21st Century Enlightenment

This is a very clever, but factual review of the new Age of Enlightenment from The RSA. This isn’t computer related, but supports a general view, that feedback is very important to how we feel about the quality of our lives – and how feeling good about life is absolutely critical to personal satisfaction and growth.

In particular he talks out the resistance problem, how we tend to make the familiar ‘true’ and the unfamiliar ‘false’. He argues that Enlightenment in the 21st Century means that we have greater opportunity to grow human empathy. He is interesting in what grows and what demolishes this empathy. He argues that empathy is at least as important as ‘knowledge’ in education in growth of society. He suggests that logic and markets, science and technology and bureaucracy – that defined the 20th Century, limits the potential of the 21st, and that the way we order our lives ‘rationally’.

The problem of course with philosophy of course is that the ‘we must’ is so easily fired at the viewer; and cleverly argued that interpretation is personal. He ends by saying, never doubt that a small group of three or four can change the world – indeed it is the only thing that ever has. I guess this is why, when I think about how to see PBL in schools, to take schools virtual, optional and online – and to change the pattern of learning – things like this remind me of the potential, but also the complex social-constructs that see any change the education (apart from moving the chairs) as false, but that view at some point, will change, as this video explains.

In terms of school [now] have a look at Global School – isn’t this where education futures lie?


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