THE AUTODIDACT PROJECT
by Ralph Dumain
Meta-search engine for book hunters, great for used and rare books
Upload & download free books & other documents
: Portail de revues en sciences humaines et sociales
Fench-based site, includes English-language with other downloadable articles
"Catalog your books online"
"Share Book Recommendations With Your Friends, Join Book Clubs, Answer Trivia"
"Read, Share, Explore!"
"The World's Biggest Free Book Club - Catch and Release Used Books"
"exchange books and trade them, like a book swap or book barter"
Autodidacticism (openDemocracy: The Dictionary of Ethical Politics)
The Art of Self Education (blog)
Coalition of Independent Scholars
US umbrella organization for independent scholars, includes extensive resources for writers
The International Cultural Research Network
Poynter - Para Publishing
Publications offer advice for aspiring writers
Publications and information on lifelong learning, autodidaxy, credentialing
Autodidact.net: Your Free Learning Portal
How to Give Yourself a Good Education if You are an Intelligent Poor Person by sbe1
Self Made Scholar (Learn Free)
Technophilia: Get a free college education online (lifehacker)
Free Online Education (links by course category)
informal education homepage
Includes the encyclopedia of informal education,
the informal education archives, & other resources
Learning Web Page
Explore this site, including Roger Hiemstra's Web Page (Self-Directed Adult Education)
The Independent Learner and Self-Direction (Louis Dineen, Evelyn Greenlaw, Anne Piroso, and Linda Saunders)
Creating Learning Communities: Online Resource Center
Autodidact Society for the Self Taught
Beware home schooling, but note other resources
The Self-Publishers Bible: A Handbook for Publishing Entrepreneuers by Thomas A. Williams (2009)
Success of Life by Self Education (Blog)
"Explore a Virtual Museum of Knowledge"
The Autodidact's Journal (defunct)
Circles Resource Center
Helping communities organize study circles to encourage democratic participation in acting on the issues of the day
Community-driven learning resource
Something Has Gone Very Wrong: James Louwen's Lies My Teacher Told Me
Minds Web Site
"A Critical Look at Salaried Professionals and the Soul-Battering System That Shapes Their Lives"
AXE - Special Collections - E. Haldeman-Julius (Leonard H. Axe Library, Pittsburg State University, Kansas) Note links.
Bill French Center
An information center for the documentation of bookseller Bill French and the University Place Bookshop, sponsored by The C.L.R. James Institute
Cultural Logic. Special Issue: Marxism and Education (vol. 4, no. 1, 2001)
History of Literacy web site
(Information also on
Washington Philosophy Circle links page,
but see comprehensive web page
Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking: A Guide)
Critical Thinking On The Web (Tim van Gelder)
Foundation for Critical Thinking
The Reasoning Page
Resources for Independent Thinking
PACTISS.org - Philosophers and Critical Thinkers in Senior Schools
How to Think and Evaluate Information: A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking by Greg R. Haskins (2006)
Butterflies and Wheels: Fighting Fashionable Nonsense
Alan Sokal Archive of the "Social Text Affair"
Informal Logic (Journal). Reasoning and Argumentation in
Theory and Practice.
New URL and old URL inactive.
See archive.org for 2017, #4; journal archive to 2017, #1.
