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Global Studies as if Reality Mattered: Globalizing Education in the Anthropocene to Build Global Competence and Resilience

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. (John Muir 1911) Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. (Philip K. Dick; Peter Viereck) … Continue reading

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What should we be worried about?

Big picture thinkers on ‘real scenarios that keep scientists up at night’ Since we can’t stop worrying, can science teach us at least how to worry better? What should and shouldn’t we be worried about – for scientific reasons? The … Continue reading

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Global Studies: The Art of Wonder in the Age of the Anthropocene

Richard Feynman (Theoretical physicist, 1918-1988) It would be a very dull universe for any intelligent being were everything of importance to be known. (Carl Sagan) What inspired the greatest scientists to spend their lives in a lab? A deep sense … Continue reading

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Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room (David Weinberger 2012)

We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We’d nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There’s more knowledge than ever, of course, … Continue reading

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The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God (Carl Sagan 2007)

A fitting cross-post for the holiday season. This is one of the best books on the timeless subject of science and religion. Carl Sagan, the great Cornell University astronomer and popularizer of science, passed away on this day in 1996. … Continue reading

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What do you need to know to thrive in the 21st century? On curiosity, creativity, humility, epistemology, and learning

Conversation is a catalyst for innovation. (John Seely Brown, former Chief Scientist of Xerox, now self-declared ‘Chief of Confusion‘) Join the conversation this Monday, October 28, 7-8pm at the Honors Salon! Discuss with others what you think we need to … Continue reading

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Unintentional Knowledge: What we find when we are not looking

Julio Alves (director of the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning and of the Writing Program at Smith College), The Chronicle Review, June 23, 2013 Most of our knowledge is incidental and tacit instead of intentional and explicit. What … Continue reading

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Real and important knowledge

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