Research & Blog Update

I have taken a slight change in direction with regards to the form of my MA thesis. Before, pretty much all of last year, I was being pressured to develop an empirical research project. Now, due to events I will not discuss here, I am happy to announce I will be writing a theoretical thesis! I am thrilled about this and found new inspiration and motivation.

I created this blog as a means to motivate myself and as a means to document and share my research. I am trying hard not to lose focus of this fact. My last post, An Education Transformation: How technology transformed a bedwetter into a superhero, received many comments and I thank all of you who took the time and energy to comment. In the future I will try to incorporate more of the same elements, intimacy and humour, into my more technical posts.

In this post I will outline things to come, basically the topics I plan to cover and the direction I plan to take within the next few months. First, there are two topics that have been brewing in my mind, and I’m eager to get those thoughts out of my head and onto this blog: education & consciousness. Here is a quick preview…

On Education

In my last post I revealed intimate details of my childhood with regards to my early education and upbringing. In the preamble of that post I mentioned it was “a small chapter of a larger story of what motivates and drives me as an educator”, and with the post “On Education” my plan is to reveal another chapter. But this time no more nice guy. Consider yourself warned. I am taking off the gloves and no holds barred with this post. I will be laying it on the line with regards to the problems I see with the educational institutions today. In short, this post will be a full frontal attack on humanity.

On Consciousness

I would like to write my thoughts on consciousness. I have been seriously and systematically studying consciousness and other aspects of the mind for around five years, though, as far back as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in consciousness. I have read many books on this subject and think I have a very unique view on this topic. This post is sure to be a wheel turner.

Hopefully I sparked some interest with my quick preview of two topics I am working on. If you want to receive notification when these posts are made, simply “join this site” with Google Friend Connect, located on the right side of this blog’s home page. Or, if you are Web 2.0 savvy, simply subscribe to the RSS feed (also located on the right side of this blog’s home page).

In addition to these two planned posts (education & consciousness) I am currently working on, my plan is to write series of book reviews. It has been almost 2 months since my last post and in my defence for being so bad by not blogging, I will say I have been reading – a lot. So, the good news is I will be sharing what I’ve learned and how I can apply that knowledge to my research. The books to be reviewed are:

  1. How the Body Shapes the Way We Think
  2. The First Idea
  3. The Philosophical Baby
  4. Why Choose This Book?

(Click on the above links for more information on each book or click on the images below to get a clearer picture of the book cover.)

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If you have a preference on which book review you would like to read first or if you prefer to read one of the two topics listed above please leave a comment on this post or e-mail me.

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