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Justus Frank: Life Of Learning

Justus Frank: Life Of Learning

By Justus Frank
A podcast recording my journey in discovering the principles behind how human beings learn and my adventures in applying these to my life.
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When The "I" Becomes "We" (Ep.65)
This is Part 4 of my reflections based on the book "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" by Jonathan Haidt. In his book, Jonathan makes a strong case for the groupish nature of humans and for group selection. That we are not just selfish beings but that in essence, we are a part of superorganisms that drive us to selflessness and our moral natures. In this episode, I explore Durkheim's idea of how collective emotions pull us into the sacred realm, and then I look at the two ways in which we stimulate these collective emotions. The first is through collective actions or circumstances such as what is found on an army drill field, in a church congregation singing, or the movement of a sports crowd. We can also feel collective emotions when we feel ourselves being part of something greater such as being in a vast and impressive wilderness area or when under the influence of drugs such as psilocybin. The other is in the language we use inside the collective. Here I will draw on the language within Christianity that fosters the idea of coming together as a superorganism. Lastly, I look at some evidence for the superiority of religious beliefs in forming cohesive groups. The Psychology of Conformity: https://academyofideas.com/2017/06/psychology-of-conformity/ Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245
19:39
October 22, 2020
Are Superorganisms Real Entities? (Ep.64)
This is Part 3 of my reflections based on the book "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" by Jonathan Haidt. In his book, Jonathan makes a strong case for the groupish nature of humans and for group selection. That we are not just selfish beings but that in essence, we are a part of superorganisms that drive us to selflessness and our moral natures. In this episode, I just wanted to stop and clarify a bit more what is meant by calling a superorganism an entity and the benefits and dangers that happen when we use language that personifies superorganisms to being in the same category as individual humans. Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245
21:13
October 16, 2020
Bees and the Human Hive (Ep.63)
This is Part 2 of my reflections based on the book "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" by Jonathan Haidt. In his book, Jonathan makes a strong case for the groupish nature of humans and for group selection. That we are not just selfish beings but that in essence, we are a part of superorganisms that drive us to selflessness and our moral natures. Today's episode looks at the similarities between hive creatures such as bees and human societies. Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245
10:59
October 6, 2020
Our Righteous Minds And The Mortal Engines We Live In (Ep. 62)
This is Part 1 of my reflections based on the book "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion" by Jonathan Haidt. In his book, Jonathan makes a strong case for the groupish nature of humans and for group selection. That we are not just selfish beings but that in essence, we are a part of superorganisms that drive us to selflessness and our moral natures. Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245
09:58
September 25, 2020
The Stateless Society Of Chiron - Voyage From Yesteryear Book Review (Ep.61)
In the sci-fi novel Voyage From Yesteryear, author James P Hogan explores what could happen when a governmentally structured society from Earth comes in contact with a stateless society like the one described as being on the planet Chiron. I found this book fascinating and it gave me a lot to think upon and ponder. Some of the content I explore in this episode are: Our drive to educate others. Our drive for recognition and status within society. Who should be the boss/in charge of what? Competence as a currency. Enticement and Inspiration vs Education and Force The nature of government Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245
1:30:47
July 5, 2020
Respectful Parenting And Unschooling With Rachel (Ep.60)
In this interview, I talk with Rachel who is a mum with three children here in North Canterbury. I got to know Rachel about a year ago when we both had an interest in starting a democratic school. In the meantime, our views have shifted more towards a natural learning/unschooling approach. Rachel shares about how her views on respectful parenting have led her to the unschooling approach to life and education. Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245
23:12
June 21, 2020
Natural Learning Interviews 1 (Maree And Carly) (Ep.59)
In this first interview of my series on people engaged in natural learning, I talk with two mums (Maree and Carly) who have come to home education in the last half-year or so. I talk about what set them onto this journey and the things they have learnt along the way. This series of interviews centre around the three main themes of Freedom, Connection, and Learning. In these conversations, I aim to explore the change of lifestyle that my interviewees have adopted, how their approach to relationships have changed, and what learning looks like in their family context. The topics we cover in this interview include: How Maree and Carly got into home education How the structure of their day has changed Deschooling (the process of letting children recover from school) Inspiring children through our own learning and those things we do every day The flow of the day under schooling vs home education Age mixing and learning coming from a variety of sources Living in an age of connection and information possibilities Modelling adulthood Socialisation Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245
