“An aesthetic experience is one in which your senses are operating at their peak; when you’re present in the current moment; when you’re resonating with the excitement of this thing that you’re experiencing; when you’re fully alive. Anaesthetic is when you shut your senses off and deaden yourself to what is happening and a lot of these drugs are that. We are getting our children through education by anesthetizing them and I think we should be doing the exact opposite; we shouldn’t be putting them to sleep we should be waking them up.”
I was first introduced to Sir Ken Robinson via his super-popular/awesome TED talk on how schools kill creativity, originally posted back in 2006. This more recent lecture at the RSA covers similar ground and will resonate with anyone who has found themselves profoundly bored while sitting behind a desk, waiting desperately for the bell to ring. The accompanying time-lapse white board animation (created by Cognitive Media and a signature of the RSA Animate series) is an excellent complement to Sir Ken’s rapid-fire delivery, helping to drive home complex points with an ease anyone can follow. Time to get your learn on…
“The Sun acts as an enormous power plant. The energy is created deep inside the core of the Sun, here the temperature is over 14 million degrees and the pressure so enormous that hydrogen atoms are squeezed together into another element: helium.”
Time for some science, bitches – prepare to get your learn on! The Sun is an endlessly fascinating topic for me and this video, produced by forskning.no in concert with the Department of Physics at the University of Oslo, does a great job of explaining the complex process of how the Aurora Borealis forms in an easy-to-understand way. Speaking of which, my favorite way to wrap my head around complex topics, like nuclear fusion, is to first head over to Simple English Wikipedia. It’s page on The Sun is fantastic – “The sun is basically a very, very large ball of plasma bubbling with non-stop explosions. These explosions give off so much energy that if we could gather all the Sun’s energy for one second it would be enough to power the U.S.for 9 million years…more” – as are the entries pertaining to the Higgs Boson, strong force and the special theory of relativity. Don’t forget: knowledge is power.
Related: More Aurora Borealis on The Tripatorium™.
Facts feed brains, that’s a fact.
Sean Pecknold directed this promotional video for the BBC Knowledge Channel that will remind you of just how much you don’t know and how gratifying it is to learn new things. Ain’t existence marvelous?
“My son is so happy when he sees your multiplication rock video that he just wants to watch it everyday.”— Joan D.
I bet he loves shiny things, too.
Watch the above video and then watch this abomination. It’s irrefutable proof that my generation’s educational entertainment is quantifiably better then most of the schlock put out there today.
Thanks again, Kiki.
“Everyone loves rapping along and learning multiplication with D.J. Doc Roc—the Hip Hop Hamster. Positive lyrics, super-cool rap music, and high-energy animation make these multiplication rap songs irresistible. Multiplication facts through 12 are easy to learn and remember with these fun rap songs—a different one for each set of facts. Positive lyrics (on screen) encourage and motivate kids learning multiplication.”
Big thanks to Kiki for the heads-up.