As you know, we’re among the first to take seriously, in the 21st Century at least, the associations between philosophy and polyhedrons. By “take seriously” I mean by sixth grade.
“The polyhedrons are not new” some are thinking, and that’s true for early childhood education and above. In a western civ curriculum, the connection to ancient Greece is etymological as well as conceptual: our very vocabulary is of ancient Greek origin.
Philosophy, on the other hand, is not usually considered a subject for children. The Philosophy for Children program (P4C) has continued to make headway, since its inception, arguably, at Montclair State, home of the IAPC (Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children).
Reconnecting philosophy with polyhedrons, in the early grades, is happening in the 21st Century with reference to a specific philosophical lineage: American Transcendentalism, inheriting from New England Transcendentalism, and on its way to going global (a 2nd or 3rd wave actually), and even while re-localizing elsewhere (in Japan say).
The geometrically informed philosophical language of R. Buckminster Fuller is transforming the early childhood education vista.
“What about Microsoft Minecraft and Turtle Graphics?” some of you ask. Chronologically speaking we need to start with the “turtle”, actually a physical robot on the floor at first, more like a roomba.
London Knowledge Lab had one on display that day I visited, a guest of the Shuttleworth Foundation.
Making the turtle be a “cursor” or “avatar” on screen made it much more affordable, and with Mindstorms, we could get back to physical robots again later, with assistance from the Lego Empire (Ogel we call it).
Seymour Papert had been invited to the meeting but conveyed his regrets, through Alan Kay (this was 2006, in Kensington).
These other influences should be fully acknowledged, celebrated, and perpetuated.
Now we program our robots with MIT Scratch, and the sixth graders are wowed by Minecraft. Head mounted displays, VR and AR, are already here, with more on the way. OpenXR and all that.
Virtual Reality is surely the future, we can all see that today.
“All well and good” I’m saying, having talked myself about the OpenXR API in my own Youtube channel. I expect to be learning more about it through OSCON (O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention).
Again, I’m not denying these influences.
But American Transcendentalism is gracing us with its Streamline Moderne, its Dymaxion efficiencies. I know Neo-Dymaxion sounds semi-absurd, which is what I love about it, along with its A, B, S modules, its T & E modules.
Mite, Rite, Syte. Kate, Kat and Kit.
What are the plane nets? Their volumes?
Is your 3D printer ready?
Why are these shapes considered “pre-frequency 4D” in Synergetics?
A philosopher could tell you, or any sixth grader.