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3461Thinking with Pamela: Practical domains

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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Apr 13, 2014

      Thank you for your letters and blog posts. You're a good writer and
      it's wonderful to see you thinking out loud. I'm glad that you have an
      online home athttp://www.dadamac.net

      I think it's very helpful that you regularly take a look at the "big
      picture". What is the question that you are truly interested in? There
      may be several and your level of interest may change. That's fine. What
      progress are you making on your question? What is your plan for
      investigating it further?

      Your enthusiasm is a great guide. I'm glad that you're intrigued by
      your process of learning, too.

      Truly you can learn on your own. My own personal interest is to note,
      share and apply the common language of concepts and structures that
      underlie our various investigations.

      Overall, I think a good strategy for investigation is to be able to
      think-in-parallel along several different tracks. That way you can keep
      making progress if you feel stuck on any particular track.

      I want to write about another track so that you can look out for its
      relevance. You're interested in learning and so I think it's helpful to
      look at learning in particular domains and collect and analyze
      particular examples.

      I saw your blog post about normal vs. weird and how the sense of
      "normal" changes. You told a story about how as a child in post-war
      Britain the introduction of "brands" of margarine such as "Stork
      margarine" didn't make sense to you. The story makes your perspective
      vivid, real, testable. Without any such examples your point of view
      could seem groundless.

      Similarly, when people talk about learning in the general sense, as
      happens in academics, we can start to wonder, do they really know what
      they are talking about? That's why it's good to ground your work in
      particular subjects. That's what originally attracted me to your work
      and that of Janet Feldman, Joy Tang and others. You're very much
      involved in learning in Africa, which can be very practical. That
      brings a practical dimension to learning online and crosscultural learning.

      I recently gave a talk in Lithuania on "The purpose of creativity and
      the rules of art". It was part of a conference on the relationship
      between philosophy of art and psychology of art. I was a bit surprised
      to see that only some 25% of the speakers showed slides. In my own
      talk, I first gave very personal examples about "the purpose of
      creativity" and my own "rules of art". People could see photos of my
      art work and think for themselves whether I knew what I was talking about.
      Then I gave a very abstract derivation of the rules of art that arise
      based on where our imagination localizes the purpose. Concrete examples
      - a demonstration of concrete ability - links up theory and practice so
      that our thinking is not detached from reality. In the end, we want to
      be able to apply our knowledge.

      That's why in my book I give an application in terms of nonviolence with
      concrete examples taken from our Pyramid of Peace in Kenya.

      Pamela, that's my thought for now. Think about a practical domain where
      you could exemplify the learning philosophy that you want to develop.
      Different domains (such as my own study of wastewater systems for my
      house) can be testing grounds for different insights you have about

      That's something we could talk about. What are the ideas about learning
      that you'd like to develop? What are practical domains that would be
      telling? Then you could collect stories and examples from those
      practical domains, what you or others are learning.

      Pamela, I'm excited that you're my student. You can pay me by PayPal to

      I look forward to chatting or talking on Skype.


      Andrius Kulikauskas

      2014.04.07 13:03, Pamela McLean rašė:

      > Hi Andrius
      > Thank you for being my supervisor. I'm preparing for my studies and
      > wrote you an open letter. I posted it in dadamac.net
      > <http://dadamac.net> because that is my online work-space.
      > Here is the link -
      > http://dadamac.net/blog/20140407/dadamacademy-open-letter-andrius-kulikauskas
      > We agreed that i would pay you $50 a month for my supervision. I'm not
      > sure how you want me to make the payments. Please let me know.
      > Pamela
      > UK-Africa Connections
      > I'm Pamela McLean - my surname gives the "mac" in "Dadamac"
      > My "online workspace" is athttp://dadamac.net/
      > Twitter @Pamela_McLean