I or Me?

I’m Kishore, 25 years old. Grew up in Thrissur, a small city in central Kerala. Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology Calicut. Worked as a teacher in Sahyadri School- Krishnamurti Foundation India, near Pune, Maharashtra for three and a half years. Currently taking a break, staying at home, preparing for further studies. You can contact me at kishore [dot] asok [at] gmail [dot] com

A person’s character is not static. Events mould and change us throughout the course of our lives, like a river smoothens and polishes the rocks over which it flows. Likewise, I expect this page to be dynamic, as well.

I had a wonderful three and a half years in Sahyadri, where I grew serious interests in several things. Teaching science and technology, history of science, making models of machines from common materials, looking around and observing our non-human co-habitants etc.

While teaching I’ve felt that most curricula are heavily biased towards mastering specific existing skills and knowledge, and almost completely ignore how people came to know all these things, the paradigm shifts that these discoveries suggest and the messy and creative human processes involved in scientific work and invention.

I do not cease to be fascinated by the stories of discovery across areas of human endeavor from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and wish to explore how these stories can find a place in the curriculum, and modify some of our approaches to teaching.

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P.S. The title “I or Me?” is based the terms used in The User Illusion by Tor Norretranders to refer to the small part of ourselves that we become conscious of (I) and the whole organism that is Me.

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