Monday, February 16, 2009

iTunesU

By this point, it's been well established that I am a nerd. I am okay with this. Clearly you are too since you keep coming back to read this blog. So, that said...

I think by this point, we're all pretty familiar with iTunes, right? Download music and movies, tv shows, music videos and games to play on our computer, iPod or iPhone. Last night, I was poking around on iTunes and happened to come across iTunesU. Colleges and universities can upload lectures either in audio or video format, which are then made free to the public, whether students or not. I knew that such a thing was possible, but didn't pay that much attention to it.

Last night, I found an eighteen part lecture on Astrobiology and Space Exploration with Professor Lynn Rothschild at Stanford University. I am in the process of downloading it right now. Last night, I went to bed two hours later than planned because I sucked into the first lecture with Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA. It was so fascinating.

Also at Stanford, I found a ten part lecture series on Charles Darwin. I am also downloading a lecture given by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and a lecture by Peter Singer on animal equality. I'm guessing not many of you will know Peter Singer. He is widely considered one of the greatest modern philosophers and the father of the animal rights movement. In the mid 70s, he wrote a book called Animal Liberation. To say that book had a profound effect on me is an understatement. I also listened to a little bit of his lecture last night as well.

I would highly recommend you look into this. It seems as though almost every topic at almost every university is represented. You're sure to find something you'll like.

10 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Yes, you are definitely a nerd. In a good way!

Cellar Door said...

Wowsa! I will look into it! Better than watching the old Battlestar Galactica on Netflix, I'm sure!

Meg said...

I don't know. Netflix DOES have Weird Science.

ladyfi said...

Wow - that is good news! Must look into it!

CailinMarie said...

You find the coolest things :-)
I just did some catching up - you are going to culinary school. FABULOUS!!! I'm completely excited!

Meg said...

Thanks, Cai. I am pretty pumped too.

FoxyMoron said...

Ah you younguns with all yer book learnin'. Er, Ipod learnin'.

Sounds great actually, even blonde me might look into it.

CailinMarie said...

okay, I'm having technical difficulties, I followed the link and it seems to think I'm a proff with a lecture to offer... how do I get to the searching lectures part???
I have another IEP eligibility meeting tomorrow and I was hoping to quote Stanford, Princeton and Johns Hopkins scholars on brain processing...
damn!

Meg said...

I'll send you an email, Cailin.

Kathy B! said...

Berkeley is supposed to have all classes for some specific majors up by next fall!!

I think it's awesome!