Category Archives: D&G

Steal and Remix

So I know Alan objects to us using “stealing” to mean “remixing with the author’s permission”, but it’s something I say quite often, along with things like “can I nick a chip?”, although bizarrely I get mildly irritated when folk … Continue reading

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My perspective on #rhizo15

There’s been lots of talk about objectives and subjectives in #rhizo15 since Dave set this week’s topic. I played around with words such as subjecting ourselves as subjects and objecting to being treated like objects, but then I gave up … Continue reading

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Whose rules are they anyway?

I’ve been talking a lot in my various social networks, communities, collectives (whatever the heck we are!) about exactly what #rhizo14 was.  Was it a MOOC? A course? A happening? A party?  Who knows.  At the time it all began we … Continue reading

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What’s the point of ethics?

It’s a frequent misconception that the Hippocratic Oath contains the phrase “do no harm”, and that means that doctors can’t do anything that might hurt their patients. But it doesn’t,  and sometimes they have to.  Primarily the thrust of the … Continue reading

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A herd of freely associating, autonomous cats.

At the moment some of us are attempting to finish an article about the collaborative autoethnography we’ve been working on since the second week of #rhizo14 (the first rMOOC?). One thing we’re attempting to characterise is the way that we zigzagged between … Continue reading

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Institutionalisation of values

Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.  Rousseau, Social Contract, Book 1 I’m teaching my first years Rousseau and I’m (meant to be) reading Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society – everywhere I look there are critiques of the state … Continue reading

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Along the way, take time to smell the flowers

I love gardening, and I am also fond of gardening metaphors.  It’s one of the many things I like about Deleuze and Guattari’s metaphor (?) of the rhizome and  Dave Cormier’s rhizomatic learning – the botanical themes that run through and … Continue reading

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On Creativity

This week in #rhizo14 we’re meant to be thinking about creativity.  Some people are running with this and going and doing lots of lovely creative things, like this image on this, others are engaging with #ds106. I’ve been really busy catching … Continue reading

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Types of knowledge

If the true is what is grounded, then the ground is not true, nor yet false. Wittgenstein, On Certainty Section 205 There’s two rival epistemological theories which we teach to our first years: foundationalism and coherentism.  I wonder if these might be helpful in … Continue reading

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I have the questions for all of your answers

Years ago (gosh, at least ten years, how shocking to realise), I ended up moderating a public Philosophy forum.  It’s long gone now but I am still friends with many of my fellow moderators including the wonderful Andrew Jeffrey, who … Continue reading

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