Despite an ever-increasing proliferation of information,
effectual personal knowledge is in long-term decline. We see evidence of this
in all walks of life; the most stark examples being a drop in problem solving
abilities, an uncritical acceptance of the status quo and a narrow,
over-specialised approach amongst the allegedly educated. Design suffers to
a particularly severe degree as it utilises a broad knowledge base and acute
critical thinking to make imaginative leaps and reasoned connections.
Lighthouse is a vehicle for addressing these problems, for discussion
and debate regarding solutions and for practical work in the field of
education to promote learning that is:
Broad, encompassing understanding of science, technology and the humanities.
Skilled, generating the abilities to communicate and make effective use of
Sound, based on deep, first principles understanding, not a slim veneer of
knowledge learned by rote.
Philosophical, that is aware of the significance and place of learning in a
broader context of human endeavour and thought.
Practical, capable of being applied to new situations to solve real problems
Inquisitive, never content with current knowledge, but always keen to learn
new perspective, from whatever source
Discerning, able to apply judgement to determine the worth of ideas, and thus
to chart an ethically consistent course through professional life.
In the richness of this study lies a life-long cure for boredom, a never-ending
source of inspiration, and a constant personal challenge to do better.
"Why You've Never Heard of the Great Depression of 1920" by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
The Ludwig von Mises Institute
The Motion of Projectiles
MIT - Lec 4 | 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 1999.