Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide (The Great Courses)

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Behavioral economics is the scientific study of decision making, and of the related topics of valuation, exchange, and interpersonal interactions. Drawing on methods from psychology, sociology, neurology, and economics, this remarkable discipline illuminates one of the most deeply fundamental activities of human existence: the decision process. From the moment we wake in the morning, we […]

Understanding Nonverbal Communication (The Great Courses)

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Posture. Eye contact and blinking. Gestures. Tone and pitch. Gait. Body type and clothing choices. How much of our communication is nonverbal? Many people have heard the claim that 93% of what we express is conveyed through nonverbal communication. After a study in the 1960s, this idea spread into mainstream thinking and changed the way […]

Understanding the Human Factor: Life and Its Impact (The Great Courses)

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The year is 8000 B.C. A man wanders across a field of prairie grasses in search of edible berries and roots and wild game to feed his family. As he walks, the tips of the grasses brush against him, releasing seeds. He collects a few of these seeds and brings them back to his camp. […]

China, India, and the United States: The Future of Economic Supremacy (The Great Courses)

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You are living at a critical moment of change for the world economy. A moment that will be defined by the economic trajectories of three key players. A moment whose outcome will have a deep and lasting impact on the way you live. Recent years have seen a dramatic, unprecedented transformation in the landscape of […]

Peoples and Cultures of the World (The Great Courses)

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Why is anthropology such an inherently fascinating subject? Because it’s all about us: human beings. As the “science of humanity,” anthropology can help us understand virtually anything about ourselves—from our political and economic systems, to why we get married, to how we decide to buy a particular bottle of wine. Here are just a few […]

Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality (The Great Courses)

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Science and technology are, without a doubt, two forces that will change the way you live your life in the coming months, years, and decades. Nanotechnology, quantum computing, genetic engineering; these and other fascinating fields have the power to revolutionize almost every aspect of existence, including how you eat and drink, how you communicate, how […]

Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates (The Great Courses)

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Trying to understand our human origins has always been a fundamental part of who we are. One of the core things we want to know is how we came to be. Thousands of years ago, human civilizations developed elaborate stories to explain the origins of humans. But today, with the help of dramatic archaeological discoveries […]

Modern Economic Issues (The Great Courses)

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How do the major economic issues that dominate today’s news—questions about gross domestic product or budget deficits or trade imbalances—impact the average citizen? Why are health insurance and college tuition increasingly expensive? What can be done about soaring energy prices? In Modern Economic Issues, Professor Robert Whaples has crafted a course designed to answer just […]

Explaining Social Deviance (The Great Courses)

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Why do some people commit crimes, use the wrong fork, or speak out of turn? How does a society determine when a crime has been committed, which fork to use, and who should speak when? How have we tried to explain deviance and create categories of deviants? What has been the role of race and […]

Must History Repeat the Great Conflicts of This Century? (The Great Courses)

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Will the end of the Cold War bring peace and harmony or war and chaos? Is America going to play a dominant role in international affairs or is the U.S. in decline? Is military power still the key to world leadership or has economic power become more important? Should the U.S. attempt to play the […]