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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Being Human for explaining how the disciplines of
evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, psychology and sociology
are working together to discover what makes us what we are.

Being Human
Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science
Lectures by Professor Robert Sapolsky

Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science (2012)
12 lectures, 6 hours
Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science at TheGreatCourses.com

Understanding our humanity - the very essence of who we are and how we live our lives - is one of the deepest mysteries and biggest challenges in modern science. Why do we have bad moods? Why are we capable of having such strange and vivid dreams? How can metaphors and symbols in our language hold such a powerful sway on our thoughts and actions?

As we learn more about the mechanisms of human behavior through evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and other related fields, we're discovering just how intriguing the human species is. And while scientists are continually uncovering deep similarities between our behavior and that of other animals, they're also finding a wealth of insights into everything that makes us unique from any other species on Earth.

Join acclaimed neurobiologist and award-winning Professor Robert Sapolsky of Stanford University for a surprising, amusing, and undeniably fascinating study of what makes you you. Being Human: Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science is a 12-lecture course that takes you to the front lines of scientific research and offers you a new perspective on the supposedly quirky nature of being ourselves. Thought-provoking, witty, and sometimes myth-shattering, this course is sure to have you thinking about, observing, and even appreciating your own life in novel ways.

Professor Robert Sapolsky is the winner of a MacArthur "genius grant." He is Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Stanford University, where he holds the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professorship of Biological Sciences. Among his numerous awards is the Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching - Stanford's highest teaching honor. His Book Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: A Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

12 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: What's So Special about Being Human? 7: The Pleasures and Pains of Maybe
2: Junk-Food Monkeys 8: How the Other Half Heals
3: The Burden of Being Burden-Free 9: Why We Want the Bodies Back
4: Bugs in the Brain 10: Anatomy of a Bad Mood
5: Poverty's Remains 11: This is Your Brain on Metaphors
6: Why are Dreams Dreamlike? 12: Sushi and Middle Age


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Being Human
Life Lessons from the Frontiers of Science
Lectures by Professor Robert Sapolsky

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Being Human for explaining how the disciplines of
evolutionary biology, neuroscience, anthropology, psychology and sociology
are working together to discover what makes us what we are.