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What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear (The Great Courses, 1474)
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What Are the Chances? Probability Made Clear (The Great Courses, 1474)

By Michael Starbird

Twelve 30-minute lectures on two DVDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (83 pages). Not from a library. Suitable for a gift. Contents: Lecture 1. Our Random World-Probability Defined; Lecture 2. The Nature of Randomness; Lecture 3. Expected Value-You Can Bet on It; Lecture 4. Random Thoughts on Random Walks; Lecture 5. Probability Phenomena of Physics; Lecture 6. Probability Is in Our Genes; Lecture 7. Options and Our Financial Future; Lecture 8. Probability Where We Don't Expect It; Lecture 9. Probability Surprises; Lecture 10. Conundrums of Conditional Probability; Lecture 11. Believe It or Not-Bayesian Probability; Lecture 12. Probability Everywhere.

$10.95

Consciousness and Its Implications (The Great Courses, 4168)
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Consciousness and Its Implications (The Great Courses, 4168)

By Daniel N. Robinson

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2007. Audio CD. As New. Twelve 30-minute lectures on six As New Audio CDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (70 pages). Suitable for a gift. It's as essential to human existence as water is to a fish. Every night we surrender it gratefully only to get it back in the morning. We recognize that we have it, but we can never be sure anyone else does. Consciousness, this unique and perplexing mental state, has been the subject of debate for philosophers and scientists for millennia. And while it is widely agreed within contemporary philosophy that consciousness is a problem whose solutions are likely to determine the fate of any number of other problems, there is no settled position on the ultimate nature of consciousness. Professor Robinson reviews some of the special problems that philosophers, psychologists, scientists, and doctors face when taking on the vexing question "What Is Consciousness?" Much of what we do every day is done without our being directly conscious of the steps taken to complete the task: riding a bicycle, taking a walk, humming a tune. But as natural as this state is, it stands as a very serious threat to any number of core convictions and assumptions in both philosophy and science. One of the overarching goals of this intriguing course is to make clear just what about consciousness serves as such a challenge to these convictions and assumptions.

$12.95

American Ideals: Founding a \
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American Ideals: Founding a "Republic of Virtue" (The Great Courses, 4855) Course Guidebook

By Daniel N. Robinson

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2004. Staple-Bound Pamphlet. Fine. Course Guidebook only. 71 pages. Not from a library. What is the significance of the phrase "the pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence? Why does it read "We the people" in the preamble to the Constitution? What were the philosophies and social forces that made this country unique--that enabled it to become the first successfully self-governing republic? Answer these questions and more with this insightful course which explores the principles that guided the founding of the United States, the conditions that led to the break with Great Britain, and the creation of such founding documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. You'll deepen your understanding of fundamental ideas that inspired American independence and that continue to have a profound influence on American thought. You'll also receive insight into what historians call "the long conversation" in American society--questions that have been the focus of debate and controversy since the nation was born. As the world' s oldest democracy, the United States stands as the "test case" for those who regard self-government as inherently unstable, inherently self-destructive. Examining the founding documents, such as the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution, Professor Robinson considers the principles under which the United States evolved. Contents: lecture 1. The colonists as faithful subjects; lecture 2. Colonial constitutions and their inspiration; lecture 3. Who "founded" the United States?; lecture 4. Taxation without representation; lecture 5. The Declaration of Independence; lecture 6. The Royalist view of the revolution.

$5.95

My Favorite Universe (The Great Courses, 158)
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My Favorite Universe (The Great Courses, 158)

By Neil deGrasse Tyson

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2003. DVD. Fine. Twelve 30-minute lectures on two DVDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (94 pages). DVDs show only minor signs of prior use. Not from a library. Suitable for a gift. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson takes you on a spirited and intellectually engaging journey through the cosmos and all its history, from before the Big Bang to the most likely ways in which the universe might end. Created for a lay audience and readily accessible, in this course science always takes precedence over drama, yet the lectures are certainly entertaining, of ten funny, and even awe-inspiring at times. Contents: 1 On Being Round; 2 On Being Rarefied; 3 On Being Dense; 4 Death by Black Hole; 5 Ends of the World; 6 Coming Attractions; 7 Onward to the Edge; 8 In Defense of the Big Bang; 9 The Greatest Story Ever Told; 10 Forged in the Stars; 11 The Search for Planets; 12 The Search for Life in the Universe.

