Ayn Rand’s Philosophy and Her Resurgence in 2012: A Quick Primer by Stanford Historian Jennifer Burns

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The Colbert Report
Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c

Jennifer Burns



Do Yourself a Favor and Watch Stress: Portrait of a Killer (with Stanford Biologist Robert Sapolsky)

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Intelligence comes at a price. The human species, despite its talent for solving problems, has managed over the millennia to turn one of its most basic survival mechanisms–the stress response–against itself.


Coursera Strikes Partnerships with 12 Universities, Raises More $$$, Announces a Long List of Courses

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There’s an interesting competition shaping up between Udacity and Coursera. Specializing in offering Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), both ventures spun out of Stanford earlier this year. But they did so in very different ways.


Stanford Launches iPhone/iPad App Course on iTunesU (with New Peer-to-Peer Learning Features)

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Just about everybody these days is developing an app, right? A few lucky coders might see their work up in lights if they act fast.
Apps designed by the first 1,000 developers to register for Stanford’s new online course on iTunesU will be considered for showcasing on the university’s iTunes site.


Leonard Susskind, Father of String Theory, Warmly Remembers His Friend, Richard Feynman

≡ Category: Physics, Stanford |1 Comment

Leonard Susskind — he’s the father of String Theory, someone who won the black hole wars with Stephen Hawking, and a Stanford professor who likes to bring physics to the broader public. (Find his 6-course introduction to Modern Theoretical Physics in the Physics section of our collection of Free Online Courses.


Play Caesar: Travel Ancient Rome with Stanford’s Interactive Map

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Scholars of ancient history and IT experts at Stanford University have collaborated to create a novel way to study Ancient Rome. ORBIS, a geospatial network model, allows visitors to experience the strategy behind travel in antiquity. (Find a handy tutorial for using the system on the Web and YouTube).


Five Free Courses from Stanford Start This Month

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Stanford’s big open course initiative keeps rolling along.


This is Your Brain in Love: Scenes from the Stanford Love Competition

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Can one person experience love more deeply than another? That’s what The Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging and filmmaker Brent Hoff set out to understand when they hosted the 1st Annual Love Competition. Seven contestants, ranging from 10 to 75 years of age, took part.


The Art of Living: A Free Stanford Course Explores Timeless Questions

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What is a liberal education? And how can it help you live a more authentic and purposeful life? They are timely and timeless questions that get answered by The Art of Living, a team-taught course presented to Stanford freshmen. The first lecture (above) addresses these questions head on.


MIT to Offer Certificates to Students Taking Free Courses on the Web

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It happens at least a few times a day. Students look through our list of 400 Free Online Courses, and ask us whether they can get a certificate for taking a class. And, unfortunately, our answer has been no — no, you can’t. But that may be about to change.


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