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49. Cultural Operating Systems – Thoughts on Designing Cultures

This (non-aca­d­e­mic) arti­cle cov­ers a lot of ter­ri­tory, noth­ing less than the “cul­tural oper­at­ing sys­tems” within which we live, how they have changed, and how they might be changed. There is a kind of arro­gance in toy­ing with the ele­ments … Con­tinue read­ing

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37. Some Mysteries of Language Learning

Thor May 2005 – 2012 An expert is a fool a thou­sand miles from home. Hav­ing suc­cess­fully failed to learn about nine lan­guages, I’m a vet­eran lan­guage learn­ing imbe­cile, always a thou­sand miles from suc­cess, and an eter­nally hope­ful begin­ner. I’ve … Con­tinue read­ing

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The paradox of scholarship: pissing on every lamp post

If I have been able to see fur­ther, it was only because I stood on the shoul­ders of giants [Isaac New­ton, 1642 – 1727] Newton’s com­ment encap­su­lates the ideal of schol­ar­ship, though not its con­stant out­come. Schol­ar­ship is often con­fused with … Con­tinue read­ing

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10. Teaching as a Subversive Activity

We all dwell in an unsta­ble buzz of mol­e­cules. Some of these atomic tides have become sta­ble enough for a while, and recur­sive enough in their rela­tion­ships, to some­how gen­er­ate that sense of “I”, the iden­tity which allows us to … Con­tinue read­ing

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