Category Archives: Cognition

Living in Layers – Part II – Living in Layers

This blog entry explores the notion of layers – both hierarchies and holarchies – in the individual, communities, schools and classrooms, various natural phenomena, and cultural and societal structures. The fundamental characteristics of hierarchies involve top-down power and control, which … Continue reading

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Living in Layers – Part I – Introduction

This blog entry and the next nine or so entries to follow are from a book outline I began a number of years ago. Since then, much of my thinking has moved on to other topics. However, I do want … Continue reading

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The Corporate—Institutional Connection in Education

Standards, Curriculum, Educational Products, and the Demise of the Teaching Profession   Over the past couple of months, I’ve had an opportunity to spend time examining state and national standards, as well as school district curricular documents. I was doing … Continue reading

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Connecting to Another

Stephan Harding’s “Encountering Another Being” —   In this video, Stephan Harding talks about a sense of knowing that is non-conceptual. It is in a sense pre-conceptual. In Buddhism, this sense of knowing is considered to be what is called … Continue reading

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Linearity 2.0 – Crushing Insight and Creativity

Most teachers keep control over the direction of discussions in the classroom. In fact, most classroom discussions follow the pattern of: a. teacher question b. student answer c. teacher evaluation. Such a sequence is frequently referred to as IRE sequence … Continue reading

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Linearitits

Linearititis = a psychological disease that involves being stuck in linear thinking and the inability to think recursively. Symptoms: Breaks into a sweat when faced with complex situations, uncertainty, and unpredictable situations; Desperately tries to make everything orderly and predictable; … Continue reading

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Intelligence and Context: Epistemological Errors

A recent article in Phys.Org, Apes’ Abilities Misunderstood by Decades of Poor Science (see also: Leavens, Bard, & Hopkins 2017), briefly discusses the biases of scientists that have led to many misconceptions about the intelligence of apes. They make a … Continue reading

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A Brief Look at Warm Data in the Contexts of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Education

Warm Data is a new term coined by Nora Bateson (2016, 2017a, 2017b) to address issues with current research in the natural and social sciences. Such data can be contrasted with the all too familiar “cold data” of measurement and … Continue reading

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Most Influential Books

Last week’s post discussed the issue of the books one should read, which implies that you are stupid if you haven’t read, at least most of, them. According to these lists, I must be pretty stupid. I’ve read some, but … Continue reading

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All Sizzle

For years I’ve used the expression, “all sizzle and no steak,” to describe a variety of situations. When my university decided to spend tens of millions of dollars on a new logo rather than develop new programs that could attract … Continue reading

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