Being “nobody-but-yourself”

This bit of advice from e.e.cummings made me think. (h/t Maria Popova).

A poet is somebody who feels, and who expresses his feelings through words.

This may sound easy. It isn’t.

A lot of people think or believe or know they feel — but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling.

Jaron Lanier, BUMMERs and Being Human

I’ve just finished reading Jaron Lanier’s 10 arguments for deleting your social media accounts. Some are more persuasive than others, but they’ve made me decide to delete my Facebook account for 2020.

The arguments are all linked and as follows:

  1. You are losing your free will thanks to the addictive nature of much of it and the behaviourist focus of the coding (Facebook gurus Sean Parker and Chamath Paliyapatiya would seem to agree)
  2. Quitting social media is the most finely targeted way to resist the insanity of our times.

Trust and Whole Selves

This video is worth a watch, I think. John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods, makes some great points about people in organisations.

At its simplest, viewing people as ”Human Resources” gets it wrong because it limits. It ignores the idea that people come to the workplace wanting to bring their whole selves.…

Facts, Stories & Brain Scans

“We tend to use the word story casually, as if stories and narratives were ephemeral decorations for some unchanging underlying reality. The deeper neurological truth is that stories do not cloak reality but create it, triggering cascades of perception and motivation.

3D Education

I am finding Charles Koch’s framework for education more and more useful. If nothing else it helps me place some of the drier research on things like dual-coding and spaced retrieval in the context of a richer, more human approach and what Jeremy Barnes calls “Albert Hall Moments”.…

Old habits

Funny what habits are coming back as I start blogging again.

Without thinking about it, I found myself for the first time in quite a few years adding “blog” to my search terms (this one was “knowledge organisers blog”) and being more enthused by the results and the depth of thinking there was there.…

Thinking again

I miss my old blogging habit. I miss the intentionality, the slower pace, the thoughtfulness and the openness. Perhaps above all I miss the various unpublished draft posts and what they represented. I’d like to start thinking again. Thanks to two blogging stalwarts Ton and Euan, I might have the momentum to do so and today seemed like a good day to turn the clocks back.…

Seneca On Saving Time

Not a bad thing to think about at this time of year. (From Seneca’s Letters to Lucilius.
1. Continue to act thus, my dear Lucilius – set yourself free for your own sake; gather and save your time, which till lately has been forced from you, or filched away, or has merely slipped from your hands.

Keeping Children Safe in Education Quiz (and how to make your own)

In September, which seems miles away now, the government’s Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1 section was changed.

It’s the sort of document I diligently read but then, when quizzed go blank. So to help me revise, so to speak, and make reading it into knowing it, I made a quick Google form and then shared it with staff at the school.…