I believe in free education, one that’s available to everyone; no matter their race, gender, age, wealth, etc… This masterpost was created for every knowledge hungry individual out there. I hope it will serve you well. Enjoy!
FREE ONLINE COURSES (here are listed websites that provide huge variety of courses)
- Khan Academy
- P2P U
- Academic Earth
- Stanford Online
- MIT Open Courseware
- Open Yale Courses
- BBC Learning
- Carnegie Mellon University OLI
- University of Reddit
IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)
- Big Think
- BBC Future
- Seriously Amazing
- How Stuff Works
- Discovery News
- National Geographic
- Science News
- Popular Science
- YouTube Edu
DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)
FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS
- OpenStax CNX
- Open Textbooks
- Textbook Revolution
- E-books Directory
- Books Should Be Free
- Classic Reader
- Read Print
- Project Gutenberg
- AudioBooks For Free
- Poem Hunter
- MIT Classics
- Many Books
- Open Textbooks BCcampus
- Open Textbook Library
SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS
- Directory of Open Access Journals
- Wiley Open Access
- Springer Open
- Oxford Open
- Elsevier Open Access
- Open Access Library
- BBC Languages
- Learn A Language
- Foreign Services Institute
- My Languages
- Surface Languages
- OpenCulture’s Language links
2. COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING
- GA Dash
- Code Avengers
- The Code Player
- Code School
- Programming Motherf*?$%#
- Bucky’s room
- Learn Code the Hard Way
- Mozilla Developer Network
- Microsoft Virtual Academy
3. YOGA & MEDITATION
- Learning Yoga
- Learn Meditation
- Free Meditation
- Online Meditation
- Do Yoga With Me
- Yoga Learning Center
4. PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMMAKING
- Exposure Guide
- The Bastards Book of Photography
- Cambridge in Color
- Best Photo Lessons
- Photography Course
- Production Now
- Learn About Film
- Film School Online
5. DRAWING & PAINTING
6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY
- Music Theory
- Music Theory Videos
- Furmanczyk Academy of Music
- Dave Conservatoire
- Petrucci Music Library
- Justin Guitar
- Guitar Lessons
- Piano Lessons
- Zebra Keys
- Play Bass Now
7. OTHER UNCATEGORIZED SKILLS
- The Chess Website
- First Aid for Free
- First Aid Web
- Wolfram Demonstrations Project
Please feel free to add more learning focused websites.
*There are a lot more learning websites out there, but I picked the ones that are, as far as I’m aware, completely free and in my opinion the best/ more useful.
I LOVE that the internet can provide free education. I also love how non-librarians are creating pathfinders like the list above. This is the sort of thing your local librarian might put together. Check your library’s website.
A quote from realsocialskills (via stimmyabby)
(via sinshine)"Hate is a strong word," they say.
And they don’t want us to have access to strong words. They want us to use weak words. They want us to say “I’m not comfortable with this”. Then they say “It’s important that you expand your comfort zone”.
Having someone you feel comfortable with during introverted downtime is just the best.
World’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue: scientists.
New Zealand researchers have traced every human language — from English to Mandarin — back to an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single “mother tongue,” an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.
New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human civilization — a Diaspora — as well as advances in art and hunting tool technology, and laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures.
The research, by Quentin Atkinson from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, also found that speech evolved far earlier than previously thought. And the findings implied, though did not prove, that modern language originated only once, an issue of controversy among linguists, according to the New York Times.
Before Atkinson came up with the evidence for a single African origin of language, some scientists had argued that language evolved independently in different parts of the world.
Atkinson found that the first populations migrating from Africa laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures by taking their single language with them. “It was the catalyst that spurred the human expansion that we all are a product of,” Atkinson said, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Atkinson traced the number distinct sounds, or phonemes — consonants, vowels and tones — in 504 world languages, finding compelling evidence that they can be traced back to a long-forgotten dialect spoken by our Stone Age ancestors, according to the Daily Mail.
Atkinson also hypothesized that languages with the most sounds would be the oldest, while those spoken by smaller breakaway groups would utilize fewer sounds as variation and complexity diminished.
The study found that some of the click-using languages of Africa have more than 100 phonemes, or sounds, whereas Hawaiian, toward the far end of the human migration route out of Africa, has only 13, the Times reported. English has about 45 phonemes.
