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Erich Fromm on objectivity, positivism, bias, evidence and scholarship

  Here is something I put in my research101 moodle at http://learn.nmmu.ac.za/mod/forum/view.php?f=3710   Worth reiterating and focusing on.  I completely agree with Fromm.  Scholarship and academic and scientific writing does not mean isolating ideas and observation from the person making them. Somebody, a person is making and developing and communicating them. It means backing ideas with evidence, or facts.  It means making significant contributions to humanity, human and the world's development and prosperity.  It means challenging and critical engagement with existing ideas, adding to them and transforming them.   Every claim must be backed up with evidence or fact, all ideas must be critically and clearly engaged with, scrutinized challenged and enquired into       If you do this, and do this well, you will have a PhD, publications and successful academic careers.   Erich Fromm 1969 page 9   Humanistic radicalism is radical questioning guided by insight into the dynamics of man’s nature; and by concern for man’s growth and full unfolding.    In contrast to contemporary positivistic thinking it is not “objective”, if objectivity means theorizing without a passionately held aim which impels and nourishes the process of thinking.  But it is exceedingly objective, if it means that every step in the process of thinking is based on critically sifted evidence, and furthermore if it takes a critical attitude toward common-sensical premises. All this means that humanist radicalism questions every idea and every institution from the standpoint of whether it helps or hinders man’s capacity for greater aliveness and joy.   Erich Fromm. Introduction.  In Illich, I. (1969).  Celebration of Awareness A Call for Institutional Revolution. London. Calder & Boyars   Reply See this post in context  
Posted on 12/01/2015 13:35:03

Political songs

political songs http://www.reverbnation.com/emileyx/song/22134780-return-to-source-for-uncle-neville
Posted on 07/01/2015 13:28:45

Erich Fromm on progress

Here is what progress means to the humanistic philosopher Erich Fromm IvanD Illich Celebration of Awareness A Call for Institutional Revolution Calder & Boyars London 1969  Introduction by Erich Fromm
Posted on 07/01/2015 13:22:13

Erich Fromm on being critical

I like these extract from Frommon being critical that I like very much. Introduction to Ivan D Illich Celebration of Awareness A Call for Institutional Revolution Calder & Boyars London 1969
Posted on 07/01/2015 13:20:01

Call for papers: Qualitative Transformation

Call for papers Qualitative Transformation: Meaning and EvaluationThe Africa Earth Observatory Network-Earth Stewardship Science Research Institute (AEON-ESSRI) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa) and Trébol Press seek to publish a collection of peer reviewed papers on the timely theme of “qualitative transformation.” We welcome contributions from around the world and across disciplines that analyze and explore the meaning of "qualitative transformation" and its implications. Brief description of the aim of the book In this book, different authors from different disciplines and countries explore the meaning of “qualitative transformation.” Each author explains and evaluates “qualitative transformation” in terms of their own area of research and presents their own theories, evidence-based analysis, literature reviews, and methods. Call for papers Politicians, managers and administrators frequently talk of "transformation," especially in countries like South Africa, which seek to move away from a painful past of oppression, autocracy, dehumanisation, exploitation, and injustice to a more just and democratic future for its people. "Qualitativ transformation" is an important research theme at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (South Africa) and is part of the governmental and institutional Vision 2020 scheme. What does “qualitative transformation” mean? How can we evaluate it? We need to explore “qualitative transformation” from different perspectives, research disciplines, and contexts. This book will present international research on “qualitative transformation” from different perspectives, disciplines, and contexts. Each contributor will explain and clarify the meaning of “qualitative transformation" in relation to their own research and experiences. They will be critically engaging with relevant theories, practices, and methodologies, and supporting their ideas with evidence and critical reflections. This will be of value for readers who are interested in defining, debating and understanding “qualitative transformation” and to carry out their own research and practice in evaluating and bringing about qualitative transformation. Each contribution will display situations, practices and lives in different countries and contexts and the values and commitments of different practitioners struggling to make a difference to humanity, their community and country, and the future of the world. Required length: 5000 to 12000 wordsDeadline for a 250-400 words abstract, March 31, 2015Deadline for submission July, 1, 2015Edited by Alon Serper (Earth Stewardship Science Research Institute, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa) Send abstracts or inquiries to Alon Serper at Alon.Serper@nmmu.ac.zaTo be published by Trébol Press www.trebolpress.com Sponsored by the Africa Earth Observatory Network-Earth Stewardship Science Research Institute, chaired by Prof. Maarten de Wit. http://aeon.org.za/  Trébol Presstrebolpress.com  
Posted on 05/01/2015 12:45:05

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 Hallo,I would like to congratulate our President of the SRC. I hope the President in her term will make an effort to connect with part-time students like us. In my years as a part time student, I have not had a feeling that these important community is viewed as part of the university popul...
Posted on 03/02/2015 09:52:21

Purchasing of Tablets/Laptops with Nfas book allowance

The move to allow students to use their book allowance to purchase laptops and tablets is great. however the products on offer from van schaik (george campus) is not of great quality and overpriced. we can only buy product from approved vendors or rather vendors listed on the merchant list a...
Posted on 03/07/2014 11:00:33

RE:AcerEdu discounts

This reply is from Jacques Wessells, Facilities Planner, ICT Services.Both the Acer and Lenovo prices and products to students are the result of the ASAUDIT working group for student laptops and supported by the PURCO group. In short ASAUDIT is a standalone organisation made up of all participati...
Posted on 15/02/2012 13:16:35

AcerEdu discounts

Is anyone else not impressed at all by the AcerEdu discounts? Every notebook for sale can be purchased either for less (R1600 less in the case of the most expensive model) or at very similar prices from major online retailers in SA. The bundled Windows 7 Professional and Office 2010 Professional ...
Posted on 10/02/2012 11:23:19


The gym at 2nd ave was managed by the Sport Management staff and students (academic programme) The swimming pool was never part of the gym. We as sport management did however agree to keep an eye on the pool in terms of who was using it etc. The maintenanvce and upkeep of the pool was - and...
Posted on 27/01/2012 14:58:22


The pool on the 2nd Avenue campus was part of the gym. The gym has been converted into offices and the archives of the university. The pool is unfortunately no longer operational.
Posted on 17/10/2011 12:57:31


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