Category Archives: Technology

ONLINE LEARNING

Daniel Bonevac teaches philosophy at the University of Texas.  Our youngest son, Chris, who has majors in classics and philosophy, is currently taking a class with him.
Bonevac taught a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to 35,000 people!  He mentioned in the interview below that a Stanford class on artificial intelligence had nearly 170,000 folks enrolled!
I am not sure yet what to think about MOOCs, but it does seem to be the, or a least a wave of the future.

PANCAKE PEOPLE

I come from a tradition of Western culture in which the ideal (my ideal) was the complex, dense and “cathedral-like” structure of the highly educated and articulate personality—a man or woman who carried inside themselves a personally constructed and unique version of the entire heritage of the West…

But today, I see within us all (myself included) the replacement of complex inner density with a new kind of self-evolving under the pressure of information overload and the technology of the “instantly available”. A new self that needs to contain less and less of an inner repertory of dense cultural inheritance—as we all become “pancake people”—spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button.

Richard Foreman

http://edge.org/3rd_culture/foreman05/foreman05_index.html

HT: www.bensonian.org