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The Conundrum of Education in the Age of Distraction

Goal: The Internet is changing the way we think and how future generations will or will not think. We are easily distracted but "tuning out" isn't an option many will consider. It is hard work to gain knowledge and wisdom and to contribute to the common good. "It is in virtue of their individuality that human beings have obligations to the social order, but it is in virtue of their personality that they cannot be subordinated to that order" (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, on Jacques Maritain)

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Richard Walker
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This is about the lack of a theory of knowledge today that has led to multiple unsupported belief systems. The focus is on epistemology which as a concept dates to Plato, and is now understood as philosophical psychology or philosophy of mind, creating confusion. The presentation looks into the process or lack thereof for creating “justified belief” at a time when finding the truth isn’t easy given the flood of distracting, irrelevant, ambivalent, relativistic information, and confirmation bias today. And illiteracy. To teach meaningful and relevant ways of knowing and engage students we meet them where they are in their journey in the IDS 101 Cornerstone Seminar at Charter Oak State college and use the right strategies to teach research and inspire insight. Motivation starts with some beliefs and links to related knowledge and the process continues, ideally, as beliefs evolve.
Richard Walker
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You may find this article here https://charteroak.academia.edu/RickWalker
And also here with a couple of other items, including MA Thesis on George Orwell. https://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMember.htm?id=924842
 
Richard Walker
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The Internet is changing the way we think and how future generations will or will not think. We are easily distracted but "tuning out" isn't an option many will consider. It is hard work to gain knowledge and wisdom and to contribute to the common good. "It is in virtue of their individuality that human beings have obligations to the social order, but it is in virtue of their personality that they cannot be subordinated to that order" (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, on Jacques Maritain)