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Link: Isaac Asimov’s Epic Foundation Trilogy Dramatized in Classic Audio

Between 1951 and 1953, Isaac Asimov published three books that formed the now legendary Foundation Trilogy. Many considered it a masterwork in science fiction, and that view became official doctrine in 1966 when the trilogy received a special Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series, notably beating out Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. (Don’t miss the vintage Tolkien documentary we featured yesterday.)

Eventually, the BBC decided to adapt Asimov’s trilogy to the radio, dramatizing the series in eight one-hour episodes that aired between May and June 1973. Years later, you can buy the radio drama on iTunes for $9.99. But we’re going to suggest that you pocket that hard-earned money and download the radio drama for free from the Internet Archive.

Click the links below to stream the individual episodes. Or download the full program as a zip file. The Internet Archive gives you more download options here.

Link: 55 Free Philosophy Courses

The Philosophy section of our big Free Courses collection just went through a major update, and it now lists more than 50 courses — 55 to be precise. Enough to give you a soup-to-nuts introduction to a timeless discipline. You can start with one of several introductory courses.

Then, once you’ve found your footing, you can head off in some amazing directions. As we mentioned many moons ago, you can access courses and lectures by modern day, rock star philosophers – Michel Foucault, Bertrand Russell, John SearleWalter Kaufmann, Leo StraussHubert Dreyfus and Michael Sandel. Then you can sit back and let them introduce you to the thinking of Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, Hobbes, Hegel, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Kant, Nietzsche, Sartre and the rest of the gang. The courses listed here are generally available via YouTube, iTunes, or the web.

Explore our collection of 400 Free Courses to find topics in many other disciplines — History, Literature, Physics, Computer Science and beyond. As we like to say, it’s the most valuable single page on the web.

Link: Free Online Education

Whether you’re in school and getting ready to head back for the spring semester, or you’re out of school and just want to keep learning and growing, there are an incredible amount of free, university-level courses that become available on the web every school year, and anyone with a little time and a passion for self-growth can audit, read, and “enroll” in these courses for their own personal benefit. Schools like Yale University, MIT, Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley, and many more are all offering free online classes that you can audit and participate in from the comfort of your office chair, couch, or computing chair-of-choice.

Some of these classes are available year-round, but many of them are only available during the a specific term or semester, and because we’re all about helping you improve your life at Lifehacker, we put together a list of courses available this spring that will inspire you, challenge you, open the door to something new, and give you the tools to improve your life. 

Places to find free ebooks

nomindallthought:

Most of these sites are totally legal, however if you want to find better (aka illegal/pirated) things you can google for them and/or find a good torrent tracker.  If you can get your hands on a private tracker, then you’re set. :)

(Source: absurdreasoning)