We're thrilled to be bringing The Floating University to Big Think: It's some of the most vital, timely, and mind-changing video content anywhere on the Web.

Technology has been changing how knowledge is commodified and distributed for decades now, but education has been slow to adjust (much to its own and peril — and that of its students). So instead of taking out thousands of dollars in student loans, or to get a jump start on the education you wish you'd had, begin watching these amazing one-hour lectures by some of America's most talented thinkers, investors, artists, and leaders.

We'll be introducing each video specifically in the coming weeks, but to get you started, we've gone ahead and put all the videos here. That's the foundation of an Ivy League education on a single page — because we think knowledge can change a person's life, and it would be a shame to keep that knowledge locked away. These videos are pretty amazing! We hope you agree.

Here's our first one, featuring demographer and mathematical biologist Joel Cohen.

Californians are showering out of buckets so they can water their garden! That's just one way populations are putting pressure on natural resources.

Check out our entire Floating University Playlist.