In thinking about the types of insights that science reveals about our humanity (social relationships, networks, flows of information), I thought this article by Richard Rorty was particularly relevant. He essentially argues the following:
Post-Galilean science does not tell us what is really real or really important. It has no metaphysical or moral implications. Instead, it enables us to do things that we had not previously been able to do. When it became empirical and experimental, it lost both its metaphysical pretensions and the ability to set new ends for human beings to strive ...
I was just re-reading a discussion from June -- Lin, Gary, Brian -- on browsing and serendipity. The opera house was very impressive, especially the tennis balls. How do museums preserve special exhibits after they've been taken down? Since so much of the experience is spacial, have they already figured out a way to capture physical spaces that allow online visitors to stumble around the exhibit and randomly look at stuff?
The National Governors Association website has posted both a video file and an audio file featuring Tom Friedman's presentation on his new book The World is Flat. This seems like an edLab must read or at least must listen.
Donald E. Heller, in a memo to the producer of The Scholar, says it's time to get Ph.D. students some visibility. more
This site (http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/sections/tours/virtual_tour) is a good example of an interactive virtual tour of a large facility. Combining the functionalities of the computer catalog, the virtual tour and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID http://www.rfida.com/walmartrfid.htm) would allow a user to see the location of the physical book regardless of its location.
This also relates to a previous discussion we had on "
This interesting commentary forwarded by Professor Cherow-O'Leary highlights the attachment that many have for the physical library.
During today's brainstorming session I realized that the quick search in the upper right corner of the library home page labeled "Search the TC Catalog" may be confused with the opening screen of EDUCAT.
To use EDUCAT with all her features, click on "Catalogs & Databases" on the left side of the home page and then click on "Teachers College (EDUCAT)" in the column labeled "Local Library Catalogs."
The attachment below contains all the quotes on education that were afixed to the fortune cookies. Thanks to Suzanne and Christine for taking out of their day to help prepare the materials/snacks.
Here's a page that has some info of Prof. Renee Cherow-O'Leary's "Peer Review" Project and some interview clips:
Here's the interview on "Barry Rosen discusses The Afghan Education Project with Professor Renee Cherow-O'Leary"[Quicktime] (or access it at http://www.tc.edu/afghanproject/?cat=news&id=4823)
In the TCR meeting yesterday, we discussed the possibility of using Podcasts and author interviews on our site. Princeton University Press interviewed Harry Frankfurt about his book length, previously released, essay On Bullshit. In all, I thought the interview was interesting, and using the format seems like something we should explore in more depth.