This course presents a new, multi-disciplinary theory of human development, providing the key to understanding major advancements in the civilizations of ancient Greece and Renaissance Europe, including the Elizabethan era and the Enlightenment. Historical and scientific evidence is presented, linking the flourishing of civilizations to specific foods in the diets of the time. These foods, now known to be high in certain nutrients essential for the brain to function well, were responsible, in part, for fashioning the societies that fostered art, philosophy, literature, and new scientific and economic developments. You will gain an understanding of how we can apply this knowledge to achieve better mental and physical performance and to live long, healthy, productive, and creative lives. Lecture (plus questions).