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Expanding Minds and Horizons

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Expanding Minds and Horizons

Episode 32
July, 2015
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How can we use math to solve some of the greatest mindbenders of all time? Are our brains hardwired for music? What makes Japan's extraordinary culture so distinctive?


Join Host Ed Leon along with experts from The Great Courses as they explore the ways you can expand your mind and your horizons in this exciting and information-packed podcast.

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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • David Kung as he breaks down, examines, and solves ageless riddles, such as the Banach–Tarski paradox, that have plagued even our greatest thinkers in history, and learn how the processes used to solve these problems can apply to everyday life.
  • Aniruddh D. Patel as he addresses the fundamental ideas of music theory, neuroanatomy, and cognitive science, using the latest research to explain how and why we respond to music the way we do.
  • Mark Ravina as he uncovers the hidden gems of Japan’s unique and distinctive culture, challenging some pervasive myths and providing insight into a fascinating and influential society.
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