Distraction and Dromocracy in Learning

Debates about media in academic institutions are as old as academic institutions themselves. Is handwriting better than typing for learning? This article indicates that the answer is yes, specifically in terms of classroom learning. I would disagree. Part of the argument is that handwriting is better because it makes you slow down. I like the point aboutContinue reading “Distraction and Dromocracy in Learning”

Socrates and Place

Socrates can’t learn from place.  He’s too anthropocentric.  I always think of Plato’s Phaedrus (230d), where Socrates says this: You see, I am fond of learning. Now the country places and the trees won’t teach me anything, and the people in the city do. He is fond of learning (philomathes), but country places (chorai) andContinue reading “Socrates and Place”

Rough Words with Whitehead and Neruda

“In order to acquire learning, we must first shake ourselves free of it. We must grasp the topic in the rough, before we smooth it out and shape it.” Whitehead, Modes of Thought (New York: Free Press, 1966), p. 6. That comment from Whitehead could be read as an exegesis of one of Pablo Neruda’sContinue reading “Rough Words with Whitehead and Neruda”

It’s only teaching, but I like it

The last month has been a busy one.  I’ve graded roughly 400 pages of student papers, and I’ve given about 60 hours of lectures.  I haven’t spent much time writing, and I feel good about that.  Well, I suppose I’ve done some writing, if you count lecture notes, syllabi, and emails to students.  To adaptContinue reading “It’s only teaching, but I like it”

Learning to Swim with Deleuze

The movement of the swimmer does not resemble that of the wave, in particular, the movements of the swimming instructor which we reproduce on the sand bear no relation to the movements of the wave, which we learn to deal with only by grasping the former in practice as signs.  That is why it isContinue reading “Learning to Swim with Deleuze”