Wednesday, February 06, 2013

#introphil: Into Week 2 but still stuck in Week 1

Behind on blogging, I resort to meatball textual analysis: a Wordle of the Week 1 transcript. Note that thinking and questions rank much higher than answers or even meaning. Encouraging...

I'm also  behind on groups, find-following-commenting on blogs and, of course, Forum surfing. The last takes a faster connection than I have and better search than Coursera is willing or able to offer. Granted, there may be a system load problem that prevents better how is it that Amazon and other platforms manage? My mind now wanders to data mining: Coursera would rather not share its data... and would we want it shared with Amazon?  Thinking about data mining in the context of philosophy ~ knowledge and understanding ~ sends me on a mind jumps over to thinking about a Greimas Semiotic Square and using contraries and contradictions as a way to look at and compare terms. 

More thinking (what this is all about, after all) and decisions and choices: what would I get crossing/mashing up a Greimas Semiotic Square and a Cynefin framework? In some frameworks, the center word is "disorder." Intriguing implications and assumptions to the side, the framework is an answer to the "why philosophy" question. To figure it out, or at least try. The copy on this graphic differs from others I've seen. I don't know about assigning "skill" hours. Chaos as a "wicked problem" could take a lot longer than 416 days...a lifetime or even longer.

I intended to write about bigger meaning of stuff but started wondering about details that seem minor and less relevant: navigating an LMS over its content and the ideas expressed there. Are the details really less relevant or another way of looking at the questions? Thinking about them did lead me back to big picture /concept thinking (whatever that is)

So how do I relate data, searching and time/setting priorities to bigger questions of a more philosophical persuasion? Data and searching relate to information, which, although not the equivalent of knowledge, can lead to it. Time and priorities = how to live one life, choices, decision making. Think universal, act/live local (personal). What does it have to do with what I am already doing?

How would the Wordle of the week one transcript compare to one of the what-is-philosophy Forum thread?


Gordon Lockhart said...

Now that's an interesting Wordle! Maybe I'll try one sometime for the what-is-philosophy forum thread - could be a psychiatrist's dream! (I prefer Tagxedo to Wordle though) I hadn't come across Greimas Semiotic Squares - interesting too. I always mean to get into mind maps and so on but seem to have an aversion for them - get cross-eyed trying to absorb so many different versions for the same thing - love a good old tyme graph of course!

I'm still trying to get my head round 'knowledge' and whether JTB is more than something philosophers just dream up to keep themselves employed - after all isn't "knowledge literally in the connections" :)

I've now unleashed the Comment Scraper on introphil and all seems well - maybe publish the output later today.

Vanessa Vaile said...

2nd try ~ shorter the first too. I must remember to check unposted replies and shares before leaving the computer alone with the cats.

I appreciate some mind maps from a purely aesthetic perspective, unintentional digital art. When a mind map is called for. I search and select one on that basis.

Students like mind maps for free writing and drafts but, I rather suspect, to avoid actually writing in complete thoughts. More than a few ed tech toys, er, tools, I've noticed, share that "advantage." I don't notice any improvement in thinking as a result. On the other hand, get students thinking and their writing improves.

I almost had some thoughts on knowledge but they escaped me.

I had to look up PTB but the search took me to an interesting philosophy forum - or rather forums.

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