In this holiday edition of Follow the Science, Michaéla Schippers talks about media-conditioning, its effect on us and what we can do about it. Filmed on a stunning location in the mountains of Italy, with a lake view in conversation with Viktor Kroell.
As a former copywriter in the commercial and media industry, and now artist, he is well aware of the psychological influence of media on individual and society. They speak of this and other topics during this must-watch episode of follow the science. For example why Main Stream Media use certain buzzwords to demonize opponents or why people dream about the American dream instead creating their own reality. Professor Schippers discusses how we can deal with these and other negative influences and create an upwards spiral for personal well-being and a better society.
Cognitive sciences teacher Tjeerd Andringa discusses the question of whether or not you should get accreditation. Accreditation means that you demonstrably comply with the EU rules for (higher) education. This means that you work with learning outcomes: predetermined uniform requirements that pupils and students must meet: therefore hoops they have to jump through.
Of course, students have to demonstrate that they have mastered something, but they also have to learn to think independently and make their own choices about what they do and do not want to do: learn to set their own goals and realize them? Exactly this point led to his cancellation at the University of Groningen.
Earlier this year, Tjeerd Andringa founded the School of Understanding, where students are taught how to think independently. According to Tjeerd, the goal of a new university should be to educate independent thinkers: young people with broad, well-founded opinions who do not always agree with the teachers. And from which you might learn something.
In this interactive lecture, Michaéla Schippers talks in a personal capacity about the importance of scientific freedom, truly independent (scientific) institutes and about the importance of dreaming and writing about the ideal future: “letters to the future”.
In the workshop, participants are challenged to use concrete questions to think about what such an 'ideal university' would look like and participants think about what they could possibly contribute to its realization. With the help of the “Schippers' future triptych” we will think about a concrete first step. People who prefer to think about other forms of education (primary/higher education) or even about the ideal world can also do this. Participants are invited to write their own Letter to the Future. During the lecture a short exercise will be done to stimulate this (Tip: Bring a pen and paper).
Molecular biologist Peter Borger explains how the theory of evolution came about before the DNA molecule was discovered. With today's knowledge, the theory of evolution must be revised. In this conversation we go back to the origins (the title of Borger's book), but also back to the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin. What does modern biology teach us about the origins of life on Earth?
We are guests in the prehistoric museum in Boxtel, where Borger talks about his lifelong study of the functioning of DNA, and about what recent discoveries mean for the theory of evolution and the history of life as we still learn it in schools.
Prehistoric Museum: www.oertijdmuseum.nl/
Peter Borger lecture 2022: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHnGkP_GEDI
Information is a real substance. It is not only a message, something you may know or read in a paper, argues Arend van Campen. In this interview he explains what this means: "we can measure and map the information quality and quantity in man-made systems and predict if they can function and perform fully. This means that the EU, US, the UN will cease to exist in their current form, because they cause harm due to an information deficit".
It is information which makes life and living things in nature function and survive. Man builds things, organisations, countries or governments that can't and won't function or cause harm. The root cause is a lack of information that we call an information deficit in physics. We should not ask; is what we create sustainable, but rather; can what we create function without being or becoming harmful to life, the environment and social cohesion. Information is energy, physics finds. Information shortage due to misinformation or censorship causes 'entropy' or uncertainty and means that the required energy is no longer there to do the work. Negentropy or negative entropy = information, certainty, needed to stabilise man-made creations rendering them functional without causing harm
About Arend van Campen: "I created TankTerminalTraining and since its launch in 2011 our team trained people on all continents. I write a monthly column in Hazardous Cargo Bulletin which is also posted on my blog: www.arendvancampen.blogspot.nl. I write about current affairs and systems science as a way out of our corporate and global risks. Our thinktank Www.sustenance4all.com helps companies to become sustainable by cybernetical risk management tools and applications." (https://www.linkedin.com/in/arend-van-campen-845b1848/)
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Life crafting and study success: Do you want to bridge the gap between students from diverse backgrounds and make education more inclusive? Would you like to learn as a practitioner how to implement life crafting for your clients? In this series of free webinars I explain how you can also make use of the (free short version) of the life crafting intervention for your students or clients.
With this intervention, we reached a 22% increase at study success at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0361476X1930428X?via%3Dihub). This was achieved via the life crafting intervention, by asking students to reflect on their ideal life. Students with a migration background profited most from this intervention https://www.nature.com/articles/palcomms201514). In the webinars, I explain how you can use life crafting in your (coaching) practice or (educational) institution.
The series are in this YouTube playlist:
Recorded September 2023 Michaéla and Rico discuss new censoring laws in Europe, the start of the Follow the Science newsletter and the recent (and future) interviews coming up. Subscribe to the brand new Follow the Science newsletter here:
on Bitchute: https://www.bitchute.com/video/ViUhpvm8tgD8/
Prof. Schippers discusses how to increase your own, your co-workers' and the company's performance. this Free webinar: was broadcast on Erasmus University Rotterdam July 15 2022.
Prof. Michaéla Schippers will talk about how to master the skill of life crafting: “a process in which people actively reflect on their present and future life, set goals for important areas of life—social, career, and leisure time—and, if required, make concrete plans and undertake actions to change these areas in a way that is more congruent with their values and wishes.” As a professor of behaviour and performance management, she has made it her life goal to let other people shine and prosper. Prof. Schippers developed a tool that can help you and your co-workers craft an ideal life by thinking about what this ideal life could look like, and contrast this with thinking what life would look like if you follow the current chosen path.
"What we are dealing here with is is a very serious problem. It is radicalization and extremism institutionalizing in our academic institutions that are paid by the taxpayer, that are meant for general education and research
that are now being hijacked by radicalized groups".
In this follow up interview with social scientist at the University of Amsterdam, Laurens Buijs, we talk about what has happened to him after blowing the whistle, late 2022.
He's been cancelled, threatened, and defamed now also in Dutch state media. Buijs: " it's completely unacceptable we have to speak out as openly as we can about what is happening. That the university is complicit that the administration is complicit, that staff who is not speaking out is complicit. It is such a grave problem that the only thing that I can do as a whistleblower is bring it into the light".
This Follow the Science interview by Rico Brouwer was recorded late March 2023 where Laurens and Rico were paying a visit to Michaéla to see how she was doing.
The filmed event arose from the consternation around Laurens Buijs, a gender studies scholar at the University of Amsterdam who got into a full confrontation with students and staff after critiquing the non-binary gender movement. He decided to use the whistleblower legislation of the university to formally object to the rise of woke and cancel culture at his university. Despite this, he is currently in a situation where he is fighting for his position.
The free speech event was meant to show that his case does not stand by itself, but that we are confronting a fundamental challenge in higher education. Over 40 students, teachers, concerned citizens and others involved in higher education visited the event to discuss how the rising totalitarian zeitgeist is threatening freedom of speech and thought in colleges and universities. The event was supposed to take place at the UvA, but the central board decided to prohibit the meeting less than 24 hours in advance. Luckily, a community of free thinkers opened their space for us so that this unique “forbidden event” could take place.
on bitchute https://www.bitchute.com/video/DfgSbemN9rvj/
On March 10th Rico Brouwer and Laurens Buijs look back on the event and discuss the issues that were raised by some of the speakers.