This is the story of how your life shapes your brain and how your brain shapes your life. Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, the brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are 'you'? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human?
"Excellent, but not quite as good as Incognito"
Why is it that the behaviour of teenagers can be so odd? As they grow older, young children steadily improve their sense of how to behave, and then all of a sudden, they can become totally uncommunicative, wildly emotional and completely unpredictable. We used to think that erratic teenage behaviour was due to a sudden surge in hormones, but modern neuroscience shows us that this isn't true.
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Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Hume in just one hour.Hume reduced philosophy to ruins, denying the existence of everything except our actual perceptions themselves. The world is nothing more than part of my consciousness. Yet we know the world remains, and we go on as before. What Hume expressed was the status of our knowledge about the world - a world in which neither religion nor science is certain.
Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Kierkegaard in just one hour.Although Kierkegaard was not a philosopher in the academic sense, he produced what many people expect of philosophy. He didn't write about the world, he wrote about life - how we live and how we choose to live, particularly focussing on the individual and the notion of his (or her) existence.
Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Schopenhauer in just one hour.Arthur Schopenhauer, the 'philosopher of pessimism,' makes it clear that he regards the world and our life in it as a bad joke. However, if the world is indifferent to our fate it doesn't thwart us deliberately - its façade is supported by what Schopenhauer calls the universal Will. He saw this as a force that is blind and without purpose, bringing on all our misery and suffering.
"One miserable philosopher.."
Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Spinoza in just one hour.Spinoza's brilliant metaphysical system was derived neither from reality nor experience. Starting from basic axioms (assumptions), by means of a series of geometric proofs he built a universe which was also God - one and the same thing, the classic example of pantheism.
Let your imagine fly with our Physics Study Guide. Not only will we provide you with all you need to know for your physics iGCSE but we will take you on a journey to far-flung places, really bringing the wonderful world of physics alive. Full of sound effects to help cement important points, each chapter will furnish you with the information to help you understand key concepts and excel in your learning.
Philosophy for busy people. Listen to a succinct account of the philosophy of Berkeley in just one hour.Berkeley's philosophy denies the existence of matter. According to his work, there is no material world, only our own experience. So when you don't see something, it isn't there. Then how does the world persist? Because it is supported by the continuous perception of an all-seeing God. Berkeley's ideas appear to take empiricism to a ludicrous extreme. But is this quite so absurd as it seems?
Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of Leibniz in just one hour.Leibniz was the first great German philosopher to produce an all-embracing philosophical system. He came to the remarkable conclusion that space and time do not exist - they are mere superstitious assumptions. Only things exist and only God is able to see things as they truly are - from a perspectiveless viewpoint. Yet the infinite of ultimate objects that make up the world ('monads') are not material: they are metaphysical and thus not subject to the laws of cause and effect.
"A wild rollercoaster ride of a life dedicated to making sense of chaos"
The Modern Scholar series offers you college-level courses taught by the world's most respected professors. As these expert teachers guide you through the course material, you become more knowledgeable and better versed in the subject. Learning has never been easier or more enjoyable!
"Important subject made clear"
Britannia, 45 AD: Vespasian's brother, Sabinus, is captured by druids. The druids want to offer a potent sacrifice to their gods - not just one Roman Legate, but two. They know that Vespasian will come after his brother and they plan to sacrifice the siblings on midsummer's day. Vespasian must strive to save his brother whilst completing the conquest of the south-west of the haunted isle, before he is drawn inexorably back to Rome and the heart of Imperial politics.
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Philosophy for busy people. Read a succinct account of the philosophy of John Dewey in just one hour.In early twentieth-century America John Dewey was regarded as the foremost philosopher of his age - no mean feat when his colleagues included the likes of Russell, Wittgenstein and Heidegger. Dewey produced a distinctly American philosophy, essentially different from that of his European contemporaries - his pragmatic theory of 'instrumentalism' or 'experimentalism', relying on modern experimental methods to prove truth and reality.
What's causing our current high food prices? Is organic food really better for us? Do we care about Fairtrade or food miles? Should we buy locally or from the supermarket?
Eating has been described as the "most political act we do on a daily basis", with our choices affecting our health, landscape, climate, and economy. Food: What Are We Really Eating? lifts the lid on food production and the dizzying array of food choices we face each time we shop.
"Concise but also very informative."
After scoring big on national TV in the semifinals contest, everyone back home is jumping on the Jamie Grimm bandwagon, and all the attention might be going to his head. Not only are his friendships starting to suffer, but the pressure of coming up with his best material ever for the ultimate standup act to snag the final win in Hollywood is pushing Jamie to the brink.
"Awful narrator irritating tone and boring"
A Brief History of Cockroaches and Rats is a brief but hilarious look at the history of those crawling, scuttling pests that everyone loves to hate. Cockroaches date back to the time of the dinosaurs and they have evolved over the years to be able to survive without air for more than forty-five minutes! Rats, unlike cockroaches who like toenails and eyelashes, like to eat their own poo.
At 16, Rachel O'Brian finds herself alone in the world and accepts a home with an old friend of her father's, but she is unprepared for his wife's malice. The younger Maxwells welcome Rachel to their Ayrshire farm, especially Ross, but he too has earned Gertrude Maxwell's spite. When Ross disappears Rachel is dismayed to find herself destitute and expecting his child. How will past secrets revealed help the two find each other again?