The fifth education revolution : Education 5.0

The fifth education revolution : education 5.0

Anthony Seldon in his book “ The fourth Education Revolution” says that only three education revolutions can be said to have occurred in the last 3 to 5 million years. Schools and Universities today would be recognised today by our forefathers as far back as the year 1600. 

Most of this will change with the 4th education revolution that is taking shape. Education 4.0 harnesses the latest digital technologies (  Blockchain, AR, VR, MR, AI and Machine Learning etc.)  and pedagogical research ( NeuroScience, Cognitive Science to enhance teaching  learning and assessment.

The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by 2030. Goal 4 about education is to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning  opportunities for all”. The slow progress in achieving SDG Goal 4 so far is reminiscent of another important target, about 140 years back.

The U.S. Constitution required that a population count be conducted at the beginning of every decade. This has been happening since the year 1790. As the country grew, each new census required greater effort than the last, not merely in collecting the data but also to compile it into usable form. For the processing of the 1880 data, it was realised that it was nowhere near completion until 1888. It was then that a new technology of Hollerith punched card was introduced and the count then proceeded so rapidly that the work was completed very soon. This later evolved into the famous IBM company. IBM led the way in perfecting card technology for recording and tabulating large sets of data for a variety of purposes.

The fifth education revolution will be driven by the desire to achieve SDG Goal4 by its planned target date.

Five features of education 5.0:

  • Shift of focus from teaching ( by educators in an authority driven and regulated educational system, directed by mandatory educational policies) to learning by interested and motivated learners who seek experiences and opportunities for lifelong learning.
  • Such experiences and opportunities will be most readily available in the Metaverse. 
  • Shift from certificates that depend on performance in monolithic exams like board exams to an on demand demonstrations of cognitive and other intellectual abilities of a parson, at anytime. 
  • Accelerated Learning: to catch up with the rapid growth and expansion of the frontiers of knowledge. This will facilitate the rapid development of a Quantum Ready workforce. 
  • The movement towards the fifth education revolution would be driven by the Science of Learning, perhaps the youngest Science, based on advances in Neuroscience and a better understanding of Artificial General Intelligence. 

Towards being ready for education 5.0, I have created a suite of courses that can be accessed with a mobile phone on WhatsApp, whose details are given at mmpant.com

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World Quantum Day 2022:

*Sunday Brunch with Prof MM Pant: 10 April 2022*

Dear friends, greetings.

At the outset we thank you very much for your presence and making it a lively, interactive and wonderful session on 20 March 2022.

As a precursor to the *The World Quantum Day being celebrated on 14th April 2022*, Prof Pant has planned an exciting hybrid event on the same theme for 10th April 2022.

The proposed schedule is as hereunder: 

*9:30 to 10 am: Joining in and networking*

10:00 am to 11:10 am: 

*Session 1: The emergence of Quantum Computing: Prof MM Pant*

1.1: Why Quantum ?

1.2: Pre-Quantum mysteries 

1.3: The dramatis personae of Quantum

1.4: India’s contribution to Quantum

1.5: Key Concepts in  Quantum

1.6: Quantum Computing 

*11:10 to 11:30 am: Tea/Coffee Break*

11:30 am to 11:50 am: 

*Session 2: Quantum Biology : Dr Ramesh Pande*

11:50 to 12:30 pm 

*Session 3. Other Quantum issues: Prof MM Pant*

3.1: From Y2K to Y2Q

3.2: From Qubits to profits (investment opportunities in Quantum Technologies)

3.3: Quantum Law

3.4: Wrapping Up: how and where to learn more? 

*12:30 pm onwards : LUNCH*

May I request you to fill in this simple form for logistics purpose for the venue arrangements:

The address of the Venue is *The Woods, Greenwood city, Sector-46, Gurugram-122001*, Haryana (Opposite to UNITECH CyberPark).

Thank you very much, Best wishes. Ramesh Sharma

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How AI and Quantum Technologies will impact Healthcare and when?

How AI and Quantum Technologies will impact Healthcare, and when?

Curated resources for the above topic:

Perusal of these resources would help in a better appreciation of the theme.

A: Books:

A1: The youngest Science : Lewis Thomas 

A2: The patient will see you now : Eric Topol hurry A3: Deep Medicine: Eric Topol

A4: Intelligence-Based Medicine: Anthony C Chang

A5: Quantum Medicine : Paul Yanick Jr.

