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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
A nicely presented lecture on the nexus between psychology and neuroscience and the author never loses the listener with obscure names of brain regions, hormone names, or body parts.
There is a theme the author presses through out the lecture and that is the conclusions are only as good as the data set the conclusions are based on.
If you ever watch a movie or TV show and they are trying to show how wise a professor of Psychology or Neuroscience is the character in the show will be relating one of the experiments that would have been covered in this lecture. (I'm thinking about the truly marvelous movie, "Boyhood" and the Psychology professor is relating a story that is covered within this lecture).
For me, most (if not all) the stories I have come across elsewhere in my readings, but this lecture series has all the stories in one place and without any jargon to confuse the listener and is given by a lecturer who really knows how to tell a story.
(I got this lecture on the "deal of the day" for $2.95 and at the price it is well worth it. I would imagine Audible will discount it from time to time and I would recommend it at that discounted price).
13 of 13 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
I was particularly impressed with how well the professor communicated the complex subject of psychology and brain biology and made it easy for a non-scientist to understand. I will listen to these lectures again
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.