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Our species, Homo Sapiens, is the being who thinks. But we are also the beings who learn, and the beings who experience a rich spectrum of affective emotional states.
This article presents research and theoretical models relating emotions to learning and cognition.
The Bell System was the single most extraordinary example of a highly functional system ever crafted by humankind.
This essay compares Theodore Vail’s Bell System to Henri Poincaré’s Solar System and offers some insight into the concept of high-functioning systems.
Who was Sabina Spielrein? What role did she play in the early years of psychoanalytic research and in the development of new ideas and methods for educating children? This brief article summarizes information compiled by a colleague of mine who has declined to append his name to the information presented below.
Why rule-driven systems are chaotic sources of dramaturgy, and what it takes to craft a functional and graceful regulatory process.
This knol reviews and integrates fundamental ideas on ethics, including seminal contributions by Lawrence Kohlberg, Carol Gilligan, John Rawls, Lonnie Athens, James Gilligan, Suzanne Retzinger, René Girard, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Hobbes, and John Locke. The article concludes by linking back modern secular views on ethics to ancient sources on the same ideas.
This knol presents ideas first introduced in 1994 on a three-stage model of community building that I call “Communitas”.
Action Research is the practice of collaborative problem solving in the Education Community. In Action Research, the students (and parents) collaborate with professional educators in solving problems arising in the course of educating students.
This brief Knol is an introduction to the basic idea of Action Research in Education.
This is an essay and reflection on Narcissistic Wounding as it arises in adolescent cultures and reappears in online cultures populated by the same demographic groups who manifest narcissistic traits in face-to-face cultures.
Proposal for a social contract on Wikiversity.
A hodge-podge of conflicting and inconsistent rules, coupled with a profoundly ill-conceived community governance model, has transformed Wikipedia into the Internet’s premier Drama Engine, featuring a daily dose of lunatic social drama from Wikipedia’s Post-Modern Cyberspace Theater of the Absurd.
Wikipedia’s self-governance model is so anachronistic, it predates fundamental concepts introduced by the first historic designers of the Rule of Law.
I’m a stranger here, myself.
Redheads have reduced levels of Eumelanin compared to the rest of the population. But because of correlates in cell biology, reduced levels of Eumelanin may be accompanied by comparably reduced levels of Epinephrine (Adrenalin), Dopamine, Serotonin, and Oxytocin as well. The resulting change in demeanor and the diminished energy for Fight or Flight make redheads more likely to turn to non-military solutions to threatening circumstances. Is it any wonder redheads are over-represented in the Cerebral Arts?
This brief paper summarizes notions about the role of Social Contracts in online communities.
A creation story for the Cybernetic Age from the Post-Apocalyptic Seminary of Neuro-Mathematical Systems Theology.
Musings on the Unken Reflex, Freud’s notion of the Uncanny, and the role of Bombesin as the mediating neuropeptide.
Speculations on some theological notions about scape-goating rituals.
Semiotic review of cultural references to Oxytocin.
Observations on emerging research on the role of Oxytocin in regulating feelings of affection, trust, and disaffection.
Reflections on the suicide of Ted Westhusing, Professor of Military Ethics at West Point Academy.
This brief knol introduces the notion of Polionics, the study of self-paralyzing systems.
A little girl talks to God about emotions and learning.
A reflection on the notions of Liminal Social Drama, Anti-Structure, and Chiasmus.
Musings on the notion of Apostasy, the turning away from a long-held or widely held belief.