Life Of Learning

Language becomes more useful, the more shared meaning we have. The more you and I both have a common understanding of a word, the more valuable the word becomes.

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"Human language is local and changeable, and is therefore incapable of being used as the means of unchangeable and universal information." -Thomas Paine in "The Age Of Reason"

What are the limitations of language? Back in Thomas Paine's time schooling often focused on learning the languages of Greek and Latin. But this tendency for humans to quibble about the definitions of words, particularly those spoken a long time ago, often takes away our attention from real knowledge. Language is simply a tool to pass on knowledge, so should our focus be on the tool or should it rather be on the product from using the tool?

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Back in 1794, Thomas Paine wrote the book, "The Age Of Reason".

One of the most interesting parts in this book for me was his discussion of the concept of "revelation".

Is personal revelation a valid thing to bring to a conversation?

(pardon the sound of rain on the roof)

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“The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.”
— Mortimer Adler

In this podcast I attempt to bring a number of ideas together.

The idea that in order to reach a pleasurable state of flow we should be creating something. That one of the most powerful ways of learning is to explain something in simple language (The Feynman technique). That reflection makes us more productive in the long term.
References:

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/335736

https://fs.blog/2012/04/feynman-technique/

https://hbr.org/2017/03/why-you-should-make-time-for-self-reflection-even-if-you-hate-doing-it

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Is being offended a valid way to respond to criticism?

When we receive criticism we are still responsible for our reactions and emotions. Is there a better way to respond to criticism rather than to claim that you are offended?

What does it mean to be assertive? Where should we draw our boundaries? Should we draw boundaries around others or around ourselves?

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Street Epistemology is a wonderful way of engaging with others in conversations about beliefs. It seeks to explore what we believe, why we believe it, and most importantly how did we come to believe our belief is true. There are many wonderful videos online of people using this method of dialogue which I would invite you to watch.
Peter Boghossian coined the term 'Street Epistemology' in his book 'A Manual for Creating Atheists'. This is quite a wild ride of a book as on one hand Peter Boghossian advocates for using open, honest and reasoned dialogue but, as the title of the book suggests, this is mixed with a rather evangelistic zeal to "disabuse" people from their faith that turns rather authoritarian and manipulative as he thinks about society as a whole.
I discuss this fascinating example of contradiction and hypocrisy and what it tells us about how human inclinations for control.
For some wonderful examples of Street Epistemology view:
Street Epistemology: Maritza (1) | Truth Valuation (Co-ed Demands the Truth) https://youtu.be/CmFyiLICAa8
Street Epistemology: Maritza (2) | Co-ed Demands Evidence (Evidential Consistency) https://youtu.be/v9utXKpFxCo

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"Management isn’t the solution; it’s the problem.
Perhaps it’s time to toss the very word “management” onto the linguistic ash heap alongside “icebox” and “horseless
carriage.” This era doesn’t call for better management. It calls for a renaissance of self-direction." from the book "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us." by Daniel H. Pink

Also referenced: Free To Learn by Peter Gray

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The urbanisation rate is slowing down around the world. But happens when we live closer together and are more connected than ever?

I look at the mouse utopia experiments and what they can teach us about an excess of connection versus personal connections.

References:
Mouse Utopia Experiments https://youtu.be/iOFveSUmh9U
So... MEN Are Crazy? Well This is Why by Alexander Grace https://youtu.be/B4nbaM_nkms

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Last night I was invited by a friend to attend the Ao Tawhiti senior graduation, a school here in Christchurch that does things quite a bit differently. It was a lovely event to enjoy as I heard all the exciting pathways that these students explored over their years at the school.

In this podcast, I note my observations regarding no prizes, not presuming that students will go on to university, graduation from school is not age-specific, and hugs.

Check out: https://aotawhiti.school.nz/

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Do you want to be free and autonomous? Do you want to live as a free agent?

This episode explores the ideas within the book 'Free Agent Nation' by Daniel H. Pink. Does living a free agency lifestyle and being autonomous and independent mean you are less loyal? And Does free agency decrease or increase community? I tackle the question of socialisation both within a work context as well as an educational context.

References:

Knorpp and South Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG2c4aUF3EoLwskydOBrrUw

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My journey in discovering the principles behind how human beings learn and my adventures in applying these to my life.