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Explore ๐Ÿ‘ Philosophy

Sometimes, I truly consider returning to school to study philosophy.

Watching Right Now ๐Ÿ‘พย Our Universe is Probabilistic

The particle has no defined location until we make the measurement. …This quantum weirdness does not only apply to light, it applies to all the particles life is made of… We intuitively believe our universe consists of solid stuff, but in reality, all of it,…is a result of probability waves, and particles that pop in and out of existence…all of this weirdness prompted Einstein to say, “Do you really believe the moon is not there when you are not looking at it?”

Reframing ๐Ÿ‘ย A Lens-based Project

What if I created different lens for all the philosophical concepts of consciousness?

  • emergent dualism
  • functionalism
  • substance dualism
  • behaviorism
  • higher order theory
  • property dualism
  • cognitivism
  • quantum consciousness
  • pan psychism
  • identity theory
  • epiphenomenalism
  • logically sound, scientifically sound theory of how we can transform how we think about life… our deepest existential questions:ย evolution, as the YouTube further explores in this quote:

…first forms of life; subtle differences between old cells and new cells; in the genetics of offspring; we can trace these genes as far back as bacteria 3.5 billion years ago; microscopic crystals; over billions of years of replicating and mutating; more and more sophisticated ways of growing and spreading; offspring with a coincidental protein molecule, sensitive to sunlight, emerged; ended up more beneficial over many generations; four billion years is a long time, enough for extremely sophisticated results, such as the human eye; even our most advanced technologies are no match for the mechanisms evolution has created…

To approach this scientifically, we cannot allow consciousness’s elusive nature to be a reason for giving up on trying to understand it, because if consciousness is not a magical exception, and rather is a direct or indirect consequence of evolution, the scientific conclusion is straightforward: just like every other aspect of the human body…consciousness is a tool that’s engineered for us…evolution favored this development, and nurtured it to a point where we became sentient, self-aware, and capable of interpreting our own evolutionary drives and purpose, in ways that can even go against our own survival, if we so choose… so then, how would science describe the mechanism of consciousness?

@16:00, the video then goes on to describe the emergence of consciousness. This is parallel to the Theory of Everything I believe in, so I was tickled enormously by this video, and highly recommend you watch it.

Listing ๐Ÿคฏย 30ย Philosophers to Explore

Sharpen your genuine love of logic for a moment with this invigorating video on string theory:

In addition to the philosophical ideas I’ve been wrestling above, I have a list of philosophers I’d like to read more, from ancient to present day… And I’m sure this list could later be used for a 30-day Challenge. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. Socrates;
  2. Virgil;
  3. Plato;
  4. Aristotle;
  5. Augustine of Hippo;
  6. Voltaire;
  7. Baruch Spinoza;
  8. Confucius;
  9. Dante Alighieri;
  10. Dalai Lama and Siddhartha Gautama Buddha;
  11. Pope Francis;
  12. Simone de Beauvoir;
  13. Arthur William Bell,ย Coast to Coast AMย broadcaster; one of my grandfather’s heroes in his old age
  14. Willem de Sitter, a physicist who contributed to Big Bounce theory; he worked alongside Einstein
  15. Michael Merzenich, one of the brilliant minds of today’s neuroplasticity research, and a professor as UC San Francisco;
  16. Immanuel Kant;
  17. David Hume;
  18. Rene Descartes;
  19. Wittgenstein;
  20. John Locke;
  21. Loazi;
  22. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz;
  23. Sun Tzu;
  24. Ayn Rand;
  25. George Berkeley;
  26. Jean-Jacques Rousseau;
  27. Baron de Montesquieu;
  28. Al-Ghazali;
  29. Sue Blackmore, free will
  30. Benjamin Lipet, half-second delay
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Explore ๐Ÿ”ฌ Values of Heroes

I’ve been thinking about geniuses lately, about the advice our great ones give us, about how we choose celebrities based upon value systems that might not be in our best interest, and some of the quotes that have popped out during my search are below…

Reframing ๐Ÿ’Ÿย A Poetry Project on Genius

Perhaps I could make another project out of responding to one quote a week.

Starting with these quotes.

Prewriting ๐Ÿคฉย Bill Gates

The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life. โ€”Bill Gates

  • How can I apply this to my science fiction novella’s setting?
  • How does this apply to my reality?
  • How has this blog become part of my everyday life?

Quote Response ๐Ÿ˜Žย Elon Musk

While watching the Artificial Intelligence Channel’s interview of Elon Musk, I was caught by their conversation @13:50, when the interviewer said, “Our audience really wants to know: What do you think the world will look like for children born today, when they’re your age…

“What do you hope for the world to look like?

“What’s the best-case scenario, say we solve these problems?”

Elon Musk replied:

I think that a good future would look like, you know, we’re really substantially transferred to sustainable generation and consumption of electricity, so that the CO2 risk and the ocean rising risk is mitigated, and we’re not looking at like, you know, having Florida and sort of large portions of the world underwater, that’d be great, but to have addressed that risk that’ll be there, you know, was for us to have a base on the moon,..

