Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Inquiring minds

Somehow we got back to the cause and effect theme: how we need to create the causes if we want to experience a result; how everything we do - or don't do - has an impact, on ourselves and other people, and how taking responsibility for our lives seems a good idea.

We also returned to the communication topic: how 'hinting' is not an effective way to get our needs met, the importance of clarity, and so on. We then practised making clear requests. Somewhere in this process we talked about how people 'jump to conclusions' and how it is important to check whether our understanding of what the other person is saying is correct. After all, had I not done this, I would have never guessed that, when DJ said 'I need a new PS2 controller' what he really meant was 'I want you to play a PS2 game with me'!!!

Comparative Religion: Eventually we found ourselves talking about the differences and similarities between the Christian concept of 'soul' and the definition of 'mind' according to Mahayana Buddhism - "the individual, subjective mental activity of experiencing things, the (beginningless and everlasting) continuity of everchanging moments of experiencing everchanging things."

Emotional Literacy: We came up with examples of things we experience e.g. anger, sadness, boredom, frustration, excitement, happiness, etc, and checked whether these are fixed 'things' or everchanging events, and discussed whether or not it makes sense to think of those as 'me'.

Following an appointment with an Occupational Therapist who's into sensory integration work, we've also explored our sensory experiences, and compared notes on how we cope with sensory overload.

Today we've been doing some biology and learning about photosynthesis. We've also watched part of The Miracle of Respiration, which got us debating the evolution versus intelligent design controversy. That, in turn, got us looking at the difference between scientific theories and facts.

Finally, we found ourselves pondering about epistemology - stuff like "What is true?", "How do we know?", "What is knowledge?", "How is knowledge acquired?", and "What do people know?".

On the News
Nurseries 'turning our children into yobs'

Today's Quote
"The Government's agenda is to raise children out of poverty but it is only concentrating on financial poverty. There's poverty of hope, poverty of aspiration, spiritual poverty, emotional poverty. The effects of these poverties could be much more damaging than mere lack of money." Cecily Hanlon, ATL Member

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