The first noble truth states that “Life is suffering” or if you want a more diluted version “In life there is suffering”. The second noble truth says that suffering has a cause. What is the cause of suffering? It is attachment. When a close friend dies we experience loss, suffering. It is because we are[…]
The real thing can be viewed below. I enjoyed the course and learned stuff. Got a bit lost halfway through coz I was lazy running other MOOCs at the same time. Only doing one at a time now. The MOOCs are rich with brain stuff. I am having a terrible time with my computer, namely[…]
Forbes article by Daphne Koller, Contributor 11/07/2012 Last week, Antioch University announced its intention to allow students to take credit-bearing classes based on some of the courses offered on Coursera. Until now, online courses have been used primarily in one of two ways: as MOOCs (non-credit-bearing classes open to anyone), and within the academic institutions producing[…]
A good course somewhat marred by an attack on one of the lecturers. I feel my ability to form an argument has improved and has been formalised. Here is a picture of my certificate: And here is the certificate.
As part of the MOOC Critical thinking we were asked to create an argument. Here is mine: Poverty is at epidemic proportions in a world where 30,000 people in the US have as much income as 2,800 million in the rest of the world Thomas Pogge Economist said in his lecture for the RSA http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2012/ending-poverty.[…]
Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased. IPCC Report GENEVA, 30 January – Warming[…]
A heady mix of MOOCs the good brain bad brain led me to Oliver Sachs “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat” (in the library) a very interesting study that makes you think about how perception dictates some behaviours. A good brain site is here: http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/brains Then Critical Thinking and Philosophy (week 1[…]
As with many things in my life I end up- at the right place, at the right time and with the right head space. So I encountered this course on the day it began. I’ve read one 47 page article on Technological or Media Determinism Daniel Chandler and learned some new words. Watched the videos[…]