"Ewww, why you doing a course on that? It's all about mind control"
"Don't believe what they tell you on the course. It's all the government trying to control how we think.""You should watch this documentary on youtube before you do anything."
"I've seen loads of documentaries about it and you don't realise what you're getting into."
It reminded me of when I was in Year 12 and a Hari Krishna guy gave me a book during a lunchtime outing to McDonalds and the Head Girl confiscated it in Maths because she'd "heard stories" about people who read their books. 100% uneducated bollocks.
I'm doing the course through Coursera, which is an interesting experiment to watch if you happen to be a learning and performance professional, which I am. University led training courses delivered completely online with certification at the end and all completely free. I'm halfway through the materials for week one of my course and I am very impressed. I've seen a lot of online resources, especially free ones, and the quality can be a little dubious. This course, coming from the Uni of Pennsylvania, is very well put together and the Professor clearly knows his subject.
This post started out very sweary but having got it all out of my system I've cleaned it up. Perhaps that bodes well for another course I've signed up for called "Think Again: How to Reason and Argue" which I dare say will not be in favour of the respond-angrily school of communication. It's also a Coursera course and there are lots of other ones so if you are interested in expanding your mind from the comfort of your own home and for free I'd recommend going and having a look. I am not sure of the finance model behind the website but suspect that they will have to start charging at some point so you might as well sign up while it is all still free and easy. The "Think Again" course starts in 3 months while I've also got "Intro to Philosophy" pencilled in for the New Year. You can even sign up for the Gamification course for the rest of this week if it has tickled your fancy since you still have time to catch up.