Let the games begin

October 16, 2008 § Leave a comment

Well, I submitted that paper to Anne. I’m proud of it, although I can’t say exactly what it means. What I am doing is looking at the relationship between colonialism and academic intellectual frameworks. My point is that the intellectual frameworks that perpetuate social and cultural division, competition and division in the university have a genealogical philosophical thread that can be traced back to colonial thinking. What I did in the paper was bring in current research on cognition to discuss the ways implicit assumptions, beliefs and behaviours are continuously reconstructed through automaticity. There is research that shows we can interrupt the automaticity of our own thinking, but it isn’t something we can do by consciously changing our thoughts. It is something that can be affected through mindfulness and selective exposure to sensory data. That is what I have found so far.

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