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What a joy Sapolsky is! This short course has it all: neurobiology, history, social commentary. And God does it have humor. The writing, the delivery, is top notch. Where else will you hear of a baboon being a tease and giving another, totally love-struck, baboon the cold "fur-covered" shoulder? This is a lesson on intermittent reinforcement, and with an image like that, the story that goes with it, seriously. The lesson will stick with me forever.
There's so much packed into so few hours, you won't even feel time flying by. Plus, perhaps you, as I, will find yourself drawing connections to your own experiences. Depression is covered, in certain ways. Did you know just forcing a smile makes a depressed person more likely to feel better? Or that meds targeting an empathy, an I-feel-the-pain-of-the-world type of depression is being developed?
True, Sapolsky does stray from science a lot, but eventually he gets back to the brain. And true, cockroaches get A LOT of air time (and tell me if you don't get squeamish in the parasite section!), but the section on metaphors? That just highlights how breathtakingly beautiful the whole book is written, how insightful and inspiring the text is.
This book is worth it.
I'm happy to be human today...
28 of 28 people found this review helpful
This book felt like being back at university sat there listening to a favorite teacher.
Being from an engineering background, I don't have much knowledge of neuroscience. The lectures were well delivered, I had no problem understanding the concepts being presented and found it incredibly interesting.
31 of 32 people found this review helpful
Some extremely insightful examinations on human behaviour, accompanied by wonderfully engaging illustrations leaving you wanting more. Needless to say his narration is fluid and dynamic. Gratz good production.
Presented for audiences on multiple levels of experience, from zero to semi hero!
This guy understands stress on a binary biological level, and explains it seemingly effortlessly.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
One of the best lectures series i have ever attended live or audio. Pr Sapolsky is an excellent narrator and a top scientist. I was gripped the whole time. Definitely a must listen.
Getting accustomed to Sapolsky's somewhat strange way of speaking took me a little while. But the content is super interesting and often has actionable takeways. I found it beneifical to know his backstory, which I got from reading his biography, which is itself one of my favourite books of all time. I'm glad I gave this a listen and I think I'll definitely give it a re-listen somewhere down the line.
A small taste of what Sapolsky's work entails. If you want to see if he has interesting thing a to say start here. And then you will be hooked.