Want To Go To Harvard?

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  1. Beth Gallagher

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    I have been watching a lecture series on Youtube by a Harvard professor of Political Philosophy, Michael J. Sandel. This particular topic is "Justice--What's the Right Thing to Do." I know that may sound kind of dry, but he is a fascinating speaker and I am totally enjoying the lectures. Each one is about an hour long, so it's nice to sit back with a cup of coffee and return to the classroom.

    Here's the first video in the series, called "The Moral Side of Murder"...



    And here's some information on Professor Sandel. https://scholar.harvard.edu/sandel/home
     
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    Go? I'm too old, extremely slow, and lacking the small change needed. :D But there are alternative ways as can be seen here.

    I have known him for quite some time and read his book What money can't buy. I assume his thoughts aren't very popular among libertarians and advocates of radical free-market concepts, though. I also read that the largest lecture halls can't hold all the students interested in attending his lectures so that tickets need to be raffled. His books have been translated into a number of Asian languages financed through crowdfunding.
     
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    I have checked it to watch later, which I will do after dinner. Not a fan of Harvard, but I'll give it the old college try.
     
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    I think you will enjoy his lectures, Terry. He's very engaging and thought-provoking.
     
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    I'm a Yale Man.
     
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    I've purchased the lecture DVDs from The Great Courses.

    As I discovered when getting my degree at night, this stuff actually has a context when we're adults.
     
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    I've used them. They are available streaming now too, but I haven't looked at the price. When I bought the DVDs, they came with a small book too. I might look into the Harvard courses, discussed in the OP. That might be interesting.
     
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    I'm actually surprised at the availability of college courses on Youtube; not for any type of credit of course. Everything from Introductory Calculus (Oxford) to General Biology (UC Berkley).
     
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    Never stop learning.
     
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    THAT is the crucial directive in this life we live!

    I am amazed how some folks reach a certain point in life and (apparently) decide that they've learned all they want/care/need to.

    Every single day, I learn something new. Not all of what I learn are BIG lessons, but I still enjoy adding to my inner knowledge base, daily.

    Life is for the learning, folks. Get on out there and learn something new, today!
     
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    Ain’t YouTube just the greatest thing ever?

    Actually, I do attend a lot of lectures via YouTube. Just about every major school, especially MIT has a series of lectures to attend at any time I want to turn one on. I wrote “especially” MIT because there are at least 300 lectures on Quantum Theory alone which is something I’m greatly interested in.

    The thing is, they’re all free so it’s a 3 bears kind of thing. Some are way over my head, some are too easy and some are just right but no matter what, I can switch from one lecture to another that fits me better any time I wish.
     
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    Apparently a lot of people agree; that first video I posted has 11,929,928 views on youtube.
     
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    I enjoy these lectures and whether a college course offers credits via YouTube or not is irrelevant in my case. I've got all the degrees I'll ever need, but never enough knowledge. I could easily have become a professional student, had I the means.
     
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    Me, too.
     
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    Yeah, seems like there are plenty of "know-it-alls" these days. :D:D

    (Guilty!!! :p)
     
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