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Can you kill a goat by staring at it? A critical look at minimally invasive education

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Happy World Philosophy Day!! Here’s an excellent piece on educational innovation and the need for philosophical skills to supplement e-learning. Click through to the site to read the whole article.

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In his renowned ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiments in developing countries, Dr Sugata Mitra gave children access to an internet-connected computer and left them to learn what they could, unsupervised, with apparently remarkable results.

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At an internet kiosk in a New Delhi slum, local children figured out how to search the Web, learned English, gleaned information from a variety of websites and taught each other what they had learned. Similarly, with access to a streetside computer in a south Indian village, Tamil-speaking kids managed to figure out basic principles of DNA replication by playing around with English-language web material on their own. ‘Minimally invasive education’ is how Dr Mitra describes this method, alluding to the high-impact, low-disruption techniques of minimally invasive medicine.

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Hole in the Wall: Minimally Invasive Learning Stations designed by Dr Sugata Mitra. Top photo: source unknown. Bottom photo by Philippe Tarbouriech, Jaipur, Rajasthan.

This novel educational approach has garnered…

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Discussion: Is It Wrong To Share Copyrighted Music? Pt.1

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File sharing: equivalent to defecating in the helmet of a policeman you murdered.

I spoke with my good friend, musician and philosopher Toby Coe, who argues that we should not download or share music without the copyright holder’s permission.

Peter Hardy (PH): So would you contend that file sharing is wrong because it is stealing?

Toby Coe (TC): Partly, but the obvious caveat is that unlike traditional examples of stealing, the victim is not actually denied the right to their property as an object, but rather as a means of receiving remuneration for their labour. Read the rest of this entry

Virtual Insanity: Social Media with Jacques Lacan, Pt. 1

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This article originally appeared on The Partially Examined Life

I’ve been aware of Lacan through semiotics and literary criticism for several years, and over the past weeks I’ve found it impossible to develop my understanding of this aspect of his thought without also studying Lacan the psychoanalyst and philosopher of the self.i But what I want to do is simply to relate some of my own views on the digital phenomena of our age to some of Lacan’s ideas, as I (mis)understand them Read the rest of this entry

Lewis’ Law

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Unfortunately a law that holds true, for the meantime.

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A recent article entitled, “Donglegate: Why the Tech Community Hates Feminism” referenced Lewis’ Law, which is explained above.  What do people think?

Also, I really hope the article linked above is mistaken about the increased popularity of MRAs.

Also also, Lewis’ Law, if sound, definitely applies to the article linked above.

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