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Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

Posted Oct 03 2008 12:52pm

Talk about inspiring. This article from the NYT Health Section discusses the recent phenomenon that is Randy Pausch, a computer programming professor who is dying of pancreatic cancer. He gave a “last lecture” to a class at Carnegie Mellon University, in which he discussed his philosophy of life. He didn’t discuss his cancer - instead, he talked about what he felt he had learned, and presented it in a way that he felt his children (now 6,4, and 2) would eventually be able to benefit from. Now, the lecture has been heard by 10 million people in seven different languages, and there are plans to make a book. The guy certainly appears to be confronting his illness with courage, as I would hope to be able to stand up to this with half as much strength as he is. According to the article, the lecture can be heard here.

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