René Girard’s Mimetic Theory by Wolfgang Palaver: We, humans, form our desires based on the desires of the surrounding people. The people we follow and hang out with transmit their desires to us, and they become ours. This realization not only shatters our precious perception of autonomy and uniqueness, but also explains why feelings like jealousy dominate our minds.
The Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan Haidt: This book explains that the current world is preventing young people from becoming fully-functional adults. By consistently fending children from pain and discomfort, we are teaching them the opposite of grit, growth, and antifragility.
How People Think: An incredible post explaining the many ways our thinking is flawed and what steps we can make to correct things. Probably my favorite part: "So many people strive for efficient lives, where no hour is wasted. But when no hour is wasted you have no time to wander, explore something new, or let your thoughts run free – which can be some of the most productive forms of thought."
My Notebook System: If you think that me tracking my habits for a year is a long period, check out this piece. This guy is logging his life for more than 10 years.
5) Worth knowing:
Problem-posing education is a method coined by Paulo Freire that was created as an alternative to the banking model of education (the mentioned above).
According to Freire, traditional education creates a culture of silence and oppression because students are treated as objects.
Problem-posing education focuses on critical consciousness. The goal is to make students aware of their oppression so they can - through actions - create a new better condition for themselves.
The liberation happens by inspiring these three between the students and the teacher: listening, dialogue, and action.
Teachers approach students as fellow learners, and together they solve problems - creating an atmosphere of hope and creativity. As Freire writes: "authentic education is not carried on by "A" for "B" or by "A" about "B", but rather by "A" with "B".
6) Worth thinking about:
"You can swim all day in the sea of knowledge and not get wet."
– Norton Juster
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