Original Wisdom

Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing

Author: Robert Wolff

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1594776717

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 208

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• Explores the lifestyle of indigenous peoples of the world who exist in complete harmony with the natural world and with each other. • Reveals a model of a society built on trust, patience, and joy rather than anxiety, hurry, and acquisition. • Shows how we can reconnect with the ancient intuitive awareness of the world's original people. Deep in the mountainous jungle of Malaysia the aboriginal Sng'oi exist on the edge of extinction, though their way of living may ultimately be the kind of existence that will allow us all to survive. The Sng'oi--pre-industrial, pre-agricultural, semi-nomadic--live without cars or cell phones, without clocks or schedules in a lush green place where worry and hurry, competition and suspicion are not known. Yet these indigenous people--as do many other aboriginal groups--possess an acute and uncanny sense of the energies, emotions, and intentions of their place and the living beings who populate it, and trustingly follow this intuition, using it to make decisions about their actions each day. Psychologist Robert Wolff lived with the Sng'oi, learned their language, shared their food, slept in their huts, and came to love and admire these people who respect silence, trust time to reveal and heal, and live entirely in the present with a sense of joy. Even more, he came to recognize the depth of our alienation from these basic qualities of life. Much more than a document of a disappearing people, Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing holds a mirror to our own existence, allowing us to see how far we have wandered from the ways of the intuitive and trusting Sng'oi, and challenges us, in our fragmented world, to rediscover this humanity within ourselves.

Education for Tomorrow

A Biocentric, Student-Focused Model for Reconstructing Education

Author: Michael Risku,Letitia Harding

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9462091587

Category: Education

Page: 214

View: 4574


Education for Tomorrow A Biocentric, Student-Focused Approach to Education Reform Michael Risku University of the Incarnate Word, USA and Letitia Harding University of the Incarnate Word, USA There are many books on the market which discuss indigenous ways of knowing, and bemoan western society’s seeming lack of interest in anything other than scientific fact-based knowledge. Equally plentiful are the writings of critical theorists who consider today’s public education system to be divisive, and manipulated by those in power to ensure that their children have the educational advantages needed to maintain the elite hierarchical status quo. Education for Tomorrow is unique in that it brings both of these approaches together first by examining the ways that indigenous people and women of all cultures acquire and pass on knowledge, and the deleterious effects that enforced Eurocentric systems have had on that process. The authors then turn to public schools to explore the influences, both good and bad, that today’s programs have on the distribution of opportunities afforded to all children in the United States. Finally, they offer suggestions for a revolutionary education system which highlights the need for all students to have the encouragement and freedom to look critically and rationally at their lives and at their relationship with the natural world. This can be achieved by looking back to the pedagogical methods of our indigenous ancestors, and forward to a time when all children, regardless of ethnic or socio-economic heritage, are taught in such a way that every aspect of their lives is addressed, nurtured, valued, and enhanced.

René Girard and Creative Mimesis

Author: Thomas Ryba

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739168991

Category: Religion

Page: 342

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For half a century René Girard’s theories of mimetic desire and scapegoating have captivated the imagination of thinkers and doers in many fields as an incisive look into the human condition, particularly the roots of violence. In a 1993 interview with Rebecca Adams, he highlighted the positive dimensions of mimetic phenomena without expanding on what they might be. Now, two decades later, this groundbreaking book systematically explores the positive side of mimetic theory in the context of the multi-faceted world of creativity. Several authors build on Adams’ insight that loving mimesis can be understood as desiring the subjectivity of the other, particularly when the other may be young or wounded. With highly nuanced arguments authors show how mimetic theory can be used to address child and adult development, including the growth of consciousness and a capacity to handle complexity. Mimetic theory is brought to bear on big questions about creativity in nature, evolutionary development, originality, and religious intrusion into politics.

Theory of Knowledge Third Edition

Author: Nicholas Alchin,Carolyn P. Henly

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1471804178

Category: Study Aids

Page: 480

View: 2661


A unique narrative through the latest TOK guide from two of the IB's most respected experts - Guides students by helping them examine the nature of knowledge and ways of knowing - Develops diverse and balanced arguments by raising questions in a variety of contexts - Provides complete support assessment - Includes all the new ways of knowing and areas of knowledge Also available This Student's Book is supported by Dynamic Learning, which offers Teaching and Learning Resources that include a guide to teaching the course and classroom activities, plus a unique lesson builder tool to help teachers collate and organise a range of resources into lessons. The Dynamic Learning package also includes a Whiteboard eTextbook version of the book for front of class teaching and lesson planning. Also from later in the year, please look out for assignable and downloadable Student eTextbooks

Living Deliberately

Author: Hrvoje Butkovic

Publisher: American Book Publishing

ISBN: 1589827716

Category: Self-Help

Page: 244

View: 8582


Are you rushing about doing endless mundane tasks? Worried that your life lacks direction and purpose? Not always proud of your thoughts and actions? Would you choose yourself as a friend? By explaining how to become aware of your conduct, identify and evaluate its consequences, and extend them beyond the narrow domain of personal experience, this book enables you to arrive at an approach to living that reflects your highest ideals and offers guidance in every situation. The only prerequisite is your willingness to take responsibility for it. Let your journey begin…

Redefining Prosperity

Author: Isabelle Cassiers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131769502X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 174

View: 6876


Society today faces a difficult contradiction: we know exactly how the physical limits of our planet are being reached and exactly why we cannot go on as we have before – and yet, collectively, we seem unable to reach crucial decisions for our future in a timely way. This book argues that our definition of prosperity, which we have long assimilated with the idea of material wealth, may be preventing us from imagining a future that meets essential human aspirations without straining our planet to the breaking point. In other words, redefining prosperity is a necessary and urgent task. This book is the fruit of a long debate among 15 scholars from diverse fields who worked together to bring the depth and nuance of their respective fields to questions that affect us all. The result is a rich, transdisciplinary work that illuminates the philosophical and historical origins of our current definition of prosperity; identifies the complex processes that gave rise to the problems we face today; elucidates the ways in which our contemporary environmental, social, nutritional, economic, political, and cultural crises are interconnected; and explores why a half-century of economic growth has neither increased life satisfaction in the West nor vanquished world poverty. Approaching these broad-ranging questions from the specific standpoints of their disciplines, each of the authors offers thoughts for the future, considering possible escape routes and proposing changes to the way we live, behave, and organise society and public action – changes that actually respond, in an equitable way, to our deepest aspirations. Ultimately, in laying the groundwork for a public debate on this subject, this book poses a question to its readers: what is your definition of prosperity, and what can be done to promote it?

Against Civilization

Readings and Reflections

Author: John Zerzan

Publisher: N.A


Category: Political Science

Page: 275

View: 2463


Against Civilization, first published in 1999 by Uncivilized Books and out of print for several years, is the well-regarded primer to Green Anarchism, Anarcho-Primitivism and the most radical but relevant form of anarchism to develop in the past decade. Anarcho-primitivism is a shorthand term for a radical current that critiques the totality of civilisation from an anarchist perspective and seeks to initiate a comprehensive transformation of human life. Revised and expanded edition.

Free Range Learning

How Homeschooling Changes Everything

Author: Laura Grace Weldon

Publisher: Hohm Press

ISBN: 9781935387091

Category: Education

Page: 304

View: 3467


This book presents eye-opening data about the meaning and importance of natural learning. This data -- from neurologists, child development specialists, anthropologists, educators, historians and business innovators-turns many current assumptions about school-based education upside down. The book's factual approach is balanced by quotes and stories from over 100 home-schoolers from the U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Mexico, India and Singapore. These parents and children are the true authorities on alternative learning. Written for interested parents and educators, this book will also encourage and excite those who want their children to have the benefits, but who are timid to approach home-schooling. This is the only book anyone needs to make the choice and start the process of home-schooling children, and is applicable for young people from pre-school through high school. Studies indicate that adults who were home-schooled are: More likely to vote, volunteer and be involved in their communities than graduates of conventional schools; Read more books than average; More likely to have taken college level courses than the population as a whole; Tend to be independent and self-reliant. The book presents the simple choice to home-school as something much more significant than a homespun method of education. Weldon asks us to consider this choice as participation in a cultural shift toward redefining success; and as a form of collective intelligence with major implications for the future of education. Children are naturally "free range" learners, she says. They build knowledge and skills naturally, within the full spectrum of their daily lives, while observing, exploring and pursuing their interests. This book guides any parent or educator in assisting that process. The book demonstrates: That children and teens can best be nurtured outside of restrictive educational systems; That we can restore what is heart-centred and meaningful back to a central place in education; How networking with others enriches the learning experience for our children; How home-schooling has become a force of positive social change-making the community a better place for everyone.