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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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“Read, read, read, read, read. Read everything.”

Read, read, read, read, read. Read everything. You can’t work unless you know the world, and outside of living in the world the best way to learn about the world is to read about it. (John Goodman) I spent three … Continue reading

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“The unknown was my encyclopedia”

Most of our knowledge is incidental and tacit. How, then, do we best design learning experiences that allow students to open themselves up and embrace the world as comprehensively as possible? This has never been more important than today in … 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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“Something that one really needed to know in the worst way – before one began” (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Thanks Kelly Madole and Elizabeth Gish for pointing that out to me. Every once in a while, I have the irresistible urge to post something funny or at least silly. Being German, loving philosophy and admiring Nietzsche – with qualifications, … Continue reading

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Exciting new course: Which global trends are shaping your future?

Beginning Fall 2013, the Honors College will be offering Honors 380: Trends Shaping Our Future. Unlike conventional courses, Honors 380 will offer students the unique opportunity to study our society 30-50 years in the future.  The course is open to … Continue reading

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Real and important knowledge

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