Origins of the Human Mind : The Great Courses: Biology

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw
  • Series: The Great Courses: Biology
  • 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

For thousands of years, the human mind has been shrouded in mystery. But with the latest advancements in both our understanding of the brain and the technology we use to look inside it, scientists have vastly improved their grasp of the human mind. Now, more than at any other point in human history, we can better explain and describe how the human mind has evolved; how our genes and environments work together to mold the people we become; and the sources, symptoms, and potential treatment methods for debilitating mental disorders like depression, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, and many others.
The human mind and its complexities lie at the heart of who we are as human beings. And grasping its origins, no matter how mysterious they can sometimes be, is essential to a well-rounded understanding of answers to questions that have fascinated and perplexed humanity throughout history.
This 24-lecture series is your guide to the latest information and viewpoints on what scientists know about this fascinating subject. Taught by an award-winning teacher whose training as a clinical psychologist straddles both the science of the mind and its impact on individual lives, their comprehensive approach reveals how that science applies to the life of our species - and to your own life as well.
The lectures explore theories about how the mind works on both an evolutionary and individual scale. Each offers its own fascinating insights. But by examining them both individually and together, Professor Hinshaw reveals similarities and differences in viewpoints and approaches that wouldn't be apparent from a focus on just one - providing you with the best possible picture about what the mind truly is.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very enlightening...

reading! Hinshaw's brilliantly constructed course blends biology, psychology, sociology, developmental science and philosophy to pursue the nature and origins of the most complicated known system in the universe: the human mind. Always intellectual and scientific in approach, Hinshaw never floats too far into speculation, and yet he does not commit the sin of the Functionalists in dismissing the mind as a "mere byproduct of the brain." Intelligent, thought-provoking and challenging even for someone who has spent years in this line of study, this course is one of the best Great Courses I have come across.
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- Douglas

Coherent, organized, well-balanced, informative!

Where does Origins of the Human Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 5%.

What did you like best about this story?

The lecturer truly invests himself in the course and manages to cover an amazing amount of ground. The insights I have gained into the development of personality, the interaction of environmental and genetic influences, diseases of the mind and life stages have profoundly influenced by understanding of the human condition.

What does Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The lecturer is convincing, yet not overwhelming or opinionated. All of this is conveyed very effectively through intonation, pacing and emotional warmth. The personal story at the end is told with such emotional engagement that the lecturer's voice is still with me as I recall every detail. This biographical detail was truly welcome in an otherwise impersonal corpus.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to this course three times now and still feel that I need to repeat the experience. There is so much to take in and so much to think about.

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- Ben

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses