I’ve always been an avid learner both inside and outside of school. As I started progressing through the educational system however I found myself distressed by the incessant streamlining of what was available for me to learn (through my formal educational channels anyway as they tended to inform what I would explore on my own) as well the cultural perspectives that were offered to me. It’s no surprise that I’ve turned towards autodidactic learning to satisfy my intellectual curiosity as this gives me infinitely more control over my instructional material. The internet age lets my classroom extend as far as my wireless and sporadic insomnia will take me. I’ve decided to share my discoveries for any and all who are interested.
First on the Autodidact Files: Dr Jason J campbell.
I accidentally came on his Youtube channel about a year ago when I was looking for some additional analysis to help me unpack Gayatri Spivak’s notable essay “Can the subaltern speak?”, a seminal work in post colonial studies. Fun times with serendipity 😀 – I not only found exactly what I was looking for but stumbled upon what is now one of my favourite learning resources for philosophy and theory/philosophy of mind.
A little background on the good doctor: he’s trained as a philosopher and is currently an assistant professor of conflict analysis and resolution at Nova Southern University, Florida as well as the founder and Executive Director for the Institute for Genocide Awareness and Applied Research. With so much on his plate he still takes time to share knowledge through video lectures on his youtube channel (You can find it here). His vlogs are very accessible (very little of that staunch pretence characteristic of academia at that level) and he is very open to communication with subscribers exploring a wide range of topics from neoliberalism to theories of ethnicity and nationalism.
You can also find a decent selection of complementary notes for his lecture series here on his academia.edu page (incidentally another great resource for scholarly papers). He hasn’t posted a new video in 5 months but you’ll have more than enough to go through however before it becomes an issue (hopefully a new series will be up soon). I’m currently following his series on José Ortega y Gasset’s “The Revolt of the Masses” which, to my surprise, is striking a lot of chords with regards to my reading of Steve Biko’s “I Write What I like” (Yay to interdisciplinary study). I really hope you find this man as helpful as I have and enjoy!