(See also Washington Philosophy Circle links page for broader range of links)
Value of Knowledge: A Miniature Library of Philosophy
Andy Blunden's unique guide to the development of modern philosophy and its relation to society and the sciences
of the History of Ideas
An important reference source, now online
Encyclopedia of Self-Knowledge
Thematically organized, includes famed writers and philosophers of western civilization
Society for Philosophical Inquiry
Philosophy for the masses, featuring Socrates Cafes and Philosophers Clubs
Bernard Roy & Café Philo
Philosophy for the Masses, a growing international movement
Philosophy Cafes: in brief
The Café Philo movement, in English
The French Cafés Philo movement, in French, with links to Cafés Philo in various countries
Now: A Magazine of Ideas
Philosophy for the masses, with calendars of events internationally
Online: The Philosophers' Magazine on the Net
Philosophy for the masses, also from the UK, with articles, events, discussions, links
Hermenaut: independent philosophical zinePhilosophy for All
Philosophical Humor site (David Chalmers)
Les philosophes n'ont fait qu'interpr�ter le monde... [in French]
The University of Openess (UoWiki)
Maledicta: The International Journal of Verbal Aggression
Americans for Humanism
The world's first organization for African-American freethinkers and secular humanists and their supporters
The Infidel Guy
Famous Black Freethinkers Page
The Richard Wright Connection (The C.L.R. James Institute)Richard Wright--Richard Hancuff's Page
The C.L.R. James Institute
Hubert Harrison Center
The C.L.R. James Institute presents an information center for publications and activities relating to West Indian-American "father of Harlem radicalism" Hubert Henry Harrison: autodidact, soapbox orator, militant atheist, literary critic, political organizer, also termed the "Black Socrates".
Lucy Parsons, black American anarchist. See entry in Freethinkers in Texas (Word file), which mentions atheism. See also biography on the IWW site.
Anthony Braxton and the Tri-Centric Foundation
"News, information and guides to independent bookstores, independent publishers, literary periodicals, alternative periodicals, independent record labels, alternative newsweeklies and more."
Alternative Press Center
Former Head Cataloger for the Hennepin County Library (HCL) system, Minnesota; pioneer of alternative cataloging progressive librarianship
The Distributed Library Project
Babel Fish Translation
Covers an uncustomary assortment of languages, including Esperanto
Reviewing & rating bloggers
ZineWiki - the history and culture of zines, independent media and the small press
Mental Floss Magazine
The Marginalian (formerly Brain pickings) by Maria Popova
Exotica, Curiosa, Crankery, Hoaxes, Cultural & Intellectual Arcana: Selected Web Guide & Bibliography
The Pulp Magazines Project
Introduction and guide to the world of Esperanto, the "international language", also a favorite of autodidacts since 1887
The Revolutionary Pleasure of Thinking for Yourself
Samuel R. Delaney Information
Samuel R. Delaney as a semi-precious stone
QBR: The Black Book Review
Blake Digital Text Project
Papers of Jack Lindsay (1900-1990) (MS 7168, National Library of Australia)
The Albert Einstein Archives
Einstein Archives Online
Bakunin's God and the State
Marxist Educational Press / Nature, Society, and Thought
"Groto", a philosophical tale, in the Esperanto original
Ateismo: Bulteno de Ateista Tutmonda Esperanto-Organizo
American Visionary Art Museum
The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA)
National Yiddish Book Center
Playing With Technology in History conference, April 29-30, 2010, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
The C.L.R. James Institute
Esperanto section (not yet operational), the Marxists Internet Archive
section, Reform-Islam: Bonvenon
(but see other people's translations at Novajxoj Maldekstraj Sxuaj)
Marxist Philosophy (28 October 2019 - )
Washington Philosophy Circle (28 October 2019 - )
Yahoo groups are shut down as of 28 October 2019
Washington Philosophy Circle
Marxist Philosophy Yahoo Discussion List
Black Freethought discussion group (created 2009.02.06) on "Atheist Nexus" networking site
Ralph Dumain @ Ipernity (Esperanto)
Reason & Society Blog (on Blogger)
Ĝirafo (on Blogger) Esperanto-blogo
See my book reviews on amazon.com (beginning 19 August 2005).
Intellect as Equipment: Interview with Ralph Dumain, National Museum of Language, July 28, 2016
Martin Gardner Testimonials: Testimonial 55: Ralph Dumain
Homage to Rod Serling, a Great American (21 March 2012)
Secularism, science and the Right [Review: Meera Nanda, The Wrongs of the Religious Right: Reflections on Science, Secularism and Hindutva] (02-15 December 2006)
Letter: Trotskyism and Esperanto, Revolutionary History, Vol. 7, No. 4
"Review of David Punter, The Romantic Unconscious: A Study in Narcissism and Patriarchy", H-Albion, H-Net Reviews, July, 1994.
