Thanks Ian-- I'm steadily producing blogs about education. Can you tell me anything about the traffic to the site, or how many active members the site has, or if they represent a particular focus or concern about education?
Subtraction still works to get signal - I take pictures of the night sky with the lens cap on, then subtract those from the images with the lens cap off. That subtracts predictable noise (hot spots in the sensor). Averaging works wonders too, as the signal tends to be consistent, while the noise is random.
YES, I saw this reviewed at Bryn Mawr or somewhere online and it really caught my attention. Ever since reading Peter Kingsley's stuff, I have been really attuned to the cave myths in ancient Greece and I tell you they are ALL OVER THE PLACE. I bet it is a really good book. Let me check and see if I can find the Bryn Mawr review - YES, here it is: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2009/2009-10-50.html
Meanwhile, Kingsley is forever my hero. Have you read this book? I think it is sheer genius.
Peter Kingsley, Ancient Philosophy, Mystery, and Magic: Empedocles and Pythagorean Tradition. (Bryn Mawr review)
Hi Ian, I was trying to find a way to chat when I saw that we might actually be online at the same time. I was just writing a reply to your message and deleted it (too long) and then saw that you were on fireside too. It just boggles my mind.....you on the other side of the globe and me, online, at the same time, same place. Jeeze. I wonder if that will ever become common place for me.
Nice to be back -- outside? I'm thinking it's kind of like Spring for me on fireside. I mean, it's like around here, on the 45th parallel, when people come out of their houses after a long winter and say hey--what's new. Good to see you. How was the winter? I am finding I have similar seasonal cycles on fireside. I believe I'll be out more for a while.....and then, I'll probably take a summer vacation ; D nice to see you.
Greetings Carmichael, I would like to invite you to Raising Horizons Quest Group. Our group is exploring models of spirituality in education that have demonstrated success in bringing light to society. Please stop by and check us out :) RAISING HORIZONS QUEST
Yes, pls come check out the website, and let us know what you think!
We have a Forum there, too, so pls speak up and share your thoughts. We've just posted a blog from Howard Gardner on the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize - interesting reading if you've got some spare time. Look forward to being in touch -
Stumbled upon this Ning? Is this your invention? Thanks for the welcome .... I have been following Marion for a while .... not that long, really, but my entire teaching career of six years so it seems like a life-time. Look forward to like-minded conversation.
The use of a Greek word (like planet) instead of a Latin word instead is always fascinating - I would always tell my students how easily we could have ended up with "Jesus Unct" instead of "Jesus Christ" if the pendulum had swung towards Latin rather than Greek at that decisive language moment... :-)
OHHHHHH, that is such good news!!! I have read Alphabet v. Goddess a couple of times exactly because he helps me see connections that I should have seen on my own... but didn't: because I'm too much of an insider. He's one of those people who confirms my sense that it often takes someone from outside of the discipline to really see what is going on. Super! I've got that on my wish list and will bump it right up to the top.
I keep meaning to post something here are about a book I read a couple weeks ago called Lost Discoveries - it's about math, astronomy, physics, etc. in the non-European cultures. It was full of all kinds of amazing stuff, written by a popularizing writer, Dick Teresi, who does his best to take heavy-duty scholarly stuff and translate it into layman's terms. I'd tried to read some stuff on the history of math in Islam and in India (there are some great scholars in the History of Science dept. at OU who work on such stuff) and had been really stymied by not having the context needed to understand the scholarly work directly, but Teresi manages to sort things out so that I can finally appreciate some of the crucial differences between the Greek math and science traditions as compared to Islam, India, and also the Americas and Pacific Islanders (his stuff about navigation as practiced by Pacific Islanders was so cool!!!)
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