The Torch

The Great Courses Podcast

THE TORCH introduces you to the fascinating professors and experts who create the Great Courses. Each episode showcases several of our top professors in a fresh light, spotlights the great work they are doing, and gives you an opportunity to learn from their incredible insights.

Travel Deep Into History and Your Own Mind

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Travel Deep Into History and Your Own Mind

Episode 56
January, 2017
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How did the great philosophers view the connections between our minds and bodies? How did the ancient civilizations view the skies? How can stress benefit us? How did one singular period of history impact and influence the entire world?

Ed Leon, Chief Brand Officer, and four renowned experts answer these questions providing profound insights into time, space, and our own bodies.

How are our mental and physical perceptions connected? Professor Patrick Grimm tackles this problem from a philosophical perspective, looking at the link between experience, consciousness, and free will.

The sky watchers of ancient times saw the stars in a very different way from what we see today. Professor Bradley Schaefer enlightens us about how ancient peoples around the planet viewed the sky, used pattern recognition to create constellations, and created some of the world's most mysterious structures based on the stars they saw.

Many people mistakenly presume "stress management" means reducing the amount of stress in your life. Join Dr. Kimberlee Bethany Bonura to discover how stress can actually benefit us and how proper management means converting stress into positive energy that results in a better performance and a higher satisfaction rate.

Learn how and why the British were able to take control and rule India for such an extended time despite rebellions as Professor Hayden Bellenoit traces the history of this monumental period.

Don't miss this episode of the torch, chock full of exceptional information, startling insights, and groundbreaking perspectives.

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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Professor Patrick Grim, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, lead an intellectually exhilarating examination at how our minds and bodies work together to create the perception we call reality, using the lens of philosophy, science, and history.
  • Professor Bradley E. Schaefer, a professional astronomer and multi-award-winning educator at Louisiana State University, introduce you to the sky the way sky watchers of ancient times saw it. He’ll provide insights into how ancient peoples used pattern recognition to create constellations and created some of the world’s most mysterious structures based on the stars they saw.
  • Dr. Dr. Kimberlee Bethany Bonura, a professional fitness and wellness consultant, explain how “stress management” does not mean reducing the amount of stress in your life. She unveils the many ways stress can actually benefit us and how to convert stress into positive energy that results in a better performance and a higher satisfaction rate.
  • Professor Hayden J. Bellenoit, of the U.S. Naval Academy, a highly respected expert on colonial India, take an excursion into the history—the how’s and why’s—of British rule of India and its long-lasting and widespread repercussions.
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