$10.95

American Ideals: Founding a \
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American Ideals: Founding a "Republic of Virtue" (The Great Courses, 4855)

By Daniel N. Robinson

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2004. Audio CD. Very Good. Twelve 30-minute lectures on six Audio CDs in a cardboard case along with an As New staple-bound paperback Course Guidebook (71 pages). CDs are in Very Good condition showing only minor signs of prior use. Not from a library. What is the significance of the phrase "the pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence? Why does it read "We the people" in the preamble to the Constitution? What were the philosophies and social forces that made this country unique--that enabled it to become the first successfully self-governing republic? Answer these questions and more with this insightful course which explores the principles that guided the founding of the United States, the conditions that led to the break with Great Britain, and the creation of such founding documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. You'll deepen your understanding of fundamental ideas that inspired American independence and that continue to have a profound influence on American thought. You'll also receive insight into what historians call "the long conversation" in American society--questions that have been the focus of debate and controversy since the nation was born. As the world' s oldest democracy, the United States stands as the "test case" for those who regard self-government as inherently unstable, inherently self-destructive. Examining the founding documents, such as the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution, Professor Robinson considers the principles under which the United States evolved. Contents: lecture 1. The colonists as faithful subjects; lecture 2. Colonial constitutions and their inspiration; lecture 3. Who "founded" the United States?; lecture 4. Taxation without representation; lecture 5. The Declaration of Independence; lecture 6. The Royalist view of the revolution.

$14.75

Earth\'s Changing Climate (The Great Courses, 1219)
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Earth's Changing Climate (The Great Courses, 1219)

By Richard Wolfson

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2007. Audio CD. As New. Twelve 30-minute lectures on six Audio CDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (83 pages). CDs show only minor signs of prior use. Not from a library. Suitable for a gift. This lucid series of twelve lectures reviews the research and explains the concepts, tools, data, and analysis that have led an overwhelming number of climate scientists to conclude that Earth is warming and that we humans are responsible. In clear and accessible lectures designed for nonscientists, you'll learn about the "fingerprints" of global climate change--ranging from borehole temperatures to melting glaciers to the altered behavior of plant and animal species and other indicators--that convince scientists that our Earth has been warming at an unprecedented rate in recent decades. The lectures address only scientific issues and make no policy recommendations. Instead, they have been designed to serve as your personal scientific briefing to equip you to engage knowledgeably in one of the most important environmental issues of our time. Contents: 1. Is Earth warming?; 2. Butterflies, glaciers, and hurricanes; 3. Ice ages and beyond; 4. In the greenhouse; 5. A tale of three planets; 6. Global recycling; 7. The human factor; 8. Computing the future; 9. Impacts of climate change; 10. Energy and climate; 11. Energy, resources and alternatives; 12. Sustainable futures.

$13.90

The Life and Writings of C.S. Lewis (The Great Courses, 297)
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The Life and Writings of C.S. Lewis (The Great Courses, 297)

By Louis Markos

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2000. Audio CD. As New. Twelve 30-minutes lectures on six As New Audio CDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (88 pages). Suitable for a gift. What is it about British literary scholar and author C. S. Lewis, the Oxbridge don and self-described "very ordinary layman of the Church of England," that touches millions of readers so deeply, making him the most widely read Christian spokesman of our time? In these lectures you will cover Lewis's spiritual autobiography and other creative works, as well as his scholarly writings that reflect on pain and grief, love and friendship, prophecy and miracles, and education and mythology. Contents: The legacy of C.S. Lewis -- Argument by desire, Surprised by joy and The pilgrim's regress -- Ethics and the Tao, Mere Christianity and The abolition of man -- Nature and supernature, Miracles and The problem of pain -- Heaven and hell: The Screwtape letters and The great divorce -- Lewis the scholar, Apologist for the past -- Paradise regained, The space trilogy I -- Temptation, struggle, and choice, The space trilogy II -- Smuggled theology, The chronicles of Narnia I -- Journeys of faith, The chronicles of Narnia II -- The beginning and the end, The chronicles of Narnia III -- Suffering unto wisdom, Till we have faces and A grief observed.

