Monday, April 30, 2012

World Univ & Sch is about total creativity in teaching and learning, TED Talks' education - 'Flipping the Classroom,' On Testing vs. Innovation vis-a-vis OLPC deployments, "Not on the Test," Interested in an academic career - e.g. Anthropology, Law or Science?, WUaS's wiki list of great universities

World Univ & Sch is about total creativity in teaching and learning -

e.g. creating departments, subjects

(http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects),

facilitating teaching and so much more similarly (and for you) -

and in all languages and all countries ...


as well as about creating great jobs as a world class university,

with all the 'paperwork' that's entailed accrediting in all countries.

Information technologically, too, there's so much creativity in WUaS coding ahead ...


- with an universal translator,

- a virtual, whole world classroom,

- an all instrument, all language Music School ...


WUaS is a galaxy of creativity ahead.

Google 'World Univ & Sch' with an invitation to teach, learn and edit a page.



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TED ED - TED Talks' education - 'Flipping the Classroom'

with their new educational approach which

allows you to teach by embedding any YouTube video and teach with this ...

http://ed.ted.com/  ....


and here's a video about this - 


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQDgE_eJGTM ...

added to WUaS's free, Educational Software -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Educational_Software -

and 'Subjects' -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects ...


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On Testing vs. Innovation vis-a-vis OLPC deployments ...

check out this One Laptop per Child view -

http://www.olpcnews.com/countries/peru/goals_in_1-to-1_deployments_test_score_vs_innovation.html


 - on test scores vs innovation.

I'll look to add this to open, free, wiki World University and School's OLPC page ...

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/One_Laptop_per_Child_-_XO_Laptop_-_$100_Laptop_-_MIT ...

and this NYT's article on testing  -

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/opinion/brooks-testing-the-teachers.html -

also to WUaS. ...

Are there any OLPCs in your country?

(I haven't checked online, or added anything if there is to this WUaS page).



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"Not on the Test" ...


World University and School, on the one hand,

is about open, free, people-to-people teaching and learning, with great resources

(e.g. MIT OCW and KhanAcademy, etc.) already posted, -


so NO TESTS -

where you can also teach, like Sal has, ...


and, on the other hand, it's about free degrees to come

(with grades, accrediting on MIT OCW, in as many languages and countries as possible),

with TESTS,


... so WUaS is about both no tests, and tests.


(Here's a good overview of both wings of WUaS -


with an invitation to start teaching and learning now ...




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Interested in an academic career?

Anthropology, Law or Science, for example?

Consider going on for further study at a great university in anthropology.

Here is World University & School's wiki list (people can add more) of great universities -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Courses#University_course_listings .

For example, consider applying to UC Berkeley for a Ph.D., -

to immerse yourself also in the socioculture of anthropology as a discourse/discipline,

and thus to explore a career.

(World University and School is like Wikipedia with MIT Open Course Ware, and planning to offer free, online

Bachelor's [beginning in 2014], Ph.D. [2015], Law [2016] and M.D. [2017] degrees,

accrediting on MIT OCW, so WUaS may be of interest to you for a Ph.D. in a few years).

Here's WUaS' wiki Anthropology page, as an example -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Anthropology, -

and you could teach here to your web camera,

or focus your anthropological (+) interests by adding resources that fascinate you,

by editing this or any WUaS page,

to develop your anthropological career interests.

All the best in your search

- Scott (http://www.scottmacleod.com/)









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Sunday, April 29, 2012

'Skip Your Morning Meditation & Watch this Instead,' Added to Watsu and Meditation subject pages at World University & School, And added this WUaS Meditation page link to the WUaS Watsu page ... :)


'Skip Your Morning Meditation & Watch this Instead' ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPSAgs-exfQ


http://www.elephantjournal.com/2012/04/skip-your-morning-meditation-watch-this-instead/ ... will add to Watsu subject page for now at WUaS ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Watsu_-_water_shiatsu ... as well as the 'Meditation,' wiki page, - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Meditation - and this WUaS Meditation page link to the WUaS Watsu page ... :)


StMa:
Hey Scott! These pictures are so wonderful. I`m deeply touched, refreshed, relaxed... and ful of joy! THANK YOU!


SM:
Hey Maria! Check out some of the Watsu videos on the WUaS Watsu page ... What further Watsu or meditation resources would you add?


