In my experience, the best way to learn is to try something completely new, totally foreign. It helps if it's a little scary. What takes place within accepted, normal, structured, institutional learning isn't really learning at all, it's just reinforcement. It's inurement, lulling and deadening. Unfortunately, we don't get much exposure to the good kind of teachers, the ones that frighten our conservative nature. It's even rarer to find one with gray hair!
this first essay is an abridged summary of an unstructured trimester-long course with no syllabus. We had an esoteric reading list, but that's about it. It was a spectacular success.
We tried for an encore, but we had a tough act to follow. It seemed like a failure at the time, but I realize what we had done was start a time bomb ticking. I don't know if it went off for everyone, but when it finally did for me I got inspired to thank my teacher for it. Here is the summary of the class and the email it finally instigated.
I was surprised he responded at all, since he's not a big fan of email, but he did. This is one of his recent projects.
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