paul Ashton

Calgary Ab, Canada

About paul

Bio

Teacher/life long learner

An idea worth spreading

We are Flat Landers.

I'm passionate about

Being a dad. Teaching. Complexity as an explanation of all emergent realities.

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Quantum physics, conciousness, black holes, complexity in education.

Comments & conversations

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paul Ashton
Posted about 2 years ago
Is it possible to learn how to learn, and if so, how?
To be meta-cognitive is to think about thinking. When you understand how YOU learn best and apply that to what you are learning you have learned how to learn. When you are confident in you abilities because you know how you learn best you will be a confident and curious learner who can set personal learning goals and gain autonomy. I am very proud of the Calgary Board of Education and the school I teach at right now because this has been our specific focus and it has made a difference in the lives of our students. Self-reflection and goal setting are paramount .
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paul Ashton
Posted about 2 years ago
Plagiarism and what, if anything, should be done about it in our Colleges and Universities.
Perhaps there is a new market for algorithmic AI here to consider. But firstly I think institutions need to start considering their own assessment procedures as the problem. After all there is no plagiarizing when an assigned assessment artifact expectation is based in an authentic real world synthesis and not solely in replicative application, rote recall, or comparative critique. Results in institutions that value educating innovators need to assess student innovation against knowledge objectives that build or expand upon learned principles in real world applicable circumstances. Just assessing based in knowledge objectives or simple comparison is indicative of a time when the world's knowledge was not at our fingertips. Therefore I think plagiarism is definitely a systemic institutional problem and not a student problem. Authentic tasks are impossible to plagiarize. Students are becoming inherently higher Order thinkers naturally through higher order technology. As far a the AI reference perhaps it's time for computers to start doing the comparing using correlative algorithms to determine probable plagiarism to degrees acceptability instead of subjective non standardized opinion thereby creating a data set of originality in the micro and macro institutional scales and plotting scales of innovative thought and attributing credit accordingly. Google Books seems like a good place to start.
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paul Ashton
Posted about 2 years ago
Are too few students focusing on Humanities?
Not judging by their employment rate. What a corporate idea eh? I'm surprised at myself. I like the humanities. But seriously Fritze. Last summer you were all about kids learning about economics weren't you.....or was that me....can't remember. Teachers need to talk eh?
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paul Ashton
Posted about 2 years ago
Does evolution destroy us?
Thank you Juan. That was meaningful for me in many ways. This is the first time I have shared these thought cohesively. I am glad someone read to understand it and found connection.
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paul Ashton
Posted about 2 years ago
What does it mean to be human?
Yavor: your supposition that humanity is a product of natural systems holds weight if the perception of the "conscious observer" is considered "reality". The truth is that our collective perception of "reality" or the measurable universe is not absolute truth. Just because we sense does not mean we see. Ultimately weather or not we are perceiving what is "real" determines how centrist and permeating humanity is in our reality.
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paul Ashton
Posted about 2 years ago
Does evolution destroy us?
My thoughts are that the iterative driver of all existing systems, where in everything manifest follows similar emergent self-reflective chaotic complex mathematical rules, is the Singular Consciousness reproaching a whole knowingness which then expands once more. More specifically, when humans interface intimately and fully, and quantum computing (eg. D-wave based in Vancouver) divides the second into trillions of calculations, what TIME will we as a species exist in? When we can simulate a universe of possibilities in a microsecond where will our segregations reside? Not in space not in time but only in unity trapped in the limits of our space-time. I think then as WE the oneness exist apart from the natural law In order to experience experience once more we will as we have into infinity simulate a universe of universes seeding with emergent feedback from beginning to end all the determined choices on the playground of real consciousness. We now, in time, riding the edge of the paradoxical "present" are a function that complete system in which entropy and complexity evolve to begin again and again. Our necessary movement in time had to have been for everything to become. In short I think technology is organic, there is both free will and determinism, reaching the conscious singularity is our ultimate driver and emergent behaviour is as universal as the water drop of an idea in my grade 1/2 classroom. So........ If you could be me could you still judge me? I believe you are me and I love me so I love you too. After all, if all of our probabilistic paths are written for us to choose from how can I judge you when you choose the wrong one? Some people don't have many good probable outcomes.
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paul Ashton
Posted about 2 years ago
What does it mean to be human?
My answer is that because human brains, bodies, societies, technologies, are all reflective, emergent, and self-similar to those natural, cosmic, and quantum systems in our defined/undefined reality that all that exists is human and that humanity is all that exists.