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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 design ideas.
  • 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.

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