StMa:
LOVE this...!!! I`m still enjoying. Thank you!


SM:
the water baby video is so calming ... just watching and mirroring it is a great mediation ... (under a shower?)


StMa:
Yes, soooooooooooo calming, soooooooooooooo beautiful...


I would love to be that baby right now


SM:
When are you coming back to Harbin?





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LA:

So is this The Bliss you're searching?, Lois, thanks for sending these early happy moments, kinda unfair as we know Life is not this,, it is reminiscent of sink baths i gave my boys


SM:

... interesting to see how warm water, in this case,

 seemed to cause a lot of serenity in the baby,

although the skillful handling of the therapist also seems important here  :) ...


I think there are many qualities of bliss ...

this water serenity / contentment is one,

blissing with the Grateful Dead another,

yoga release and releasing exploration inwardly in bodymind with imagination another ...

and music between friends of many varieties is yet another :)








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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Silicon Valley and the European Renaissance Parallels with Walter Cronkite, Jerry Garcia, Good list of 20 internet-freedom-fighters, Free, digital society wiki page at WUaS, New, free, Coursera and Udacity with many computer science offerings




Silicon Valley and the European Renaissance Parallels ...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=zfZOTtIR8GU ...

with Walter Cronkite, Jerry Garcia ... interesting ...

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Computing_History ...

Silicon Valley Historical Society is admirably open to countercultural, 'living interviews,' as well as entrepreneurial history there ...


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Good list of 20 internet-freedom-fighters - http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/20/twenty-fighters-open-internet ... which these great folks are on ... John Perry Barlow ... Jimmy Wales ... will look to add to 'Free Digital Society,' wiki, subject page at WUaS ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Free_Digital_Society :)


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Here's the 'Artificial Intelligence,' wiki, subject page at World University and School ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Artificial_Intelligence (like Wikipedia with MIT Open Course Ware) ... and check out Coursera - https://www.coursera.org/ - and Udacity - http://www.udacity.com/ - computer science offerings (from Stanford professors), that you'll find by searching on these their names here on the Courses' page at WUaS - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Courses ... :)








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Friday, April 27, 2012

WUaS Tourism Studies' subjects, virtual Harbin, MIT, ScienceSim

N,

Thanks - likewise. I'm not on Trinet yet - a little swamped with the amount of information from the web already, some of which I add to WUaS regularly. The recent Tourism and Authenticity conference at UC Berkeley was well done, with many edifying and engaging talks.

... will look to add the references you sent below to WUaS Tourism Studies' subjects ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Tourism_Studies and http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Hospitality_and_Tourism ...  or perhaps a Cal grad or undergrad student intern might enjoy this process. How to invite folks all over the worlds to begin to teach, learn, add and create as wiki, and with Wikipedia in 284 languages as precedent, is a question I continue to ponder, besides with advertising - and particularly to generate an academic conversation among folks at great universities? (Wales is good at this).

... still haven't turned the corner in terms of WUaS finances, - this process is a bit of elusive, but I continue to follow up on leads. Would love it if you could/might help Friend-raise / raise funds for WUaS with your contacts ... WUaS will hire a lot of Cal interns (with university/school plans in 3,000-8,000 languages and 200 countries) over the years, - when monies come in. I hope the MIT trip will help turn finances around, as well, but nothing specific yet whatsoever.

Might I please deliver a keynote talk in Paris in 2013 at Tourist Imaginaries on Harbin, virtual Harbin and this year's theme of the erotic there? ... just writing my 6th chapter on Intimacy at Harbin ... Still waiting now nearly 4 months later to hear back from MIT Press about my book proposal.

I'd love to dovetail the building of virtual Harbin as ethnographic field/pools site, not in Science Sim probably, with Ruth Tringham's contacts at UC Merced (Mauritzio? sp?), and possibly her moving virtual Catalhuyuk into the same, free virtual world, since SL costs something like $3600 / year with a $1000 setup fee, and I haven't seen other great alternatives, - and since Ruth killed Catalhuyuk in SL.

(I'm still planning on sending a summary of academic contributions I've made to tourism studies to a number of us, from the TI conference last May 2011).

Where are you traveling next? ... hope to see you soon.

All the best,
Scott







Hi, R,

Thanks for a fascinating (postmodern) talk yesterday at Cal at the Tourism Studies' conference on Authenticity. It rounded out the day in both amusing and very edifying ways, vis-a-vis authenticity.

