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Game Theory with Ben Polak

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I have been studying at Yale for the last few weeks, via the online ‘iTunes U’ service, and I am in the middle of the Game Theory course taught by Ben Polak. It’s absolutely top-notch and I recommend it to anyone with just the vaguest interest in economics or politics. Polak is a great lecturer and it sounds like the class is having a fair bit of fun.

The iPhone is one of my favourite things about living in the future (we are almost there by Marty McFly standards) and riding a bike with the hands free kit on the Harbour Bridge on my way to Balls Head listening to a Yale lecture really does take the cake.

Then again, it’s not perfect; using the iPhone to listen to it is annoying because for some reason the lectures don’t get ordered correctly and they don’t show up on playlists. But that’s a pretty minor thing when the lectures are more than an hour long anyway. The bigger problem is actually working out which courses are any good! Listening to an hour of lecture is a costly way of working out whether you want to invest up to 15 more hours. I can say that the political science course at Yale had too much of a USA bent for me, plus the lecturer sounded a bit like Ben Stein in Ferris Bueller. And the economics courses from Rose State university sounded like they were recorded on a 50c mic. When I finish game theory I am going to try out anthropology at Oxford. But Apple would do well to work out a good way to encourage people to evaluate the online courses and make it easier to pick out the good ones.

And fix the crappy sorting on the iPhone. Boy is it annoying.

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Written by Francis

December 3, 2009 at 6:05 pm

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  1. Francis I can’t wait to come back home and shoot the shit with you!

    Ellice

    December 11, 2009 at 12:43 am


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