Archive for August, 2007

New Design & Three-Month Roundup

Transmitted on Aug 24 2007 to site news

Take a look around. Notice anything? Welcome to the brand-spanking-new (and final) design for Evolation! Based off the awesome Hemingway Wordpress theme, I hope you enjoy the new look as much as I do.

It’s been a busy first three months, but in the end I think Evolation’s content speaks for itself.

Here are a few significant posts you may have missed:

  1. Letting the Universe Live Through You – Collected thoughts on “the big picture” and why we’re here
  2. How to Turbocharge Your Life in Ten Minutes or Less – An awesome technique for examining your life and finding areas to work on, inspiration to evolve, and ideas for the future.
  3. Two Words to Overcome Sadness, Anger, Loneliness and Fear – from the inside of any heavily-charged emotional state, it becomes difficult to gain perspective. Here is a simple yet powerful technique for getting to the root of--and ultimately conquering--your emotional states.
  4. What Is Your Story? – on our inherent inability to experience another’s reality, and how it affects even our most mundane interactions. One of my favorite posts.
  5. Become Culturally Conscious – If you haven’t watched this lecture, given by Wade Davis (the National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and an award-winning author), you really must. One of the most inspiring things I’ve ever seen.

Share these with your friends, and please… feel free to comment!

Everything We Know Is Wrong – Part One: Education Is Fatal

Transmitted on Aug 22 2007 to the hard questions

This is the first in a series of thoughts on education reform and the future of learning. Consider this an “overview” post.

Part One: Education Is Fatal

I have long felt that one’s childhood and their education play off of each other--they are never felt or experienced in equal amounts. Our notions of what constitutes “childhood” vary tremendously due to this exact problem. Some might say that childhood constitues being “seen and not heard”, absorbing lessons, biding time until one has developed fully; others insist that childhood is the most free we’ll ever be and our one moment of true innocence. Still others argue that children are merely young adults, capable of almost all (or at least most) of the same thought processes, rationalizations, and ideas.

We can’t settle this by trying to find the “most correct” perspective. Nor can we limit our options and say that it simply doesn’t matter. Not to be dramatic, but understanding how we develop is critical to changing our world. We have managed to create truly staggering societies based on our systems of education, but in a great many ways we have completely missed the point. And these omissions are coming back to haunt us.

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