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.

February 2018 Learn Certificate
Watched and took notes on 4 college lectures:
Learned about 1 person:
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Recorded 27 insights from books I'm reading:
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  • But what made the Puritans so American wasn't just...
  • We play fast and loose with the words human and in...
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  • The biggest debate in language design is probably ...
  • What programmers in a hundred years will be lookin...
  • Lisp is worth learning for the profound enlightenm...
  • Of all the things that I hated about my childhood,...
  • When confronted with the scientific explanations o...
  • Patients are asked to press one of the two switche...
  • Once we realize that humans have no physical inner...
  • Eros shook my mind like a mountain wind falling on...
  • La société de croissance résulte dans son ensemble...
  • Zur langsamen Masse gehört die Ferne des Ziels. Ma...
  • Churchill said that history would be kind to him, ...
  • More than half a century ago, the classic novels o...
  • Great art allows the viewer space to interpret, to...
  • Applied across all fundamentalisms, both religious...
  • Gilgamesh rested his chin on his knees, sleep fel...
  • For Kant the existence of God can never be proven ...
  • In the 1960s, the Democrats became the party of pl...
  • Vernünftig sprechen ist ein Kennzeichen von Establ...
  • Gangster, Betrüger, Hochstapler und Gewalttäter we...
  • Wie der Westerner ist auch der Selfmademan ein wan...
  • Und so entfaltet die Trump-Frau, nicht trotz, sond...

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Sunday, February 4, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
the chosen are the ones most responsible for Christ's death is demonstrated in
the liturgy of the Church
artistic representation
Rembrandt's two depictions of the trial of Jesus
first image... view all notes
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD SINCE 1300, Princeton University
protest movements
the right to be included in public life
the right to be included in the interdependent system of economies
suffragettes argued that they deserved these rights because they were reasonable creatures as well
people began to wonder about this faith in the ability of people to reason... view all notes
José Enrique Rodó (1871-1917)
Uruguayan essayist who called for the youth of Latin America to reject materialism, to revert to Greco-Roman habits of virtuous thought and self enrichment, and to develop and concentrate on their culture
  • exchanged letters with important Hispanic thinkers of the time such as Leopoldo Alas in Spain
  • Rodó is today considered the preeminent theorist of the modernista school of literature
  • is best known for his essay Ariel (1900), drawn from The Tempest, in which Ariel represents the positive, and Caliban represents the negative tendencies in human nature, and they debate the future course of history
  • Rodó intended Ariel to be a secular sermon to Latin American youth, championing the cause of the classical western tradition
  • spoke out against debilitating effect of working individuals' limited existence doing the same work, over and over again, never having time to develop the spirit
  • denounced pragmatic utilitarianism, i.e. the philosophical movement that considered utility as the way to bring the most happiness to all those affected by it
  • argued that utilitarianism causes individuals to become specialized in very specific fields and as an effect of such specialization, they end up receiving an incomplete, deformed education
  • warns against nordomanía, or the attraction of North America and argues for the importance of regional identity and how it should be rooted deeply into every country
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
RUSSIAN HISTORY: FROM LENIN TO PUTIN, University of California, Santa Cruz
why study history
those who do not study history are compelled to repeat it
but this sentence makes very little sense, in fact, it doesn't work like that
it's good for the historians and advertisements, but beyond that, it has very little value
the reason is that history does not, in fact, repeat itself... view all notes
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Watched and took notes on MOOC lecture:
Mozi is a materialist, state consequentialist
measuring material profit and benefit ("li")
wants to maximize the
population... view all notes
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