Wednesday, March 27, 2013

E-Learning Podcast Heaven

I had a wonderful talk with my friend Jennette on AOL this morning. She gave me a link for some free lectures about Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome. I love them. They're downloaded and on my MP3 player ready to be listened to at work tomorrow.

I also found a free 11week long literature course online with the title "Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World". This class is taught by Eric Rabkin. Here is a bit about the course taken from the website.. "Fantasy is a key term both in psychology and in the art and artifice of humanity. The things we make, including our stories, reflect, serve, and often shape our needs and desires. We see this everywhere from fairy tale to kiddie lit to myth; from "Cinderella" to Alice in Wonderland to Superman; from building a fort as a child to building ideal, planned cities as whole societies. Fantasy in ways both entertaining and practical serves our persistent needs and desires and illuminates the human mind. Fantasy expresses itself in many ways, from the comfort we feel in the godlike powers of a fairy godmother to the seductive unease we feel confronting Dracula. From a practical viewpoint, of all the fictional forms that fantasy takes, science fiction, from Frankenstein to Avatar, is the most important in our modern world because it is the only kind that explicitly recognizes the profound ways in which science and technology, those key products of the human mind, shape not only our world but our very hopes and fears. This course will explore Fantasy in general and Science Fiction in specific both as art and as insights into ourselves and our world."
For more wonderful learning go here.. Do it Yourself Scholar.


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