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Archive for: 2022

Holding the Tension of the Opposites: Breen. (FLM 1993)

June 7, 2022, Author: Chris Breen

Appeared in: For the Learning of Mathematics 13, 1 (February 1993), 6 – 9.   Holding the Tension of Opposites   CHRlS BREEN   Although this article is set in terms of mathematical educa­tion in South Africa, I assume that readers will find paral­lels in other countries. At the time of writing (November 1992) the […]

On Humanistic Mathematics Education: Breen. (PME Plenary, Seoul 2007).

June 6, 2022, Author: Chris Breen

Plenary Paper presented at the 31st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education held in Seoul, Korea, 2007.   ON HUMANISTIC MATHEMATICS EDUCATION: A PERSONAL COMING OF AGE? Chris Breen University of Cape Town, South Africa   INTRODUCING RESONANCE It is an established PME custom that the retiring President of the organisation […]

Navigating a Complex Supervisory Path

July 4, 2021, Author: Chris Breen


Varela. Ethical Know How 2: On Ethical Expertise.

January 19, 2021, Author: Chris Breen

From: F. Varela (1999). Ethical Know-How: Action, Wisdom and Cognition. Stanford University Press: California. The Second Lecture: On Ethical Expertise THE ETHICAL EXPERT My main point in the First Lecture was that philosophers and scientists who study the mind have grossly neglected skilled behavior, which is immediate, central, and pervasive, in favor of exploring deliberate, intentional […]

Education and Biodanza

November 1, 2019, Author: Chris Breen

This piece of writing comes from the concluding section of my monograph submitted as part of qualifying as a Biodanza facilitator. I started off my career as a school teacher of mathematics and science and, as the reader will read in the pages that follow, went on my own journey where I transmuted into a […]

Power and Love in Biodanza

November 1, 2019, Author: Chris Breen

This writing is a section of my monograph entitled Coming Home which was submitted as part of my journey to becoming a Biodanza facilitator.   In Biodanza, the Yin and Yang Dances are seen to be complementary and are proposed successively in the same class before moving on to integrate the two impulses. First comes […]

Further Reading: Online articles

September 27, 2017, Author: KNNKT

Wheatley: Willing to be Disturbed. http://www.ode.state.or.us/opportunities/grants/saelp/willing-to-be-disturbed.pdf Maturana: The Biology of Business – Love expands Intelligence https://www.researchgate.net/publication/240275459_The_Biology_of_Business_Love_Expands_Intelligence Whyte: 10 Questions that have no right to go away. http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/poet-david-whytes-questions-that-have-no-right-to-go-away_1 Wheatley: Solving not Attacking Complex problems. http://www.margaretwheatley.com/articles/solvingnotattacking.html Dotlich: Head, Heart and Guts - Ambiguous and unpredictable times call for whole, mature leaders. www.coachmatching.com/library/item/.../191_eca3b6e25f05a86fcbc18ee112393926 Chopra: Want to be a [...]

Varela. Ethical Know-How 1

September 20, 2017, Author: KNNKT

From: F. Varela (1999). Ethical Know-How: Action, Wisdom and Cognition. Stanford University Press: California.   The First Lecture: Know-How and Know-What   SETTING OUT THE QUESTION Ethics is closer to wisdom than to reason, closer to under­standing what is good than to correctly adjudicating par­ticular situations. I am not alone in thinking this, for it seems [...]

Complexity and the Enterprise

September 20, 2017, Author: KNNKT

From: Edgar Morin On Complexity Chapter Five: Complexity and the Enterprise   Let's take a contemporary tapestry. It is made up of threads of linen, cotton, and wool, in various colors. To know this tapestry it would be interesting to know the laws and the principles concerning each type of thread. However, the sum of [...]


September 20, 2017, Author: KNNKT

From: Brent Davis (1996). Teaching Mathematics: Towards a sound approach. Pgs 2-15.   Section A Enactivism   [O]rganism and environment enfold into each other and unfold from one another in the fundamental circularity that is life itself. - Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson, and Eleanor Rosch (3)   I listen, because it reminds me again and [...]