$12.90

Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning (Part 1 of 2) (The Great Courses, 4294)
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Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning (Part 1 of 2) (The Great Courses, 4294)

By David Zarefsky

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2005. Audio CD. Good. Twelve lectures on six Audio CDs in a heavy paper case. Condition: Good. CDs only; no guidebook. What is effective argumentation? How does it work? Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and other great figures were masters of the craft. So how can you reason through your position and make the best possible case for it with the same skill and ease as the experts? Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition is a rigorous introduction to the formal study of argumentation—communication that seeks to persuade others through reasoned judgment. Contents: 1.Introducing Argumentation and Rhetoric; 2.History of Argumentation Studies; 3.Formal and Informal Argument; 4.The Emergence of Controversy; 5.Resolutions and Issues; 6.Stasis-The Focal Point of Dispute; 7.Presumption and Burden of Proof; 8.Argument Analysis and Diagramming; 9.Claims and Evidence; 10.Reasoning from Parts to Whole; 11.Moving from Cause to Effect; 12.Establishing Correlations.

$5.95

American Ideals: Founding a \
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American Ideals: Founding a "Republic of Virtue" (The Great Courses, 4855), Lecture Transcript and Course Guidebook

By Daniel N. Robinson

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2004. Paperback. As New. What is the significance of the phrase "the pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence? Why does it read "We the people" in the preamble to the Constitution? What were the philosophies and social forces that made this country unique--that enabled it to become the first successfully self-governing republic? Answer these questions and more with this insightful course which explores the principles that guided the founding of the United States, the conditions that led to the break with Great Britain, and the creation of such founding documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. You'll deepen your understanding of fundamental ideas that inspired American independence and that continue to have a profound influence on American thought. You'll also receive insight into what historians call "the long conversation" in American society--questions that have been the focus of debate and controversy since the nation was born. As the world' s oldest democracy, the United States stands as the "test case" for those who regard self-government as inherently unstable, inherently self-destructive. Examining the founding documents, such as the Articles of Confederation, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution, Professor Robinson considers the principles under which the United States evolved. Contents: lecture 1. The colonists as faithful subjects; lecture 2. Colonial constitutions and their inspiration; lecture 3. Who "founded" the United States?; lecture 4. Taxation without representation; lecture 5. The Declaration of Independence; lecture 6. The Royalist view of the revolution.

$11.95

Understanding Complexity (The Great Courses, 5181)
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Understanding Complexity (The Great Courses, 5181)

By Scott E. Page

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2009. DVD. As New. Twelve 30-minute lectures on two As New DVDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (55 pages). Suitable for a gift. Recent years have seen the introduction of concepts from the new and exciting field of complexity science that have captivated the attention of economists, sociologists, engineers, businesspeople, and many others. These include tipping points, the sociological term used to describe moments when unique or rare phenomena become more commonplace; the wisdom of crowds, the argument that certain types of groups harness information and make decisions in more effective ways than individuals; six degrees of separation, the idea that it takes no more than six steps to find some form of connection between two random individuals; and emergence, the idea that new properties, processes, and structures can emerge unexpectedly from complex systems.

$18.95

Churchill (The Great Courses, 807)
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Churchill (The Great Courses, 807)

By Rufus Fears

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2001. Audio CD. Fine. Twelve 30-minute lectures on six Fine Audio CDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (82 pages). CDs show only minor signs of prior use. Not from a library. Suitable for a gift. Churchill's life remains proof that a single individual can change the course of history for the better and make of life a blessed and noble thing, despite public and private trials too numerous to name. Who was this extraordinary man who rose up at an hour when freedom and right stood in mortal peril before tyranny and terror to rally the British people? To say with courage, genius, and eloquence, "Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'" Moreover, how did he accomplish this amazing feat? And how was it that this achievement was just a single part of a long and fruitful life in a stunning array of endeavors? In these 12 inspiring lectures, Professor Fears presents a well-balanced portrait of Churchill that does not whitewash his flaws. Yet he also draws on historical scholarship and material from Churchill's writings and speeches to make the case that Churchill belongs with Pericles of Athens and Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest statesmen in the history of democracy. Contents: Lecture 1. Heritage and destiny -- lecture 2. Young Churchill -- lecture 3. On the empire's frontier -- lecture 4. Political beginnings -- lecture 5. Churchill and controversy -- lecture 6. Post-war challenges -- lecture 7. In the wilderness -- lecture 8. The Nazi menace -- lecture 9. Rallying the nation -- lecture 10. The tide of war turns -- lecture 11. Champion of freedom -- lecture 12. The legacy of Churchill.

