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Monday, December 5, 2011

Heavy Doses: Moyers with Asimov

Seven of his books grace my shelves. 

Seven out of how many? Possibly over 500. 

 The actual number may be impressive, but it's not the number. 

 Why him? Why now?

No special reason for the timing other than for the fact that what he has predicted is happening now. The architects, if that's what they are called, are ahead of the curve by something like seven years. I could be mistaken; like I said, I'm a little behind...

Okay...make your point. You've got to be quick and clear. What's this about?

A number of things. Asimov predicted what is happening with regard to the Internet and education, "Now, there's a possibility of a one-to-one relationship for the many. Everyone can have a teacher in the form of access to the gathered knowledge of the human species." Khan Academy is an example.

Within the first minute is pretty much where it's all at.
 I would recommend listening from 0:06 mark till 
whenever curiosity gives way to distraction: 
The Internet and Education.

 The clip is part 2 of a Bill Moyers interview in 1988
Ten minutes is probably 3-4 minutes past the max attention span 
of most people who are not already familiar with a topic.

It's just, when he says that "[the student] has got to look forward to the fun in life, which is following his own bent..." as a student, a learner, he's talking about me and countless others. More or less coming from a place where thinking and asking questions was not exactly encouraged, I now find myself in an identical social environment.

"You have everyone looking forward to no longer learning and you make them ashamed afterwords of going back to learning."

Living in a society where information is so tightly controlled and managed is both fascinating and frustrating. At this point, I still care. 




  1. Lotta folks died in the Kobe quake because of heavy as fuck tile roofs. The top was too heavy to be swayed much without collapse. Like our society now.

    I'd like to step outside soon and just watch it fall and then get to rebuilding.

  2. "the Khan Academy"


    Thank You.

  3. Chris: A significant number of people I have spoken with echo similar sentiments in that they see things getting much, much worse before any kind of rebuilding can take place. In the midst of all this, there does appear to be hope...which leads to the link that Bigg mentions.

    Bigg: First saw the idea on a Ted Talks broadcast. Surprised more people aren't familiar with what's going on, which does give some kind of sense that there are useful tools available for whatever it is we might be interested in.

    As for stepping out from under the obstinate, tile laden roof... looks like you've made the move.

    (In the meantime, I'm starting to ask myself what I'm doing here. Like an echo. An echo.)

    Anyway, thank you both for your remarks.