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Brain-Twisting Paradoxes

Image Description John Robin
10 lessons
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49m
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86%

There are paradoxes in our world that are so complicated, they can make your brain change shape. This course covers ten of the most challenging, brain-twisting paradoxes, collected across thousands of years of history from our greatest minds. Some even seem impossible—or at least, they tell us just how truly difficult certain truths are to grapple with. Take the challenge! Not only will you come out having tackled some of the world’s most mysterious problems, you’ll think differently about the world and bring these skills into your daily life.

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Ancient Greek Philosophy

Image Description Dr. Will Buckingham
10 lessons
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1h 2m
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94%

What does it mean to be a sceptic, or a cosmopolitan? Who was it who first talked about atoms? Why is it sometimes good to be a cynic? Why do Plato and Aristotle still matter today? Ancient Greek Philosophy will give you a whirlwind tour of some of the major philosophers and major ideas in the Greek tradition. We’ll explore some of the ancient world’s strangest and most profound thinkers. And we’ll ask what relevance ancient Greek philosophy still has for us in the 21st Century.

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The Theories of Sigmund Freud

Image Description Dr. Daniel McGrath
10 lessons
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47m
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100%

This course is designed to introduce you to the life of Sigmund Freud and to explore a few of his most significant ideas and theories. As one of the most prominent theorists in the history of psychology, Freud pioneered the design and implementation of talk therapy as a method for treating mental illness. In this course, you will learn more about Freud the person, his background, his beliefs, and his legacy. In addition, this course will provide a detailed overview of Freud’s key theories on the unconscious, human development, and personality. We will also discuss psychoanalysis, the first...

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Why Read Homer's "Odyssey"

Image Description Robert Garland
20 lessons
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2h 37m
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100%

Homer's "Odyssey" was composed over two and a half thousand years ago. Why should we bother to read it now? Because the "Odyssey" is about such perennial issues as self-discovery, exploration, nostalgia for one's home, becoming an adult, appetite for the unknown, testing oneself to the limit, and love of family. Not the least of the reasons for reading it at this time is the fact that it empowers women. It is also a fairytale brimful with one-eyed cannibals, witches, seductresses, and princesses. Odysseus' odyssey is consistently hindered and advanced by women. Discover how this work offers...

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Most Brilliant Social Psychology Experiments

Image Description John Robin
10 lessons
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54m
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90%

The world of social psychology is full of strangeness. This course will cover 10 of the most brilliant and well-known experiments, many which will change your perspective on just how much control you have over your life and your surroundings. Some of it this will scare you, but most will intrigue you as well. From induced prison experiments to how marshmallows reveal our propensity for patience, you will learn why many assumptions and laws in our world are the way they are—thanks to the field of social psychology!

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Understanding Your Brain

Image Description Betsy Herbert
10 lessons
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41m
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100%

This course will give a broad introduction to the fundamentals of neuroscience, covering just what exactly the brain is, what it’s made of, and how its individual components work together to orchestrate the astonishing range of feats we experience every day. We will begin by learning the grand anatomy of the brain, introducing each component part by part. Next, we will delve into the principles of neuronal communication, learning how information is transmitted in the form of electrical signals. We’ll then go on to explore how sensations from the outside world are experienced as perceptions...

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Introduction to Virology: The Study of Viruses

Image Description Alex Generous
10 lessons
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1h 3m
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94%

Curious about viruses? Wondering how to make sense of the news about the 2020 coronavirus? In the introduction to virology, you will learn the basics of viruses, how they get into people, how they spread, and how our immune system fights them. From the basics of entry through learning how vaccines work, this course will orient you to understand how viruses impact us in the real world.

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Relax with Animal Facts

Image Description Stefan Wolfe
7 lessons
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46m
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93%

This course will feature the deceptively complex and beautiful mechanisms that animals all around the world use to survive, while you can kick your feet up and unwind. It is done in a format that is both intellectually engaging and relaxing. The goal of this course is to revive or maintain your sense of wonder in the animal kingdom, at a pace where you might enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, or some tea before bed.

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All About Pyramids

Image Description Dr. Paul Harrison
11 lessons
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1h 22m
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95%

Have you ever marveled at the grandeur of the pyramids of Egypt? Ever wondered just how a civilization using the most basic tools created them? In this course, you'll discover the origins of the mysterious and enduring pyramids of Egypt. We'll see how pyramid technology evolves, from the pit graves of the first pharaohs to the mighty Great Pyramid of Giza. We'll examine construction techniques, and challenge outlandish theories. By the end of this course, you'll have a thorough understanding of not only why the pyramids were built, but how this amazing civilization accomplished them by...

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The Rise and Fall of Athenian Democracy

Image Description Louis Markos
15 lessons
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2h 21m
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100%

2500 years ago, the small city-state of Athens helped lead a barely-united Greece to victory against the massive, invincible forces of the invading Persian Empire. Out of that fiery crucible, a culture and an ethos arose in Athens that gave birth to the humanistic ideals on which Europe was founded and through which she prospered. In less than a century, the citizens of Athens either created or brought to perfection most of those arts and disciplines that still define our Western culture today. In this series, I shall trace the events that led to the birth and flowering of Athenian democracy,...

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