who we are and how we live our lives—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 and vivid dreams? How can metaphors and symbols in our language hold such a powerful sway on our thoughts and actions? As we learn more about the mechanisms of human behavior through evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and other related fields, we're discovering just how intriguing the human species is. And while scientists are continually uncovering deep similarities between our behavior and that of other animals, they're also finding a wealth of insights into everything that makes us unique from any other species on Earth.
Join acclaimed neurobiologist and award-winning Professor Robert Sapolsky of Stanford University for a surprising, amusing, and undeniably fascinating study of what makes you you. Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science is a 12-lecture course that takes you to the front lines of scientific research and offers you a new perspective on the supposedly quirky nature of being ourselves. Thought-provoking, witty, and sometimes myth-shattering, this course is sure to have you thinking about, observing, and even appreciating your own life in novel ways.
01.What's So Special about Being Human?
03.The Burden of Being Burden-Free
04.Bugs in the Brain
06.Why Are Dreams Dreamlike?
07.The Pleasures and Pains of "Maybe"
08.How the Other Half Heals
09.Why We Want the Bodies Back
10.Anatomy of a Bad Mood
11.This Is Your Brain on Metaphors
12.Sushi and Middle Age
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