I'd love to dovetail the building of virtual Harbin as ethnographic field/pools site, in a free Science-oriented virtual world, with your contacts at UC Merced (Mauritzio? - sp?), and possibly with moving virtual Catalhuyuk into the same, free Science-oriented virtual world, (since SL costs something like $3600 / year and $1000 setup fee), and I haven't seen other great alternatives, - and since you killed Catalhuyuk in SL 2 weeks ago.

During my recent trip to the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, MA, last week, I was impressed with the 16 screen TV there forming ONE big screen, which the new head of the Media Lab, Joi Ito, used to teach an open class on virtual worlds, projecting both World of Warcraft and Star Trek Online large onto this screen, both of which scaled huge beautifully. Wow! - it will be great if OpenSim / Science Sim begin to scale like this, especially for ethnographic research at Virtual Harbin, with the 2 communication channels of group talk and group text, as well as the gestural communication possibilities of scripted avatar movements, with many dance scripts already existing (in terms of Watsu especially). I'm looking too for script coders particularly for Watsu - water shiatsu movements, for ethnographic study, in water. (Watsu, a form of water dance in water, with therapeutic benefits, is an original form emerging from Harbin, as you may know).

I'm interested in finding someone to work with to do the main building of virtual Harbin (virtual Harbin may also be a first classroom for World University & School), and I would help, have built some in SL, but I don't have a feel for building terrain yet (would like to learn), so I might learn a lot about building terrain by helping to import Catalhuyuk's builds into ScienceSim, for example. (Here's a Machinima about "The Making of Virtual Harbin Hot Springs as Ethnographic Field Site in Second Life & Open Simulator" which I made - http://blip.tv/scott-macleod/the-making-of-virtual-harbin-hot-springs-as-ethnographic-field-site-in-second-life-open-simulator-2063427 - and which gives one a feel for virtual pools - in the Gardens of Bliss in SL, which no longer exists). Are some of the student builders of virtual Catalhuyuk at Cal still around?

Thanks again for a great talk, and very nice to see you.

All the best,
Scott





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Thursday, April 26, 2012

How many jobs will World University & School generate in ALL 3000-8000 languages and 200 countries, with a MIT OCW-centric focus, Planning to become a world class university, Building WUaS's team of developers for its complex software, Creative Commons' licensed (like MIT OCW)




How many jobs will World University & School generate, in ALL 3000-8000 languages and 200 countries, with a MIT OCW-centric focus, and planning to become a world class university, - developing, changing, and improving as the internet develops? This article says that the world needs 200 million jobs to reach full employment - http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/04/20/468552/200-million-jobs-full-world-employment/. Here's WUaS's Master Plan wiki subject page ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Master_Plan ... Possibly 1 million jobs eventually, possibly more? WUaS hasn't begun to calculate this. (How many people does the military employ? ... the US government?)


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As World Univ & Sch begins to build its team of developers for the complex software of this all-languages / all-countries' online, wiki university, the Subject Template at WUaS is central - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/SUBJECT_TEMPLATE - and your wiki additions, or ideas, are welcome. Also select the 2 pop down menus to see the 9 main subject areas. WUaS is also planning an universal translator, and ALL instruments (each a wiki subject page) / all Languages' music school, and a virtual earth as evolving 'classroom' (see ... http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/2012/02/three-main-it-foci-at-world-university.html).


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Creative Commons' licensed (like MIT OCW) World University and School is about sharing - it's a big share - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects ... and planning all 3000-8000 languages and all ~ 200 countries, with free, online, interactive degrees - http://worlduniversityandschool.blogspot.com/ ... where you can wiki-teach, learn, add resources and create ...




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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

St. Kilda, Scotland, and its last living inhabitant, Norman John Gillies, Scots' Fiddler Duncan Chisholm :), Edinburgh's Patrick Geddes, "Stewart's Banner" on the bagpipe by Stuart Liddell, New St. Kilda WUaS wiki page


St. Kilda, Scotland, and its last living inhabitant, Norman John Gillies,

who continues to return to this remote British Archipelago, at age 87,

after being evacuated at age 5 in 1930


(Here's a paper I wrote about St. Kilda and visiting it via digital technologies at the University of Edinburgh in 2004


... also here -



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Very nice fiddling by Scots' fiddler Duncan Chisholm here -



and here -


magic one might say :) ...

will look to add to the wiki, Fiddling subject at WUaS ...



