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▶ Seven Complex Lessons in Education - Edgar Morin - Interview - YouTube

Dr. Edgar Morin, an eminent sociologist and philosopher, discusses his work on Seven Complex Lessons in Education for the Future, addressing themes related t...
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Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution

Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

Since the dawn of recorded history, humanity has been turning to the visual realm as a sensemaking tool for the world and our place in it, mapping and visualizing everything from the body to the brain to the universe toinformation itself. Trees of Life: A Visual History of Evolution (public library) catalogs 230 tree-like branching diagrams, culled from 450 years of mankind’s visual curiosity about the living world and our quest to understand the complex ecosystem we share with other organisms, from bacteria to birds, microbes to mammals.

 
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Interesting links with complexity thinking. Also check the link below for more on knowledge networks and connectivity.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/01/16/manuel-lima-the-power-of-networks/ ;

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Social Relationships and the Emergence of Social Networks

Social Relationships and the Emergence of Social Networks | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

In complex social systems such as those of many mammals, including humans, groups (and hence ego-centric social networks) are commonly structured in discrete layers. We describe a computational model for the development of social relationships based on agents' strategies for social interaction that favour more less-intense, or fewer more-intense partners. A trust-related process controls the formation and decay of relationships as a function of interaction frequency, the history of interaction, and the agents' strategies. A good fit of the observed layers of human social networks was found across a range of model parameter settings. Social interaction strategies which favour interacting with existing strong ties or a time-variant strategy produced more observation-conformant results than strategies favouring more weak relationships. Strong-tie strategies spread in populations under a range of fitness conditions favouring wellbeing, whereas weak-tie strategies spread when fitness favours foraging for food. The implications for modelling the emergence of social relationships in complex structured social networks are discussed.

photo: Alice/Cornelia Kopp via flickr

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Quantum Models of Cognition and Decision: by Jerome R. Busemeyer, Peter D. Bruza

Quantum Models of Cognition and Decision: by Jerome R. Busemeyer, Peter D. Bruza | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

This book will go long way in trying to explain the easy problems of consciousness. For a richer understanding of the 'hard problems' theories related to the 'Quantum Mind' might be more useful.

Recommended reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_mind
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/qt-consciousness/
http://www.quantum-mind.co.uk/;

Two books by Nicholas Humphrey, a prominent figure in research on the evolution of human intelligence and consciousness

- Seeing Red: A Study in Consciousness (Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative; 2009) http://amzn.com/0674030540 + For a review check http://gu.com/p/2m6yk or http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~hbr/issues/7.3spring06/articles/seeingred.shtml 

- Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness (2011) http://amzn.com/0691138621 for a review check http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/22/books/review/book-review-soul-dust-the-magic-of-consciousness-by-nicholas-humphrey.html ;

Hard problems of consiousness @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_Problem_of_Consciousness ;

Book available @ http://amzn.com/110701199X

 

Acknowledgment: Thank you Howard Ellison for suggesting to include Nicholas Humphrey. Visit Howard @ http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=84197902&authType=name&authToken=bQpC&goback=%2Eamf_78660_84197902&trk=NUS_DISC_Q-ncuc_cmtr  

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The Circuitry of Uncertainty

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This one's not easy:

Experiment hints at underlying neurochemistry of uncertainty. The experiment was done with rats and is promising because it sheds more (positive) light on the complexity involved in creating uncertainty through philosophy in the classroom.

 

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Since the underlying change in confidence was the only thing that changed abruptly at such a moment in their experiment, a simultaneous abrupt change in activity in the brain could -be attributed to the rat’s decision to abandon its old belief. And that’s exactly what the researchers observed. When the rats seemed certain which handle they should pull, activity in the medial prefrontal cortex was relatively stable. But during the crucial moment of the onset of uncertainty, when the rat reverted to pulling both handles, “the activity abruptly and markedly changed and then remained more variable for the duration of the period when the animal sampled both options,” Karpova says. “It’s as if those neurons were the ones searching for the animal’s new model.”

