The Internet has a love affair with cats. Is it because the most avid users and generators of content are people who loathe going outside, and thus opt for feline companionship? Maybe. 

But there is more to the Internet than just cat’s playing piano, haz-ing cheezeburgers, or dancing to dubstep. 

That’s right, more. In fact, you can actually learn something.


Right now, anyone with an Internet connection has access to a world-class education. Harvard, MIT, Yale, Duke, Stanford all have Massive Open Online Courses — MOOCs — where you can learn from some of the top minds on a myriad topics.  

The only difference between everyday Joe Bag O’Doughnuts and an MIT graduate is a slip of paper. 

Of course, not all of the MOOCs have a structured level assessment. You might not always take tests, or visit the prof for office hours. But for those who have just a bit of ambition and self discipline, they can learn anything. 

From the movie “Airplane!” 1980

MOOCs aren’t limited to established, brick-and-mortar institutions of higher learning, either. 

Brian Greene, a Professor at Columbia University and co-director of the university’s Institute for Strings, Cosmology, and Astroparticle Physics, is launching a MOOC where he will teach two classes, something he revealed on March 6 in an AMA on the popular content-aggregating website, Reddit.

Greene will discuss Einstein’s theory of Relativity. And if you know nothing more than E=mc2, this is your opportunity to learn just how mind-blowing it is.