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Hmmm ... Bagpiping, unicycle-riding Darth Vader, in a black cloak ...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s320x320/422011_10150599931389013_75467339012_9221017_743126451_n.jpg

... Hmmm ...

may add to WUaS's Bagpipe Tutorials ...

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Bagpipe_Tutorials
... :)




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Gary West, scottish smallpipes ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCb79cydwVo ...

will look to add to WUaS's Bagpipe Tutorials -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Bagpipe_Tutorials ... :)






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Interesting glimpses into Edinburgh and city planner+'academic' Patrick Geddes ... 


... in the late 19th century. :) 






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Listen to Stuart Liddell playing "Stewart's Banner" on the bagpipe :) -


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bks9WP3h3PQ -

at the Piobaireachd Metro Cup 2012 in the States ...

which is posted at the WUaS Piobaireachd, wiki, subject, page ...

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Pibroch,_Piobaireachd_or_Ceòl_Mór
...

with an invitation to add great online versions of ALL Piobaireachds ...

by editing this page.

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Scott MacLeod: 
Interesting 18 min. film from the 1920s of St. Kilda, Scotland, with shots of Dunvegan castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland, among other things ... http://ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=0418 ... and a new, St. Kilda, Scotland (Hirta), wiki, subject page at WUaS ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/St._Kilda,_Scotland_%28Hirta%29 ...





Catriona Mackay Macleod: 
tried to watch but was not able to open video.




Daniel James MacLeod: 
I picked up a book on St. Kilda while in Dunvegan, Skye. The people of St. Kilda living on MacLeod of MacLeod's Estate were coerced into leaving the island by British officials. The final evacuation in the 1930's was a sad event. St. Kilda is now used by the military.




SM: 
Catriona, I was able to watch the video, and I assume it was computer-hosted in Britain ... you might keep trying from different computers, otherwise you may have limited access to British internet video. There are many British internet videos I haven't been able to access from the States, curiously (given a distributed internet based on the technologies of openness, and where sharing has benefits and are built in). 


Daniel, yes - I've read some of these books, and in my M.Sc. dissertation (which is here (2004): http://scottmacleod.com/papers.htm) on St. Kilda as virtual place, at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, I also curiously had to stop my research, perhaps because, as I later found out, Hirta is partly a very small military base, in addition to a tourist destination and archaeological site and bird sanctuary, and any possible officials didn't understand my research was on networks (St Kilda vis-a-vis the internet and UNESCO World Heritage) and these networks' significance for virtual visiting.




SM: 
I've visited St. Kilda and it is indeed beautiful and difficult to get to. Here's a St. Kilda article you might enjoy (again) - http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/mar/24/last-man-st-kilda-evacuation - which I'll look to add to the above, St. Kilda, new, World University and School, editable, web page.




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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"5 Mutual Funds for Socially Responsible Investors - Kiplinger," Personal Financial Freedom Online






"5 Mutual Funds for Socially Responsible Investors - Kiplinger" - 


http://www.kiplinger.com/columns/openingshot/archives/mutual-funds-for-socially-responsible-investors.html


will look to add to World University and School's 'Investing - Socially Responsible,' wiki, subject page - 


http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Investing_-_Socially_Responsible 


(see also the Index Investing page at WUaS - 


http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Index_Investing).



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Some approaches to 


Personal Financial Freedom Online -



will update this 'Finance - Personal,' wiki, subject page at World University and School -



with an invitation to add resources ... :)



For personal finances, also check out Mint.com -

https://www.mint.com/ -


for free online bookkeeping +, 


as well as (not free, but helpful) 


Quicken and 


TurboTax 


(which makes doing taxes quite easy). 


Vanguard Mutual Funds is impressive in its indexing approach and 


cost and ownership structures, and 


they also have some socially responsible mutual funds 


... will look to add to the above WUaS 'Personal finance' page. 


Check out Morningstar Guide to Mutual Funds and 


Consumer Reports in your local library, 


or online through your local library, 


for objective comparisons of mutual funds. 

















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Monday, April 23, 2012

Harvard Computer Science Professor on Open Access & the University's mission, Harvard's Urs Gasser and friends, "Harvard Library to faculty: we're going broke unless you go open access"

Harvard Computer Science Professor Stuart Shieber's 


Congressional Statement before the House Science Committee 


on the benefits of Open Access and the University's mission ...




