…by perceiving the idea
Of this invention, this invented world,
The inconceivable idea of the sun..
You must become an ignorant man again
And see the sun again with an ignorant eye
And see it clearly in the idea of it.
The purpose of Education is the creation of Citizens.
The purpose of Learning is Evolution, survival.
Learning in its eventuality stands against Education
A Syllogism of sorts and thus conditional on your acceptance of the premises, but interesting in any case. Nature is by nature Conservative, but the root of concervation is change. The city requires Laws, or at least that’s the story we’re told; power demands them. However, the environmental evolutions of the moment, think: new technologies, require the city to evolve in unexpected ways. Our project is proper change, and at the moment we are questioning the role of what is commonly called Higher Education in this process of change. The primary grades prepare one for social integration; “I learned everything I needed to Know in Kindergarten.” In America that pretty much means, “How to stand in line.” In secondary school we are Taught the Skills necessary for our Productive Employment in the Social Fabric. The Academy for those who venture within its Walls, us designed either to induct one into the life of the Academy, sometimes called the life of the mind, or to give one the tools to change the City and its Laws. History. (Editorial Interjection: The current state of Things suggest a general failure of that second purpose.)
Recently the University has become more or less an extension of Secondary Education; Professional Schools and Disciplines dominate, and a Degree has become a near Requirement for General Employment. Not surprisingly the Academy wears this mantle with some discomfort, it is in its way antithetical to the Ivory Tower mentality that has been central to its self-image. Lately all this has been discussed, debated, and documented, thoroughly would be understating, which while interesting in an academic way, has little to do with our project. We want to create something new and depute its problems the University may be as good a launching pad as any.
As it turns out the question of what we mean by Citizen is as much the issue as is what we mean by state, in so far as that is even an appropriate term. What we are about is Cultural Engineering; the trick will be to keep that open-ended. Which brings us to Learning Aesthetics, this time with the emphasis on how Aesthetics can shape Learning. (There’s a Kantian thread here particularly the Critique of Judgement’s First Moment, but perhaps more important is the Google Digression that crops up when you search and mistakenly click on Kantai Collection; remember game theory and applications are going to be important.)
As mentioned over on Live, the Governing Hexagram is 22 Grace or Adornment, not particularly auspicious if you’re you’re of a Confucian persuasion; fortunately we’re not. We are not so much trying to create a better society or world or self, as we are trying to let them happen. If that sounds like one of those Taoist puzzles, it pretty much is. So let’s just wander ahead, with faith that it will eventually work itself out.