1:12:58
June 16, 2020
Am I Judgemental? (Ep.58)
Over the past few weeks, I have continued to get feedback that what I am doing with my podcast is somehow very bad. The other day I got an email saying that I was "judgmental, condescending and patronizing". I find this all rather fascinating. How should we react when we come across someone whose lifestyle and moral choices conflict with our own? Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
15:53
April 30, 2020
Outliers and Children's Obsessions (Ep.57)
This is my response to Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Outliers: The Story of Success". It is certainly an interesting look into what makes an outlier and outlier. What makes these highly unusual people successful? From this I then look into what this may mean for the field of education. Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
21:30
April 25, 2020
Analysis- Home school life: I feel like I am failing my kids (Ep.56)
So there's many interesting articles coming out from parents who are very worried about the current Covid-19 situation and what this means for their child's education. One such article is Home school life: I feel like I am failing my kids https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/120967688/home-school-life-i-feel-like-i-am-failing-my-kids In the podcast I also reference these two articles: https://www.psychologytoday.com/nz/blog/freedom-learn/201707/facts-and-fiction-about-the-so-called-summer-slide https://www.wbur.org/cognoscenti/2017/06/28/rethinking-education-unschooling-kerry-mcdonald Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
22:01
April 19, 2020
Learning Through Conversation (Ep.55)
One of the essential skills humans learn early in life is to talk, to have a conversation. For most people, this early step in life happens through natural learning.  The mistake we make is that we think that children want to be babied all the time. Children want to grow up and be fully involved in the world, to be able to add their own thoughts to the discussions happening around them. They don’t just want to be given “kids books” and have conversations about “kid-friendly topics”. Podcast notes Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
06:08
April 7, 2020
Why Natural Learning? (Ep.54)
I’m always fascinated with people’s backstory. How they came to do what they are doing and how they came to believe the things they do. The world isn’t just random, and humans certainly aren’t. There’s always a reason behind what we think and what we do. I’ve been rather fascinated by my own backstory as well. That might sound a little bit strange, but it really is quite a curious thing to look back at my journey and see how I came to be where I am today. I used to be a primary school teacher... Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
10:17
April 6, 2020
Roughhousing (Ep.53)
Are you ready to Rumble! I hope so because today I want to talk about roughhousing, wrestling, and rough and tumble play. Roughhousing is essentially any activity such as wrestling, pillow fighting, sliding down the stairs, jumping off the bed and many other such activities. Many people are somewhat hesitant about roughhousing but without it you are missing out on a valuable and important way of connecting with your children. When children are still babies we can connect with them by holding them, gazing into each other’s eyes, soothing and cuddling them. As they get older though there may still be peaceful moments of connection by reading a book together or cuddling, but children are not always in the mood to sit down quietly. The great thing about wrestling is that it is an active interaction that can promote connection and confidence within your children. The message of roughhousing is; “Your power is welcome here. This is a place for you to be strong and connected, without hurting anyone.” Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
09:14
April 3, 2020
Playfulness and Chasing Games (Ep.52)
The drive to play is found in most mammals and some species of birds. As humans, we too have a drive to play; in fact, play possibly has a greater significance in our lives than any other creature. But what really is play? And why, particular to this episode, do children love chasing games so much? Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
10:58
April 2, 2020
Curiosity (Ep.51)
Today, when we think of the words education, learning and children, we also immediately think of schooling. In other words, we think of education as something done to children by adults.  As the education researcher Peter Gray put it,  “Today, in the minds of most people, the onus for education lies with adults, who have the responsibility to make children acquire certain aspects of the culture, whether or not the children want to acquire them. But throughout human history, the real onus for education has always lain with children themselves, and it still does today. Just as children come into the world with instinctive drives to eat and drink what they must to survive, they come into the world with instinctive drives to educate themselves - to learn what they must to become effective members of the culture around them and thereby to survive. Those instinctive drives, broadly construed, are curiosity, playfulness, and sociability.” Episode 50! Woohoo. Thanks to all my listeners :-) Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
08:21
April 1, 2020
Direct Learning (Ep.50)
