Brain and Behavior Insitute, 2005
Session 19
The I-function/Story Teller, Rationality/Intuition, Learning:
Where We've Come from, Where We Can Go


"intrinsic variability", exploration/creativity, dreaming, I-function/story teller, generalized control mechanisms, mood/emotion

self? - blend of unconscious and I-function - sleep walking

The Brain as a Scientist, Explorer

The Bipartite Brain as a Scientist/Explorer/Story Teller/Story Reviser

The value of inside conversations

The value of conversations with others

A brief self-reflection, and reminder, and appreciation ...

So, what DOES all this have to do with education .... and life ?
(see Loopiness as a Pedagogical Objective and A Vision of Science Education) in the 21st Century: Everybody "Getting It Less Wrong" Together)

The bottom line (in progress)

you are a unique and valuable individualthey are unique and valuable individuals
you know more than you think you dothey know more than they (and you) think they do
you are equipped to learn, to get it less wrong, and want tothey are equipped to learn, to get it less wrong, and want to
education is explorationeducation is exploration
you need a classroom rich enough to explorethey need a classroom rich enough to explore
we're all in this togetherwe're all in this together
together we can get it "less wrong"together we can get it "less wrong"
and have funand have fun

Trust your past (including your genome/culture/experiences), but not too much
Trust your unconscious, but not too much
Trust your thinking, but not too much
Trust making choices, observing, learning, but not too much
Trust other people's stories as well as your own, but not too much

The hardest part ... ?
  • Choose/act, even if you don't/can't know the "right" answer
  • Being wrong is the only way to get it "less wrong"
  • Choose/act to see what new things there are to see/do/create
Keep looping ...

And repeat, over and over and over again:

"getting it less wrong" - its what your brain, and everyone else's, is "designed" to do Thanks for telling your stories. listening to mine, learning from each other. Let's keep it up.


Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing
there is a field.
I'll meet you there.

...... Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th century Sufi poet

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