Beginning Big Intelligence

Basics of ONT, a structurally and existentially meaningful dataset

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Welcome to the place where you will learn to logically integrate cognitive intelligence with emotional, social, and collective capacities.

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 the basics behind intelligent relating, you'll find out how complex systems wisdom can be used to contemplate daily experiences of all sorts. You'll gain critical vocabulary and improve your awareness of how social, emotional, and collective factors influence intelligence.

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 and had a Summer hiatus. Resuming Fall 2018.

Your Instructor

Michelle Kathryn McGee
Michelle Kathryn McGee

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.

In her free time she is drawn to improvisational dance, the lab of the kitchen and East Indian cuisine, martial arts, and being outdoors. She lives in Vermont (USA), is married, and has two children.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course is currently self-paced. The first lecture was made available Spring 2018. In addition to the material available now, new lectures and materials are being made available at a rate of one every week or two.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.

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