In my last podcast, I talked about the importance of simulations, especially games, as learning tools. However, sometimes we get stuck there, making simulations the primary way of learning. But that is not their rightful place. Simulations are “Plan B” when it comes to learning. Our “Plan A” should be direct learning. So what is direct learning? Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “He who can go to the fountain does not go to the water jar.” Direct learning is the principle that we learn something best by getting as much hands-on experience as possible. Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
06:14
March 31, 2020
Games As Simulations + Bonus Dice Game (Ep.49)
Games are a lot of fun. They are highly enjoyable, and for children in particular. But why is that? What are they getting out of it? Why are games so important? And why should we be both initiating and joining in games with our children? In this video, I also want to introduce you to another easy dice game that you can play in your family. My main point is that games are effectively a form of simulation and that simulations play an important part of our lives. Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
11:19
March 30, 2020
"But All My Kids Want To Do Is Play Video And Computer Games" (Ep.48)
Computer and video games, do you think your kids are spending too much time on them? Are you wanting them to do other things but whatever you suggest seems to get turned down? Do you see no point in video games and that your children are just wasting their time and not learning the things that you think are actually important? Join me as I talk about why we should join children in their video games, why video games are so important to many children, and the concern about video games and addiction. Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
09:40
March 27, 2020
Dice Stories (Ep.47)
A great activity that fosters conversation, connection through spending time together, and co-inspiration as you create amazing ideas, is to create Dice Stories. Hope they can be lots of fun! Check out my Facebook page as well to comment and share. Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
13:03
March 25, 2020
Natural Learning Intro (Ep.46)
Here in NZ we are heading into Covid 19 lockdown. This is my introduction to a new series that I am doing on Natural Learning.  In this episode I go into what natural learning is and in following episodes I will show how the principles can be applied in everyday life. Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
05:47
March 25, 2020
Corona Virus Stopped Your School? (Ep.45)
An increasing number of schools are shutting down worldwide due to the Corona Virus. This puts many parents into a situation where they may find themselves considering home education. Yes, this has produced some dank memes and also some good reflective questions. What can you do if you find yourself in a position where school is no longer an option? Has the Corona Virus pandemic made homeschooling a more attractive option for you? For some dank memes see: https://www.facebook.com/leah.schwartzmccaffertyhovey/posts/2854527854638197 If you are keen to get in touch and talk about how you can pursue natural learning for your family check out my website www.frankeducation.nz Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
09:33
March 18, 2020
We Are Always Learning (Ep.44)
We are always learning. There is never a time when we are not learning. But what are we learning? What is the aim of our learning? I believe there are two general aims or general directions that our learning can take. As John Taylor Gatto put it: “You either learn your way towards writing your own script in life, or you unwittingly become an actor in someone else’s script.” Find me on: My Websites: justusfrank.com and frankeducation.nz Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
24:17
March 11, 2020
When We Invalidate Another's Feelings (Ep.43)
Too often we think about what people SHOULD feel. But it really doesn’t matter what we think people should feel, it only matters what they actually DO feel. Related episodes: The Art Of Principled Negotiation (Ep.39) https://anchor.fm/justus-frank/episodes/The-Art-Of-Principled-Negotiation-Ep-39-eaoajv The Fear Of Freedom And Responsibility (Ep.40) https://anchor.fm/justus-frank/episodes/The-Fear-Of-Freedom-And-Responsibility-Ep-40-eau305 Developing Our Personal Language (Ep.32) https://anchor.fm/justus-frank/episodes/Developing-Our-Personal-Language-Ep-32-e9bou1 Find me on: My Website: JustusFrank.com Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
15:17
March 4, 2020
An Announcement (And How To Deal With Disagreements) (Ep.42)
A Special Announcement! + also not everything has been plain sailing. Many people have asked Rachael and I why we are together even though we have some significant differences in worldview. This is my answer to that. Link to the article I mention: https://medium.com/@justus_71245/the-art-of-principled-negotiation-a776d52eed99 Find me on: My Website: JustusFrank.com Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank
10:46
February 27, 2020
The Fear Of Freedom And Responsibility (Ep.41)
People seem to fear freedom because they fear responsibility. Particularly taking responsibility for your own life. Taking responsibility for your own life and your actions is a huge psychological barrier and emotionally overwhelming for us. Much of this comes from the lessons we learnt in childhood. I also very much urge you to check out the podcast I mention in this episode. It is an episode from a show called The Voluntary Life where they discuss the book "The Fear of Freedom" by Eric Fromm. #30 The Fear of Freedom by Eric Fromm https://thevoluntarylife.com/the-fear-of-freedom-by-eric-fromm Find me on: My Website: JustusFrank.com Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
