Thursday, August 30, 2007

286 Epistemological Questions: Is the Textbook and Environment?

Message no. 286 Posted by Thomas Culhane (1311520071) on Thursday, February 8, 2007 4:35am Subject: Professor in transit

Hi class, I am about to go to the train station to grab a train from Essen to Munich (see map), spend the night in Munich and then fly to Cairo in the morning. Don't know if I will be able to get on line again until Friday night or Saturday morning, and don't have time to post anything now, so please forgive me.

Get all your Chapter 1 relational summaries finished and read chapter 2 so we can post relational chapter summaries for that by Monday and get into the deep discussion that matters most to this course and our current environmental crises: What is nature? what is natural? What is good? What is healthy? What makes a bad environment? How can we improve our environments? Is there a such thing as "the environment"? What distinguishes "your environment" from "my environment" from " our environment". Is there a "his environment" and a "her environment"? Are there age specific environments? Are there culture specific environments? Religion specific environments? Belief specific environments?.

These are the big questions that lead us into the EPISTEMOLOGY of environmental behavior. (look that word up!)

A thought for the next two days : In what sense is the textbook an environment? Is it the same environment for all of us? Why or why not?

When we sit down to read the textbook (or do you stand or lie down to read it!?), are we all sort of entering the same "room", or does it appear differently to each of us? Why would that be so? And how does the environment of a book differ from so called "real life"? This might be a topic for our discussion of virtual vs. real environments, so I will post there.

Anyway, keep up the great work (and those of you who aren't posting, try to explain, in our learning environment discussion area, what in the learning environment and your social and work and physical and emotional and mental environments is affecting the psychology of your behavior so that you aren't engaging effectively with the material! That is a study in and of itself. Try to suggest ways that the learning environment could be improved so that it would make it more beneficial for you (or less costly in an emotional or time or physical or mental sense) to participate more.)

Okay, got to run! I'll look forward to reading your posts when I touch down!


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