Sunday, February 04

Geek

I Think I Just Haibane Renmei'd Myself

Steven Den Beste doesn't like to recommend Haibane Renmei as the first show for an anime newcomer to watch, in large part because it's too good. Once you've seen it (he says) it's all downhill from there. I don't entirely agree, but the point is well taken.

And I think I just did that to myself in another field.

I've been wandering about the material on offer at MIT's Open Courseware and Berkeley's Webcasts, and the course I decided to start with was MIT's 9.00 Introduction to Psychology.

I just finished listening to it today (except for lecture 10, which is AWOL), and I have to say that I would cheerfully pay for this series if they had it on CD or something. It's that good. Now, part of that is that it's a subject I've always been interested in but didn't think to take when I had the chance, but a lot of it is the presentation. Jeremy Wolfe is a brilliant lecturer, funny and engaging and able to clearly get the point across. You lose a little with the audio lectures because you're not there, but they are nonetheless superb.

I've tried listening to 9.01 Neuroscience and Behaviour, but it's just not the same.

So if you're at all interested in how your mind works, in what makes you you, in a riotous Freudian analysis of Hansel and Gretel and Snow White, I can't recommend this lecture course too strongly. Download it, evict some songs from your iPod, and listen to it on the way to work. Then you can come back here in a few weeks and thank me.

Really. It's that good.

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1 Hmm, MIT has a number of Japanese courses as well, and the study materials include such niceties as video of someone writing all of the covered kanji with a brush. -j

Posted by: J Greely at Sunday, February 04 2007 01:25 PM (2XtN5)

2 I agree w/you regarding anime. Thanks for the link to download. and in my experience it is the lecturer.

Posted by: michele at Wednesday, February 07 2007 09:47 AM (proA2)

3

Oooh.  Downloading this.

I wish when I was in college I had the tech that I have now; I'd've liked to have recorded some of my profs, who were brilliant lecturers.

Posted by: bkw at Wednesday, February 07 2007 01:57 PM (bRLba)

4 I knew this stuff was out there, but then I get so busy I forget to go back and look at it.  Thanks for the reminder - and for the pointer to one of the ones worth listening to.  There's so much there... can't wait to get started. 

Posted by: Teresa at Wednesday, February 07 2007 08:23 PM (gsbs5)

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