$18.95

A History of Hitler\'s Empire, 2nd Edition (The Great Courses, 805)
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A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition (The Great Courses, 805)

By Thomas Childers

Twelve 30-minute lectures on six Fine Audio CDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (58 pages). CDs show only minor signs of prior use. Not from a library. Suitable for a gift. These twelve lectures are designed to answer two questions that have nagged generations ever since Hitler and Nazism were destroyed: How could a man like Adolf Hitler and a movement like Nazism come to power in 20th-century Germany, an industrially developed country with a highly educated population? How were the Nazis able to establish the foundations of a totalitarian regime in such a short time and hurl the whole world into a devastating war that would consume millions of lives? As you travel back in time to answer these questions, you'll gain fascinating (and sometimes troubling) insights into the historical nightmare sparked by Hitler and his beliefs. You'll discover who voted for the Nazis and why; how the Nazis campaigned, and what they appeared to stand for; why there was apparently so little resistance to them; what made the Nazi regime so popular at home; how the Nazis were able to seize control of the press, radio, courts, and police; how the Nazis were ultimately destroyed by Allied forces; and whether or not something like this could happen again--and how to make sure that it doesn't. These lectures are an opportunity to reflect on lessons from the chapter of history that Churchill called "the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime." Contents: Lecture 1. The Third Reich, Hitler, and the 20th century -- lecture 2. The First World War and its legacy -- lecture 3. The Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi party -- lecture 4. The twenties and the Great Depression -- lecture 5. The Nazi breakthrough -- lecture 6. Hitler's assumption of power -- lecture 7. Racial policy and the totalitarian state -- lecture 8. Hitler's foreign policy -- lecture 9. Munich and the triumph of national socialism -- lecture 10. War in the west, war in the east -- lecture 11. Holocaust, Hitler's war against the Jews -- lecture 12. The Final Solution.

$12.90

Roots of Human Behavior (The Great Courses, 168)
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Roots of Human Behavior (The Great Courses, 168)

By Barbara King

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2001. Audio CD. Very Good. Twelve 30-minute lectures on six Audio CDs in original clamshell case along with an As New paperback Course Guidebook (56 pages). CDs are in very good condition showing only minor signs of prior use. Suitable for a gift. While human behavior is usually studied from the historical perspective of a few hundred years, anthropologists consider deeper causes for the ways we act. In this course, anthropologist Barbara J. King uses her wealth of research experience to open a window of understanding for you into the legacy left by our primate past. By looking for roots of human behavior in the behavior of monkeys, apes, and human ancestors, you explore such questions as: Are language and technology unique to humans? Have human love and loyalty developed from our primate cousins? Do ways in which human males and female s relate to each other come from our primate past? Have we inherited a biological tendency for aggression? Contents: lecture 1. The four facets of anthropology -- lecture 2. Social bonds and family ties -- lecture 3. The journey away from mom -- lecture 4. Males and females, really so different? -- lecture 5. Sex and reproduction -- lecture 6. Tool making, of hammers and anvils -- lecture 7. Social learning and teaching -- lecture 8. Culture, what is it? who's got it? -- lecture 9. Dynamics of social communication -- lecture 10. Do great apes use language? -- lecture 11. Highlights of human evolution -- lecture 12. Exploring and conserving a legacy.

$13.80

Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations (The Great Courses, 3174)
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Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations (The Great Courses, 3174)

By Kenneth W. Harl

Chantilly, Virginia: The Teaching Company. 2005. Audio CD. As New. Twelve 30-minute lectures on six As New CDs in original clamshell case. CDs only; no course guidebook. Not from a library. Suitable for a gift. Locales like Mesopotamia or the Indus Valley, peoples like the Hittites or Assyrians, or rulers like Sargon, Hammurabi, and Darius are part of a long-dead antiquity, so shrouded with dust that we might be tempted to skip over them entirely, preferring to race forward along history's timeline in search of the riches we know will be found in our studies of Greece and Rome. But, according to Professor Harl, these civilizations, "act as the cultural basis for many of the civilizations that will emerge on the Eurasian landmass and will dictate the destinies of many of the people living today on the globe." These remote, ancient civilizations stand behind the traditions of Greece, so it is critical to understand these great societies in order to better understand those that would come later--including our own. These twelve lectures cover many civilizations that may only receive a few lines of cursory discussion in the average Western civilization textbook. Beginning in the Bronze Age and the emergence of urban-based literate civilizations, the story continues through the demise of Persia's great empire at the hands of the Greeks. Along the way, you'll examine advances such as the invention and evolution of writing, the development of vast empires dependent not only on military might but on laws and administration, the growth of trade, and the contributions of the Hebrews to the religious and ethical future of Western civilization. History lovers will appreciate this course for its deep insights and its rock-solid foundation for deeper exploration.

$13.70