The Historic LSD Debate at MIT: Timothy Leary v. Professor Jerome Lettvin (1967)

≡ Category: History, MIT |2 Comments

On May 3, 1967, Dr. Timothy Leary, that high priest of hallucinogens, faced off in a debate with MIT professor Dr. Jerome Lettvin about LSD in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. Leary spent the debate in the lotus position, dressed in a white gown, beads and bare feet. The very picture of a counter culture icon.


Turn Your Bike into an Electric Hybrid with MIT’s “Copenhagen Wheel”

≡ Category: MIT, Sports, Technology |4 Comments

Bonaverde’s “Roast-Grind-Brew Coffee Machine” seemed like one of the cooler inventions I’ve recently stumbled upon. But then I came across this: The Copenhagen Wheel. Originally created by researchers at MIT, the Copenhagen Wheel “transforms ordinary bicycles quickly into hybrid e-bikes.


MIT Teaches You How to Speak Italian & Cook Italian Food All at Once (Free Online Course)

≡ Category: Language Lessons, MIT |7 Comments

At MIT, Dr. Paola Rebusco usually teaches physics to freshmen. But, on behalf of the MIT Experimental Study Group, Rebusco has devised an appealing course — Speak Italian with Your Mouth Full — where she combines teaching two things many people love: learning to speak Italian and cooking Italian food.


“Wear Sunscreen”: The Story Behind the Commencement Speech That Kurt Vonnegut Never Gave

≡ Category: Literature, MIT |5 Comments

On June 1, 1997, Mary Schmich, Chicago Tribune columnist and Brenda Starr cartoonist, wrote a column entitled “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young.” In her introduction to the column she described it as the commencement speech she would give to the class of ’97 if she were asked to give one.


Google & edX to Create MOOC.Org: An Open Source Platform For Creating Your Own MOOC

≡ Category: Google, Harvard, MIT, MOOCs |1 Comment

Almost exactly a year ago, we told you about Google’s release of Course Builder, an open source platform that would let you build your own online courses/MOOCs for free. This week, Google has a new announcement: it’s joining forces with edX, (the MOOC provider led by Harvard and MIT), to work on a new open source platform called


Stephen Colbert Tries to Make Sense of MOOCs with the Head of edX

≡ Category: Comedy, MIT, MOOCs |Leave a Comment

Last week Anant Agarwal, President of edX (the MOOC consortium launched by Harvard and MIT), paid a visit to The Colbert Report. And it didn’t take long for the host, the one and only Stephen Colbert, to ask funny but unmistakably probing questions about the advent of Massive Open Online Courses. “I don’t understand.


Noam Chomsky Went Gangnam Style … Ever So Briefly?

≡ Category: MIT, Music, Philosophy, Random |5 Comments

I’m usually pretty dialed into this stuff, but somehow this one slipped by me last fall. During the Gangnam Style craze, MIT shot a parody video where Noam Chomsky, the father of modern linguistics, made a cameo appearance. Maybe it slipped by me because the appearance is brief. About 5 seconds, starting at the 3:20 mark.


Get Ready for MIT’s “Introduction to Biology: The Secret of Life” on edX

≡ Category: Biology, MIT, MOOCs |1 Comment

edX announced today what looks like a promising new open course — Introduction to Biology: The Secret of Life. Hosted by professor Eric Lander, one of the leaders of the Human Genome Project, this course will give students a grounding in “topics taught in the MIT introductory biology courses and many biology courses across the world.


Walter Lewin, the Original Star of Open Education, Returns with a Brand New Physics MOOC

≡ Category: MIT, MOOCs, Online Courses, Physics |1 Comment

It seems like not a week goes by without The New York Times writing a gushing profile about Coursera. It’s hard to believe, but back during another day, there was another darling of the open education movement. And his name was Walter Lewin.


Self-Taught African Teenager Wows M.I.T. (and Other Innovators Changing Africa’s Fate)

≡ Category: Life, MIT, Technology |2 Comments

The news the world receives from the continent of Africa is almost uniformly bad, and this is certainly an unjust situation.


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