#edcmooc Steve Fuller’s Humanity 2.0

  1. Why does Professor Fuller say (almost as a joke) that education is ‘a dying art’?

Online information, free information. Google, YouTube, Blogs… you name it. Information is available for everyone that search for it. Free books, encyclopedias (wikipedia). In order to create, humans have developed collective memories through internet tools. Yes, teaching is certainly a dying art… Guessing that people would be able to learn without a guide.

2. He talks about the ‘modern artifice’ of enhancement: how might this notion of becoming more ‘fully human’ via enhancement impact on the project of education?

The Renaissance man… cyber parts for human beings.  I really don´t like this assumption, I rather prefer not to answer.

3. Professor Fuller argues that there’s historical precedent for considering only some homo sapiens to be ‘human’: what are the political implications of this in contemporary times? And how might such a notion position education?

It´s like in the 19th century still in the USA afrikan descendants weren´t considered humans. Just another kind of existence. Based on this way of thinking people could do what they wanted to, because they were considered mere objects, like animals. Try that way of thinking in this century… You may be killed just before ending the sentence.

4. He suggests that we are questioning the very existence of the ‘human’ because we have failed in the humanist project (for example, we are far from achieving racial, gender or class equality): do you believe this?

It’s like a eternal competition… Who earns more? Who achieves more in their lives? Only some people work for human kind, maybe when they achieve the top of their desires they may be able to turn around and try to help others to develop the tools that can help them in their ways to success.

5. In claiming that ‘the old humanistic project should not be dropped’, Professor Fuller links his talk to our key theme of re-asserting the human. His stance seems to be that ‘you can only be morally credible’ if you are addressing issues of human freedom and equality. Thinking about education specifically, might we see MOOCs as an example of an ‘old humanistic project’, particularly in the promise they appear to offer for democratisation, equality of access and so on?

50,000 students in a classroom is too utopic but interesting, in this weeks I’ve learned so much… This MOOCs are still experimental, but in a few years they may evolve to something that might fullfill the promise related to the humanistic project… I really hope so.



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