18:38
February 19, 2020
The Art Of Principled Negotiation (Ep.40)
A hard bargainer will stick to his or her position tenaciously to show they can not be pushed around. But in so doing they may escalate the tension between both parties, not reach an agreement and cause serious rifts to the relationship. On the other hand, a soft bargainer will make concessions readily to reach a deal quickly. However, this undermines their autonomy, and they are in danger of being bullied or taken advantage of. So should one be a hard bargainer or a soft bargainer? Or is there a place in between? If so, where? What if we ask a different set of questions entirely? Is there a better way of negotiating than positional bargaining? The answer to that is yes, there is. It is called Principled Negotiation. Article Link "The Art Of Principled Negotiation" https://medium.com/@justus_71245/the-art-of-principled-negotiation-a776d52eed99?source=friends_link&sk=eae656c98e12de78d4765b51467e495e Find me on: My Website: JustusFrank.com Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
34:06
February 10, 2020
Can We Justify Using Rewards? (Ep.39)
I've been enjoying some great conversations with families over the past few weeks. One of these conversations was on the topic of rewards. It is a fascinating topic and many people still see the use of rewards as something that is a valuable tool in interacting with others. But is it really? Can we justify using rewards? Find me on: My Website: JustusFrank.com Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
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January 28, 2020
Are teachers experts? (Ep.38)
After a Facebook post from a friend caught my eye regarding homeschooling, I was rather intrigued by the response of a teacher who argued that teachers were the best at teaching your children because after all, they are the experts. And "a trained and qualified professional is always going to do a better job than even the most well-intentioned amateur. That maxim holds true for haircuts, home electrical work, orthodontics, cardiac surgery, and education." Sure, a baker is an expert at baking cakes, loaves of bread, etc. and a barber is an expert at cutting hair. But what are teachers actually experts at? If you just heard that someone was a teacher and that’s all you knew what does this mean they are a specialist at? What do we mean by the phrase, "Teachers are experts at teaching"? Does it even make any sense? Does having the title of "teacher" actually mean you are an expert? Find me on: My Website: JustusFrank.com Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
19:38
January 16, 2020
Chores... (Ep.37)
Chores... it seems to be one of the biggest concerns of many parents. Should you make children do chores or not? Isn't it "good for them"? Check out the video I mention in this podcast here: https://youtu.be/N2YRso_DKo8 https://www.bitchute.com/video/0HgBpZmNwVoK/ I also reference the book Raising Competent Children by Jesper Juul. Find me on: My Website: JustusFrank.com Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank
14:11
January 9, 2020
Do Not Fear Free Recall (Ep.36)
Well, I'm back for the year. After a bit of a break on holidays, I'm back to planning some projects and back to making podcasts and videos. I'm also getting back into my books and there's plenty of thoughts and ideas starting to flow. In particular, I'm back to reading more of the book 'Ultralearning' by Scott Young. This is episode is about free recall and how I am trying it in my own life. Find me on: My Website: JustusFrank.com Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank
10:11
January 7, 2020
Drills, Testing And Learning By Doing (Ep.35)
'Ultralearning' is a book by Scott Young. I listened to an interview with him recently and was interested in how he talked about quite a few concepts that we have in traditional school and yet had reimagined them. He’s got an interesting story of learning which includes completing an MIT computer science under-graduate degree in under a year, and spending a year learning 4 new languages by living for 3 months at a time in Spain, Brazil, China, and South Korea. In this podcast I talk about the concepts of doing drills, testing and learning by doing. Article mentioned: Why Children Gravitate to Video Games Find me on: My Website: JustusFrank.com Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
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December 23, 2019
Voluntary Hierarchies, Better Than Egalitarianism? (Ep.34)
In a recent book that I read called, "The Orchid And The Dandelion", the author Dr. Thomas Boyce points out that in classrooms where teachers take a more egalitarian approach the detrimental effects of dominance hierarchies can be diminished on sensitive children in particular. But is egalitarianism the best alternative to dominance hierarchies? Are hierarchies all bad? I introduce the idea of voluntary hierarchies. Find me on: My Website: JustusFrank.com Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
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December 12, 2019
Understanding Sensitive And Resilient Children (Ep.33)
