Lezen over onderwijs en bevrijding

Ik denk dat het tijd is om dit boek eens te herlezen. Kan onderwijs mensen bevrijden? En wat betekent dat? De antwoorden die Paolo Freire op dergelijke vragen geeft, zijn misschien wat oud. Maar als ik me goed herinner: niet Continue Reading …

Theology and Science: Practical Cooperation for a Better Education

My research in education is interdisciplinary. I want to bring together perspectives from pedagogy, theology, and evolutionary studies of culture in order to understand what it might mean for humans to educate and to be educated, to teach and to Continue Reading …

Big History as a Religious Ritual

Today, I stumbled upon a fascinating example of science turning into religion, or, to be more precise, of people using science to create religious rituals. It all began when I was asked to offer a short meditation at the beginning Continue Reading …

Christmas, Creation and Education (Follow up on two Twitter discussions)

The last few days I have witnessed what you could call a parochial version of the war on Christmas, which is raging, according to some at least, in the US. A city council in Flanders decided that it was inappropriate to Continue Reading …

That which is untouched, is unloved

How we define ‘nature’ defines our relation with nature, Emma Marris argues. She invites us to take a different perspective on environmental care. In a way one could say she advocates for a child’s perspective on nature. I think the Continue Reading …

Debate on Niche Construction

I recently discovered an older (2014) article in Nature debating the value of the concept ‘niche construction’. The article nicely offers room for advocates and opponents of this concept. Niche construction is, briefly said, the notion that the relation between organisms Continue Reading …

Cultural Niche and Education

One of the things that interested me in the study of culture by use of evolutionary models, was the concept of “niche construction”. I still think this concept offers possibilities to imagine how education should be done. After having read both Richard Continue Reading …

Handy: checklist of common misconceptions about evolution in both popular media and school textbooks

This is an excellent paper, moreover, a much needed paper. Not only does it give a concise introduction to the main issues regarding the science of evolution, it also offers a balanced, non-conflictual perspective on the relation between science and Continue Reading …

Cooperation Against Racism

– Tom Uytterhoeven – Although I am not a scientist, I think this is a great experiment. It shows us what mechanisms lie beneath ugly features of human social living, like racism and gender discrimination. Moreover, it shows us how Continue Reading …

Interview With Judith Rich Harris (The Nurture Assumption)

– Tom Uytterhoeven – I noticed this interview with Judith Rich Harris, who wrote The Nurture Assumption. Without endorsing her book as the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (here's a balanced review), I must admit I liked the Continue Reading …