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    • Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You

    • By: Peter M. Vishton, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Peter M. Vishton
    • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
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    The brain is an astounding organ, and today neuroscientists have more insights than ever about how it works - as well as strategies for helping us live better every day. These 24 practical lectures give you a wealth of useful strategies for improving your well-being. By presenting evidence-based "hacks" for your brain, Professor Vishton empowers you to take charge of your life and perform better all around.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating

    • By Jon on 25-01-2017

    Non-member price: $51.19

    • Changing Body Composition Through Diet and Exercise

    • By: Michael Ormsbee, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Michael Ormsbee
    • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
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    Changing Body Composition Through Diet and Exercise presents the latest scientific research about changing your body composition, along with diet and exercise recommendations in incremental steps that men and women of all ages and fitness levels can follow. Led by Professor Michael Ormsbee, Assistant Professor and Interim Director of the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine, you will gain access to cutting-edge research that demonstrates what does - and doesn’t - work.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Learning based on science and research.

    • By Anonymous User on 01-02-2019

    Non-member price: $48.69

    • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • By: Steven Novella, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Steven Novella
    • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
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    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • excellent

    • By George Broadfoot on 18-01-2015

    Non-member price: $51.19

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

    • Techniques for Retraining Your Brain
    • By: Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Jason M. Satterfield
    • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
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    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a well-tested collection of practical techniques for managing moods and modifying undesirable behaviors through self-awareness, critical analysis, and goal-oriented change. CBT illuminates the links between thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical health and uses those connections to develop concrete plans for self-improvement. In 24 engaging half-hour lectures, you'll build a robust and effective self-improvement toolkit with the expert guidance of Professor Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A bit dull, and slow reading, but interesting info

    • By Brendan on 05-03-2016

    Non-member price: $51.19

    • An Economic History of the World since 1400

    • By: Donald J. Harreld, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Donald J. Harreld
    • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
    • Original Recording
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    Most of us have a limited understanding of the powerful role economics has played in shaping human civilization. This makes economic history - the study of how civilizations structured their environments to provide food, shelter, and material goods - a vital lens through which to think about how we arrived at our present, globalized moment. Designed to fill a long-empty gap in how we think about modern history, these 48 lectures are a comprehensive journey through more than 600 years of economic history.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I have learnt a lot

    • By Anonymous User on 19-06-2018

    Non-member price: $73.77

    • Effective Communication Skills

    • By: Dalton Kehoe, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Dalton Kehoe
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
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    From asking a waiter for an unusual substitution to urging a service manager to get your car finished sooner to swaying your significant other toward a particular film or show, many of the decisions you make are decided by talking. And no matter why you engage in face-to-face talk, there's no way to insulate yourself from the dangers of miscommunication. These 24 mind-opening lectures are your chance to learn more about how you communicate verbally, the common problems you can encounter in doing so, and how you can improve your own effectiveness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • seriously eye opening

    • By Luke on 05-05-2017

    Non-member price: $51.19

    • The Science of Mindfulness

    • A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
    • By: Ronald Siegel, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Ronald Siegel
    • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
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    Ever noticed that trying to calm down often produces more agitation? Or that real fulfillment can be elusive, despite living a successful life? Often, such difficulties stem from the human brain's hardwired tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Modern science demonstrates that this survival mechanism served the needs of our earliest ancestors, but is at the root of many problems that we face today, such as depression, compulsive and addictive behaviors, chronic pain, and stress and anxiety.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Easy listening

    • By Y Skoryk on 12-08-2016

    Non-member price: $51.19

    • Why You Are Who You Are

    • Investigations into Human Personality
    • By: Mark Leary, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Mark Leary
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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    To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives. Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Really interesting topic, well told

    • By Daniel on 26-09-2018

    Non-member price: $51.19

    • Building Your Resilience

    • Finding Meaning in Adversity
    • By: Molly Birkholm, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Molly Birkholm
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
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    Do you ever wish you could just get rid of all of your problems? Research shows that we grow into our best and most joyful selves not when we avoid our problems but when we embrace them, confident that we are resilient enough to work through them to an appropriate resolution. Resilience is our ability to physically, emotionally, and mentally bounce back from adverse circumstances. In fact, our capacity to thrive in life depends directly our resilience.