The central proposition of the book “The Orchid And The Dandelion: Why some people struggle and how all can thrive”, is that people, and children in particular, have different sensitivities. Through a variety of research experiments by Dr Thomas Boyce and his team, children were plotted on a spectrum of highly sensitive children to highly resilient children. Most children fell into the resilient category. They were named the ‘dandelion’ children, as they had only mild reactions to the stresses that they were exposed to in the experiments. But some children were what Boyce called ‘orchid’ children. These children were highly reactive to the minor stresses in the tests. Things became interesting when Boyce dug deeper into the lives of orchid and dandelion children. He noticed that orchid children were overrepresented amongst those children most susceptible to a variety of illnesses, bullying and several other adverse outcomes in the period studied. However, he also discovered that some orchid children were the most healthy children in the entire study group. Find me on: My Website: JustusFrank.com Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/lifeoflearning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justus.frank Minds: https://www.minds.com/Arphy/ Medium: https://medium.com/@justus_71245 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/justusfrank Photo courtesy of: http://www.agnesgrace.co.nz
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December 12, 2019
Developing Our Personal Language (Ep.32)
"Our personal language is what we use to express our feelings, reactions, and needs and set our limits." "The nucleus of a personal language is: I want to. I don't want to. I like. I don't like. I will. I will not." "(Personal language must not be confused with the type of quasi-personal language that has evolved in the past 25 years, which is psychological in origin and is based on the notion that people need to "talk about their feelings." Using this language, it is possible, to a certain extent, to describe oneself to others, but this language lacks the liberating and contact intensifying power of personal language. Statements starting with the expression, "I feel..." rarely take on the same personal intensity as saying I want). Talking about our feelings might have a certain social value but for our mental health as well as for the quality of our relationships with people we love and care about the ability to express ourselves verbally and emotionally is far more important. " from: Raising Competent Children by Jesper Juul Find me on: My Website: Justus Frank Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank Photo courtesy of: Agnes Grace Photography
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December 5, 2019
Do We Need Others To Manage Our Safety? (Ep.31)
There's been a few different things that have come together over the last days regarding safety and risk. From hearing about car accidents, to the uptake or lack of uptake in earthquake safety research, to quite a few conversations with people in the community regarding the recent speed sign changes in my area. All these came together and I ask the questions; How close do we need to be to a situation in order to learn from it? and Do we need others to manage our safety? Articles mentioned: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/feb/04/removal-road-markings-safer-fewer-accidents-drivers https://fee.org/articles/are-seat-belts-making-you-less-safe/ Find me on: My Website: Justus Frank Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank Photo courtesy of: Agnes Grace Photography
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December 3, 2019
"Steelmanning" Abortion (Ep.30)
A straw-man is an intentionally weak summarisation of an opponents argument so that it can be easily knocked down, hence straw-man. The opposite of a straw-man is a steel-man. You can achieve a steel-man by listening, without interruption, to your opponent’s complete argument. You then restate their argument as faithfully and as strongly as you possibly can. This is my attempt to steel-man what seems to be the best and most current "abortion is not wrong" position and then seek to give my thoughts on these arguments. This podcast is a continuation of my previous podcast on the dehumanisation of children. See https://anchor.fm/justus-frank/episodes/How-We-Dehumanise-Children-Ep-29-e96oam For the debate referenced between Matt Dillahunty and Kristine Kruszelnicki see: https://youtu.be/PCg8Kb2qpg0 Find me on: My Website: Justus Frank Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank Photo courtesy of: Agnes Grace Photography
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November 26, 2019
How We Dehumanise Children (Ep.29)
In my previous episode I discussed how children are able to add in meaningful ways to our lives. There is a common idea that children have not reached full 'human-hood' yet and this seems to foster the way we dehumanise children. I also make links with the other ways humans have sought to dehumanise other humans in the past whether in times of war (e.g. the way that nazis thought about jews)  or in slavery which has occurred globally and throughout human history. Find me on: My Website: Justus Frank Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank Photo courtesy of: Agnes Grace Photography
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November 26, 2019
Learning From The Creativity Of Children (Ep.28)
I came across a neat little podcast series called "How To Raise A Parent" which is all about the surprising life skills our kids can teach us and the importance of staying connected to the innocence of childhood. The second episode regarding the creativity of children contained some particularly meaningful thoughts and ideas. Listen to the podcast series here: http://partners.slate.com/how-to-raise-a-parent-podcast/p/1 Find me on: My Website: Justus Frank Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank Photo courtesy of: Agnes Grace Photography
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November 25, 2019
Words Will Not Save Us, Integrity Will (Ep.27)
