6. Knowledge will be free
Nigel Warburton is the interviewer for the popular, free and staggeringly excellent Philosophy Bites podcast (also available via iTunes). His most recent book is A Little History of Philosophy (Yale University Press). He is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at The Open University, UK.A highlight of 2011: The most exciting intellectual moment of 2011 for me was learning that People’s Libraries were at the heart of the various Occupy movement camps. The idea that knowledge and culture should be freely-available and widely-shared amongst those who want access to them is incredibly appealing. The spontaneous creation of these libraries against a backdrop of public library closures is a sign of hope. The destruction of nearly 3,000 books in the Zuccotti Park raid only reinforced the power of this idea.My tip for 2012: My intellectual prophecy for next year? In 2012 free online teaching resources will burgeon. It will be a great year for autodidacts. The success of the Khan Academy will spawn many emulators, including at university level, and will attract substantial philanthropic funding from those who care about the future of humanity.