Welcome to the place where you will learn to logically integrate cognitive intelligence with emotional, social, and collective capacities given any topic old or new.
This course is for you if you are interested in both conceptualizing and embodying a wider view of intelligence. You will enjoy this course if you:
* Know what it is to dive into a Big Question like origins, free will, or consciousness
* Are interested in reality shifts such as perceiving more meta phenomena
* Have analytic capacity and enjoy conceptual puzzles
* Recognize that lack of structure when seeking shared meanings vexes interdisciplinary projects, organizational collaborations, and change-seeking movements of all kinds
* Are skeptical about the prospects for "Big Intelligence" given current systems of knowledge
In addition to learning how to engage from a place of intelligent relating in any area, you'll find out about the wisdom from naturally emergent systems that can be used to contemplate daily experiences of all sorts. Supported by ample use of metaphor, you'll gain critical vocabulary and improve your awareness of how general awareness, reality modeling, and meaning-making are key factors in influencing not just intelligence but anything we wish to relate to Intelligently and in a real way.
Most importantly, you'll find you're able to experience ordinary words in new ways. The key is unlock experience, and intelligence within it, as relational at its core.
Course material will be largely video-based, with short lectures that incorporate information slides and whiteboard. Supplemental print materials will accompany a number of the lectures.
** Lecture development began Spring 2018 with a Summer hiatus and resuming Fall 2018. Development is ongoing now with discussion areas open at all times and new material being announced.
Michelle is a pioneer in the field of intelligent relating. The tools she uses engage familiar, experiential vocabulary to unlock your connection to what is both real and possible about yourself, existence as a whole, and systems of all types and scales. She is faithful to existence as a real, complex relational (shared) experience that is supremely true in its very Being.
As developer of ONT, a root ontology in database form, and Novel View, a dynamic model of the universe as a complex emergent system, she is deeply committed to contemplative practices that meaningfully blend experience and complexity. She believes it is through existentially attuned information tools that we will achieve the living balance needed to navigate the technological age with aplomb.
Her background, including 18 years in higher ed, is in biology, related technologies, and instruction. She is also an autodidact in complex systems, theoretical physics and cosmology, nonlinearity and chaos theory, psychology and neuroscience, and a wide array of religious faiths and philosophical disciplines. She publishes trans-disciplinary works that challenge intellectual norms. This is her first course and bridges how new intellectual norms can be used to build experiential rapport.
A formal martial artist, she is drawn in her free time to improvisational dance, harmony with sound, the lab of the kitchen and East Indian cuisine, and being in and loving the outdoors. She lives in Vermont (USA), is married, and has two children.