A University Track in Philosophy

A lot of the time I write curriculum in the middle to high school range. You’ll find my Youtubes start in Codesters, a cloud based tool for learning Python, and migrate to Spyder, the interactive development environment bundled with the ever popular Anaconda distribution of Python plus other tools.

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pythonic pedagogy

However, I have a background in philosophy that takes me to a blend of Renaissance era Neoplatonism with more Eastern motifs (mandalas and such). Don’t let the term “sacred geometry” scare you away, as there’s a lot of Art History in this picture.

Movements in the Art World aren’t lost on graphic designers. When I mention a general trend, from ninety-degree based XY grids, to more more sixty-degree based grids, or graphene (hexagons), the designers will often nod in agreement. They’ve spied the same trend, and maybe contributed to it. The Linus Pauling era brought new understanding of organic chemistry wherein the carbon ring is signature.

The university track I’m sketching pays attention to Art History, while in the foreground it follows the philosophy of language, including logical, mathematical and now also computer languages. That story inevitably takes us into Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations, oft cited, and its sections on “aspect shifts” (e.g. the duckrabbit), wherein we come to “see things differently”.

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3rd powering (Synergetics, RBF)

Mastering a new language or discipline comes with a lot of perception training. Thinking influences perception and vice versa.

How might we see space itself with different eyes? Could we be persuaded to take a different approach to some of our core geometric concepts? How does one “talk oneself into” new perceptions? We know it’s doable. Others, who already see in a new way, may talk us into seeing that way too. Those “movements in the Art World” I mentioned, are the end result. When enough people “see the same thing”, you get trends and connected developments.

The precise nature of these doors of perception gets thorough treatment on Youtube, where I can flash through the images and engage in primitive attempts to induce the “aspect shifts” whereby a small vocabulary of philosophical concepts gains traction and takes hold. That’s more likely to occur if it’s what you’ve signed up for. But even those planning to counter the new trends would gain from going through these doors, just to see what they’re up against.

By this time you’re probably wondering which academic institution I claim to work for, given I sound like I’m peddling some inside track by name dropping a big name philosopher. What are my credentials to signal any sea change?

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C6XTY in snow

On that score, I should be clear that my Oregon Curriculum Network has been a private endeavor. My computer business has made it a pet project, a way of giving back to the public. I’ve spoken at OSCONs, Pycons and Europythons, OS Bridge and so on.

Those are all geek events.

My geeky business has funded a nerdy website or two. I’ve been in The Oregonian a couple times, as a futurist.

So no, I’m not a big time philosophy professor.

I’ll name drop some more, about my quality one on one time with both Richard Rorty and Walter Kaufmann, back in my time as an undergraduate (Princeton, 1980).

“Small time niche market teacher and Youtube personality” will have to do, even after decades of self promotion.

I encourage you to explore my other stories on Medium, to get more of a sense of my agenda.

In the meantime, here’s an example Youtube, providing more details about this university track philosophy.

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