I’ve been spending a lot of my time lately watching videos of college lectures from an outfit called “The Great Courses”. If you’re interested, you can look it up.
I highly recommend the selection and the quality. Once you order something, you start getting their catalog and it always has specials and deals. Some of the courses are quite expensive, but if you’re patient you can often catch them when they’re discounted, and they offer specials, twofors and bogos. The typical course is about 6-12 hours of lecture, on dvd or streamed, broken down into 1/2 hour classroom sessions, and they can usually be purchased for about 50-60 bucks. Its a lot like “going to class”. Its a format I feel comfortable with.
The catalog is enormous, and a lot of it is of little interest to me. I’m not interested in diet, exercise, self-improvement or home repair, travel or yoga, and I usually avoid the science courses, I’ve already had enough of that. But that still leaves a lot of neat shit, and I suspect you’ll find a lot there that will appeal to you. Like I said, I highly recommend them.
Here’s a list of the ones I’ve already bought and enjoyed (no particular order). The quality varies somewhat, but not one has been a disappointment.
Philosophy of Mind: Brains, consciousness and thinking machines
Consciousness and its Implications
Origins of Life
The Foundations of Western Civilization (Prehistory to the Renaissance)
Western Civilization II: Up to the year 2000
The Iliad of Homer
The Odyssey of Homer
The Great Ideas of Psychology
And I’m just scratching the surface. There are dozens of other titles I will be getting into if they’re bargains or specials. For those of you of a more entrepreneurial bent, there are lots of courses on management hygiene, corporate apologetics and execubabble. I’m thinking of YOU, Buck! And many other topics as well. Their catalog is a treasure, there is something for everyone. I highly recommend you browse it.