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Networked Learning at the core of a new report on Innovating Pedagogy

Networked Learning at the core of a new report on Innovating Pedagogy | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it
In the spirit of the NMC Horizon reports, a group of scholars at the Open University has prepared a thorough and thoughtful analysis of what is coming in pedagogy.     The 36 report is available he...
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Evolution & The Tree of Life

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Evolution and geneology: a complex process visualized. 

Compare this to the often seen (and wrong) representation of evolution as a linear deterministic process towards perfection.

Limitations (or concessions done) to make this diagram are discussed in the article.

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Implexus - education, critique & complexity

Implexus - education, critique & complexity | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

Complexity & Education:

Transcultural and transdisciplinary network on critique and education.

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Complexity Video: To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns

Ways of complexity thinking visualized. Video showing nestedness and self-similarity at many levels.

"By @jason_silva and @notthisbody - Follow us on Twitter!"

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Powers of Ten™ (1977)

Nestedness: Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of t...

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infinity-imagined: Geological Branching Fractals

infinity-imagined: Geological Branching Fractals | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it
infinity-imagined: “ Geological Branching Fractals ”...
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A talk on Rhizomatic Learning for ETMOOC

A talk on Rhizomatic Learning for ETMOOC | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

This is one of two collaborate talks I (Dave Cormier) did for ETMOOC on rhizomatic learning. There are several live slides in the middle... Link to http://davecormier.com/e...

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Richard Feynman - Ode To A Flower

From the BBC Interview for Horizon 'The Pleasure of Finding Things Out. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/broadband/archive/feynman/) Animated…
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Complexity & COI--> Use Feynman's perspective when looking at a COI. 

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Complexity Explorer

Complexity Explorer | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

In this eleven-week course you'll learn about the tools used by scientists to understand complex systems. The topics you'll learn about include dynamics, chaos, fractals, information theory, self-organization, agent-based modeling, and networks. You’ll also get a sense of how these topics fit together to help explain how complexity arises and evolves in nature, society, and technology.

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22. Easy to understand lecture on Emergence and Complexity Lecture

(May 21, 2010) Professor Robert Sapolsky gives a lecture on emergence and complexity. He details how a small difference at one place in nature can have a huge effect on a system as time goes on. He calls this idea fractal magnification and applies it to many different systems that exist throughout nature.

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Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns for the Information Age

Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns for the Information Age | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

Mapping complexity across disciplines in this wonderful publication.

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For Teachers: Using Evolution in the Classroom

For Teachers: Using Evolution in the Classroom | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

Materials on evolution and geneology for use in the classroom

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Decoding Complexity of Education with Systems Approach

Decoding Complexity of Education with Systems Approach | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it

UNESCO Office in Bangkok:

The ‘systems approach’ to education views the education sector as a ‘system’, which is a connected set of components that moves along in an interactive and interdependent manner to achieve certain results. In other words, as a system, education is part of a wider environment, and in turn is comprised of a myriad of subsystems. Policy interventions at one end of the system can fail if made in isolation and without consideration of other parts of the system.

The application of the systems approach to education is not new. In fact, in its 1979 report(*), UNESCO states that “concurrent changes in the social milieu in which education systems are embedded, have led to the emergence of complex problems” (p. 11) which require a more systemic approach to resolve.

*https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Funesdoc.unesco.org%2Fimages%2F0003%2F000365%2F036550EB.pdf 

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MoMA | Century of the Child

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Simply wonderful: MoMA’s ambitious survey of 20th century design for children is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking.

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How Children Learn: Portraits of Classrooms Around the World

How Children Learn: Portraits of Classrooms Around the World | Butterflies in my head | Scoop.it
A revealing lens on a system-phenomenon both global in reach and strikingly local in degree of diversity.
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