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Re: RES: fostering research communities

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Thank Bitiz for the kind words and encouragement which I find it heartwarming.

Actually I am not exactly that young anymore, though some say I am. Guess that's dependent on the state of my dark eye circles + if I had the time to manage messy hair!

I have just surfed to find those books you've mentioned. I am no longer in college so books can be hard to find especially they are specialised subject areas. I can find Edgar Morin via the national library here which is a reference book. But  books on Thomas Kuhn yield nothing, except for a comprehensive compilation of Philosophers that includes him in brief.

That was why I had mentioned in my earlier post to Prof Friedman that info and books should be made out in public. For those people not in college who want to read and learn, these info will never be released out in the open. If learning and research were to flourish, info and interaction of knowledge must be made free. There are some open source materials but still restricted on many levels. Of course, this opening of info and expertise isn't going to be easy because education now is not exactly about just education anymore. 

You are right to say I am a little disappointed with the concept value of the university. As a matter of fact, I am somewhat dismayed by education itself. I have blogged it quite a number of times on my modest layman blog about them. 

Thanks for the sincere wish for me having more motivation for the PhD course or indeed any postgraduate course or other study routes. Honestly, I think I have depleted almost all chances of studying now, mainly because there will be no academic reference for my application. Partly because I don't know where those academics are now. And also, many have retired. 

The motivation for study can be felt. It can propel one to move on. But there is one thing that no one can deny and that is, the right conducive place to blossom the ideas and concepts properly. I can resort to this and that, but ultimately the place is still a college with the tools with genuinely inspiring academics who truly believe in education in its purest form---that is sans materialistic factors of what education should do. I believe in a world that if we need to rectify problems, improve on ones living condition; the human mind must be first be upright and unselfish to start off with. There is little point of nurturing anyone very bright without these set preconditions. Thats because we will be actually be fostering devils who will make the world a worse place to live by manipulating knowledge to their own greed. That is why, I have so stubbornly hanging on to these ideals. One may not be a saint. And I am not saying I am one. I am far from being a saint. I make blunders too. Some, horrifically. Some, not as bad and a few can be even quite painfully funny. But we must adhere to the character set that means we live to give. Not the hypocritical kind, where the good is done on the surface and the bad actually goes on behind the backs of everything. Unfortunately, there are plenty of these kind of people. You can go in & tell them off after nth times of patience; but that is still blunder with time and energy wasted. So that makes me also wonder what education is all about. 

The society is set by the people. The people's actions are set by their minds. Their minds set by the values they are taught. The world by large is set by different societies. Don't you think many of our problems are pretty much the same? For what you know, the solutions are not that hard. But what makes solutions hard to implement is because people are terribly hard to manage. We need leaders who can tactfully solve all these to make lives better. 

Think I am a little off topic. But fostering research communities need fine leaders to make a good sweep off the dust. Why waste time in problems, when the same amount of time can on the fun of enjoying lives? Never really understand the irrationality of doing bad. But they happen all the time.

Cheers,
Karen Fu



On 5 Nov, 2012, at 3:16, Bitiz Afflalo <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Karen
> 
> I presume you are young. Do not give up. Do not let your own question on " what kind of world we are getting at" without answer. That's a question we should always be asking, especially in PHD research. I think two readings can help you to think about your own questions:
> 
> Thomas Kuhn  in "The Essential Tension: Selected Studies in Scientific Tradition and Change". The article that gives the title of the book can help you to understand brilliance and intelligence on PHD.
> 
> And the author I am studying now, Edgar Morin. He may show some clues to think about this world. I will copy here part of a poster François Nsenga wrote on this list, as a presentation of Morin [I want a companion to support my suggestion].
> 
> "A couple of weeks ago, one list member mentioned Edgar Morin [I did]. Morin (1921-), one of the world renowned contemporary philosophers, has just published "La Voie. Pour l'avenir de l'humanité. Fayard, Paris, 2011"  (The Way...to ensure survival of humankind - free interpretation). One of Morin's major 'oeuvre' is LA MÉTHODE, a collection of six volumes written between 1977 and 2004."
> 
> I do not know what books he published in English, but I know there are publications about his Complexity Theory and the future of the world.
> 
> You said that there is a minority of doctorate students and graduates who gain much respect with knowledge and humility. Try to discuss this matter with them. The world is not fair, we have to make everything we can to get it better.
> 
> I may be wrong, but you're a little disappointed with the concept of value in university. I think this concept is in crisis in any field of study or work, and it is on this renewal we need to think.
> 
> I really wish you more motivation for the PHD course or for any new own way to go on. 
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Bitiz Afflalo
> PHD student
> PROURB | FAU | UFRJ
> Product Design Teacher
> EBA | UFRJ
> 
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