Monthly ‘Top 10’ chart tracks most popular lifelong learning lectures
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CHANTILLY, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BlackDeath–With only three new additions, the February “What America Is Learning”
chart from The
Great Courses Plus shows continued dominance by two subjects –
history and the practice of mindfulness.
“Cognitive Behavioral Foundations” holds onto first place by a
five-to-one play-count margin, teaching users to retrain their brains.
Complementary lessons on Tai Chi’s meditative exercises remain in third,
while new entry “Mind, Body, and Questions of Consciousness” rounds out
both the topic and list.
Similar to January’s ‘Top 10’ chart, history is well-represented with
five separate courses looking back through the lenses of geology,
religion, economics, politics and archaeoastronomy – the latter from a
Nobel Prize in Physics co-winner for the discovery of dark energy. In
addition, perpetual chart holdovers, lectures on drawing and
Yellowstone, remain among the most-streamed content on The Great Courses
“The ‘What America Is Learning’ chart really holds a mirror to larger
societal trends – particularly mindfulness and meditation going
mainstream and available on demand from multiple apps,” said Paul Suijk,
president and CEO of The Great Courses. “Our subscribers continue to
sample diverse course offerings – even within the dominant history
category, the lectures and perspectives could not be any more different.”
Here are February’s top ten lectures from The Great Courses Plus:
Behavioral Foundations (from the course Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain)
introduction to three patients training their minds to improve
motivation, manage emotions and interpersonal skills, as taught by Professor
Jason M. Satterfield, Ph.D.
Introduction to Drawing (from the course How to Draw)
first lecture in the art series covers the history of drawing and
common misconceptions about talent and genius, as taught by Professor
Snake and the Crane (from the course Essentials of Tai Chi and
An introduction to the standard Yang family short
form movements with practical tips for developing your own tai chi
routine, as taught by Professor
Microcosm of the National Parks (from the course Wonders of the
National Parks: A Geology of North America)
The tour of North
America’s National Parks begins with Yellowstone, the breathtaking
landscape that inspired the conservation and access efforts, as taught
Man Who Became God (from the course How Jesus Became God)
series begins with a look at how the divinity of Jesus was first
conceived, a significant question affecting Western civilization, as
taught by Professor
Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D., M.Div.
Passport to The City of God (from the course Books That Matter:
The City of God)
The exploration of St. Augustine’s powerful
work looks at why and for whom he wrote it, as well as the book’s
lasting impact, as taught by Professor
Charles Mathewes, Ph.D.
on the Brink of the Black Death (from the course The Black
Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague)
A guide to the
religious, economic and political structures of mid-14th-century
Europe just prior to the onset of the Black Death, as taught by Professor
Dorsey Armstrong, Ph.D.
and Archaeoastronomy (from the course The Remarkable Science of
A look at the birth of archaeoastromony,
the study of how ancient cultures prioritized and understood the sun,
moon and stars, as taught by Professor
Bradley E. Schaefer, Ph.D.
on a Geological Scale (from the course Introduction to
The series opens with an overview of the 4.54
billion-year history of Earth starting with the earliest known
bacteria, as taught by Stuart
Body, and Questions of Consciousness (from the course Mind-Body
The first lecture gets to the crux of the
mind-body problem – how the actual brain creates your subjective
experience of reality, as taught by Professor
Patrick Grim, Ph.D.
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