We all know about the famous hole in the wall experiments of Sugata Mitra. Suresh Anand shared the following TED video. It is amazing, astonishing, particularly given my recent readings on the human brain. It all makes sense now (particularly why memory is enhanced through group discussion, etc.).
It is not going to be possible to explain this video, so please watch it. It will totally open you mind.
I'd particularly recommend it to Anil Sharma, senior FTI member (in case he's not seen it yet) who has been working on an education project in the heart of UP. This might prove very helpful to him (given his contacts in UK, where he could tap into Sugata's granny network: I had actually spoken on Skype with his students in UP from Melbourne and found it a brilliant idea, but getting grannies from England would be even better! ) I'd suggest that Anil consider catching a train on the weekend to meet Sugata Mitra for new ideas.
What I liked particularly was the Hayekian message that Sugata brings. That interests me a lot.
Somnath Bharati (FTI member and the new President of IIT Delhi alumni association) may please consider writing to him about FTI. FTI would be very fortunate if people like Sugata with EXTREME innovation and vision join.The goal, the challenge, of providing HIGH QUALITY education to millions of Indians drives me to desperation, at times. Sugata's new ways of thinking could just make it happen.
Links sent by Suresh
Stalin Anbalagan, a young and dynamic FTI member has conducted interviews with farmers and reported the outcomes on his blog here.
they don't have real freedom of selling their own produced grains and agriculture stuffs in their land to good profits.They even understand the need for economic liberty and free market concept; If those were available then really the farmers will not leave their farming jobs to seek other jobs and economic liberty will leads to prosperity was well understood by them.
Unfortunately I don't understand Tamil so let me put the summary discussion by Stalin, which is in English, first and the more detailed interviews in Tamil, subsequently.
Summary in English
Now in Tamil. If you know Tamil, I'm sure this will be of great value to you in understanding the plight of Indian farmers.
I know it is hard for people to spend the hundreds of hours that I've spent researching this issue of climate change. It is so much easier to BELIEVE.
So much easier to believe the stuff that Uncle Sam or Big Brother tells us. Or the Big Media. Or Big TV.
Cognitive effort is hard work. Reading dense material is hard work. Thinking is EVEN harder. Asking questions is almost impossible for "normal" humans (particularly "university" educated ones who've crammed so much "knowledge" they have forgotten to think).
We all like short-cuts: Just tell us what to believe. We like jumping to conclusions (btw, if you've read Kahneman's book Thinking Fast and Slow you'll know why).
But the good thing is that some of us who don't like to read or to think are willing to watch a few videos.
For the LAZY READERS of my blog (I know a few!) who don't like thinking but are willing to watch – mindlessly – some videos, here are three excellent short videos by the super-highly qualified Dr. David Evans who was the leading terrestrial carbon modeler for the Australian Greenhouse Office for a decade. He was also a climate alarmist at one time but like Lovelock, has admitted to the truth.
Dr. Evans now seems to spend his time DEMOLISHING the carbon scare.
In the end he doesn't yet go as far as I do (I claim that more CO2 is GOOD for life on earth), but he does explain VERY COGENTLY the key arguments to bin carbon alarmism.
If you are particularly lazy and have never asked any questions regarding this topic before, be prepared to have serious tremors (earthquakes!) in your brain after watching these videos.
Please take the time, though, to read for yourself and find your own answers. Please don't "believe" me. Don't believe Evans. Don't believe Lovelock.
USE YOUR HEAD. What else is it meant for?
The Science – Part I [THIS SHOULD BE ENOUGH FOR THE MORE LAZY AMONG YOU]
The Science – Part II (you don't need to watch this unless you are particularly curious)
And if you are curious about the attempt by carbon alarmists to establish a World Government (don't forget Bob Browns' Earthians!), here's a short video. This is serious stuff. Not for the lazy minded. If you do watch this and don't end up seriously alarmed, you've simply not paid attention.
Also see this:
The citizens' government concept is developing apace. A LOT of work has been put into the idea.
All software links have been worked out and the system is now very close to the pilot run.
Just a few more days of work left to tighten up the website design.
What the project team now needs is ONE android based smartphone in India with connection to the internet.
The smartphone will then operate SMSSync, an ushahidi plugin that collects SMS texts from an installation of SMSSync app. This app will upload all the SMS received on the phone into the Ushahidi installation, which queues them up for reporting.
If you can spare an unused android based smartphone available – if only for testing – then the cost of piloting this project will come down, else its start up cost could be Rs.10,000+ (including network costs).
Please write to me at sabhlok AT gmail DOT com.
Once the pilot is done, we'll obviously upgrade the whole system. But it would be good if Indians can chip in their time/phone/energy for the pilot.
If you don't have a phone please pass on this request widely to all your contacts.
I'm SICK to death of listening to this old "sage" tell us that he (the "hero") can't get elected because the Indian voter is ONLY driven by alcohol and money.
even today if a Rs 500 note is waved in front of people they will vote for you, and a drunkard will vote for you if he is promised alcohol' [Source]
The Indian voter (i.e. the citizen) is a GREEDY, DRUNKEN FOOL, and Anna Hazare is such a hero.
Let Anna Hazare do the right thing and CONTEST ELECTIONS.
If he keeps INSULTING the voter, though, he is SURE to be defeated.
Let him learn to respect the people.
I know he likes to beat people with an army belt, but this is getting ridiculous. How much insult should Indians take from this old medievalist?
I'm totally SICK of this kind of thinking, and the fact that this kind of a SICK man even gets media attention.
Despite the RIDICULOUS claims by BJP that Bangaru Laxman was acting on his own accord, not BJP's, the BLATANT TRUTH, THAT IS KNOWN TO ALL, is that BJP is a thoroughly corrupt party.
Any attempt by BJP to deny this can fool the dunces among the "intelligentsia" (of which there are plenty) who do not know how India's governance actually works, but can't fool the common man (like me).
There is just too much evidence – starting from the expenditure of CRORES OF BLACK MONEY during elections – for BJP to pretend that it is not a deeply corrupt outfit.
Even a wolf in sheep's clothing can fool us. Not BJP.