Especially not when anyone with internet access has a vast virtual world of knowledge at their fingertips. With a few simple strokes of the keys and clicks of the mouse you can find information on pretty much anything. The trouble only comes in what is genuine and what is crap? That's where I come in. Yes, yes, you can thank me later for this post. However, if you really want to thank me, use these links and their resources and learn! Squash out ignorance with the might hammer of knowledge! And impress your friends or win Jeopardy, whatever as long as you learn something.
Many universities are starting to follow MIT's path and offer course materials and even audio and videos of lectures online, free to the public. These are actual college courses. You won't have the benefit of earning a degree by utilizing this material but you will have the benefit of knowledge.
Tufts University Open Courseware:
University of Texas-Austin's World Lecture Hall:
MIT's courseware site:
Stanford iTunes U:
The @Princeton courseware:
Open University of the UK:
UC Berkeley's Webcasts - Videos of Lectures from UC-Berkeley classes:
Utah State University Open Courseware:
Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initiative:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Open Courseware:
Norte Dame Open Courseware:
University of California - Irvine Open Courseware:
University of Pennsylvania:
And if you're more of a reading person or like to keep up on what's current in research, here's some open access, peer-reviewed journals for you:
The Public Library of Science:
Directory of Open Access Journals:
Directory of Free and Open Access Journals in Mental Health:
Free Medical Journals:
And that's not the end, there are many more out there than what I posted, you just need to look. Also, some of the large journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences offer open access to select articles and some publishers such as Blackwell Publishing offer open access to some issues of their current journals. Just poke around and see what you can find. If all else fails, a trip to the local library won't kill ya.
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