Mythologies

Mythologies

Mythologies finds Barthes revealing the fashioned systems of ideas that make it possible, for example, for 'Einstein's brain' to stand for, be the myth of, 'a genius so lacking in magic that one speaks about his thought as a functional labor analogous to the mechanical making of sausages.' Each of the little essays in this book wrenches a definition out of a common but constructed object, making the object speak its hidden, but ever-so-present, reservoir of manufactured sense.

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The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined

The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined

A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a passion project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his niece, who was struggling with algebra, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy's free videos and software, which have expanded to encompass nearly every conceivable subject; and Academy techniques are being employed with exciting results in a growing number of classrooms around the globe

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Nudge

Nudge

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that being human, we all are susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Thaler and Sunstein show that by knowing how people think, we can design choice environments that make it easier for people to choose what is best for themselves, their families, and their society.

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Interdisciplinarity of specialization

Interdisciplinarity of specialization

On one hand, historical data on wealth and work shows an almost direct relationship between the wellbeing of a community / nation and the specialization of its people. In modern terms, the higher a country's GDP per capita the more professions or variety of career paths in that country. On the other hand, the reality of today's economic landscape, driven in part by technological development, including the employment market data, calls for fast adaptability of adult skills and interdisciplinary approaches to work. What do we specialize in?

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Touchpoints, a tool for self-organized learning

Touchpoints, a tool for self-organized learning

It is my belief, that instead of putting children inside classrooms and trying to "educate" them into fitting some jobs, which honestly, we have no clue how they will look 2 decades from now, we can show what the life "touchpoints" are about and then empower children to design learning experiences around those points. Basically teach children to learn for themselves and then get out of their way, as Sugarata Mitra puts it. 

Let me explain the argument.

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The Rational Optimist

The Rational Optimist

This bold book covers the entire sweep of human history, from the Stone Age to the Internet, from the stagnation of the Ming empire to the invention of the steam engine, from the population explosion to the likely consequences of climate change. It ends with a confident assertion that thanks to the ceaseless capacity of the human race for innovative change, and despite inevitable disasters along the way, the twenty-first century will see both human prosperity and natural biodiversity enhanced

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