Saturday, September 26, 2009

Harvard Online

Okay, it's not psychiatry, but it's my blog and I'll divert if I want to. So this looks cool, you can take a popular Harvard course for free and in the comfort of your own home. You know I'm there:


[addition by Roy:]
And don't forget iTunesU, which has a slew of full courses from major teaching facilities available free via iTunes. Places such as:
> Stanford
> Berkeley
> MIT
> Texas A&M
> Harvard
> Penn State
> Vanderbilt
> Columbia
> Yale
> Carnegie Mellon
> UNC
> Boston University
> Oxford
> University of Maryland
> Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
[Note back from Dinah] The Harvard "Justice" Course is not just on line, it's being Televised on public TV (there's a link on the website).
Readers: If you try a class, please let the rest of us know what you think of it. [-Roy]

4 comments:

April said...

Wow. This is what the internet is made for. Thanks. I rural Idaho, I need this.

Meg said...

This course is amazing! I listened to it a few years ago (when it was only available to alumni) and I remember thinking that it really should have been made available to the whole world. I'm planning to listen to the lectures again this year. I'm also encouraging the college students I teach to watch this show.

Roy said...

And don't forget iTunesU, which has a slew of full courses from major teaching facilities available free via iTunes. Places such as:
> Stanford
> Berkeley
> MIT
> Texas A&M
> Harvard
> Penn State
> Vanderbilt
> Columbia
> Yale
> Carnegie Mellon
> UNC
> Boston University
> Oxford
> University of Maryland
> Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

I'll put these in the blog post, as well.

Robert said...

A Call For Insurrection Against Psychiatry by Not Auguste Comte


We reject the usage of medicine as an instrument of social control, however, we cannot totally free ourselves from the madhouse of the therapeutic state. The whole world has become a hospital. Popular opinion and politicians find it too useful to control people in this manner. We also reject most violence, not on the grounds that violence is in itself always bad, and while we will note the the rights of homosexuals was changed after the stonewall riots, violence is mostly bad and usually causes more problems than it solves. Rather than being pacificists we advocate the right kind violence in the right kind of way. We can sow the seeds for this right kind of violence by advocating out and out insurrection against psychiatry. An insurrection against psychiatry need not include violence in any way shape or form at this present time. For now we can safely advocate the following forms of insurrection:
A) Lying to the medical profession. Because psychiatry is primarily (although not always) an instrument of social control, we should have no expectation whatsoever that mental health workers are agents of our interests. We should have no reason therefore to be honest to any member of the medical profession whatsoever at this point in history unless we have good reason to be. This includes giving a false history, tampering with drug tests, lying about disability to receive benefits, misleading court officials to receive more lenient sentences, and so on.
B) Cheating at the game of psychiatry. If an age is imbued with error, then why be a victim of other people's delusions? Decent profit could possibly be made from selling ritalin, so why not sell it? How can one possibly fake having a fake disease? Why should a victim of the inner city drug war not rob methadone users by slipping them naloxtone? A well versed malingerer would note the correct diseases to have: Fibromyalgia, for instance, cannot easily be disproved. Why not get rid of an enemy by "confessing" to a mental health professional that they may be abusing their child, suicidal, or depressed? It can probably be done anonymously through an employee assistance program, some of them have passwords and codes. The drug court system will allow a way out for the right minded criminal. Im not advocating that the average reader smuggle crack over the border unless so inclined, but cheat the therapeutic state if you can!