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Brain-Twisting Paradoxes

Image Description John Robin
10 lessons
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49m
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90%

There are paradoxes in our world that are so complicated, they can make your brain change shape. This course covers ten of the most challenging, brain-twisting paradoxes, collected across thousands of years of history from our greatest minds. Some even seem impossible—or at least, they tell us just how truly difficult certain truths are to grapple with. Take the challenge! Not only will you come out having tackled some of the world’s most mysterious problems, you’ll think differently about the world and bring these skills into your daily life.

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How Science Works

Image Description Benjamin Keep
10 lessons
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59m
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100%

What do we know about science? Although we encounter scientific claims on a daily basis in the modern world, we rarely consider science itself as an object of study. This course remedies that. It explores deep questions about scientific knowledge and how science works. For instance: How does science develop reliable knowledge? When should scientists change their beliefs? And do they do so when they should? It draws on the philosophy, history, and sociology of science to give you the tools to think more critically about the science you encounter, offers intellectual conundrums to ponder—and it...

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The Birth of the Industrial Revolution in Britain: 1707 to 1830

Image Description Ross Maynard
12 lessons
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1h 25m
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100%

The Industrial Revolution started in Britain in the eighteenth century. A number of factors converged to create the conditions for developments in industry and science. In this course I take you through the key milestones of the early industrial revolution – in the textile industry, in coal mining and iron production, in civil engineering; in the development of steam power and the birth of the railways. The industrial revolution started in Britain; it would later spread throughout the world.

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History of the Merovingians (from 451 to 613)

Image Description Benjamin Bernier
15 lessons
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2h 11m
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100%

Welcome to the Merovingian Dynasty, the first major French monarchy... and arguably the first major monarchy in Europe! My name is Benjamin Bernier, and I'll be leading you from the year 451 – about 25 years before the fall of the Western Roman Empire – until the year 613. The first of these dates marks the ascendance of the Merovingians and their first King, Merovech, as they fought at the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains, and the second date marks the end of one of the most compelling Queens in world history: Brunhilda.

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The Wisdom of Star Wars

Image Description Luke Mason
14 lessons
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1h 30m
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100%

In this course, we will explore some of the deeper ideas hidden in the Star Wars characters, and how that wisdom can apply to our lives. Star Wars was written with several Mythological influences and ideas that are spread throughout the films. Additionally, because the characters and situations are so exciting and compelling, there is much to learn from how they interact with their environment and with each other. Between all the psychology, myth, wisdom, humor, and redemption, there is much to think about from Star Wars that can be useful and important to our own lives.

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Most Brilliant Social Psychology Experiments

Image Description John Robin
10 lessons
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54m
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92%

The world of social psychology is full of strangeness. This course will cover 10 of the most brilliant and well-known experiments, many which will change your perspective on just how much control you have over your life and your surroundings. Some of it this will scare you, but most will intrigue you as well. From induced prison experiments to how marshmallows reveal our propensity for patience, you will learn why many assumptions and laws in our world are the way they are—thanks to the field of social psychology!

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Women in Philosophy

Image Description Dr. Will Buckingham
10 lessons
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51m
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94%

Philosophy is about exploring the deepest questions of human life. But there is a significant problem in the history of philosophy. While women make up just over 50% of humanity, most philosophers throughout history have been men. This is beginning to change, but what happens when philosophy starts to take women’s voices seriously? This course aims to introduce some important women philosophers and to ask challenging questions about the relationships between philosophy, men, and women.

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Masterpieces Of World Literature And Why They Matter

Image Description Alisa Miller
10 lessons
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49m
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83%

Throughout history and around the world, certain books have made such an impact on readers that they created a permanent place in literature. Often, these books illustrate elements of humanity that resonate with people, such as class struggle or finding oneself. Other times, what the book brings is so unique or groundbreaking that it serves as an example for the next generation of literature. This course will explore ten literary masterpieces from around the world and why they have earned a measure of importance.

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Vikings: History and Mindset

Image Description Tom Shippey
10 lessons
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45m
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100%

This course looks at the forces that made the Vikings, their adaptive responses to changing circumstances, and most of all, their successful mindset. It asks the hard questions: What got them started? What gave them their edge? How did they manage to terrorize Europe for three centuries, from Ireland to Ukraine? What tactics did successful kings use against them? Lessons follow the careers of famous Vikings, like Ivar the Boneless and Egil Skallagrímsson, and some not so famous, like Haesten, “the Vikings’ Viking.” Lessons also cover the Viking assaults on Ireland, England, Spain, Russia,...

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Sci-Phi: Philosophy through Science Fiction

Image Description David Kyle Johnson, PhD
10 lessons
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55m
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90%

Science fiction isn’t juvenile escapism. It finds its origin in philosophical writings and is one of the fundamental avenues through which we engage with philosophical questions. Do we have free will? Could machines think? Could there be an afterlife? Does God exist? What is good and evil? In this course, we will explore these questions and more by seeing how they are raised in science fiction and how the world’s greatest thinkers have tried to answer them. After finishing the course, you will have a greater appreciation for science fiction and a better understanding of the philosophical...

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