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24-August-2011 / quantumsniper1

Curriculum (or “how to read Quantumsniper’s Blog”)

Aristotle the TeacherI have decided to re-publish this menu page now as a post. Regrettably, to date, QuantumSniper is being mistaken for some kind of “magazine” that poeple can just “absorb all the contents of over a cuppa”.  This is NOT a periodical for casual observers, People!. Nuh-uh!,

My general recommendation for new readers is :  “One day = One article.”

If readers think they can absorb more that, they are fooling themselves, or NOT giving the subject matter (or themselves) the respect I am trying to bestow.

I was once told by my University Philosophy lecturer something that stuck with me. When asked about …

… why it was so hard to read a page in the course’s main philosophy text book. He said said as follows:

“DO NOT BE DISTURBED OR SURPRISED if you have to READ that page slowly maybe three, or five or even TEN times. Taking an HOUR over even a single paragraph of philosophy is not uncommon.  Also, after reading, be at ease and take a DAY OR MORE to ‘bend your brain around’ what you have read.  In you do NOT do this, you will likely not get a high mark in this course.”

Is it a blog? is it a lecture? Is it a Magazine?…

No, it’s an ‘InWebUmentary’ !

You’ll notice that I named this web-page “Curriculum”. This is because I hope / intend for my readers to view each article that I publish as part of an on-going “education”. A “compendium”, if you will.

I claim that one’s self-education should never cease. So (if you’ll excuse the condescension)  please be forewarned that I propose to treat my readers as ‘pupils’, and the many topics I discuss as “mini-subjects”. I respect that your areas of specialty will differ from mine.

Irrespective of any reader’s present education levels, however ….…. I ask you to to put aside either your

(a) arrogance because you think you already know more / better  OR

(b) your Ignorance Complex, because you think the topic is ‘boring’ or ‘irrelevant’ to your life.

(c) your ingrained preconceptions about what you THINK an article or topic is about.

Quite frankly, if you cant bother to do that, then you might as well close this web page now, rescind your invitation to QuantumSniper, and look elsewhere for your amusement.

Please pardon me for being so rude and blunt, but life is too short for all of us, and it’s a waste of everybody’s time to try to enlighten “those who are so blind that they will not see”.

Put simply, “You don’t know what you do not know”. So, I suggest you absorb or consume the knowledge at your own pace. But I urge you strongly to ‘take your time’. Particularly with the hyperlinks. Please dont ignore them, or just scan them quickly because you’re in a hurry. In many cases, you may find THEY will be the main star or focus of the page or the post.

For example, if you see an article on “Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity“, or perhaps on “Linguistics as Propaganda as theorized by Noam Chomsky“, DON’T get frightened away or intimidated. I plan to make these topics understandable, enthralling, and hopefully rivetting reading for folks at every education level. AND I intend to show you how the topic is relevant to YOU, or maybe to your (future) children, or to someone NEAR to you.

Since we are in an information age, and the bank of human knowledge is expanding exponentially, each individual should make it their positive duty to ‘learn more’.

Like it is in a college class, a lecturer will only cover the skeletal framework of a topic.  The responsibility to dig further into the subject will be up to you as the pupil. But don’t worry, I plan to give you plenty of links / videos / photos / other web articles to help you flesh-out the subject matter.

Please, DON’T sell yourself short. When you sit down to one of my Blectures (“Blog-Lecture”) or “In-Web-umentary” (Interactive Web Documentary), set aside plenty of time to explore. CLICK on each Link. With each click you will push your own boundaries of knowledge.

How is it ‘Interactive’

This blog is published using WordPress. As such, it can include media like videos and photos, RSS feeds, tweets, audio downloads.

Additionally, interactivity will come from readers sharing their own ideas on this Website. I see it as a kind of ‘knowledge-socializing’. WordPress contains the ability for people to have a kind of interactive ‘conversation’ or chat with me as the author, and with other readers. Sharing their own ideas.

At one level, you can do a simple “thumbs up” or “thumbs-down” if the article inspired you to explore / think about the  topic further.

At the next more interactive level, you can leave comments at the foot of the article. If you do so, then PLEASE ENSURE THAT COMMENTS RELATE TO ARTICLE CONTENT.  Please do NOT use the “Comments” section to express or vent ANY EMOTION.  E.g. “I hate those damned Bilderbergers! Don’t you?”  Unfortunately, I find emotive comments tend to invite even more emotional counter-strikes by other ‘pupils’. Moreover, such commenting style doesn’t actually serve to promote / inform a debate.  Consequently, I recommend you use the Comments Section to offer new information that you yourself have discovered.

Try to avoid using the Comments Section to ask questions. I might set up a separate chat room forum for free-form Question-and-Answers or general yak-sessions at a later time.

Future Subjects and Topics to Cover

(In no particular order):   World politics, academia, natural health, investments, information technology, theoretical physics, futurism, computers, psychological models, linguistics, art, medicine, lost or forgotten history, hidden knowledge, tourism and travel, law.

Also, the latest in independent news and controversies, latest pre-occupations of the mass consciousness.  Tips and tricks to enhance your life skills.

Feel free to make suggestions as to what other topics interest you. I will determine whether to ignore or be inspired by your suggestions depending upon whether I have any pre-existing familiarity with the topic.

I trust you will find my weblog informative and entertaining as it evolves.


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  1. Max Power / Sep 2 2011 4:45 AM

    Technically, the software used to put this together is a ‘blog’ codebase, so in IT terms this site’s content will by default be in the blog category. I do have an email list with some 1000 subscribers, but there are few ways for it to be seen as a blog. The Internet has always begged the question as to what is the best way to disseminate information, and for a lot of web users (personal to corporate) the matter is left unresolved.

    (boilerplate via wikipedia)

    A blog (a blend of the term web log) is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

    Most blogs are interactive, allowing visitors to leave comments and even message each other via widgets on the blogs and it is this interactivity that distinguishes them from other static websites.

    Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.

    Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (video blogging or vlogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.

    As of 16 February 2011, there were over 156 million public blogs in existence.

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