IAI Academy Now Offers Free Courses: From “The Meaning of Life” to “A Brief Guide to Everything”

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This month, The Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI), an organization committed to fostering “a progressive and vibrant intellectual culture in the UK,” launched IAI Academy — a new online educational platform that features courses in philosophy, science and politics.

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Stephen Colbert & Neil Young in a Comic Duet: “Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)”

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Neil Young has a new book out — Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars — which means he’s doing a quick media blitz.

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Take Big History: A Free Short Course on 13.8 Billion Years of History, Funded by Bill Gates

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Last month, The New York Times Magazine published a long piece called “So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class …”, which begins with these very words:
In 2008, shortly after Bill Gates stepped down from his executive role at Microsoft, he often awoke in his 66,000-square-foot home on the eastern bank of Lake Washington an

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Free Stanford Course: 18 Experts Assess What’s Ailing America in 2014

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In my day job, I have the privilege of overseeing Stanford’s Continuing Studies program where we bring Stanford courses to the San Francisco Bay Area community, and increasingly the larger world. This fall, we’re presenting a pretty special course called The State of the Union 2014.

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“The Civil War and Reconstruction,” a New MOOC by Pulitzer-Prize Winning Historian Eric Foner

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It ended in early April 149 years ago. But it begins again on Wednesday.

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150 MOOCS Getting Started in September: Enroll in One Today

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Summer is over. Kids are heading back to college. Luckily, so can you. If you peruse our list, MOOCs from Great Universities, you’ll find 150 free MOOCs getting started this month.

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Everyday Economics: A New Course by Marginal Revolution University Where Students Create the Syllabus

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In 2012, Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, two econ professors at George Mason University, launched Marginal Revolution University (otherwise known as MRUniversity) which delivers free, interactive courses in the economics space.

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Tap Into Timeless Wisdom: Download 36 Free Courses in Ancient History, Literature & Philosophy

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I know, it’s a dated reference now, but since I still watch the remade Battlestar Galactica series on Netflix, the mystical refrain—“All of this has happened before and will happen again”–still seems fresh to me. At any rate, it’s fresher than the clichéd “history repeats itself.

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E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth Released as a Free eBook and Free Course on iTunes

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Yesterday, E.O. Wilson’s Life on Earth was released as a free iBook on iTunes. It features “state-of-the-art digital media animations, video, and interactive modules in a comprehensive 41-chapter text covering standards-based biology curriculum.

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