Food for Thought

https://unsplash.com/photos/Nsjv5z9zRng Photo by Swaminathan Jayaraman on Unsplash Cognitive Humanities For the longest time I have been thinking of a non-existent set of disciplines that I call the cognitive humanities. If cognitive science is the scientific study of the human mind and behavior, the cognitive humanities is the humanistic study of the human mind and behavior. Cognitive…

Organic Learning

While I have my doubts about disrupting any public service, including education, I can’t deny that the internet has made it possible for alternative learning communities, especially those that don’t have an established hierarchy such as professor-postdoc-grad student-undergraduate student. I call communities of self-organized individuals organic learning communities. The organic learner’s biggest advantage is also…

The Centrality of Learning — I

Human beings are animals. As biological creatures, we are bipedal primates that wander from one location to another and engage with our environment by walking, running and other forms of active exploration. As living beings of flesh and blood, we are mobile, embodied creatures. Education, for the most part, tries to take us away from…

Learning alone with others

With MIT, Stanford and other universities putting their courses online, there’s an increasing opportunity for the serious autodidact. In fact, a really smart and motivated kid could forego college, get a Thiel fellowship, make money and learn whatever she wants simultaneously. What could be better than pursuing your passion and making a living? That’s the…

C3 vs D3

Learning should be Continuous, Contextual and Creative. Instead it is Discrete, Disconnected and Dull. I don’t see how our educational institutions (see the picture above) can ever hope to bridge this gap. Is it time to tear down the entire superstructure of education and create a new edifice? Certainly in a country like India which…