Special Sessions:

Many successful people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Mark Cuban, Jack Ma and Elon Musk have followed the 5 hour rule ( https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/317602

The five-hour rule was coined by Michael Simmons, founder of Empact, who has written about it widely. The concept is wonderfully simple: No matter how busy successful people are, they always spend at least an hour a day — or five hours a work week — learning or practicing. And they do this across their entire career.

Typically almost everyone sets aside an hour everyday for lunch, and I propose this as a simple time slot in one’s schedule to try out the five hour learning opportunity. Once you get a taste of it, you will create your own personalised learning during the lunch hour. 

The 5 talks listed here embrace a range of valuable ideas and insights for future readiness. The sequence and titles of these themes may be tweaked for each edition in response to the recent developments as well as the specific interests of the learner cohort.

I have developed this model of “WhatsApp live” where all participants of the talk will become members of a WhatsApp group created for this specific topic,  they will open WhatsApp for the duration of the live session, which is approximately 60 minutes, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, India time. 

The list of these courses is as follows:

WhaT01: Learning First, AI Next

WhaT02: Learning Quantum Mechanics at School

WhaT03: Avoiding Natural Stupidity

During the scheduled time of 12:30m to 1:30pm I will make posts to the WhatsApp group according to the flow indicated in the outline of topics. The posts may be text, images of Powerpoint slides,my audio track, and occasionally links to other resources. Participants may make their observations or queries during this time. Brief immediate responses would be made right then, but if a longer response is more suitable, that will be posted to the group after the lunch hour is over, and members may revisit the group at their convenience. 

For any further information, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at + 919810073724

Further Details of each of the 3 courses:

WhaT01: Learning First, AI next! 

Backdrop: 

The main stimulus for creating this talk is the scramble for introducing courses in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and other ‘emerging’ subjects with the hope of making our youth future ready. I was immediately reminded of the phrase ‘ putting the cart before the horse’ that we learnt in School, and I thought of creating this talk with the hope of setting things in context. 

Almost everyone who has studied the education scene, acknowledges that there is a learning crisis and that most students learning abilities are much below what they should be. There has also been use to f the phrase ‘learning poverty’ which has been correlated to economic poverty. 

The main purpose of this short learning episode is to emphasise learning as a skill, lifelong learning as a disposition and the idea that once adequate learning power is developed a learner will not only be able to learn artificial  intelligence but keep himself informed of other emerging technologies as well. 

Proposed flow of WhaT01:

1: Ancient wisdom about the importance of learning: the desire to learn? 

2: Standing on the shoulders of giants:

3: Stephen Covey’s 7th habit: sharpening the saw 

4: The 4 stages / steps from unknown incompetence to unknown competence 

5: The future of learning is in your hands

6: Building Learning Power

7: Finding your element

8: When there is no teacher?

9: What next ? 

This is a provisional proposed sequence. The sequence and titles of these themes may be tweaked for each edition.

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WhaT02: Why learn Quantum Mechanics at School? 

Backdrop :

Quantum physics is perhaps the greatest intellectual triumph in the history of human civilization, but as the dramatis personae are serious Scientists in pursuit of ‘ smoother pebbles and prettier shells that lie undiscovered in the ocean of truth’, in the spirit of Isaac Newton, the public in general is not aware of it. Like Monsier  Jourdain in Moliere’s play was not aware that he was speaking ‘prose’ all his life, even most professionals who studied or are studying Science at School are not aware that ‘life’ is in its essence driven by Quantum Mechanics. 

The universe as we know it runs on quantum rules, and while the classical physics that emerges when you apply quantum physics to enormously huge numbers of particles seem very different, there are lots of familiar, everyday phenomena that owe their existence to quantum effects. We list some of them in the beginning of this course. 

Have you ever wondered how birds instinctively find their way across thousands of miles of open sky during migration? Or pondered on how photosynthesis happens, or how the human sense of smell works?

Despite our best efforts to understand them, natural processes such as these are puzzling. But recently, scientists have been using quantum physics to unravel some of nature’s enduring mysteries.

Another important purpose of this course is to develop pride in our own Scientists and their fundamental contributions at the Quantum  level which have been unjustly ignored. Raman effect for which Sir CV Raman was conferred the Nobel Prize in 1930 was essentially a ‘Quantum’ effect. Satyendra Bose after whom a class of particles have been named Bosons has also made signal contributions. Jagdish Chandra Bose had demonstrated that plants also conform to the laws of Physics, which we now believe is Quantum Mechanics. 

The main purpose of this talk is to respond to the query, made to me by a young person : If Quantum Mechanics is the answer, then what is the question? 

Proposed flow of the posts:

1: Recent policy/ media/ public attention

2: Quantum Physics in everyday life

3: The dramatis personae in Quantum Mechanics

4: Quantum is fundamental: classical physics is a special case

5: Key ideas in  Quantum Mechanics

6: Quantum Machine Learning

7: Quantum Biology

8: Quantum Computing

9: What next? Learning Quantum Mechanics on your own : by yourself: 

This is not so much about Teaching Quantum Mechanics as about why should one learn it at School. For those who get motivated to learn more, there are 3 additional courses offered under the Quantum Track. An introductory one month (4 week course) on “ Understanding the Quantum World”. A similar one month (4 week course) introduces the emerging cross-disciplinary field of “Quantum Biology”. There   is also a one month (4 week Course) that is an introduction to “Quantum Computing”. 

For any further queries contact Professor MM Pant through Whatsapp at+919810073724

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WhaT03: Avoiding Natural Stupidity:

Backdrop:

These are times when Artificial Intelligence is everywhere. Either Godlike who will help in solving the most difficult problems of the day or as the devil incarnate out to harm us in every imaginable way.

The literal opposite of Artificial Intelligence is Natural Stupidity, and more people are more often practitioners of this. The purpose of this session is to help us reflect on our actions, and avoid the elements of stupidity in them. One definition of critical thinking is to “ thinking about your thinking while you are thinking to improve your thinking”. To that extent this may be seen as drawing attention to critical thinking.

Proposed flow of WhatsApp posts for this course: 

1: What is stupidity? Definitions, Descriptors and its basic laws

2: Why take interest in Stupidity? Reflecting on one’s own stupidity

3: Avoiding stupidity is easier than seeking brilliance.

4: Common Causes leading to Stupidity

5: Functional Stupidity

6: Stupidity in Everyday life: Laws, Regulations, Conventions

7: The intelligence trap : why smart people do stupid things?

8: Protecting oneself against deception and frauds

9: What next?

This is a provisional proposed sequence. The sequence and titles of these themes may be tweaked for each edition in response to recent developments as well as the specific interests of the learner cohort.

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The fee for each of the above described WhatsApp live talks is Rs 500/- and can be easily remitted by PayTM to +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 
A/c 26451000000301
HDFC0002645

(The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)