And that was the first time I realized space travel really is a ๐Ÿฆ†ing thing.

I’m not sure how to word this experience. I’m going to have to try to word this experience, though: realizing space travel is a ๐Ÿฆ†ing thing. This is a distinctly different thing thanย wantingย space travel to be a thing.

I believe in Elon Musk more than NASA. We shall have moon stations.

Listingย ๐Ÿ’™ 3 Other Geniuses to Explore

The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe. โ€”Albert Einstein

Lately I’ve had a crush on physicists. I’m heartbroken we’ve lost the physicist who inspired a love of science and astronomy during my childhood. And I’d like to learn more about the ideas of Michio Kaku:


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Emoticons about Grading, Part III ๐Ÿ™Œ

Yesterday was my first week teaching the second semester of English 380: Vocabulary Building & Testing SkillsI was a MONTH late responding to the “You wanna teach this next semester?” e-mail, so I will 100% understand if I don’t get the opportunity to do this a third time… but I hope I do get a third chance! at College of the Sequoias, quite possibly my favorite place in the Central Valley.

Cue for a yin-yang cat-pawse:

Yesterday’s students smiled lots, eager to listen to stories about how the words “catastrophe,” “catapult,” and “catalyst” share the same etymological prefix,ย kataโ€”the night, every bit as joyful as teaching rhetoric and logic at Fresno City Collegeโ€”and on top of all that awesome, I turned in one of the two contracts I still had in our mailbox;

Now I just need to submit my Fall 2018 contract to FCC tomorrow;

Then meet with Fresno Unified about subbing Thursday;

And my teaching career will be re-aligned again…

Lifeviewย ๐Ÿ‘  Don’t Stagnate; Always Move ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ

Meanwhile, I’m still working on responding to philosophical ideas as part of my “Chapter 2: Compass”ย DYLย critical analysis… when I was supposed to start my journey into “Chapter 3: Wayfinding” yesterday.

Part of the issue is the nature of “Chapter 3: Wayfinding”… I need to design projects, templates, scaffolds, etc. to act as guide posts in my odyssey quest, and while I’ve been working on it, I’m still only prewriting, tinkering, playing;

But I could still do myself the favor of moving on, rather than stagnating in “Chapter 2: Compass.”

S’omorrow, I’ll change the direction of the blogย  to asking questions, or posingย problems,ย in preparation for “Chapter 4: Getting Unstuck.” It’ll be good to lay out the problems on my mind now, rather than later, then return to Chapter 3: Wayfinding, so I can let the ideas saturate, remove my emotional attachment from them, and freely brainstorm solutions when it’s time for really diving into “Chapter 4: Getting Unstuck.”

It’s a good plan. And I think I’ve dwelt in Philosophy Land enough, at least until I get the wild hair to regress into Workview and Lifeview writing again.

๐Ÿฅ Aaand now, Ladies and Gentlemen!ย ๐Ÿฅ last dive into reflecting about teaching…

Reframingย ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธย Emoticons for Traditional Grading ๐Ÿ’ฆ

In all of this, I’ve remained ๐Ÿค ๐Ÿคฃ
because I’ve been trying to ๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’ย delicate thoughts about

how โœ…โœ… has nothing to do with
assigning a letter (a beef grade) to a ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿฎ…

Isn’t a “๐Ÿฅ‡,” “๐Ÿฅˆ,” and “๐Ÿฅ‰”
a different ๐Ÿ‘‘โ€”a different ๐Ÿ”ฌ& ๐Ÿ”ญโ€”for every ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“?

๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ, when I bring up this dilemma,
I often hear this ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏย counterargument:

Gradingย in ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿ‘ฅ๐Ÿš
is the process of applying ๐Ÿ’ฏใ€ฝ๐Ÿ’ฏ
of ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธ levels of achievement in ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ.

In other words, a ๐Ÿ’ฏis a measure
of how well a ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“does

against the backdrop of ๐Ÿ’ฏใ€ฝ๐Ÿ’ฏ
expectations within a ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ,

is essential ๐Ÿ‘”โš–๐Ÿ‘”
for the ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ + ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿš€relationship

to function in the
๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿคต๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒƒ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐ŸŒžโญโ˜„๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŒ 
scheme of things.

Do you really believe
the moon is not there
when you are not
looking at it? โ€”Albert Einstein

Teaching Philosophyย ๐Ÿ’Ÿ Counterargument to Tradition ๐Ÿ’Œ

I get where this thought process comes from…
How do we guarantee everyone is learning ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿš€ stuff,

without following lists of the ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿš€ stuff
they should be learning?โ€”and without ๐Ÿ’ฏ

lining perfectly with the ๐Ÿ’ฏใ€ฝ๐Ÿ’ฏ methods,
how can we guarantee no tampering with data?

Therefore, for the sake of
๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿคต๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒƒ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐ŸŒžโญโ˜„๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŒ ,

we should treat grading as aย ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿฎย process,
not as a ๐Ÿ‘‘โ€”variable,ย ๐Ÿ”ฌ& ๐Ÿ”ญโ€”๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“process.


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