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Why education sucks.

While granted you got essays and other open ended research subjects we teach as if conclusions on everything have been reached. If there’s one thing to learn from video games it’s that an open ended environment in which people create their own meaning has a tendency to create situations that are memorable, but perhaps not always meaningful. Teaching history or science or math as closed systems in which the teacher is orator or in which the end has already been revealed seems like a nice way to further reinforce the same boredom that anyone feels when someone tells them what to do. Ignorance is key to education, it is the state in which one wants to learn versus the history book or the english book which already has a solution. That the present is the only story we’re allowed to create actively is what makes it precious, if we can’t create a greater level of flexibility in instruction and do away with definitives in some cases then we’ll always be stuck with a mass of people with little enthuasism to sit through another day of a system that they don’t control. My point being, let’s just leave some stories blank and let kids create their own story through research and interpretation. Let the finished ones, the ones vital to cultural understanding be the cut scenes in a system that rewards the more interactive use of the history of thought.

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Second Life Third Entry

Since finding Tringo have moved on to Sandboxes.

Attempted to build a mountain wth phyiscs.

Around physcis piece 300 some guy began to complain it was lagging the sim.

Anyway, took a lot of pictures none of them made it to disk.

One of the reasons why SL probably continues to exist

is that you consistently do run into weird shit.

Sandboxes before 3 .a.m. were mostly houses

after 3 a.m. I started to make a sculpture like thing

when I turned around some woman had made a series

of neo-classical Davids behind me and some other dude

had created a tram. Some other dudes seemed to be recreating

Starwars and there was a random robot lying on the ground you

could sit on.  There also a was dog sled, but the dude who made

it wasn’t around. Some dude up in the sky was recreating

a clock tower from kingdom hearts and had an entire plan worked

out for the town. He seemed a little nuts. Also might add before 3 .a.m.

wipe on sandbox meet some dude who was bragging about the Lindens

kicking him off the server who then flew over and begged for money

when I didn’t give him anything he left at which point I found out

I couldn’t move and apparently had been disconnected from the server.

The woman who made the Davids also was saying the Lindens were asking

her to put a fig leaf over her David. Anyway, that should go to show how

life works in a Dictator for life software based autocrarcy. 

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