Life Understood Backwards…

“It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.”  Søren Kierkegaard Søren Kierkegaard’s quote “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards,” reminds me of the intricacies of navigating a timeline that pushes us in…

Education & Learning – Are they the same?

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” Albert Einstein “We have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it’s impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.”  Sir Ken Robinson The age old debate of whether education and learning are…

A Week of Remembering – A Scientist Speaks

The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.” Remembrance Day services honour the fallen.  It is a memorial, a time of giving thanks and a way of showing respect for the members of our armed forces who have died in the line of duty.  But there are many others who have…

A Week Dedicated to Intelligence

Secretly, we would all like to think that we have a smidgeon of genius.  It doesn’t have to be much, just enough to know that we have some claim on intelligence.  After all, we’ve been taught from early childhood that achieving high marks is a noble pursuit. And the competition and the stakes continue to…