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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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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.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Interesting, and mostly very thoughtful. arbitrarily and unhelpfully dismisses neurodiversity, however. I am autistic (+ irked).
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The first part on the actual neurobiological origins of human behaviour were somewhat superficial.
If you’ve listened to books by The Great Courses before, how does this one compare?
on the similar topic I found Prof. Sapolsky's writings much more in depth and robust in argument and background knowledge. I believe those interested in neurobiology would find his lectures far more interesting.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw?
If this book were a film would you go see it?