My name is Edward Tanguay.
I have a Bachelors degree in Philosophy, a Masters in Education, and am currently working as a web developer in Berlin, Germany.

I watch over 200 college-level MOOC lectures per year in subjects such as history , psychology, science, religion, art, philosophy, and IT development in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian, and record my notes here.
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The primary goal of this Learn Tracker project is to build a web site which serves as one place to record the notes of everything that I am learning from MOOC classes, to foreign languages, to useful code examples and technical how-to notes, so that I not only have an overview of what I have learned, but can search and recall these notes at any time.

The secondary goal of this Learn Tracker project is to work together with companies, universities, and MOOC providers to build software that allows employees, students, and learners to record what they are learning in an efficient way so that it serves not only as (1) a record of what they have learned, but also (2) a place for them to review and search what they have learned.

Since January 2013, I have watched and recorded notes on over 300 MOOC lectures from over 30 different courses in both English and French, and have watched and recorded notes and flashcards on over 50 foreign language videos in Italian, French and Spanish. (I am curently still adding notes I took from 2013 and plan to be caught up by the end of January 2014.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
RUSSIAN HISTORY: FROM LENIN TO PUTIN, University of California, Santa Cruz
industrialization in the last decades of the 19th century as remarkably successful
Sergei Witte, Minister of Finance 1889-1891
argued that Russia needed to industrialize to remain a great power
have to be able to have a great army
moving armies around... view all notes
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
CHRISTIANISME ET PHILOSOPHIE DANS L'ANTIQUITÉ, Sorbonne University
trois types d'arguments utilisés par les philosophes contre les chrétiens, les deux premiers sont:
1. les attaques contre la doctrine
2. concernent le texte biblique et l'exégèse des chrétiens
c'est-à-dire la façon dont ils l'interprètent
il est difficile de savoir comment les philosophes ont eu accès au texte biblique... view all notes
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
the Treaty of Versailles produced an unstable Europe
a goal of it was the rebuilding of a global economy
but many focused on establishing the economic world as it had existed before the war
the idea was that restoring the Victorian boom was a condition for the political peace
people looking for new coordinates began to be nostalgic for the old world... view all notes
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
CHINESE THOUGHT: ANCIENT WISDOM MEETS MODERN SCIENCE, University of British Columbia
Mozi (470-391 BCE) as a fundamentalist and activist
two chapters: "On Ghosts" and "Heaven's Will"
understand these chapters on the background of two trends of the growing elite as the Warring States period moves on
agnosticism
becoming unclear if ghosts and spirits exist... view all notes
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Rubens es heredero de Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), de Miguel Ángel (1475-1564), de Rafael (1483-1520) y de Tiziano (1488-1576)
como ellos, trabajó para los mecenas más importantes de su tiempo
pintó todo tipo de temas y fue también un extraordinario dibujante
Rubens pintó muchísimo: aún conservamos más de 1500 cuadros suyos
a menudo trabajó a gran escala... view all notes
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
what to do the former provinces of the former Ottoman Empire which included Palestine
one solution was to create states
in Palestine
to create a home for the Jews
for a return to the Holy Law... view all notes
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
PENSAMIENTO CIENTÍFICO, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
imaginemos una esfera que es mitad blanca y mitad negra
pero sólo podemos observarla desde una perspectiva
entonces de hecho no percibimos una esfera si no un círculo
si tratamos de averiguar de qué color es ese círculo
pues la respuesta dependerá desde la perspectiva desde la cual estemos observando... view all notes
Friday, November 9, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
DESCUBRIENDO LA PINTURA EUROPEA DE 1400 A 1800, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
en el siglo XVII Roma era la capital del arte europeo
muchos pintores viajaron a esa ciudad y algunos permanecieron allí de por vida
Nicolas Poussin y Claudio de Lorena
ambos forman parte de la larga tradición de artistas que se dedicaron a pintar imágenes idealizadas del mundo clásico
Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)... view all notes
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
RUSSIAN HISTORY: FROM LENIN TO PUTIN, University of California Santa Cruz
the character of the Russian state from its establishment to the pre-revolutionary time
the great dividing line is 1861
the liberation of the serfs
how did serfdom develop and what were the consequences of serfdom
serfdom is the essential social fact of Russian history... view all notes
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
in retrospect, we know that the powers being imagined in 1919 were doomed to failure
we have to resist the temptations to engage in the retrospective fallacy
to read history backward as if people should have known at the time that what they imagined as doomed
Wilson was an optimist
lessons could be learned from the First World War... view all notes
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