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Dying Professor Gives His Last Lesson on Life


Randy Pausch, a professor who only has a few weeks/months to live due to cancer gives a meaningful farewell lecture at the Carnegie Mellon University. I feel sad for the professor who is really an amazing guy. Here’s a short quote on the article from Post-Gazette:

"If I don't seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you," said Dr. Pausch, a 46-year-old computer science professor who has incurable pancreatic cancer.

It's not that he's in denial about the fact that he only has months to live, he told the 400 listeners packed into McConomy Auditorium on the campus, and the hundreds more listening to a live Web cast.

It's more that "I am in phenomenally good health right now; it's the greatest cognitive dissonance you will ever see -- the fact is, I'm in better shape than most of you," he said.

And then, to the appreciative laughs and applause of his audience, Dr. Pausch dropped to the stage floor and did a set of pushups.

Continue reading the full article after the jump. There’s also a higher quality video here.

Video: YouTube
Source: Post-Gazette
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