... will look to add to ... WUaS Open Access Resources -


as well as WUaS's Open Access Funding ...


WUaS is planning an open, Journal System -


- for many academic subjects, to complement those that already exist.


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Harvard University's Urs Gasser , Sandra Cortesi, Momin Malik, and Ashley Lee (all at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society) have issued a very helpful new report about youth credibility assessment and information quality ...


"Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality"

may add to WUaS's Internet Studies' wiki, subject page -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Internet_Studies ...


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"Harvard Library to faculty: we're going broke unless you go open access" ... http://boingboing.net/2012/04/23/harvard-library-to-faculty-we.html ... will add to Library Resources at WUaS ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Library_Resources .. and see this related, blog entry itself ... http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2012/04/harvard-computer-science-prof-on-open.html ... with Open Access, wiki WUaS pages, from today.










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Nicholas Negroponte responds to the Economist about One Laptop per Child in Peru



Nicholas Negroponte responds to the Economist about One Laptop per Child in Peru -

http://blog.laptop.org/2012/04/13/nicholas-on-peru/

... will look to add to the OLPC wiki page at wiki World University and School ...

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/One_Laptop_per_Child_-_XO_Laptop_-_$100_Laptop_-_MIT ...



World University has a specific focus on OLPC countries and languages

(see growing list on above WUaS OLPC page)

"Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method", Tom Boellstorff's et al. new book, Making of virtual worlds as ethnography?


Tom Boellstorff:

The cover isn't quite finished, but what a nice bday present--my new book (with my 3 great coauthors) has its website!


"Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method"



Tom Boellstorff, Bonnie Nardi, Celia Pearce & T. L. Taylor
With a foreword by George E. Marcus


http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9882.html


Scott MacLeod:
Congratulations, Tom et al!!! ... Will it address building virtual worlds for ethnographic comparison (and a way, for example, to build a virtual Harbin without budget so far)?


Tom Boellstorff:
We talk about why that's not ethnographic research in our view--you'll see soon! And hopefully it will be an interesting read for you...


MF:

Tom -I am very much looking forward to reading your book.


looks like a great book to teach with!


KS:
Ohhhhh can't wait to read it!!! Congratulations!!



Scott MacLeod:
Happy birthday, by the way :)

Scott MacLeod:
Does this new book then contrast with your views/interpretation in your Coming of Age in SL (CoAiSL), since SL is built, as I would argue are most people's communities/places, which anthropologists then proceed to interpret, and even as kinds of palimpsests?

Scott MacLeod:
Looking forward to it, Tom ... Participant observation and interpretation (Cerwonka and Malkki) are sensible trajectories in ethnographic research/representation (and have long histories), easily extensible into virtual worlds ... with an emphasis not only on Techne (Boellstorff 2008), and by extension technology, but also on information (MacLeod 2014?). ... I think the making of field sites in virtual worlds will add significantly to anthropology, for example, via something like 'ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy' ... http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/search/label/ethno-wiki-virtual-world-graphy, as well as my actual / virtual Harbin Hot Springs' ethnography (MacLeod 2014?) ... Congratulations - looking forward to engaging your forthcoming book in the 2nd half, 6 chapters, of my Harbin book !!!


See, too, Ethnography and Virtual Worlds' wiki subjects at WUaS, to which I'll add the above title:

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Ethnography

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Virtual_Worlds






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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sal Khan on Charlie Rose on what he does, how he began, how he got funding, Besides MIT OCW, Wikipedia, OLPC, Google, UNESCO World Heritage Sites are models


I've just seen Sal Khan on Charlie Rose -


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJFKE8kyz7w -

on what he does, how he began, how he got funding,

and may add this video to World University and School

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Subjects. ...


Besides MIT OCW, ... and

Wikipedia, OLPC, Google, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ...

other great universities' Open Educational Resources are all 'growth' examples

of a kind of 'evolution revolution' for World University and School ...


as is Manuel Castells' research on the Network Society -

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people/Castells/castells-con0.html -

which I think gets at some of the socioeconomic questions you're suggesting, EP ...


EP, come check out this free, open course on

"Information Technology and Society" I teach on Harvard's virtual island in SL ...

http://scottmacleod.com/ ...

which I may teach this autumn.







