We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In the car, Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition. The lecture on Pascal is mind-blowing, a math and physics genius who invented the first binary "computer," who gave his life to Christ. Also, the lecture on Francis Bacon, where the prof reviews Bacon's False Idols of Knowledge and Science (from The New Organum (1620):
- The Idol of the Tribe: the arrogance that comes from agreement with one's colleagues - The Idol of the Cave: bias coming from one's psychology and background, and the vanity of attachment to an idea - The Idol of the Marketplace of Words: Wherein words take the place of real knowledge. - The Idol of Theater: Our received philosophical and scientific views as given by tradition and authority
It's better than college. Buy them on sale, and don't pay the library prices. Or trade with friends and neighbors, as we do.
You will thank me for this free ad for them. We are reviewing the big topics we have forgotten, or didn't have time to take in school. Things we need a guide for. Lifelong learning, like lifelong fitness, is a cliche but for good reason.
The Hubble telescope course will change how you look at the night sky. The images from Hubble have a giant WOW factor. I'm hooked on the math offerings as well. This old dog is re-learning those forgotten tricks!
I have only accessed The Great Courses through my Audible subscription, because of the hefty price for the full package. I would be very happy indeed to see a price drop. My favorite ones so far are the Robert Greenberg music history lectures, and anything by Prof. V.G. Liulevicious (sp?) on modern history. His course Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century ought to be mandatory at every college and university.
I hate rain on anyone's parade, but I had a very brief look at the 30 Greatest Orchestral Works course and I think it falls a bit short. Yes, it will introduce you to some great music. But Prof. Greenberg is operating under an obsolete scholarly model and I think the course is ultimately misleading. I talked about this on my music blog.
I had to respond to someone so I just plucked Cheryl
While i have enjoyed some of these courses,others seemed a bit ideological. The one that termed the Rosenbergs "American Dissidents" comes to mid. Several other lectures seemed to focus on such reassessments.