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Below are the 20 most recent journal entries recorded in Social Cultural Practice, spring 2006 course's LiveJournal:

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Monday, July 15th, 2013
1:03 pm
Sunday, July 7th, 2013
7:25 pm
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
2:49 pm
Hi, everybody! Your captain is speaking!
Dear students!

I got the layout of our collective volume.

I liked all your works (despite misspellings and language slips:)
You passed the course. You formed a group with its certain identity that created a book.

I consider the contributions by JAMIE LEE KRUIS and COLMAN TSE to be the model works within the suggested format.

Thank you all for your cooperation and co-thinking.

I'll leave books for you at the Department.

You are always welcome to our Night Owl Club. You have all keys and certficates:)

If you would organise a farewell party I would join:)
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
2:40 pm
Hi, everybody! Your captain is speaking!
That was an experiment on activating the Navigator to the Semiosphere on a next generation of students 2013 Summer semester "Readings from Lotman" course.

The students got two introductory lectures leading them into main problematics of Tartu branch of semiotics

- semiosphere(=hypertext)
- productivness of asymmetric dialog
- minus-method

Hegel, Gadamer, Andrei Belyi
brain asymmetry

1010 model - key, filter, choice, difference

Carlo Ginsburg - evidential paradigm - practice

Students got their first task - to ask two questions per week to Yuri Lotman and start answering them applying their reasoning to the chosen subject of investigation.

The rest of the course the students made their oral presentations on their works followed by a discussion.

At the end of the course I asked the group to prepare a collective volume of their works with my contributions and preferce.

This is the preferce:)

During the whole time period I tuned the mood and tone of this community semiocomm with appropriate mnemonic and analytic material.
1:51 pm
Hi, everybody! Your captain is speaking!

I am back from my conference trip.
How are you and your works?
Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
10:33 pm
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
12:37 am
Mind this!
This is a New Age.
It is neither good nor bad. It is.

Thursday, May 9th, 2013
11:48 pm
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
11:14 am
Hi, everybody! Your captain is speaking!
I remind you about our project of a collective volume.
I would like to get an account - if you have any problems with composing and editing a book, please, ask for a help. I'll be in Tartu personally on 13.05. You can use email or FB or whatever to state your questions.

Further claims will be ignored.

What is love? It is the morning and the evening star.''

Sinclair Lewis

or Frege?
Saturday, April 27th, 2013
7:46 pm
Spiritual Ecology
Spiritual Ecology
Saturday Cartoon
With thanks to Creative Systems Thinking

Go out for the Spring:)!
Thursday, April 25th, 2013
6:23 pm
Welcome, Fritjof Capra!
Spiritual Ecology
"At the deepest level of ecological awareness you are talking about spiritual awareness. Spiritual awareness is an understanding of being imbedded in a larger whole, a cosmic whole, of belonging to the universe."

— Fritjof Capra
Image with thanks to Tao & Zen
Monday, April 22nd, 2013
6:03 pm
Welcome, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee!
Spiritual Ecology
"If we embrace the sacred within all of life, we will find that life will speak to us as it spoke to our ancestors. A veil will be lifted and this innate knowing will be present again. This is the ancient wisdom of the Earth itself, the Earth which has evolved and changed over millennia, whose wisdom we desperately need at this present time if we are to avoid an even greater ecological disaster."

—Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, from the article Sustainability & the Sacred, Earth Day 2013

Sunday, April 21st, 2013
12:22 pm
Welcome, Mr. Robinson!

The Art of Learning

Excerpts from "Changing Education Paradigms"

"Every country on earth, at the moment, is reforming public education... The problem is they are trying to meet the future by doing what they did in the past. And on the way they are alienating millions of kids who don't see any purpose in going to school."

"People say we should raise standards, and of course we should. The problem is the current system of Education was designed and conceived in a different age- in the intellectual culture of the Enlightenment and in the Economic circumstances of the Industrial revolution."

"And there's built into it a whole series of assumptions about social structure and capacity. It was driven by an economic imperative of the time, but running right through it was an intellectual model of the mind, essentially the enlightenment's view of the intelligence- that "real" intelligence consisted of a capacity for a certain type of deductive reasoning and a knowledge of the classics, what we've come to think of as "academic ability."

"And this is deep in the gene pool of public education, that there are really two types of people- academic and non-academic. Smart people and non-smart people. And the consequences of that is that many brilliant people think they're not, because they've been judged against this particular view of the mind. "

"So we have twin pillars- economic and intellectual, and my view is this model has cause chaos in many people's lives. It's been great for some people, they have benefited from it. But most people have not..."

~Ken Robinson~

Full animated video here:
10:57 am
Hi, everybody! Your captain is speaking!
Always mind the gap between who and how!

Saturday, April 20th, 2013
5:44 pm
12:37 pm
11:50 am
Welcome, ~ The Dalai Lama ~!
Creative Systems Thinking
"All the major religions teach us the practice of love, compassion and forgiveness. So a genuine practitioner among these different religious traditions would not indulge in violence and bullying of other people. Now we’re in the 21st century. I think people should realize that all problems must be solved through dialogue, through talk. Use of force and violence is outdated and never solves problems.

Among 7 billion human beings, everyone has the potential for good [qualities]. This is the most precious thing. If you keep affection, a sense of concern for others’ well being, that’s the ultimate source of satisfaction. That brings peace of mind. There is a Tibetan saying: ‘When things are difficult, then let yourself be happy.’ Otherwise, if happiness is relying on others or the environment or your surroundings, it’s not possible. Like an ocean, the waves always go like that but underneath, it always remains calm. So we have the ability as well. On an intellectual level, we may see things as desperate, difficult. But underneath, at the emotional level, you can keep calm.”

~ The Dalai Lama ~

Text source, recent ABC News Interview:
Sunday, April 14th, 2013
3:24 pm
12:12 pm
Make your choice!

- Yes, thank you!
- No, thank you!
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
8:21 pm
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