On real isomorphism between developmental & social-evolutionary processes
- Theorized isomorphism between developmental and social-evolutionary processes imply that what happens in modernization may be a maturation tying genuine modernity to admirable adulthood---a "mature autonomy" applicable to both, in separate-but-kindred ways, such that facilitating adulthood may facilitate modernization.
This may apply to Hamas as much as to teaching 13 year-olds, in overtly Habermasian terms---but also in the context of someone teaching early teens (analogizing world leadership with teaching high school? YES).
"on really bridging personal and social growth"
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- Hello Gary,
the link to your blog essay is one I can thoroughly recommend to
those on the List who haven't clicked yet. To be honest, your
dialogue with the respondent is so rich that it almost excludes
reasonable comment. A *meisterwerk* no less!
Of course, tangents are stimulated. The normative justification of
the teacher's role should also come under critical scrutiny. There
is such a productive dynamic at work in any classroom, whereby the
teacher-student-teacher matrix emerges. As far as i am concerned,
any *teacher* worth his or her salt is also a student of the
wonderful opportunity to engage with the perspectives of other minds.
I suppose it is one of the primary hermeneutical relationships that
is made available...likewise with the parent-child-parent
relationship. Can the teacher be taught? Can the speaker, listen?
Can the parent *share* power? Axel Honneth's "ethic of respect"
springs to mind as a distillation of Habermas' programme. For me,
Habermas' humanistic credibility stems from the affective basis of
authentic dialogue. It is a giving and giving that is inevitably a
receiving and receiving that is inevitably a giving and giving.
The actual dynamic of social evolution (and probably *biological*
evolution -- although I don't make any distiction between the two
except begrudgingly at the level of description) is one of symbiosis.
Unifying the presently distributed capacities of the global brain
augurs productive (mind-blowing - in the nicest possible sense!)
outcomes. Mars by 2025! Who's up for the challenge? The baby-boomers
have lasted the generational distance...tough stuff IMO. Time to
reconcile the historical legacy of the Depression and WW2. Maybe
even time to dream again of the future.
- Dear List,
I hope the List will indulge me on this whimsy:
> Unifying the presently distributed capacities of the global brainA "post" post thought struck me relative to Gary's discussion of the
> augurs productive outcomes.
Great Refusal relative to current ideological tensions between Western
modernity and some aspects of Islamic culture.
The question arose: Has a representative of the Muslim world had the
extraordinary experience of extraterrestial vision?
In terms of developing a pan-human appreciation of just how incredible
our planet is and how *we* as people of so many different creeds and
ethnic backgrounds share this planet *together* [with ALL I'd like to
think that entails], it seemed important that the privilege of an
extraterrestial vision also be shared.
And yes, it has and will be!
[try entering *muslims in space* at answers.com]
Indeed, next year, a number of Malaysian Muslims (and a Hindu) will
travel with the Russians to the International Space Station.
And, in fact, in 1985, a Saudi Arabian was a member of a U.S space
shuttle flight...the first Muslim in space. Quite incredible.
Why? Well i think it extends the hermeneutical boundaries of our
global conversation about *our* futures together. This is why I
believe the exploration of space is SO important to our futures. It
could be, perhaps, the origins of the Great Embrace.