Cybernetics

July 29, 2008

The Last Lecture

Filed under: random jottings — Bricoleur @ 12:13 am
Pausch's last lecture posterImage via Wikipedia

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” Randy Pausch

The book is a National Best Seller. As of this evening The YouTube video is approaching 5 million downloads. Oprah has done segments on him.

His university had a common academic tradition of “The Last Lecture” in which professors ruminate on what matters most to them.  When this professor’s turn came up, it was not just an allegory as, when asked, he had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – and by the time the title for the poster opposite had been set, it had been confirmed as terminal.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch ( Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008 ) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed auditorium. In the moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about both life lessons learned and  how to achieve career and personal goals.

The old maxim that the medium is the message was never truer than in this case though.  Pausch was a lecturer – a very good one – and I would recommend viewing thelecture and then reading the book if you want more.

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