(These are drafts of my writings. The goal is not to produce the finest works, but to make contributions to the human species. Thanks to one of my role models, Nick Bostrom.)
Over the last 1000 or so years, billions of brains have figured out how to capture and share human knowledge from generation to generation. The invention of the printing press was probably the second most notable method of capturing and sharing knowledge. The invention of humans writing on stones, trees, and other hardened surfaces was the most pivotal moment in human history. It was the first cognitive enhancement, the first piece of information technology that allowed humans to capture and share their thoughts (and, probably was the dawn of consciousnesses as well). As far as I’m concerned, humans have always wanted to discover knowledge. All our progress is built on it.
I think we have taken a couple steps off of the path of human progress. In today’s society, we have forgotten that we are sharing knowledge from generation to generation. This error is evident in our education system, which disseminates only some human knowledge as though it is the whole lot of human knowledge. And, even if we were sharing the entirety of human knowledge, it is still only a fraction of Universe Knowledge - all that can be known in the universe. Humans have not discovered all the knowledge there is to know. We are still explorers. It hinders human potential to pass along only bits and pieces of knowledge as if we know everything.
ILM Method seeks to activate the parts of each person that are motivated to discover new knowledge - Universal Knowledge. That means people will acquire different parts of human knowledge along the way and will not all learn the same things. That is okay. In learning different skills, knowledge, and abilities, all people will naturally learn to:
- Help others
- Ask for help
The above learning elements will become necessary to incorporate if you plan on learning for fun over the long run - which ILM Method prioritizes. That’s because as you learn more, you will discover that you can do more, and to do more you will need to employ these basic learning elements. Most importantly, learning will transform into something that is purposeful, meaningful, fulfilling, and exciting.
In today’s times, however, learning is compartmentalized by most people as something you do in school or for work. When the weekend comes around, it’s time to hang, travel, party, socialize, etc. Most people don’t look forward to the weekend as a time when they get to learn. What most people think about learning is that it's a means to an end, a way to get an advanced degree, a promotion, give a great speech, etc. Learning is extrinsically motivated in most cases. People don’t learn for the fun of it.
This slows human progress. Learning is the number one means to discovering new knowledge, hatching new ideas, innovating and inventing, transcending, etc. The fact that most students in most countries are not excited about going to school is the most pressing issue facing humanity today. Humans have only gotten as far as they have because of learning. We only come up with solutions to problems because of learning. Learning is elemental. Yet, we’ve morphed learning into something that is done in school and university in order to get us ahead in “life”.
Be sure about this: life doesn’t care about economies, customs, lifestyles, incomes, or status within society. Life happens on earth and everywhere in the universe. Life is bigger than just what we are doing now and here. It has billions of years of history and happens across spaces more expansive than our telescopes can see and our computers can calculate.
The sooner we can remember that what got us this far was exploration and discovery, the sooner we can redesign our education system to align with human nature: the innate drive to explore, learn, create, and understand. And, the sooner we do that, the sooner we will see just how much potential lives inside of every child.
The way we educate today almost guarantees that many will fail, most will get by, and few will succeed. We can change that by educating for human potential - cultivating each person’s innate drive to learn. The decision is up to you.