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August 12, 2014 Kosmos Community News

Learning to See Life: Developing the Goethean Approach to Science

In this Kosmos Journal article from one summer ago, Craig Holdrege describes an approach to teaching science that relies on ‘characterizing’ rather than ‘defining’. This is a simple shift in thinking that can much better prepare future scientists to adapt to changing demands on earth.

“You could say that all real knowing is ecological knowing—knowing how something is part of a larger, dynamic context. If we can bring students into this way of knowing, we are preparing them for a life in a world that will not offer them pat solutions, but demand from them the ability to grow and form new ideas in relation to new and unforeseen demands.” -Craig Holdrege

Why We Need a Slow Science

In the inaugural edition of The Technologist, Douglas Rushkoff offers a brief essay about shifting our thinking away from ‘present shock’ interventions to preventions:

“…it’s an emphasis on obvious fixes to calamity, rather than long-term approaches to prevention. So in medicine, for example, we have developed some terrific chemotherapies for cancer, while refusing to grant serious attention to the role of nutrition, herbs or, dare I even mention them, chiropractic and homeopathy on a patient’s wellness. The real abhorrence of such modalities may have less to do with unscientific foundations than with their paucity of dramatic results. A patient population that is less likely to contract cancer or diabetes may be a statistical victory, but it’s hardly as dramatic as a cure.” – Douglas Rushkoff

From Big Data to Deep Data

From his blog, Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer at MIT, and founding chair of the Presencing Institute writes about the value of Deep Data over Big Data:

“The one thing that I have learned from all these projects is that the key to transformative change is to make the system see itself. That’s why deep data matters. It matters to the future of our institutions, our societies, and our planet.” – Otto Scharmer

New World order emerges, one that requires cooperation and ability to build regional ties

Amitav Acharya is an Indian-born Canadian scholar and professor of international relations at American University, Washington, D.C., where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at the School of International Service, and serves as the chair of the ASEAN Studies Center.

“Stability of a multiplex world would be attained through shared leadership among the rising and established powers as well as regional and civil society groups. This G-Plus World requires a genuinely reformed system of global governance and greater recognition by the West of the voices and aspirations of the Rest.” –

Global Concert Event: Music above fighting

MasterPeace in Concert is a series of global concert events to be held in over 60 countries on the International […]