The phoneme pattern mirrors the pattern of human genetic diversity as humans spread across the globe from sub-Saharan Africa around 70,000 years ago.
Women in tech get a lot of harassment. Here’s a great way one woman handled it. (via https://twitter.com/Spacekatgal/status/504442100398968832)
A quote from "Snuff" by Terry Pratchett (via youaristocat)
In Inuit oral history, the Tuniit loom both large and small.
They inhabited the Arctic before the Inuit came, and they were a different stock of people — taller and stronger, with the muscularity of polar bears, the stories say. A Tuniit man could lift a 1,000 pound seal on his back, or drag a whole walrus. Others say the Tuniit slept with their legs in the air to drain the blood from their feet and make them lighter, so they could outrun a caribou.
But despite their superior strength and size, the Tuniit were shy. They were “easily put to flight and it was seldom heard that they killed others,” according to one storyteller in the book “Uqalurait: An Oral History of Nunavut.” The Inuit took over the best hunting camps and displaced the conflict-averse Tuniit. Soon enough, these strange people disappeared from the land.
This week, the prestigious journal Science published an unprecedented paleogenomic study that resolves long-held questions about the people of the prehistoric Arctic. By analyzing DNA from 169 ancient human specimens from Canada, Alaska, Siberia, and Greenland, the researchers concluded that a series of Paleo-Eskimo cultures known as the Pre-Dorset and Dorset were actually one population who lived with great success in the eastern Arctic for 4,000 years — until disappearing suddenly a couple generations after the ancestors of the modern Inuit appeared, around 1200 A.D. There is no evidence the two groups interbred.
The Dorset are almost certainly the Tuniit of Inuit oral history.
“The outcome of the genetic analysis is completely in agreement, namely that the Paleo-Eskimos are a different people,” says Eske Willerslev, a co-author of the Science study.
It’s not the first time his genomic research has synchronized neatly with indigenous oral traditions.
In February, when Willerslev and colleagues announced they had sequenced the genome of a 12,500-year-old skeleton found in Montana, the results showed that nearly all South and North American indigenous populations were related to this ancient American. Shane Doyle, a member of the Crow tribe of Montana, said at the time: “This discovery basically confirms what tribes have never really doubted — that we’ve been here since time immemorial, and that all the artifacts and objects in the ground are remnants of our direct ancestors.” The sequenced genome of an Aboriginal from Australia also revealed findings in line with the local communities’ oral histories, Willerslev says.
“Scientists are sitting around and academically discussing different theories about peopling of Americas, and you have all these different views on how many migrations, and who is related to,” he says. “Then when we actually undertake the most sophisticated genetic analysis we can do today, and this is state of the art, genetically — we could have just have listened to them in the first place.”
He was laughing when he said that. But he and many others are serious when they say that scientists need to revaluate the weight they give traditional indigenous knowledge.
“This is a pretty common theme. It’s really surprising that scientists and general commentators don’t appreciate the knowledge collection and transmission of indigenous peoples, given the wealth of knowledge about medicine, physiology, geology, earth sciences, wind patterns, ice fluctuations — the incredible scope of knowledge that indigenous people have and have sustained them in North America for tens of thousands of years,” says Hayden King, director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University and a member of the Beausoleil First Nation on Georgian Bay.
“It defies logic that this knowledge they’ve generated and transmitted wouldn’t be accurate and helpful in myriad ways.”
"From 2006 to 2012, a white police officer killed a black person at least twice a week in this country." - MHP
mainstream tumblr feminism may have many glaring faults but it has bred an army of teenage girls who understand the common ways that misogyny is reinforced in society and who know that they’re better off loving their fellow woman than fighting with her and that’s actually pretty damn revolutionary
I don’t know much else about this guy, but this statement is good.
This very nicely conveys the concept, and is very repeatable — I had 3 such conversations last week with men who had a visible “aha!” moment in response to “privilege is invisible to the privileged”.
Every dudebro who says these women shouldn’t have taken private nude photos of themselves and then put them on a secure, private server if they didn’t want everyone in the world to see them should have to have every message they have ever sent on OKC dramatically read to their boss, mom, and granny
And all their Snapchat and Chat Roulette pics & vids put on the family holiday card.