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22 Jan What are Universities for?



Universities have a hugely prestigious place in our societies. We go there to be taught how to make a living. We should also perhaps be going there to learn how to live. Please help us to make films by subscribing here: http://tinyurl.com/o28mut7
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42 Comments
  • Nazm Us Saqib
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    Nobody:
    Whole Comment section: fuck universities.

  • Cameron
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    All of education just feels like a buffer zone, can’t wait for death.

  • pirreli5
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    everything is a lie, university is there to continue the bs!!!

  • Muhammad Ali
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    It's worth checking the intentions of the major financiers of universities from 19th to early 20th centuries.

  • omarashry007
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    In my experience, university hits you with a extra large dose of reality. You failed a course? Who cares. You are having trouble studying? Who cares. You are feeling lonely? Who cares. That’s right, nobody has the capacity to care about you and nothing is “given” to you. You have to TAKE IT.
    Failed a course or having trouble studying? Study SMARTER. Lonely? GET OUT THERE.
    It’s a hint at what life is like as an adult. Yes, you are free when you are an adult but you have to learn to deal with things on your own, don’t depend on others much as they are dealing with their own things. Don’t depend on anyone for happiness, find your own happiness and exude that happiness onto others to attract them.

  • c l
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    College was a waste of time for me. I never got learning down. i just knew how to pass classes to get that expensive piece of paper.

  • Julian Day
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    In the 60s very few people went to universities only the odd top notch student. To the majority it was never discussed. Could it be that today’s kids are more intelligent ? There was an old saying “ you can’t teach a block of wood to be intelligent “.

  • Mechail Reydon
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    University exposes you to a tremendous amount of meaningful and deep ideas in a very meaningless and lifeless way

  • Marco Piovesan
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    Not how to live but how to think independently

  • Mehmet Mete
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    This depends on the policies of the governments. If the government's policy is to increase the number of college graduates to show off to the rest of the world, you can find a lot of college graduates in that country who don't do anything. These politicians deceive ignorant people and come to power by using instruments such as religion, nationalism and easy life. Their first goal is to make the people even more ignorant. The ignorant people repeatedly choose these men who hold the holy book in their hands. The country ruled by the ignorant is full of illiterate university students. A professor(!) in such a country (I live in such a country) can say;

    "We need ignorant people. It is easier to rule the ignorant people" and the society does not react to this at all, not even opposition parties. As with everything else, the quality of education is also low. If the education quality is low, everything is low. Economy, morality, civilization … Everything …

  • Gustavo Gonzalez
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    Universities are places where those that aren’t like me go to be with those of their own kind in hopes of never having anything to do with me.

  • Midas Touch
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    I can't complain returned to school at 35. Nursed for 19 years. I truly praise education. It certainly makes life easier.

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  • ShenJieBao
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    University should be replaced by institutes. These institutes will teach people how to work such as doing operations, designing cars, or explore outer space. Not like traditional universities, which always require you to choose many courses that are irrelevant to your career or works. Don't fkinng say that university could educate you comprehensively. No, it is not. If you ask a person that already have jobs (not at university) for years, they will tell you that most knowledge (90%) in the university especially in undergraduate is totally useless in the job.

  • xHigx
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    most people that i met that are in universities really hate to study they just want the "papers", to continue to do what they are already doing, go out for a drink and find someone to make sex.

  • bradhuygens
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    Your personality is the most volatile in your late teens/early twenties while your brain is still growing. University ensures you re being surrounded by new info and new perspectives/people while you undergo this important period of change

  • Throw Away
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    Universities are there to ensure your state funded education is worth nothing to anyone else.
    Networking for the upper classes, source of cheap labour (sorry PhD students) for professors and safe haven for scores of people too useless to function in the real world.

  • Laura GG
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    I keep asking myself this questions even do I now attend one.
    I just don't get it at all, why does ALL people have to go to a university? Like hey!, we all are don't the same….it may help, but it shouldn't be the only way in this life…

  • Anna T29
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    I feel like university is only there to prove you are smart for employment. Otherwise, apart from networking, it’s a huge waste of time. It makes you not like learning the same way school does. Albert Einstein himself did not enjoy the way exams were structured and university temporarily stunted his interest in physics.

  • A - cat
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    I thought the primary purpose of a university was research. like sure they have this annoying bunch of undergrads there but they really care about pumping out quality phds
    Well that’s what a prof once told me

  • uhegbu
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    The other day, one caller went to university in the States and mentioned that it is a way of life. Can anyone explain to me what university life looks like and how it compares with any type of schools? And friends forever. I guess you meet individuals, male and female and help you succeed I guess or is it more than to it?

