The Art Of Science

“Plants are fashioned by cultivation, fauna by education. The inner growth of our organs and faculties is the education of nature; the use we learn to make of this growth is the education of men and women, what we gain by our experience our surroundings is the education of things. - Rousseau”

Education

noun

(an education) An enlightening experience.

Science

noun

The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.

Art

noun

The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. 

Automation complacency

The attempt to replace elements of a task with technological assistance.

If automation is the basis for the 4th Industrial Revolution, how are we ensuring that we free up ‘the user’ to focus on creativity, critical thinking, and situational awareness?

To retain information you must make learning hard. It demands elaboration, which gives new material, new knowledge meaning, by allowing the user to express it in their own words and connecting it with what they already know.

“We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.” (Bertrand Russell as cited in Pritscher, 2011) We can acknowledge the rise of automation but we must not embrace complacency through education.

Life is science and education is art. We are nature and as part of our nature we tell stories. These stories need to capture our attention. For “we discover beliefs through what we attend, and recursively, purpose frames attention.”  (Wolcott, 2017, p. 55)

Digital disruption has created a culture whereby science, research and evidence are being substituted for ideology and selective use of facts.  “In a world of plenty, a world of unlimited choice, we can wander towards sensory oblivion or, with effort, towards purpose. “(Wolcott, 2017)

Optimal experiences in life arise in states of deep engagement and we teach to encourage empathy, enthusiasm, and engagement. This is a model of authentic learning.