Since I’ve been working on economical thesis expression, here’s one more genre, 3MT. Apparently, the practice was launched by the University of Queensland, and this is the second year UT is holding a 3MT competition. Watch 3MTs from around the world.

The single PowerPoint slide allowed:

update March 24

Some References

Atleo, E. Richard [a.k.a. Umeek] (2011) Principles of Tsawalk: An Indigenous Approach to Global Crisis. Vancouver & Toronto: UBC Press.

Bateson, Gregory & Margaret Mead (1942/1962) Balinese Character: A Photographic Analysis. New York, NY: New York Academy of Sciences. Reprint 1962.

Bateson, Gregory (1987) Steps to an Ecology of Mind Collected Essays in Anthropology,Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology Northvale, NJ & London: Jason Aronson Inc. (Originally published by Chandler Pub. Co., San Franciso, 1972.)

An Ecology of Mind  A documentary movie by Nora Bateson containing interviews with Gregory Bateson (2010).

Bingham, Charles & Alexander M. Sidorkin (2004/2010) No Education without Relation. With a foreword by Nel Noddings, pp. vii-viii. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Blenkinsop, Sean et al. (2012) Maple Ridge Environmental School Project – Interim Report. Ecolearning
 Group, Faculty
 Education, Simon Fraser

Code, Lorraine (2006) Ecological Thinking: The Politics of Epistemic Location. Oxford, UK: OUP.

Dewey, John ([1916] 2009) Democracy and Education. Merchant Books.

Dei, George Sefa J. (2011) Indigenous Philosophies and Critical Education: A Reader. New York, NY & Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Low, Alaine & Soraya Tremayne, eds. (2001) Sacred Custodians of the Earth: Women, Spirituality, and the Environment. Berghahn Books.

Pratt, Scott L. (2002) Native Pragmatism: Rethinking the Roots of American Philosophy. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.

Radford Ruether, Rosemary, ed. (1996) Women Healing Earth: Third World Women on Ecology, Feminism, and Religion. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Turok, N (2012) The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos. Toronto: House of Anansi Press.

Vokey, Daniel (2001) Moral Discourse in a Pluralistic World. University of Notre Dame Press.

Update: March 18, 2014

The pivot of my thesis is profound relatedness – to Self, Other, All Existence. Bringing together cultures and paradigms I argue for parallel “un-colonizing”: to decolonize Indigenous belief systems world-wide and to de-dichotomize Euro-American mainstream philosophy releasing invidious hierarchies. In Western thought, founder of educational philosophy Dewey, feminist philosopher of science Haraway, heurmeneuticist Gadamer among many others have argued against opposing human to nature, mind to matter, truth and science to experience, and so forth. Instead of these persistent Western binaries, so-called Third-world or Aboriginal or Indigenous knowledges — as a rule, rely on social-ecological relatedness.

I’d insist that colonization colonizes both colonizer and colonized. Therefore, the loss of relational Indigenous knowledges is Canada’s loss. Conversely, inviting Indigenous knowledges – as Daniel Vokey, a.o. does with Buddhism, Scott Pratt with Native Philosophies, for example – can help emancipate our human species from colonizing and self-colonizing effects. This would re-energize the Love-of-Wisdom image of Philosophy, now, wouldn’t it?

Our globalized world does need a consciousness shift, and the probability is high where millennial relatedness wisdom meets the quantum physics view of cosmic interdependence.

I propose “Eco-sonance” — Ecological attunement Ecosonance is a psycho-physical phenomenon, a philosophy, and practice, i.e. Being Thinking and Doing — all about ubiquitous interrelatedness and how to do our human best within it and for it. How to make the world a home for each other. Using Einstein’s formula E=mc^2 as a metaphor

  • E for Ecosonance, eternal, but changing form, like Energy, within and between cosmic cycles in the spirit of Steinhart&Turok’s cyclic uni hypothesis
  • equals M, the set of members of an ecosystem
  • animated by C, the Constant of Change (per Gregory Bateson), squared for emphasis, you could say

Now, that was the cosmo-philosophy, how about practice? Consider a loaded notion like “Social Justice”.

By ecosonic lights, social justice is peace and happiness. Profound relatedness compels us to strive to relax invidiousdichotomies and hierarchies, not reverse them. In theory or practice. To grow by Deweyan democracy-as-a-way-of-life and, in turn, by education-for-&-as-democracy. So, my bottom line hypothesis: Ecosonance can change the world through Wisdom’s Love.

To prove it:

Imagine – along with The Beatles – that Lovingkindness Is All We Need …

… and practice

YouTube credit: uploaded by JohnLennonMusic Oct 1, 2008

YouTube credit: uploaded by TheBeatlesVEVOHQ Oct 30, 2011