  • Constantine La
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    As someone who likes this channel and went back to Uni to get his masters in philosophy, the video underplays how many classes are about these questions. Sure, my undergrad years didn’t really cover these question but I also went to a research university. At this regional university, we ask those questions all the time and discuss them all the time. Finally, the video leaves out mentors, who can help us navigate life. Yes, intellect does help one navigate life but a mentor definitely can. I recommend everyone find a mentor who has more experience in whatever area you’re interested in. It truly helps.

  • DYA
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    So in a nutshell it’s useless but not so useless.

  • Your Subconscious
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    For someone who decided to return back to higher education at 32 years of age, unless you need the "paper", don't bother.

  • ZUMBIDO
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    I love this narrator.

  • Tinkering4Time
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    I learned more about the big questions at a community college than what time I have spent at a university.

  • English Literature & Critical Theory
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

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    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

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  • Sol Ferraro
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    As someone who lives in a country where universities work different from how yours seem to do I would like to point out that the problem is not the universities in themselves but rather in how your countries make them work. I see all the time in your movies and books that you study with a system of majors and minors, and that you can study in a college for a looong time before deciding what your major is. That's a big problem. In my country you can't get into college unless you know which degree you are going after (we do not have "minors"). I can't just take random lessons for a year and then decide I want to study psychology, I have to decide that when aplying. And every subject they teach us is related to the career. If you have students wasting their money just to BE there until you decide what to do, you are doing it wrong and wasting their time. They should only be in college if they know what path they are walking, not just have them hanging around while paying ridiculous amounts of money. And also, some of our best colleges are free, the state pays for them. And to get into them you don't have to have been an excelent student in high school. They couldn't care less. The only thing you have to do to get in (may I remind you, some of the best colleges in my country) is have your highschool diploma and take some tests that you can take at any point you want. Our education system is by no means perfect, but at least we do not have to be forever in debt for a diploma.
    (English isn't my first language so I apologize for any mistakes)

  • super sexi senpai
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    this comment section is forgetting that unis are free in most of the world

  • Marianne
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    The main thing that I like about the current university is that they move science forwards. But unless you don't want to become a scientist, there is really not that much value I think. Or maybe I've forgotten something.

  • Dilorom Maxmudova
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    Just take a break.i want to break the ice.if Almighty God wants every small-minded people will be astonished at seeing your bright future.inshallah.

  • king cuck
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    they are scams. when I was in college they cared more about their political ideologies than teaching.

  • vanu saggar
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    School of life should be a uni

  • Soytu19
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    "Currently, universities have departments named after big academic disciplines, like history or literature or philosophy. But such titles really just reflect pretty arcane priorities."
    As a philosophy "student", i couldnt agree more. I've lived that personally. It is something that makes me extremely angry and dissapointing.

  • John Acord
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    I learn about life through Country Music.

  • Johnny Razor Coke Hat Sanchez
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    College/Universities are the biggest scam artists.

  • Rephrase-then-Erase
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    Like that guy with the mohawk would ever made it in a university.

  • coolhersheys
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    When talking about universities, one has to think of research institutions and faculties separately. One must also separate public universities from private universities when talking about their business models. When talking about "be taught how to make a living", I think the focus is mainly on faculties; responsible for teaching but not producing knowledge. While there are some real problems in university-based education (lived through them as well; professors with a lot of authority and not much criteria to enforce it, a lot of time spent on homeworks and homeworks, etc), my question would be – well, if universities play no role nowadays – where will research take place? And let's not lie to ourselves, research companies are more profit-oriented than current universities, so when it comes to research, they don't necessarily pursue truth. That is not to say there aren't exceptions. The main role of universities is in fact non-profit driven research, which has also proven to be useful in the past (not useful immediatly, but years, decades, later; the not-so-obvious usefulness). The second role is education, which is different from training (getting skills). All the "useless knowledge" you acquire, or supposedly acquire, is meant to allow you to be a critical thinker. Overall, I agree with the idea that universities need to change drastically, but I think we must not miss these two points.

  • Duy N.K
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    To much fucking ENTP here

  • Doctor Proteus
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    Well today they are for making money. Professors employed there also use them to spread propaganda and brainwash people, though.

  • Curtis Francis
    Posted at 05:21h, 22 January

    Really good series of video

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