Free Software and philosophy
This paper explores the threat of the erasure of knowledge, which Stiegler (2018) sees as characteristic of the Anthropocene, and which is understood in this paper as an educational concern with respect to our shared understanding and use of digital tools. The problem of the ‘bringing forth’ of knowledge is related to Heideggerian (1977 ) poeisis. But where Heidegger lacked the courage to act, Stiegler raised the question of how to act and live care-fully, through neganthropic pharmakon as provisional treatment in the disautomatization of individual and collective production and consumption.
How to survive disruption?
The future belongs to those who are capable of producing a new theory of becoming and of creation of bifurcations into becoming creating futures – Bernard Stiegler
Larding the plain
This post inquires into the meaning of the phrase and what it has to do with the sad smile of Plato’s tyrant.
21st Century relational backgrounding for technical and professional communication
A link to my AELFE-TAPP2021 conference paper.
It outlines how my courses include a backgrounding in the social and material contexts of students as well as the contexts of technical and professional content, which together cater to the development of 21st century skills.
On Cyber Utopia...
What civilization do we want to build in the 21st century? What kind of solidarities will we have need of in a world that is as of now interdependent? What will the place of the human being be in a world increasingly dominated by abstract machines and logic? – Philippe Quéau, former head of the French National Audiovisual Institute
Music and beyond
Yet, the aesthetic feelings … are nothing else than products of the contrasts latent in a variety of colours qualifying emotion, contrasts which are made possible by their patterned relevance to each other. (Whitehead  1978: 162-3)
Teaching and learning to co-create
Presenting a book I co-edited and collaborated on that evolved out of the experience of several international multi-lingual networked projects conducted from a less constructivist teaching milieu. The book asks what it is that we learn if our purpose is to learn how to bring out the best in each other’s voices and collaborative action. We were lucky enough to have this opportunity to be so idealistically-directed.
Org-mode is local - even in LaTeX exports!
Universalism, and universal teaching, can become a reality… if someone is willing to do the ‘extra’ work.
Time and the silver platter
Thinking about what we make digitally relevant in terms of helpfulness instead of desserts streamed to the constant ‘now’ on a silver platter…
‘They are the weapons by which people like you are keeping in slavery people like me,’ he said once, jokingly, referring to my interest in the boiler-room operations and to my admiration of the great captains of industry whose lives I studied and whose work I had seen and admired at the Philadelphia exposition. – Michael Pupin