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A Year and a Day January 4, 2010

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A year and a day have passed since I published the last post on this blog. That means if you visited here in 2009, it would seem as if nothing has happened with the Connective in the past year. While that’s mostly (and unfortunately) true, some significant things did happen. This post is to bring my dear readers back up to speed.

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Scale-Free Thinking January 3, 2009

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In the Mandara Mountains of northern Cameroon live the Mofu, ethnic tribes whose culture is based on a reverence for social insects. Their favorite is a breed of ferocious red ant known to them as jaglavak. There are many other species too: ndroa, mananeh and ndakkol. These names all have one thing in common: they are both plural and singular. Jaklavak refers equally to one ant, a colony of ants, or all the ants in the world.

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Fearing Digital Literacy September 8, 2008

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The July/August 2008 edition of the Atlantic magazine featured a very provocative cover story. Using the infamous colour scheme of the world’s most popular search engine, the headline asks: Is Google Making Us Stoopid? The article, written by IT pundit Nicholas Carr, argues that yes, in a sense, the Internet is making us stupid. The truth is, he’s just plain scared.

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Connectivism as Learning Theory August 26, 2008

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The 18th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer was stunned when introduced to Buddhism for the first time. Here he had found an ancient Eastern religion which arrived at largely the same philosophical conclusions he did in his own pursuit of truth. So much so that several of his contemporaries accused him of plagiarism, to which Schopenhauer has this to say:

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The Death of Memory July 28, 2008

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Of all the ultra-hip commercials for the iconic iPhone, one stands out. Rather than a montage of features, it simply presents a scene: you and a friend have a bet. Thanks to the iPhone’s mobile Internet access, you no longer have to wait to settle the bet. Wherever you are, you can find out whatever you want to know, right now.

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