[letter to the editor], The Alembic, no. 2, Summer 1989, p. 8.
(An embarrassing sample of my pre-1992 writing)
Maria kaj la Grupo recenzas Ralph Dumain [in Esperanto. Also on this site: Review (Recenzo): Emba, "Maria kaj la Grupo"]
Hegelian Marxism discussion, Ralph Dumain et al, on Hegel-by-Hypertext.
The C.L.R. James Institute--A New Model of Scholarship in the Social Division of Labor, 17 Jan. 1997.
An Introduction to Jeff Perry, 30 May 2001.
On C.L.R. James's 'On the Spiritual', 1994.
Mariners, Renegades, And Castaways: The Acid Test by Ralph Dumain. 31 August 1993, ed. 6 June 2001.
C.L.R. James, Intellectuals, Non-Identity, & the Division of Labor by Ralph Dumain. 20 April 1997.
Ralph Dumain's Farewell Message to Jim Murray. 21 August 2003.
Jim Murray Memorial Address. Written 7 November 2003, delivered 8 November 2003.
Soundcloud (original & other recordings), e.g.
2019 July 27: Ralph Dumain: Studies in a Dying Culture: Love & Intellect (video @ YouTube)
of the Worlds Best Underutilized Ideas and Its Contributions to World
(National Museum of Language as part of the Amelia Murdoch Speaker Series on May 10, 2014 in College Park, MD)
by James Ryan and Ralph Dumain
(video @ YouTube, 61:12 min)
Esperanto: One of the Worlds Best
Underutilized Ideas Part 2
(Question and Answer period)
(video @ YouTube, 55:14 min)
See also event announcement (with these 2 videos embedded) below
Ralph Dumain discusses the classic novel Voyage to Kazohinia (video @ YouTube)
Discussing Voyage to Kazohinia--June 6 book launch (video @ YouTube)
Arkivo de 3ZZZ Radio en Esperanto: elsendo de la 16a de majo 2011 (Dumain: 45:50 - 50:20 min.)
the Centennial of Esperanto Creators Visit by Art Silverman,
All Things Considered, National Public Radio, Tuesday 25 May 2010, 5:55 pm EDT
Live Interview with Ralph Dumain on "Living Room" (on C.L.R. James, 21 January 2004, with sound file)
Studies in a Dying Culture Internet radio program (5/10/10 - ) (guide on this site)
Studies in a Dying Culture (permanent program @ Think Twice Radio)
Flatness and Depth in Life and Thought, Ralph Dumain & Fred Mohr interviewed by Richard Wicka, 10 May 2010, for ThinkTwiceRadio (see abstract). First of ongoing podcast program.
Ralph Dumain interviewed by Jim Pray, Buffalo, NY, 4 June 2006 (topics: this web site, poetry)
Long as You Are Still Breathing": Five Minutes with Ralph Dumain (video)
(Part One: Being Disappointed; Part Two: Old Edna)
American Society for Information Science (ASIS) , Special Interest Group for the Arts and Humanities (SIG/AH)
On the 48th Annual Meeting, Research in Word Processing Newsletter, vol. 3, no. 7, October 1985, pp. 12-13
On the SIG/AH Newsletter, Research in Word Processing Newsletter, vol. 2, no. 5, November 1984, p. 1
Adam Whybray quotes R. Dumain at MUBI: Hyenas (1 May 2017)
Esperanto, the Worldwide Yiddish (The Schmooze) by Gary Shapiro, The Forward, December 21, 2010
Esperanto: One of the Worlds Best Underutilized Ideas and Its Contributions to World Culture (event announcement, see 2 videos above)
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