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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Of many social theorists of information technology and society, Manuel Castells engaged explicitly questions of countercultural influences on the information technology revolution

Of many social theorists of information technology and society, 


Manuel Castells 


(who wrote the trilogy "The Rise of the Network Society," "The Power of Identity," "The End of the Millenium," 


as well as "The Internet Galaxy") 


... here's a UC Berkeley video interview - 

http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/people/Castells/castells-con0.html ... 


has engaged explicitly questions of countercultural influences on the information technology revolution. 




Here are two, editable, related subjects at WUaS ... 


Network Society - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Network_Society ... and ... 


Counterculture - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Counterculture ...

phantom india madras film and dance pt1 from around 1969 (Is this by Louis Malle?), Here's a clip of a film from India from 1940



phantom india madras film and dance


pt1 from around 1969 (Is this by Louis Malle?) ...


phantom india madras film and dance




phantom india madras film and dance pt 3 ...


do you know this film? ...

let's check it out sometime Is this form of dance like Kuttiyatam?

A Louis Malle view of India ... pretty cool ... :)

caste system pt 1of 3 / louis malle phantom india



Here's a clip of a film from India from 1940, with lots of devotional aspects -



Sant Dnyaneshwar (1940) Full Movie ...


may add this film to the India page at WUaS ... http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/India



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India: The last handwritten newspaper in the world ... in Urdu (in Chennai)





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Friday, April 20, 2012

Interesting to learn of Robert Louis Stevenson's bohemianism in the 1870s, a kind of hippy then?, Harbin, California



Interesting to learn of Robert Louis Stevenson's bohemianism in the 1870s,

wearing his hair long and dressing in interesting clothes like velveteen jackets ...

Was he a kind of hippy then?


He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland ...

and traveled very widely ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Louis_Stevenson ...

and lived in Napa Valley for a little while

(he spent his honeymoon near here).


Does anyone know whether he visited Harbin?


There's a Robert Louis Stevenson state park at the summit of the road,

from Calistoga in the Napa Valley,

to Middletown (in Lake County) which is 4 miles from Harbin Hot Springs -

http://harbin.org/.




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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cone snail: New UPenn Pharmacology & Neurobiology courses at WUaS's Pharmacy (Sch.) & Brain pages, New Coursera - Princeton, Stanford, UPenn, Berkeley and UMich - courses

I added this new interesting Coursera course -

https://www.coursera.org/course/neurobehavior
- to

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Neurobiology
and

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Brain_and_Cognitive_Sciences

wiki, subject pages.


And I added this UPenn on Pharmacology course -

https://www.coursera.org/course/pharm101 -

at Coursera

(which looks to be produced by Stanford Professor's Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller -

http://allthingsd.com/20120418/stanford-professors-launch-coursera-with-16m-from-kleiner-perkins-and-nea/)

to WUaS's Pharmacy School -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/World_University_Pharmacy_School
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and the Pharmacology -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Pharmacology
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wiki, subject pages,

and invite all of you to try editing a WUaS page, as well,

with resources you love, at some point.


And did you listen to this -

"Forum - Disruptive Innovation: Higher Education" ...

http://www.kqed.org/a/forum/R201204091000?

It's also a well done interview

(like this NPR one you sent -

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2012/04/18/150846845/from-silicon-valley-a-new-approach-to-education
).


I've added the 4 great Universities' new Coursera offerings you mentioned -

https://www.coursera.org/princeton

https://www.coursera.org/stanford


https://www.coursera.org/umich


https://www.coursera.org/penn


to World University & School's great universities' Course's section -

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Courses#University_course_listings
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

'meme theory' and Primate language use?, Is there a literature for this?

scottmacleod: Where does 'meme theory' (simply as 'replicating, cultural units,' for example, like a word, a novel, a summer dress) fit in "The Growth and Decay of Shared Knowledge" -
http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/node/7547 - in this schema as emerging from Darwinian theory (Dawkins coined this term in his 1976 "The Selfish Gene")?



(In internet relay chat box ... ) Scott:


Oh, you're getting to Dawkins now

(in this Harvard talk ...

http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/interactive/events/2012/04/dennis)

... thanks.


Scott:

Dawkins uses the metaphor of a virus for meme, which, as memes, jump contagiously from brains to brains, partly by replication, I think.