"People like to base things on language because you can manipulate the hell out of language... But you can’t manipulate reality..." "The only thing that matters is the integrity of our actions...The integrity you embody" "That freedom [which you embody] will either attract people or it will anger people. It will do nothing in between. But if it attracts them they will come to you and ask; how did you..." I've made quite a few podcasts on the limitations of language and this podcast seeks to explore this topic further. Resources: The Voluntary Life https://thevoluntarylife.com/ How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World: A Handbook for Personal Liberty by Harry Browne https://www.amazon.com/How-Found-Freedom-Unfree-World/dp/0965603679 The Limitations Of Language https://anchor.fm/justus-frank/episodes/The-Limitations-Of-Language-Ep-21-e919m9 Living Free in an Unfree World: Stefan Molyneux at Libertopia 2010 https://youtu.be/OLSkhR-ve8s Find me on: My Website: Justus Frank Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank Photo courtesy of: Agnes Grace Photography
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November 21, 2019
When A Child Inputs Into The Life Of A Parent (Ep.26)
Just finished listening to a neat little audiobook by William Finnegan called "Climbing With Mollie".  It's a beautiful story of a father's journey into letting go of forcing his daughter to do what he thought she should be doing and instead joining her in her self-discovered talent for climbing. The effect this had on their relationship holds a good few lessons on the types of deeper relationships that adults and children can have to foster real learning and personal growth. It's currently a free audiobook if you are an audible member. https://www.audible.com/pd/Climbing-with-Mollie-Audiobook/B07YXCPNX4 Find me on: Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank Photo courtesy of: Agnes Grace Photography
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November 21, 2019
Is Struggling Virtuous? (Ep.25)
The young lady from Nepal neither enjoyed her job nor living in Christchurch. Yet she wanted to go through with it anyway because she wants to get residency. But I was curious to find out why this would be important, why was it important to struggle through things you don't want to do? Find me on: Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank Photo courtesy of: Agnes Grace Photography
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November 21, 2019
Stop Waiting To Ask Permission (Ep.24)
Had an interesting conversation with a young man who wanted to study film-making. But only after he had done another year of high-school. When I asked him if he had made any films yet, even amateur films he said, "No". But should we really need to wait before we start pursuing those things we really want to do? Find me on: Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank Photo courtesy of: Agnes Grace Photography
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November 21, 2019
The Dunning-Kruger Effect (Ep.23)
A quick podcast on how after watching a quick video on the Dunning-Kruger Effect this morning led to finding an example in real life.
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November 18, 2019
Finding Shared Meaning (Ep.22)
Language becomes more useful, the more shared meaning we have. The more you and I both have a common understanding of a word, the more valuable the word becomes. Find me on: Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank Photo courtesy of: Agnes Grace Photography
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November 18, 2019
The Limitations Of Language (Ep.21)
"Human language is local and changeable, and is therefore incapable of being used as the means of unchangeable and universal information." -Thomas Paine in "The Age Of Reason" What are the limitations of language? Back in Thomas Paine's time schooling often focused on learning the languages of Greek and Latin. But this tendency for humans to quibble about the definitions of words, particularly those spoken a long time ago, often takes away our attention from real knowledge. Language is simply a tool to pass on knowledge, so should our focus be on the tool or should it rather be on the product from using the tool? Find me on: Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank Photo courtesy of: Agnes Grace Photography
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November 16, 2019
Revelation In The Age Of Reason (Ep.20)
Back in 1794, Thomas Paine wrote the book, "The Age Of Reason". One of the most interesting parts in this book for me was his discussion of the concept of "revelation". Is personal revelation a valid thing to bring to a conversation? (pardon the sound of rain on the roof) Find me on: Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank
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November 14, 2019
The Value Of Creative Reflection (Ep.19)
“The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.” — Mortimer Adler In this podcast I attempt to bring a number of ideas together.  The idea that in order to reach a pleasurable state of flow we should be creating something. That one of the most powerful ways of learning is to explain something in simple language (The Feynman technique). That reflection makes us more productive in the long term. References: Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/335736 https://fs.blog/2012/04/feynman-technique/ https://hbr.org/2017/03/why-you-should-make-time-for-self-reflection-even-if-you-hate-doing-it
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November 11, 2019
Being "Offended" Is Not A Rational Response (Ep.18)