B: Videos on understanding AI

B1: AI for those in a hurry (5:27 minutes)  : https://youtu.be/2ePf9rue1Ao

B2: How does Artificial Intelligence learn? (5 minutes):  https://youtu.be/0yCJMt9Mx9c

B3: What is a neural network ? (19 minutes) https://youtu.be/aircAruvnKk

B4: Deep Learning Explained ? (5 minutes): https://youtu.be/6M5VXKLf4D4

B5: How we teach computers to understand pictures (18 minutes): https://youtu.be/40riCqvRoMs

C: Videos on AI and healthcare 

C1: AI in Healthcare : Top AI algorithms ( 3 minutes  ): https://youtu.be/G1IsZeFR_Rk

C2: Democratising Healthcare with AI: Lily Peng (~10 minutes)  : https://youtu.be/MNp26DgKxOA

C3: Bringing AI and machine learning innovations to healthcare Lily Peng (32 minutes)  : https://youtu.be/JzB7yS9t1YE

C4: How Chatbots are changing the healthcare Industry? (4 minutes)  : https://youtu.be/xnNccJ9Y2ZY

C5: Healthcare AI’s future: a conversation with Andrew Ng and Fei Fei Li (1 hour 3 minutes) : https://youtu.be/Gbnep6RJinQ

D: Videos on understanding Quantum and it’s relation to AI

D1: Quantum Biology: the hidden nature of nature (1 hour 35 minutes)  : https://youtu.be/ADiql3FG5is

D2: How Quantum Mechanics affects your life (10:34 minutes) : https://youtu.be/KU9Z6WivvOg

D3: Quantum Artificial General Intelligence: Tim Ferris and Eric Schmidt (38:19 minutes) : https://youtu.be/VFuElWbRuHM

D4: Quantum AI and Machine Learning (2:23 minutes)  : https://youtu.be/hWx2Rws3L-A

D5: Panel : what can Quantum do for AI? ( 48 minutes) :  https://youtu.be/vfJuvNuSPKw

E: Videos on Quantum and healthcare

E1: Are Quantum Sensors the key to understanding dementia (1:43 minutes) : https://youtu.be/SfUgSwT8H4Y

E2: Using Quantum sensors to map conductivity in the heart (4:28 minutes)  : https://youtu.be/fFPbCSxQSCc

E3: Quantum Computing expert explains it at 5 levels (20 minutes)  : https://youtu.be/OWJCfOvochA

E4: Quantum Computing in Healthcare (13 minutes) : https://youtu.be/2vk1Z1AMUR8

E5: Top 10 medical technologies  of the future (17 minutes) : https://youtu.be/PXPIu8LazqI

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Education in the Metaverse:

Resources to help you become well versed with ‘ Education in the Metaverse’.

Curated by Prof. M.M. Pant

Amongst the top contenders of the most trending words of the year 2021, Metaverse offers a parallel virtual universe. It opens up a whole new world of economic prospects, from virtual music events to NFT-based products. Due to its vast potential, many big tech giants are already taking a leap and entering the world of Metaverse. 

Serious and concerted perusal of these resources will enable you to comprehend Metaverse in a more effective manner, giving you a significant advantage, in reaping its benefits. 

You will gain an understanding of the issues and acquire insights on several key points:

Have an idea of the emerging Metaverse

Know of various technologies involved in Metaverse

Learn how you can benefit with Metaverse

Explore different Use Cases of Metaverse, especially in education. 

Videos: 

1: Education in the metaverse (1:16 minutes): https://youtu.be/KLOcj5qvOio

2: Educating in the metaverse (0.47 minutes) : https://youtu.be/pA7IlE0DVQ4

3: The Metaverse for education (0.30 minutes)  : https://youtu.be/ewYFhUKxdIM

4: 3D Meet is the first Metaverse platform for education ( 1 minute): https://youtu.be/59GcRowaIC0

5: The Metaverse explained with examples (7 minutes): https://youtu.be/49r5GbtcqNg

6: What is the Metaverse (5 minutes): https://youtu.be/WmeC06KR2qM

7: Future of higher education in the metaverse (2 minutes) : https://youtu.be/24R_EP519qE

8:  Metaverse explained (5:37 minutes) : https://youtu.be/7ODuQMkZWK8

9: Metaverse : 7 companies that are making it happen (  8 minutes): https://youtu.be/SQSWn1CMrv8

10: Devlin Peck : Is the Metaverse the future of learning ( ~ 16 minutes): https://youtu.be/q9HTnWGdes8

11: How to build a metaverse for learning ? ( 13 minutes): https://youtu.be/lMab2UvGGqY

12: Microsoft Metaverse versus Facebook Metaverse ( 11:10  minutes) : https://youtu.be/5DpJlRbbgGU

13: Ten ways to create content for the Metaverse (17minutes) : https://youtu.be/0Vlv6SBaWL4

14: How to make money in the Metaverse (13 minutes): https://youtu.be/vsJpvAYnewM

15: How to invest in the Metaverse (15 minutes): https://youtu.be/I6UDbyp3FRg

16: The Metaverse land rush (12 minutes): https://youtu.be/mY69-AFu1m0

17: Music festival in Decentraland ( 6 minutes): https://youtu.be/hMYpYALXEAI

18: What is the Metaverse ( complete beginner’s guide): 12 minutes : https://youtu.be/YvQkSmpNDJ0

19: The education Metaverse (4 minutes): https://youtu.be/7Qie819-Fvs

20: Five ways to use virtual reality in education (12 minutes ): https://youtu.be/WogQ0X4ITHM

21: What is the Metaverse? An easy  explanation  (10 minutes): https://youtu.be/sPD1pIo9oVQ

22: Accenture woos businesses with the Metaverse continuum : 

23: Marc Zuckerberg’s video: The Metaverse and how we will build it together Connect 2021 ( 1 hour 17 minutes   ) : https://youtu.be/Uvufun6xer8

Books:

Six best Metaverse books of all times : https://bookauthority.org/books/best-metaverse-books

1: Charlie Fink’s MetaverseAn AR Enabled Guide to AR & VR

2: Snow Crash : Neal Stephenson

3: A frayed New World: from Science Fiction to Society

4: Marching Toward the MetaverseStrategic Communication Through the New Media

5: The MetaversePrepare Now For the Next Big Thing!

