Wednesday, December 27, 2006

MIT Open Courseware

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has a wide array of free lecture materials on a wide variety of university materials. This open project has been in operation for several years now and I would just like to add it here to promote its use.

About MIT - OpenCourseWare

MIT OCW is a large-scale, Web-based electronic publishing initiative funded jointly by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation , MIT, and generous support of the Ab Initio software company.

MIT OCW's goals are to:

  • Provide free, searchable, access to MIT's course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.
  • Extend the reach and impact of MIT OCW and the "opencourseware" concept.

MIT OCW would not be possible without the support and generosity of the MIT faculty who choose to share their research, pedagogy, and knowledge to benefit others. We expect MIT OCW to reach a steady - though never static - state by 2008. Between now and then, we will publish the materials from virtually all of MIT's undergraduate and graduate courses.

We will be continually evaluating the Access, Use, and Impact of MIT OCW. With 1,400 courses published as of May 1, 2006, we are still in a learning stage of this MIT initiative and we will benefit enormously from your feedback, as we strive to make MIT OCW as rich and useful as possible for our users.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Anson Jones is born!

New addition to the family here, Anson Jones, err, I mean Anson Baker is born. So cute!!
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Friday, December 08, 2006

Richard Dawkins - The God Delusion

If you never read another book, you have to read this amazing piece of intellectual reasoning. Only read it if you are an atheist, or enjoy listening to a well researched theory, because as this book points out, and what most genuinely intellectual people know, there is unlikely to be a god. Very few writers have his eloquence of writing, this work is truly a joy to read. Here is the link to it at Amazon.

For a taster listen to the author's book reading, and QnA session, at Lynchburg. Click Here.

To see what reasoned argument is up against, watch this Christian training video, teaching god-believers how to deal with atheists. The reasoned arguments in this video are illogical, inaccurate and hilarious. However it does indicate that there is little point in trying to have a discussion with a "believer" as their minds are likely to be closed to free thought. Click Here

Finally for an additional comedy moment, here is an amusing review of the book from another closed-mind believer. Check out the English accent impression. Click Here