MIT Open Courseware: Take 2,000 MIT Classes for Free?


I’m not exactly sure how this works, but apparently MIT is offering 2,000 of its courses online for free. Click here.

I’m going to look more into it, but I was hoping to pass along the information before someone else told you about it.

That way I can always hold it over your head that I was the one who told you about this awesome opportunity.

 

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Comment of the day goes to … PDOG


This one is top-shelf, flaming-head, face-palming greatness … from this post. The following is a straight quote from one “supid [sic] moron” who goes by “PDOG.”

hey george snakes are not the same as they were in the garden of eden and adam and eve could understand animals back then, and the snake was not a true snake but the devil in the form of a snake you supid moron

You hear that, George, you SUPID moron. Don’t you see how dumb you are? Adam and Eve could talk to animals. If the Black Crows could record that one hit of theirs again, the lyrics would be, “She talks to animals / They call her out by her name.”

It looks like PDOG goes to Mansfield University, a college that claims to specialize in educating leaders of the future. Thankfully, they don’t claim they teach grammar and writing, because PDOG is lacking those skills. That is one gorgeous run-on sentence, don’t you think?

He may have been raptured, but in the event he’s still around … I hope he comes back to play.

Congratulations, PDOG. You won your own post.

Regrets of the Typical American


Surprise, surprise … Americans regret decisions they’ve made regarding romance.

Here’s a link to a study about Americans’ regrets. You might want to check it out.

A snippet:

Key findings from the study include:

  • About 44 percent of women reported romance regrets versus 19 percent of men. Women also had more family regrets than men. About 34 percent of men reported having work-oriented regrets versus 27 percent of women reporting similar regrets. Men also had more education regrets than women.
  • Individuals who were not currently in a relationship were most likely to have romance regrets.
  • People were evenly divided on regrets of situations that they acted on versus those that they did not act on. People who regretted events that they did not act on tended to hold on longer to that regret over time.
  • Individuals with low levels of education were likely to regret their lack of education. Americans with high levels of education had the most career-related regrets.

 


Apropos to the conversation


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I saw the graphic (above) on reddit. It goes along with some of the conversation we’ve been having about Noah’s Ark and how logically absurd it is to think humanity descended from incestuous relationships, not once, but twice.

I mean, if a person really thinks at one time inbreeding was fine, but eventually changed into something harmful to the species, what does that mean to the way that person views the world? What if you believe that in one of the most scientifically illiterate places on earth, people lived to outrageous ages contrary to what we know from science? I guess anything is possible. ‘

But what does it say about you if you want to be the product of incest or inbreeding? I mean, do you want a common ancestor who happens to show the progress of evolution or a common ancestor that shows your ancestors probably looked like this:

For a little more information on inbreeding, do a google search. Or start here (where many great images are collected).

“So I came out as an atheist to my Catholic wife of 6 years.”


After posting this story, I found a deconversion story that was impressive. I’m posting some here. Go read the rest at reddit.com:

We’ve been married over 6 years, been living together for about 10, we have a daughter who is about to be 3.

My wife grew up in Brooklyn as a Catholic, attending catholic school, mass, etc. While she isn’t active in practicing she does occasionally go to confession and we had to attend a catholic class before we got married (not by a catholic priest BTW) and before the baby was baptized, (not my choice but what is a little water?)

I always played the lazy reluctant when it came to anything religious, not wanting to rock her boat but not wanting to suffer hours of preached insanity ether. So I always avoided church and the issue with her.

Until two nights ago.

We were bored and had recently gotten a copy of The da Vinci Code for $3 when a local blockbuster closed, so we put it on. I have always been a history buff, particularly religious history, so I was pointing out the billions of incorrect assertions and the few correct legends etc. when she stops the movie and goes right to the topic I feared.

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Math Teacher Fail


I saw this on reddit.com. If we don’t have decent teachers in the field, how do we expect to dominate the world with excellent science and math prowess?

My parents used to make fun of my first grade teacher, Mrs. Barnes. Unbeknownst to stupid, seven-year-old me, I didn’t know that she was misspelling words and therefore unfit to teach. I kind of liked her. She was always very nice to me. And when my parents found out I lied about something once, they took me to see her and apologize. She was stern yet forgiving.

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CNN, NYT: Basic Religion Test Stumps Many Americans


Of course CNN and the New York Times are going to report that non-believers score higher on basic religion knowledge than believers … they’re soooo biased. Left-wingers say the darndest things.

The NYT wrote:

Americans are by all measures a deeply religious people, but they are also deeply ignorant about religion.

Researchers from the independent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life phoned more than 3,400 Americans and asked them 32 questions about the Bible, Christianity and other world religions, famous religious figures and the constitutional principles governing religion in public life.

On average, people who took the survey answered half the questions incorrectly, and many flubbed even questions about their own faith.

The boring and best part of the article comes from this finding here:

Those who scored the highest were atheists and agnostics, as well as two religious minorities: Jews and Mormons. The results were the same even after the researchers controlled for factors like age and racial differences.

Regular LCW reader Xina (Thanks!) hooked me up with this CNN blog post this morning, which said:

The single strongest factor predicting how well a person does on the religious knowledge quiz is education – the more years of schooling a person has, the more they are likely to know about religion, regardless of how religious they consider themselves to be, Pew found.

“The No. 1 predictor without question is simply educational attainment,” Smith said.

The think tank also asked a handful of general knowledge questions – such as who wrote “Moby-Dick” and who’s the vice president of the United States – and found a link between religious knowledge and general knowledge.

It’s been shown in other sources that non-religious people often know more about religion than believers. I know many believers who know a lot about their own faith, but tend to show very limited knowledge of other belief systems.

I retired faith, because of two main reasons: I learned about the history or Christianity and other religions and I read and thought about the bible’s message.

What do you know about the history of the religion you were taught? How much time do you devote to learning about it from sources apart from the pulpit?

From the articles I posted above, you can take 10 questions of the test. They’re kind of softball questions, I think. I wish they’d publish the entire test so we could have a little test around here.

***UPDATE***

Regular reader and neuroscientist Luis V pointed out in the comments that the entire quiz is here. Although it appears the entire world is taking the quiz, so it’s slow as evolution (honk).

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