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Mullings on teaching, learning, schooling, society, ecology, systems, spirituality, connections…

Mullings on the Pathological

| October 15, 2016

The notion of “pathology” has been arising frequently in my conversations and correspondences. In fact, this past year has been an extraordinary opportunity to confront such a notion. We should start with what I mean by pathology or pathological? The dictionary definitions are rather narrow and shallow in terms of meaningfulness. However, when I discuss […]

Communication & Information – Norbert Wiener’s Paradox

| August 26, 2016

“…We cannot afford to ignore Norbert Wiener’s observation of a paradox that results from our increasing technological capability in electronic communication: as the number of messages increases, the amount of information carried decreases. We have more media to communicate fewer significant ideas.” FROM: Neil Postman & Charles Weingartner. (1969). Teaching As a Subversive Activity. — […]

When Things Go South — Schismogenesis

| June 28, 2016

Have you ever noticed what happens when our life situations go south or when big global situations turn bad? It seems that much more often than not, we react with aggression, which can range from pushing someone away to outright physical aggression and violence. At least in contemporary Western societies, the only other ways of […]

Habits of Mind

| June 12, 2016

We have these habits of mind in the West where we think along lines that are linear… simple cause and effect. But, the world (outside of simple physical, nonliving events) does not work that way. We must think about the complexity of multiple systems interacting and where the “blame” is in the relationships, which is […]

Learning Content is the Trivial Part of Learning

| November 5, 2015

We really have it all backwards. We are completely focused on having kids and adults learn copious amounts of content as the supreme goal of education. But, such a goal is really rather trivial within the entire scope of learning. This is blasphemy in the politico-corporate controlled institutions of education, testing, and publishing, but I […]

Living In Sync With Context

| October 8, 2015

It is difficult to live in sync with the natural context. In big cities, we are surrounded by cement, asphalt, steel, and glass with spots of grass and trees. But, such synchronization, as much as possible, should be our challenge. Take a stab at guessing in what natural context this house (in the photo below) […]

Alternatives to Consumerism in Life and Schooling

| September 21, 2015

Over the past few days, I was thinking about this week’s blog entry as a re-analysis of some old research data from a teaching unit. I was looking through old transcripts of students working on a ship building project and how their thinking naturally involved multiple perspectives and seamless multiple interacting systems. I think I’ll […]

Consciousness of Trees and Our Need to Move Beyond Simple Systems Thinking

| September 15, 2015

Trees and shall we say plants have much more going on than we’ve assumed. We need to pay attention. This powerful short video points to how our thinking needs to move beyond mechanistic thinking and even beyond simple systems thinking to a much more complex way of thinking about interrelationships. Even though the film depicts […]

Meat, Veggies, Water, Sentience, & Perplexities

| September 14, 2015

At certain times in my life, I tried following a vegetarian lifestyle. But, each time, no matter how careful I was, I couldn’t do it. I lost way too much weight the first and I was already very skinny; and I got sick a lot. The second time, I really got sick a lot. A […]

Beyond Systems 2: Borderless Cognition

| September 7, 2015

As discussed in my last posting, the mere mention of “systems” brings to mind images of mechanistic-like dynamics. But, this sort of association with living “systems” is problematic. In the embedded video of hawks catching prey and flying through various habitats, we can think about the dynamics of what is occurring, but not so much […]