Category Archives: Education

Thoughts, science and stories on getting the most out of the power of children within the limitations of education.

Reds – The movie

Thirty years on an EPIC. Yes, Hollywood. But also please scrub the time it was set in and the era it was filmed in, it is now. Choose your level: humanism, cycles, country, environment, creed, economics, colonialism, cruelty, ideological colour, … Continue reading

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Austerity: You cannot solve a solvency issue with a liquidity tool . . . . and other gems.

Hi there, an excellent lecture, (shooting from the hip, as I haven’t managed to fully digest it), that is broad in its scope, lucid in its delivery, amusing in its irony – not least the slagging of Locke, Hume and … Continue reading

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Eloquent, articulate, intelligent – the only face of Julian Assange

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED If you can, take the time to listen to this 25 minute interview with Julian Assange by Norman Swan.  Also you might take the time to read some of the comments – there is some drivel but there … Continue reading

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Diets? Fat and Sugar? There is plenty of wonky-thinking associated with this.

Nah! We are too complicated an organism to diet.  The best advice is: avoid seed oils, sugar and assemble your food at home from whole ingredients. For a very refreshing look at sugar (especially fructose), fats, the food industry and … Continue reading

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Thinking Farmers . . . from the “Life in a Teaspoon” series.

Pennie Scott takes us on journey outwards from ourselves – what makes us tick –  through vocabulary to the world, what we are and what we eat. Next Teleseminar Tomorrow 12.00 noon “LIFE IN A TEASPOON” A 12 Teleseminar series linking … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky and the Edward Said Memorial Lecture 2011

Better late than never . . . here is the 2011 ESML, Salaams Slim

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Eve Ensler – the author of the Vagina Monologues

Have a listen to Eve Ensler . . . a far-ranging interview linking and expressing different aspects of wonky thinking. Quote, “Congo is where capitalism, colonialism, racism and sexism have all come together in one mad cauldron . . .”. … Continue reading

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What you need to know cannot be taught . . . leadership and the present lack of it!

Why is society intolerant of leaders . . .  what is best practice (and why it is so bad) . . . Trevor Macdonald v’s Tony Blair?  All these and more are revealed in this lecture by Professor Frank Furedi. … Continue reading

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desertification . . . thought you knew why it occurred?

Allan Savory joins that select group of thinkers featured by wonkythinking.  He is a pathfinder of note.  Years of life, experience and science in Africa has shown him a different truth. This 1 hour, edited, video gives some of the … Continue reading

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Definitely not wonky thinking: Wade Davis – an anthropologist talks sense on many levels

The scope of the talk, the timeless wisdom of other cultures and the lucidity of Davis’ words all contribute to making this a very worthwhile 55 minute listen. And unlike watching tv – you can do something creative at the … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Managing Change

This is an excellent online lecture, given by Garry McDouall, presented by my friend and colleague, Dr. Christine Jones – aka The Carbon Goddess. He challenges that sustainability is not adequate – we need to be regenerating.  Although this is … Continue reading

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Fukushima: Haruki Murakami’s speech in Barcelona

In his acceptance speech after receiving the Catalunya Prize Haruki Murakami elaborated on his country after now suffering two nuclear disasters (that is if you link Hiroshima and Nagasaki into one event).  Read a translation here. He describes how the … Continue reading

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More ideas venues . . . and a request.

Just a quick post to say that here are two forums for ideas. TED is a site where people expose their ideas verbally in short films. The Conversation is a site that gets academics to expound on ideas. These are, … Continue reading

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The wonky irony of “The Road to Serfdom” 70 years on; can-do and climate change; and do you know the only 100% effective way of stopping recidivism?

The book, “The Road to Serfdom”, was written in the 1940s by Friedrich von Hayek. His thinking was that central planning, i.e. government control, of the economy inevitably leads to tyranny.  This was one of the major influences on Margaret … Continue reading

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Relationships, torture and the rest of the world

What is so wonky about people thinking that the word relationship is singular?  Why is it that people think that a relationship is singular?  Does it make it easier to say?  Does it make it less complicated?  A relationship between … Continue reading

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East doesn’t meet West – The lack of consensus on Chernobyl

Well, what do we believe?  What do we want to believe?  Here are a couple of reports for you to get your teeth into.  One proclaims a total of 4000 casualties and the other 980,000 from Chernobyl.  Ok, that is … Continue reading

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Spring . . . whatever

Gotta say: I cannot believe that I am not the luckiest man on the planet. Slim

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If children, at birth, know so much . . .

A repost of a wonky thinking email. Wotcha, The question for this post is: how have we got from babies that know the difference between right and wrong, to the massive misuse of resources to the detriment of other humans … Continue reading

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Joe Bageant – “cutting through the clutter and pointing out the truth of a situation”

Wotcha, One of my earliest “wonky thinking” emails recommended listening to an interview of a bloke called Joe Bageant.   A pregnant friend returned, in 2007, from doing a post-doc at a University in West Virginia.  She was blown away … Continue reading

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Education – changing paradigms

Wotcha, if you haven’t seen this already – it is worth a 12 minute viewing. Ken Robinson – Changing education paradigms  

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