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How should new members be found? The community should encourage new membership broadly through its website, through associations at universities and word of mouth. Affiliations to existing institutions and the creation of educational material software should help spread the word to encourage new members. Public debates and interaction should not be seen as a recruitment […]

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What methods of teaching will be employed? There are various themes in pedagogy that cater to different types of learner so classes should do their best to reflect these types in the classroom. There should be a division between lectures and seminars/lab work, or theory and practice/debate. This means information is distributed en mass initally […]

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What interactions will happen between the community and the society at large? There should be a healthy level of interaction between the community and locals especially in a business, social, care, aid and education sense. Open classes available to all would be an appropriate venture, helping local homeless shelters with time and excess food, promoting […]

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What standards will be applied to differentiate a novice from an expert? The present undergraduate, graduate, master, Professor / Doctor system is ultimately misleading. When someone claims “I am a Dr” you must then ask “of what?”, biology, philosophy, humanities etc. being a professor doesn’t suddenly give you a status to talk on every subject. […]

Mindfulness and Education

So I saw this article on neural studies of Monks doing meditation and it’s effects on the brain: http://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Stanford-studies-monks-meditation-compassion-3689748.php I’m presently reading a book on some of this, it’s really quite amazing. There is a sizeable amount of scientific literature which shows that meditative skills and methods have a huge number of positive benefit to the […]

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Why use dialogue between members? Dialogue is not an open conversation it is a formal discussion between groups or individuals with the intention to teach, learn or evaluate what is being suggested. In many schools students would memorise notable dialogues that perfectly explained or clearly identified a particular subject. The reason for using them in […]