by Maria Popova
From Ancient Greece to quantum mechanics,
or what a Chinese room and a cat have to do with infinity.
a fascinating and delightfully animated series exploring six famous thought experiments.
omes from Ancient Greece and explores motion as an illusion:
The Grandfather Paradox grapples with time travel:
Chinese Room comes from the work of John Searle,
originally published in 1980, and deals with artificial intelligence:
Hilbert’s paradox of the Grand Hotel, proposed by German
mathematician David Hilbert, tackles the gargantuan issue of infinity:
The Twin Paradox, first explained by Paul Langevin in 1911,
examines special relativity:
Schrödinger’s Cat, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger
in 1935, is a quantum mechanics mind-bender:
For more such fascination and cognitive calisthenics, you won’t go wrong with
Peg Tittle’s What If….Collected Thought Experiments in Philosophy .
Religion as social control - 60 Second Adventures in Religion (1/4)
Religion as ritual - 60 Second Adventures in Religion (2/4)
Religion as a mother - 60 Second Adventures in Religion (3/4)
Religion as a virus - 60 Second Adventures in Religion (4/4)
Open University - http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/
WIKIPEDIA - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_University
The Open University (OU) is a distance learning and research university founded by Royal Charter in the United Kingdom. The university is funded by a combination of student fees, contract income, and allocations for teaching and research by the higher education funding bodies throughout the UK. It is notable for having an open entry policy, i.e. students' previous academic achievements are not taken into account for entry to most undergraduate courses. The majority of the OU's undergraduate students are based in the United Kingdom and principally study off-campus, but many of its courses (both undergraduate and postgraduate) can be studied off-campus anywhere in the world. There are a number of full-time postgraduate research students based on the 48 hectare university campus where they use the OU facilities for research, as well as more than 1000 members of academic and research staff and over 2500 administrative, operational and support staff.
The OU was established in 1969 and the first students enrolled in January 1971. The University administration is based at Walton Hall, Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire, but has regional centres in each of its thirteen regions around the United Kingdom. It also has offices and regional examination centres in most other European countries. The University awards undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as non-degree qualifications such as diplomas and certificates, or continuing education units.
With more than 250,000 students enrolled, including around 32,000 aged under 25 and more than 50,000 overseas students, it is the largest academic institution in the United Kingdom (and one of the largest in Europe) by student number, and qualifies as one of the world's largest universities. Since it was founded, more than 1.5 million students have studied its courses. It was rated top university in England and Wales for student satisfaction in the 2005, 2006 and 2012  United Kingdom government national student satisfaction survey, and second in the 2007 survey. Out of 132 universities and colleges, the OU was ranked 43rd (second quartile) in the Times Higher Education Table of Excellence in 2008, between the University of Reading and University of the Arts London; it was rated highly in Design, Art History, English, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Computer Science, Development Studies, Social Policy and Social Work, and Sociology. It was ranked overall as a nationally top forty, and globally top five hundred university by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2011, as well as being ranked 247 for citations of its academics.
The Open University is also one of only three United Kingdom higher education institutions to gain accreditation in the United States of America by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an institutional accrediting agency, recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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Khan Academy - http://www.khanacademy.org/ (scroll down to see K-College courses)
From Wikipedia -
In 2010 at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Bill Gates endorsed the learning resource, calling it "unbelievable" and saying "I've been using [Khan Academy] with my kids".
In 2010, Google's Project 10100 provided $2 million to support the creation of more courses, to allow for translation of the Khan Academy's content, and to allow for the hiring of additional staff.
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WIKIPEDIA - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khan_Academy
Khan Academy is a non-profit educational website created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. The stated mission is to provide "a free world-class education for anyone anywhere".
The website features 700 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, healthcare, medicine, finance, physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and computer science. Khan Academy has delivered over 300 million lessons.
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BBC's Interactive Timelines - http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/timelines/
Complete List of BBC Topics - http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/