5.02.2017 Daily Links

              A Thought for the Day                

Sets of different crises that cascade and intermingle in unpredictable and dangerous fashion define the lives of almost everyone alive today so that, for the first time in aeons of the genus Homo’s existence, an existential crisis now applies in its affliction to every human being, every primate, every mammalian creature on Earth, at the same time that the sort of ‘consciousness’ that might elicit a response to such danger inheres at most in a few biological venues other than the Homo Sapiens, among whom, most unfortunately, some inchoate vast majority of sojourners fight and try to destroy the only ways of awareness that can respond constructively, and where possible positively, to the wide array of exigencies that so universally attest to the trials and travails that now delineate people’s pathways.

                    This Day in History                  

Today is a very educational day, as it marks National Education Day in Indonesia, and Teacher’s Day in Iran; burning out a long-burning candle of genius, four hundred ninety-eight years ago, the polymathic Leonardo da Vinci breathed his last; four hundred fifty-eight years ago, John Knox returned to Scotland from exile , soon to become a leader of the Scottish Reformation; fifty-two years hence, in 1611, literary history was made when the King James English version of the Bible was published in London for the first time; a century and eighteen years after that, in 1729, the legendary Cathering the Great of Russia was born; forty-three years still later on, in 1772, literary giant Novalis came to the world in Germany; three hundred sixty-five days from that point on, in 1773, a baby boy first cried out on his way to becoming Norwegian philosopher and poet Henrik Steffens;  MORE HERE

                   Doc of the Day                      
1. Dr. Henry Giroux, circa 1992.
2. Joan Smith, 2009.
3. Daniel Kreps, 2017.
Numero Uno“The work of Paulo Freire continues to exercise a strong influence on a variety of liberal and radical educators.  In some quarters his name has become synonymous with the very concept and practice of critical pedagogy.  Increasingly, Freire’s work has become the standard reference for engaging in what is often referred to as teaching for critical thinking, dialogical pedagogy, or critical literacy.  As Freire’s work has passed from the origins of its production in Brazil, through Latin America and Africa to the hybrid borderlands of North America, it has been frequently appropriated by academics, adult educators, and others who inhabit the ideology of the West in ways that often reduce it to a pedagogical technique or method.  Of course, the requisite descriptions generally invoke terms like ‘politically charged,’ ‘problem-posing,’ or the mandatory ‘education for critical consciousness’ and often contradict the use of Freire’s work as a revolutionary pedagogical practice. MORE HERE

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                     Nearly Naked Links                  

From Sunday’s and Monday’s Files

Quality of Life – http://www.vqronline.org/essays-articles/2017/04/quality-life-report-2017

Ayahuascan Culinary Adventure – http://niemanstoryboard.org/stories/5ish-questions-nathan-thornburgh-on-roads-kingdoms-and-mind-blowing-drugs/

Calling Kettle Black in Russia –  http://theduran.com/rupert-murdoch-owned-tabloid-accuses-russians-of-racism-by-showing-ukrainian-fascists/