Digital Aristotle: Thoughts on the Future of Education



Some thoughts on teachers, students and the Future of Education

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The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness


An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for the idea that animals are conscious and aware to the degree that humans are – a list of animals that includes all mammals, birds, and even the octopus.




On this day of July 7, 2012, a prominent international group of cognitive neuroscientists, neuropharmacologists, neurophysiologists, neuroanatomists and computational neuroscientists gathered at The University of Cambridge to reassess the neurobiological substrates of conscious experience and related behaviors in human and non-human animals…


We declare the following: “The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism from experiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Nonhuman animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates.”

Author | Cambridge Declaration –  Philip Low

Source | The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness

Link | Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like us

Link | Scientific American – Octopuses Gain Consciousness (According to Scientists’ Declaration)

Can you spare 6 minutes on education?


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – 2011 Time Use Survey, Americans spent an average of 6 minutes per day on education (which we consider professional development) while they tallied an average of 2 hours and 52 minutes every day on leisure activities (see cool graphic from NPR).





The average American spent almost as much time on leisure activities in one day as they did on education for an entire month (3 hours)! If you look even further, Americans spent 1 hour and 34 minutes per day of this leisure time watching television. These numbers are of course averages but paint a pretty stark picture of where we spent our time in 2011 and I imagine these are not much better in 2012.







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