Wednesday, June 19, 2013
WHat is Called Thinking
“What is called Thinking?”
We are playing with the verb
One might ask, for instance,
“What do you call that village
on the hill?”
I continue to be provoked by a student 20 years
ago who told a faculty task force charged to reconsider
aims, objectives, & purpose in our curriculum:
Your job is to teach us to think.
I asked my classes: who here don’t know how to
think and wants to learn? Raise your hand. Might
as well ask who’s got no sense of humor and wants
one? Raise your hand.
Who’s going to say: ME, I don’t know how to think
and got no sense of humor either. HELP!
See the problem? Everyone knows how already;
everyone a comedian. We are maybe calling these
noggin notions by the wrong names or worn-out
& need new monikers so as to be able to get them
back in play.
Call them Interactive Cognitive Sonar, say,
Affective Ludic Reciprocation: getting good at
re-determining pre-determined terms of
discourse so as to not occlude the necessary but
never sufficient violence going on whenever attention
is efficiency-disordered ignoring its ignore-ance so
as to Get R Done, damnit: aims, goals, measurable
Faculty L is down—our electric company
open-source colloquial collegial Hyde Park
transparent Cheers where every body
knows your name & no smile’s left
behind: village idio-syncrasies & local food
banking home-groan manna to sustain our
particular higher edification not for every
body but then perhaps we aren’t & what’s
a college for these days but to be learning
how to think out of the pox, no easy task force
Sustainable Converse-Action How else show.
expose, unveil & reveal the unsustainable
sustainabilities my unsustainablity is in?
o yes I am o no you didn’t will too never
not might be could be should be ought
Fundamental dis-agreeabilities working IT out
& how else get good as a whole figuring up the
elephant in the middle of the room or naming
the village on the hill?
Call that thinking.
Turn it up.
Put it in play.
Finger tip away.