2nd Innings: School for the Second half of life:

2nd Innings : School for 2nd half of life


There have been several triggers to designing and offering this suite of courses. One was a chance perusal of a Book by Carl Jung, where he drew attention to the need for a ‘ School for the 2nd half of life’. It was Carl Jung who first popularized the phrase “the two halves of life” to describe the two major tangents and tasks of any human life. The first half of life is spent building our sense of identity, importance, and security. In the second half of life, the ego still has a place, but now in the service of the True Self or soul, your inner and inherent identity. According to Jung, “Meaning makes a great many things endurable—perhaps everything. One cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning; for what was great in the morning will be of little importance in the evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening become a lie.

The 2nd one was the cover story in the Time magazine edition of February 21st 2011, boldly saying 2045…. the year man becomes immortal.  And in the year 2014, in a book by Anne Karpf with title “ How to Age” at Chapter page 153 begins with the following statement “ Since 1951 no one in the USA has died of old age. This was the year old age was deleted as a cause of death from death certificates; from then on you could only die of a disease. Now as AI and allied technologies further drive our understanding of ageing and provide many solutions to the problems traditionally associated with old age, it becomes very important to engage in a meaningful conversation on the topic. 

The 3rd driver is the oft quoted statement in the 1970s of   Alvin Toffler “ The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those, who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and re-learn”. 

I have created a suite of 12 weeklong courses to facilitate the transition to the School for the 2nd half of life. 

Weeklong Courses (12)

SSHL01: Emerging Technologies   

SSHL02: The frontiers of Knowledge

SESSHL03: Improving English Language Skills

SSHL04: Changing Mindsets

SSHL05: Nutrition

SSHL06: Citizen Science

SSHL07: Cognitive Reserve

SSHL08: Meaning and purpose

SSHL09: The Amazing Brain

SSHL10: Mathematics for the Terrified

SSHL11: Becoming Better at Becoming Better

SSHL12: Rational Living

To know more, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724