Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First class, first post

"Self, Society and Cosmos"- Probably the most ambiguous name for a class. It contains everything, therefore doesn't really contain anything. It can go anywhere and relate to anything, and that might be the reason it could be one of the most interesting classes I will ever have taken here.

Most of the first class we had, was a conversation between the students. Each one of us talked about his/her summer vacation. Some said more and some less. Some asked questions, some pondered to themselves. Some learned something, some taught.
When the class is based on a personal conversation, it must be a better studying environment. Instead of just reading and accepting new information, we have the opportunity of "negotiating"- asking questions in order to have a better understanding, and also influencing on the way others see or think of different things.
It is a great platform for us to understand different points of view on life.

In addition, the conversations are personal, as mentioned, since the subject of the class is personal. It has to be- No conversation about the Cosmos, could be held without being based on one(or more) society, and no conversation about any society, could be held without being based on a subjective consciousness of one "self." And in this class we start all of our conversations, as well as our final project from the "self," from the basic "selfish" point of view on life, through the "society", the understanding of our surroundings and similar beings, to the "Cosmos", our big projects in which we try to use our knowledge to understand our connection to the world.

I hope that by sharing our thoughts and emotions with each other, we could find our own personal way of experiencing this class, that would allow us to have a better grasp of this interesting broad (yet personal) subject.

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