Is being offended a valid way to respond to criticism? When we receive criticism we are still responsible for our reactions and emotions. Is there a better way to respond to criticism rather than to claim that you are offended? Find me on: Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank Youtube: J Frank
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November 9, 2019
Speaking The Truth In Love (Ep.17)
To love means to speak the truth. To be gently assertive is to “speak the truth in love.” What does it mean to be assertive? Where should we draw our boundaries? Should we draw boundaries around others or around ourselves? Find me on: Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank Minds: @Arphy Medium: Justus Frank
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November 8, 2019
The Irony Of Seeking To Create Atheists (Ep.16)
Street Epistemology is a wonderful way of engaging with others in conversations about beliefs. It seeks to explore what we believe, why we believe it, and most importantly how did we come to believe our belief is true. There are many wonderful videos online of people using this method of dialogue which I would invite you to watch. Peter Boghossian coined the term 'Street Epistemology' in his book 'A Manual for Creating Atheists'. This is quite a wild ride of a book as on one hand Peter Boghossian advocates for using open, honest and reasoned dialogue but, as the title of the book suggests, this is mixed with a rather evangelistic zeal to "disabuse" people from their faith that turns rather authoritarian and manipulative as he thinks about society as a whole. I discuss this fascinating example of contradiction and hypocrisy and what it tells us about how human inclinations for control. For some wonderful examples of Street Epistemology view: Street Epistemology: Maritza (1) | Truth Valuation (Co-ed Demands the Truth) https://youtu.be/CmFyiLICAa8 Street Epistemology: Maritza (2) | Co-ed Demands Evidence (Evidential Consistency) https://youtu.be/v9utXKpFxCo
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November 6, 2019
The Linguistic Dustbin: Management (Ep.15)
"Management isn’t the solution; it’s the problem.  Perhaps it’s time to toss the very word “management” onto the linguistic ash heap alongside “icebox” and “horseless carriage.” This era doesn’t call for better management. It calls for a renaissance of self-direction." From the book: "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel H. Pink Also referenced: "Free To Learn" by Peter Gray Find me on: Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank
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November 5, 2019
Of Mice And Men (And Urbanisation) (Ep.14)
The urbanisation rate is slowing down around the world. But happens when we live closer together and are more connected than ever? I look at the mouse utopia experiments and what they can teach us about an excess of connection versus personal connections. References: Mouse Utopia Experiments So... MEN Are Crazy? Well This is Why by Alexander Grace Find me on: Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank
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November 4, 2019
A Self-Directed Learning Graduation (Ep.13)
Last night I was invited by a friend to attend the Ao Tawhiti senior graduation, a school here in Christchurch that does things quite a bit differently. It was a lovely event to enjoy as I heard all the exciting pathways that these students explored over their years at the school. In this podcast, I note my observations regarding no prizes, not presuming that students will go on to university, graduation from school is not age-specific, and hugs. Check out: Ao Tawhiti
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November 2, 2019
Free Agency, Loyalty And Community (Ep.12)
Do you want to be free and autonomous? Do you want to live as a free agent? This episode is a development of the previous episode and a continuation of exploring the ideas within the book 'Free Agent Nation' by Daniel H. Pink. Does living a free agency lifestyle and being autonomous and independent mean you are less loyal? And Does free agency decrease or increase community? I tackle the question of socialisation both within a work context as well as an educational context. References: Knorpp and South Youtube channel Find me on: Bitchute: Life Of Learning Twitter: JustBeingFrank8 Facebook: Justus Frank
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October 31, 2019
Collectives Are Not Entities (Ep.11)
This is something I’ve learnt - Collectives are not entities. A government cannot care for you, only another person can. An organisation cannot care for you, only a person can. In the book Free Agent Nation, Daniel Pink tells the story of how companies used to see themselves as a family. But is this model really the best for us? Should educational institutions continue to promote this model?
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October 30, 2019
Children Are Often Our Best Examples (Ep.10)
We have more to learn from children than most of us adults think. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the author of the book 'Flow' makes the point that children are far better at reaching a state of flow than adults are. Daniel H. Pink in his book; ‘Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.’ makes a further point by asking the questions; "When we enter the world, are we wired to be passive and inert? Or are we wired to be active and engaged? I’m convinced it’s the latter—that our basic nature is to be curious and self-directed... Have you ever seen a six-month-old or a one-year-old who’s not curious and self-directed? I haven’t. That’s how we are out of the box. If, at age fourteen or forty-three, we’re passive and inert, that’s not because it’s our nature. It’s because something flipped our default setting."
