A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases: it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Endymion 1818 John Keats (1795-1821)
John Keats writing career existed for 3 years widely criticized during an impoverished, consumptive lifetime, which ended at age 25. Much of the passion inspired by Fanny Brawne is revealed in his poetry and love letters.
The broadening of the mind and soul allows us to appreciate art, literature, mathematics, geology, astronomy, physics, music, dance, Shakespeare. With the gift of internet access, college classes are available online for free. Anyone can fill their hunger for knowledge.
If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. The people cannot be safe without information. Thomas Jefferson
Free college courses available from Berkely, MIT-Harvard and Yale:
edX MIT-Harvard-Berkeley website of free online courses Justice
Networked Life free Princeton MOOC massive open online course computer science by Mung Chiang video on YouTube short answers for nonmathematical types, longer answers for science majors, graduate level answers leveraging participant nodes to provide service
Stanford University Computer Science lectures are free online for no credit.
Citizen scientists upload real time ground motion data from home computers or mobile phones via integral or USB accelerometers helping scientists track direction and intensity of earthquake wave propagation to assist prediction and warning
http://qcn.stanford.edu Quake Catcher Network
http://map.communityseismicnetwork.org Community Seismic Network
http://earthquake USGS.gov/monitoring/netquakes United States Geological Survey NetQuakes
http://physics.dickinson.edu/EiP Explorations in Physics inquiry based science literacy for non-scientists.
The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics Physics for the non-physicist. Only 28% of US adults are scientifically literate: able to formulate hypotheses, design ways to test ideas, take accurate measurements, derive conclusions, understand the limitations of extrapolating from current data, appreciate the need for evidenced based conclusions and mistaken ideas to generate more hypotheses, or understand scientific literature.
Genomics curriculum http://serc.carleton.edu/exploring_genomics/index.html inquiry based, integrated, instructional units exploring genomics
Video games (FoldIt), crowd sourcing data from citizen scientists help researchers solve problems otherwise not solvable with the limited number of professional scientists available. Abnormal folding of proteins occurs in Alzheimer's (beta amyloid plaques, tau protein neurofibrillary tangles) and in prion diseases Jakob Creutzfeldt disease, scrapie. Once misfolded, the architecturally twisted protein induces normal proteins to unfold then refold in the abnormal structure as well, becoming self propagating, transmissible and fatal as functional brain cells decay and die. FoldIt helps uncover how malignant folding patterns occur and perhaps can be reversed.
ICBM International Consortium for Brain Mapping with Mazziota has videos of MRI magnetic resonance imaging: brains shrinking with age and dementia, brains of voters, brain of buyers. Brain MRI can predict what someone will or will not do which is not the same as what the person SAYS they will do, superseding the utility of preference surveys (what people say they like or will do is not the same as what is revealed in the MRI which accurately predicts actual observed behavior, buying and otherwise). Marketing by brain scan.
Apprenticeship through Wii to learn job skills (Velu the Welder) understand anatomy and disease (Build-a-Body):
http://scim.ag/y41Bht online slideshow visualizing science
www.nsf.gov/news/scivis National Science Foundation
Contagion is a scientifically accurate portrayal of the detective work of epidemiologists, virologists, vaccine researchers of the CDC Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta GA and the challenge of dealing with false information hoaxes and fraud (vaccine autism fraud).
The Big Year Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Jack Black in humorous true story of bird identification and the intensity of competition.
Free noncredit college level data for the self motivated is an opportunity to open the mind to the ideas of great thinkers and exciting current discoveries. July-August 2012 Harvard magazine article on online weekly classes (Justice most subscribed course), competency assessments, absence of teacher and peer group interaction.
101 Things I Learned in Architecture School 30 minute synopsis of architecture school, thoughtful for the design oriented. The parti is a Commonplace book for architects.
He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me . . . like fire, expansible over all space, without lessening their density in any point. Thomas Jefferson
For some, The Bucket List learning is its own reward.
For others, The Hobart Shakespeareans, Won't Back Down true story, Renaissance Man, Temple Grandin, Nell learning may be a doorway to self worth, if we are willing to risk and make an effort.
Intellectual enrichment must be balanced with ethical constraint and emotional regulation to ensure human wholeness Dhamma Brothers, P.O.V.: What I Want My Words to Do to You, Departures.
If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed.
Inspired curiosity, inquiry, dialogue, hypothesis formulation and testing overwhelm disappointments.
Even as an adult one may be startled, as John Keats was, to happen upon a write which resonates with your being as you unravel who you are meant to be.
Donc, par notre rigoureuse discipline d'Aikido, nous rememorons et redevenons qui nous sommes vraiment. . . . Thus, by our harsh Aikido discipline and efforts we come to remember and be who we truly are . . . .
Role model mentors guide lifelong learning: Something the Lord Made, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance.
Take a risk. Learning your capacity for being rewards effort with coming home.
Passion is easy, commitment is tough. Celia Barbour