How would meme study and theory work in higher primates that have learned sign languages ... e.g. mountain gorillas, bonobo chimpanzees, common chimpanzees, and with sign language, or other gestures? I wonder if there's an academic literature here, in any way.


kamo: scottmacleod:i don't understand


scottmacleod: The study of memes as 'cultural, replicating units' in higher primates which have learned sign language, for example, would reduce variables significantly in studying primate language learning, and especially experimentally.

scottmacleod: Higher primates' lack of larynxes (one evolutionary theory of human speech per Deacon), and thus speech (which humans have) - and which is one form of meme generation - might make fascinating even the study of survival rates among such higher primates possible (as far as these higher primates are from their troops, and their evolutionary environments), and a whole variety of other interesting questions vis-a-vis meme study.


See, too - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme in Wikipedia.

(The origins of language: an investigation of various theories - 2004 - http://creation.com/images/pdfs/tj/j18_3/j18_3_24-27.pdf, with no mention of Deacon's work).



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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Julie Fowlis ... very nice ... just found ... Scottish Multi-instrumentalist




Julie Fowlis ... very nice ... just found ... Scottish Multi-instrumentalist


Julie Fowlis at The Empire  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qlJWoz4L8tU ...

(Julie Fowlis (born 1979) is a Scottish folk singer and multi-instrumentalist who sings primarily in Scottish Gaelic). ...

will look to add to World University & School's

Scottish Gaelic wiki, subject page ...
 
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Scottish_Gaelic ...


Julie Fowlis fights for Gaelic survival with Under
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=dufCK1CYZXI


Julie Fowlis - 'Hùg air a Bhonnaid Mhor'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdO-JqtDPTw


Julie Fowlis and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raOhfgsft8I


Julie Fowlis - Puirt-a-Beul (Cambridge Folk Festival 2006) 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY6o6E24M3k


Julie Fowlis - Hùg Air A' Bhonaid Mhòir 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1I2nCAaodI



 Julie Fowlis playing Bagpipe - Live


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NTzOtVmoiU





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Monday, April 16, 2012

Chooka: "What is Contact Improv" film, "improvised duet: hanging on," Unfolding approaches to {bodymind} improvising in dance

... added this beautiful, Contact Improv

"What is Contact Improv" film -


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzb9Hnjnd5g -


as well as this one -

"improvised duet: hanging on"


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eui0faQaNs -


to WUaS's Contact Improv page:

http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Contact_Improvisation :)


... unfolding approaches to {bodymind} improvising in dance ...





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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Black-necked cranes: Is this what YOU mean by bliss?, I'd include 'neural cascades of pleasure' from listening to favorite musics, like ...













PC:

Nice. Scott MacLeod, is this what YOU mean by bliss?


SM:
... couldn't see the diagram below on my handheld very well,

but I'd include 'neural cascades of pleasure'

from listening to favorite music, like,

for me,

the Grateful Dead, Mozart, Ravi Shankar, JS Bach, for example ...

so, some things I love :)

You?


... Most of these are wiki Subjects at WUAS -


(find 'Raga' in lieu of Ravi) -

with good musical videos to 'travel' with:)




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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tibetan Fox: added 3 Herbert Benson MD YouTube videos to the 'Relaxation Response,' wiki, subject page, at WUaS, Meditation - Universal Antidote



Meditation - Universal Antidote




Dr. Herbert Benson on the mind/body relationship.




Dr. Herbert Benson discusses his new book, Relaxation Revolution.






... just added 3 Herbert Benson MD YouTube videos, all interesting, to the 'Relaxation Response,' wiki, subject page, at WUaS - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Relaxation_Response. Check them out ... edit this page ... don't worry, elicit :)






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Friday, April 13, 2012

Lears Macaw: WUaS open Business Meeting tomorrow, Saturday, April 14, 9 - 10 am PT, Humanities' courses, - Reed College's Hum 110

World University & School

may target Android mobile internet devices with video,

and group google chat for the conference method, -


as the bare minimum piece of equipment necessary to do a MIT-centric Bachelor's degree ...

will also add to the agenda at tomorrow's open WUaS Business Meeting -



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I think it makes sense to plan for a WUaS "Admitted Students Day" on or around Saturday, April 14th, 2014, also ...

will add to the above Meeting for Business agenda,

and to the Admissions at WUaS page, -



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Humanities' courses, -


and particularly Reed College's Hum 110,

are probably the starting place for teaching thinking in the College at WUaS ...







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