    Non-member price: $48.69

    • The Story of Human Language

    • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: John McWhorter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
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    Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • This is from 2005

    • By David on 26-07-2018

    Non-member price: $58.45

    • The Great Ideas of Philosophy, 2nd Edition

    • By: Daniel N. Robinson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Daniel N. Robinson
    • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
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    Grasp the important ideas that have served as the backbone of philosophy across the ages with this extraordinary 60-lecture series. This is your opportunity to explore the enormous range of philosophical perspectives and ponder the most important and enduring of human questions-without spending your life poring over dense philosophical texts.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great overview of philosophy and noted figures

    • By Linda Branson on 19-08-2017

    Non-member price: $87.81

    • The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality

    • By: Don Lincoln, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Don Lincoln
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
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    At the end of his career, Albert Einstein was pursuing a dream far more ambitious than the theory of relativity. He was trying to find an equation that explained all physical reality - a theory of everything. Experimental physicist and award-winning educator Dr. Don Lincoln takes you on this exciting journey in The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality. Suitable for the intellectually curious at all levels and assuming no background beyond basic high-school math, these 24 half-hour lectures cover recent developments at the forefront of particle physics and cosmology.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bit complicated

    • By Anonymous User on 24-02-2019

    Non-member price: $48.69

    • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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    "It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • engrossing!

    • By Mars on 10-10-2015

    Non-member price: $51.19

    • Critical Business Skills for Success

    • By: The Great Courses, Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, and others
    • Narrated by: Clinton O. Longenecker, Eric Sussman, Michael A. Roberto, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 18 mins
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    What does it take to reach success in business - the kind of success that lasts? How do you set yourself apart from competitors or venture out into different markets? What does it take to develop streamlined processes, become a stronger team leader, and work your way up the corporate ladder?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great!

    • By Dan on 26-11-2017

    Non-member price: $87.81

    • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

    • By: James Hynes, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: James Hynes
    • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
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    From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Personable

    • By P. Kelaart on 21-05-2016

    Non-member price: $51.19

    • Nutrition Made Clear

    • By: Roberta H. Anding, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Roberta H. Anding
    • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
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    Nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet a world of misconceptions and promises of easy results too often stands in our way-and can even be harmful to our overall health. The key is to cut through the noise and find the medically backed, statistically proven information about healthy eating and living. These 36 in-depth lectures explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and offer a practical guide for applying these fundamentals to your lifestyle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • informative for all audiences

    • By Ivan on 24-06-2016

    Non-member price: $61.45

    • The Celtic World

    • By: The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Professor Jennifer Paxton PhD
    • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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    Following the surge of interest and pride in Celtic identity since the 19th century, much of what we thought we knew about the Celts has been radically transformed. In The Celtic World, discover the incredible story of the Celtic-speaking peoples, whose art, language, and culture once spread from Ireland to Austria. This series of 24 enlightening lectures explains the traditional historical view of who the Celts were, then contrasts it with brand-new evidence from DNA analysis and archeology that totally changes our perspective on where the Celts came from.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • learn about the celts and where they come from

    • By JL Wood on 06-04-2019

    Non-member price: $48.69

    • The Art of Negotiating the Best Deal

    • By: Seth Freeman, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Seth Freeman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
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    The course is organized around a mnemonic device, developed by Professor Freeman, that can serve in any negotiation situation. Called "I FORESAW IT," this indispensable framework guides you in assembling the strongest possible case, showing you how to evaluate such factors as creative options, independent criteria, and your best alternative to a negotiated agreement.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent content and delivery

    • By Edward on 28-10-2015

    Non-member price: $51.19

    • Thinking Like an Economist: A Guide to Rational Decision Making

    • By: Randall Bartlett, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Randall Bartlett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
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    Economic forces are everywhere around you. But that doesn't mean you need to passively accept whatever outcome those forces might press upon you. Instead, with these 12 fast-moving and crystal clear lectures, you can learn how to use a small handful of basic nuts-and-bolts principles to turn those same forces to your own advantage.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • life changing course

    • By Alison on 26-06-2017

    Non-member price: $17.56

    • The Vikings

    • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
    • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
    • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
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    As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Some good information

    • By Naomi on 16-01-2018

    Non-member price: $61.45

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