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Are Technological Solutions Possible for the Human Problem of Education? Reflections on Stiglitz's thoughts on AI
In the final dialogue between physicist David Bohm and spiritual guru, Jiddhu Krishnamurti, Krishnamurti focuses on how "human problems" can be solved, why it is that they persist, and whether humanity could ever live without any problems at all. He says: “...
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What is it about mind which imputes the agency of a creator? What is it about nature which gives rise to a mind that does this?
According to constructivism, mind wouldn't work without some kind of stochastic process - there has to be some randomness (Bateson says this). That means that consciousness and life itself emerges from accident and what we understand as self-organising proc...
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Beyond Left and Right: What would a safe and fair society look like with its Macbeths and Shylocks?
These are not normal times. It's hard to compose anything coherent to say. Every day I find myself feeling astonished by Trump - the cutting of funding to the Palestinians is just the latest horror. But it's on top of so many other horrors, we have become n...
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University Closures and the coming Tsunami of Today's Students' Children
A number of commentators are predicting university closures on the back of significant realignments in enrolment to universities across the sector ( https://www.timeshighereducation.com/opinion/ministers-are-anything-relaxed-about-university-closures ). Thi...
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Marion Milner's Personal Learning Environment
Marion Milner's "A Life of One's Own" is a beautiful book documenting her self-analysis on the circumstances within which she is happy, over a period of 7 years. At the end of the book, she reflects on the relationship between introspection and science: "Du...
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Is Educational Technology Over? (No - but we need to talk about consciousness and the universe)
I'm finding myself a bit dismayed by the state of the education system. It seems I'm not alone. Even my 18 year old daughter who survived education with good A-levels is committed to not going to university: "why do I want to pay for more school?". Even 10 ...
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Dialectical Materialism Without Matter
Here is a basic statement: Matter, as far as anyone knows in physics, is composed of basic things like mass, charge, space and time.  Of course, the key word in that first sentence is "knows". Mass, charge, space and time are ideas, the products of consciou...
Dialectical Materialism Without Matter
Dialectical Materialism Without Matter
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Does cybernetics understand complexity?
I'm writing a paper about music at the moment and questioning my understanding of the word "complex". That's a bit embarrassing for someone who considers themselves a cybernetician - a subject which is fundamentally concerned with complexity. This is a mome...
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Learning Analytics and the Ergodic Fallacy
Ergodicity is a statistical property of system whereby a measure of its behaviour over a particular time period is seen to be the same as a measure of its behaviour over a long period. It's often used in information theory as a way of describing the Shannon...
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The Synchronic and Diachronic Structure of Expertise and What it Means for the Future of Learning
Educational technology seems to have hit a brick wall, with emphasis on the generation of educational content in support of rigid curricula, adaptive "personal" learning systems, analytics of student engagement with content, alongside a plethora of manageme...
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