Justus Frank: Life Of Learning

Collectives Are Not Entities (Ep.11)

An episode of 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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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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."
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.’
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.
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
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?
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
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!
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
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
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.
October 17, 2019
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