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October 29, 2019
Commentary: The Difference Between 'More Freedom' And Freedom (Ep.9)
Check out my article: The Difference Between 'More Freedom' And Freedom I just wanted to delve into a few of the things I mentioned in the article in further detail. The article was based on my response to Daniel H. Pink's book; ‘Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.’
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October 28, 2019
Regarding Uniforms As A Form Of Control (Ep.8)
Just wanted to clarify some of the points that I was making in the previous podcast regarding Gloriavale and uniforms after receiving some feedback. I also allow myself to speculate a bit as to how some of this control that teenagers are feeling is coming out in the types of dance that they engage in.
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October 24, 2019
What We Value Is What We See Other People Valuing (Ep7)
In this podcast, I discuss my thoughts inspired from a book called 'Drive' by Daniel H. Pink. At one part he talks about how when people reach what they think they value they then realise that it wasn't as valuable or as meaningful as they thought. This can cause people to double down and try harder or maybe it should cause us to stop and reflect. He uses examples of money and profit in particular. In my discussion, I end up exploring the topics of societal and personal views of success, 'positive deviance', trends in sport participation, profit and rewards. The US survey I mentioned: http://populace.org/successindex Positive Deviance: To solve hard challenges, we must look for the positive deviants | Monique Sternin
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October 24, 2019
The Irony Of Criticizing Gloriavale (Ep.6)
I was shown a Facebook video yesterday of Lilia Tarawa being interviewed by a schoolgirl. Lilia is an ex-member of the Gloriavale cult on the west coast of New Zealand. Even I didn't at first click as to the irony of the situation until it was pointed out to me... Facebook: Lilia Tarawa Youtube video: Do people need to be saved from Gloriavale?
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October 22, 2019
The Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect (Ep.5)
The highly prolific Youtuber; Tim Pool recently mentioned the Gell-Mann amnesia effect. This sounded interesting and I decided to explore it a bit more. Links below: Tim Pool video: How Wikipedia Is Used To Smear People And Me, Media Lies Becomes Historical Fact Article by Howard Wetsman: A New Corollary to the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect
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October 21, 2019
The Problem With Curriculums
I had a chat with a guy from Singapore recently comparing the Singaporean school curriculum to the New Zealand school curriculum. This led to a general discussion regarding the nature of curriculums and the problems that exist regardless of whether you make them very strict and specific or very vague and open to interpretation. The flow-on effects of curriculums are: Curriculum, leads to --> Testing, leads to --> Comparison, leads to --> lack of creativity. Book referenced: Drive by Daniel H. Pink Btw, feel free to leave an audio comment! Could be fun!
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October 20, 2019
Taking Our Own Advice
This episode is a continuation of the last episode on hypocrisy and looking at case study that I became interested in after a Youtuber and podcaster Stefan Molyneux, whom I very much admire, posted a video regarding his "Brutal Year". As he asked for feedback I sent him an email to basically remember his own advice on the subject. Then in turn, I later realised that I also needed to actually apply the advice I was giving to my life too. It's interesting how this works. If you're interested a good introductory video to Stefan's work is: The Story Of Your Enslavement. by Stefan Molyneux
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October 19, 2019
Using Hypocrisy To Learn
This episode is basically a commentary on a recent article of mine which I published on Medium titled "We Will Always Be Hypocrites, And That's OK." I've been mulling over this issue of hypocrisy over the past year. And while we seem to fear being called a hypocrite a lot as it brings so much discomfort, finding out where you are being hypocritical is actually vital for our learning. Maybe we should have the courage to embrace this fear if we really want to learn?  I really love Ayn Rand's response to the saying “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” She turns this on its head and changes the principle to: “Judge, and be prepared to be judged.” This podcast can also be found on: Spotify PocketCasts
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October 18, 2019
Incidental Inspiration and why I am doing this
Anyone familiar with my work so far will know hopefully know that I talk quite a bit about inspiration. However, a recent business failure made me realise that I wasn't taking my own advice. I was too busy trying to make people inspired and lost sight of the fact that any inspiration that occurs is incidental. To understand that I need to inspire myself first and foremost before anyone else decides to "look over my shoulder" as it were and be inspired by what I am doing. This first podcast is a way for me to consolidate some of those thoughts in my mind while also giving you as the listener an opportunity to look into my thoughts and hopefully being able to extract something useful for your own life as well.
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October 17, 2019