Four Fruits of Philosophy

Rachel Anne Williams, Medium, May 09, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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OLDaily isn't simply about educational technology. It takes a philosophical perspective, which means that readers benefit (I hope!) from some deeper analysis that "Look what's cool!" This post identifies four major benefits of philosophy: critical thinking, scientific criticism, ethical reasoning, and wisdom (here defined as "knowing how to live a good life. Knowing what’s valuable in life and what’s not," which speaks to the outcomes and benefits of education). Though each post stands on its own, and refers to a specific resource or point of view, the posts (more than 30,000 of them) are also intended to be taken together as a unified whole, an extended philosophical discussion of learning, technology, and wisdom. P.S. I love the thermometer example. 

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