ALFL: A long fulfilling life:
Leading a Long Fulfilling Life:
- The current driver for education is ‘education for employment’ that arose during the Industrial age, with a greater demand for skills that led to better employability. One of the unintended consequence of this model of education was what is called ‘overfitting’ in the context of machine learning. This led Guy Claxton ( https://youtu.be/JxWybvns1jg) to suggest the building of ‘ learning power’ rather than rote learning of specific chunks of content (syllabus) in subjects which results in ‘taughtitis’.
- One of the effects of recent advances in medicine and technologies for healthcare is that longevity is increasing and both the lifespan as well as the health-span are now more than they were a few decades ago. There is a rise in centenarians – people who are 100 years old or more. The global population is moving from a young population towards an ageing population with each new generation projected to live longer than the last.
- This is changing the goal of education from finding an immediate job and a career path to a lifelong pursuit of learning to carve out a niche for oneself in the ‘gig’ economy and lead a long and fulfilling life.
- Socrates had said long ago that ‘an unexamined life is not worth living’. Frederich Nietzsche exhorted us to be Ubermensch and Swami Vivekananda said “ Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached”. More recently Yuval Noah Harari (https://youtu.be/OMDlfNWM1fA ) warned us against falling into the ‘useless class’.
- People who live longer and more fulfilled lives are life-long learners with strong social support systems, cultivating rewarding relationships, being happy and content with who they are and what they have, adopting healthy diets, maintaining better mental and physical health, ensuring overall well-being, and being intellectually active.
This program to help lead a long and fulfilling life is delivered through WhatsApp over a month is structured as follows :
Week 1: Who am I? Who are we? Our place in the Universe?
Monday: Who am I ?
Tuesday: Why humans dominate the planet?
Wednesday: Our sense of persistent identity
Thursday: The Drake equation and the Kardashev scale
Friday: Our place in the universe? Are there other life forms?
Week 2: My element; my passion ; my Ikigai
Monday: Finding your element?
Tuesday: Being in a state of ‘flow’
Wednesday: Finding meaning and purpose in your life ( your Ikigai)
Thursday: Lifestyle to promote healthy ageing
Friday: Becoming a lifelong learner gives you a longer life
Week 3: Cogito ergo sum : mindsets; changing mindsets
Monday: Meaning of the phrase ‘ cogito ergo sum’
Tuesday: Fixed mindset versus growth mindsets
Wednesday: The levers to change mindsets
Thursday: Positive Ageing : What Science says about ageing?
Friday: Neuroplasticity: The Brain that changes itself….
Week 4: Measuring your life….continually keeping it meaningful
Monday: An unexamined life is not worth living
Tuesday: Clayton Christensen: how will you measure your life
Wednesday: The 7 tasks for the 2nd half of life ( Karl Jung)
Thursday: Interviews with 100 year olds
Friday: About death and dying
Enrolment and fee payment:
The first cohort for this course begins on Monday 3rd October 2022. Thereafter fresh cohorts will begin on the first Monday of every month.
- As the courses are being delivered through WhatsApp the enrolment process is simply that of sending a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724.
- The fee for the above course is Rs 5000/- and can be easily remitted through PayTM to MM Pant ( mobile number : +919810073724).
- For those who would rather pay into a Bank account, the relevant information is :
- Madan Mohan Pant
- HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon
- (The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)
To know more, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724