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consciousness

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...d makes an almost imperceptible sizzling noise, its opacity flickers as the pebble hits. We learn something. What is cognised and what is mapped is the possibility of walking out of the classroom in the service of raising the consciousness of that classroom. As UfSO fellow traveller and The Dude lookalike, Stefano Harney, puts it: I felt I ought to have some way to be able to see that world, to feel that world, to sense it, and to enter into it,...

...ent of faculties—intellectual, volitional, emotional, sensory, imaginative, aesthetic, epiphanic. In such knowledge, the human mind 'lives into' the creative activity of nature. Then the world speaks its meaning through human consciousness. Then human language itself can be recognized as rooted in deeper reality, as reflecting the universe’s unfolding meaning. Through human intellect, in all its personal individuality, contingency, and struggle,...

...people, you have to be able to communicate everything in a way that suits everyone. A That’s what I was trying to say at the beginning of this, the whole idea of learning as about being alive, engaging with your brain, your consciousness and yourself as a living thing. We have these different ideas, but when you’re with other people you have to use your language to communicate them. Which really helps you to concretise the learning as well....

...t offers a radiance which may, as much as anything, be an effect of the bright ground of the page across which neatly-inked characters march in disciplined rows. Making things historicisable—indeed, making possible historical consciousness itself—, writing has come to be revered as the highest form of academic labour. Clark’s study points towards the extent to which research (and thus writing) activities conducted within the university hav...

(download as pdf here) Foreword What might be achieved by replacing a real strategic plan with an alternate? By producing another plan that calls itself the ‘real’ one? Perhaps such a document needs to fit in before it can interrupt anything, to mimic an exterior in order to reconstruct an interior. The official Strategic Plan 2013-2020 offers one version of the University of Auckland but there is an inverse image that is rarely...

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