6: Learning in MetaversesCo-Existing in Real Virtuality

Articles : 

1: Gartner predicts that 25% of people will spend at least one hour a day in the metaverse by 2026 either for work, shopping, education, social or entertainment: https://futureiot.tech/gartner-25-of-people-to-spend-1-hour-daily-in-the-metaverse-by-2026/

2: Metaverse and it’s educational potential : is it so far away: https://www.cambridge.org/elt/blog/2021/11/15/metaverse-educational-potential/

Reports : 

1: Brookings report: education in the metaverse: https://www.brookings.edu/research/a-whole-new-world-education-meets-the-metaverse/

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Innovation in education: the algorithm for meta-learning:

“ Innovation in education : the algorithm for meta-learning “

Aide de memoir for my presentation in session 6 of the 49th NPSC annual conference on 5th March 2022. 

  • The overarching theme is “ Bridging the gap for sustainable and inclusive learning”. The SDGs ( sustainable development goals) which were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly (UN-GA) and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030. Goal 4 of these, pertaining to education is to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning  opportunities for all”. SDG 4 has ten targets which are measured by 11 indicators. The slow progress in achieving SDG Goal 4 so far is reminiscent of another important target, about 140 years back.
  • The U.S. Constitution requires that a population count be conducted at the beginning of every decade. This has been happening since the year 1790. As the country grew, each new census required greater effort than the last, not merely in collecting the data but also to compile it into usable form. For the processing of the 1880 data, it was realised that it was nowhere near completion until 1888. It was then that a new technology of Hollerith punched card was introduced and the count then proceeded so rapidly that the work was completed very soon. This later evolved into the famous IBM company. IBM led the way in perfecting card technology for recording and tabulating large sets of data for a variety of purposes.
  • The topic for this session is “ Innovation in education : the algorithm for meta-learning “. And such algorithms are ‘ learning algorithms’, that drive Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. 
  • A learning algorithm is best defined in the book “ Machine Learning” by Thomas Mitchell: “A computer program is said to learn from experience E with respect to some class of tasks T and performance measure P, if its performance at tasks in T, as measured by P, improves with experience E.”
  • Tom Mitchell’s quote is well-known and time-tested in the world of machine learning, having first appeared in his 1997 book. The quote also features prominently in Chapter 5 of the much more recent (2015) “Deep Learning” by Ian Goodfellow, Joshua Bengio & Aaron Courville. 
  • The SDGs were set up in the year 2015. In January 2016, Prof Klaus Schwab chief of the WEF drew attention to the arrival of the 4th Industrial revolution driven by AI and machine learning. And Andrew Ng said that AI is the new electricity. 
  • In the year 2018, Sir Anthony Seldon in his book “ The fourth education revolution” pointed out that there have been only 3 education revolutions so far and the 4th one is unfolding right now, driven by AI and machine Learning, in which educators must take an active role and not just be passive observers. 
  • The futurist Thomas Frey (https://youtu.be/McV9AMV2LiI ) said that “ If we continue to insert a teacher between ourselves and everything that we want to ( or need to) learn we cannot possibly learn fast enough to meet the demands of the future.” 
  • The future is already here. It’s just not very evenly distributed, said William Gibson: The Economist, December 4, 2003”
  • It is inevitable that what was once the distant  future will become the present, very soon, whether we are prepared for it or not. 
  • To achieve the desired goal of a high quality education for all, we have to first move from the art of teaching to the Science of learning.  And the Science of learning is best built upon neuroscience. To scale the solution we need to use intelligent automation, or Artificial Intelligence as it is more popularly called.
  • There was a time when long tedious calculations were done by humans, who were formally designated as computers. This is no longer so. Similarly human teachers standing in front of a class, delivering lectures to a prescribed syllabus will be automated and the erstwhile educators will move up to the more important role of cognitive development facilitators. 
  • Today there are over six billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, and for every one person who accesses the internet from a computer two do so from a mobile device. Given the ubiquity and rapidly expanding functionality of mobile technologies, UNESCO is enthusiastic about their potential to improve and facilitate learning, particularly in communities where educational opportunities are scarce. AI powered language learning Apps such as Duolingo, Thinkster Maths for Maths and Gradescope for assessment would help in scaling. AI powered Chatbots as personal tutors and Ecole 42 as communities of learning would evolve to the new learning ecosystem that can help achieve the targets of SDG Goal 4, like the Hollerith punched cards did for the US Census, about 130 years ago. 
  • The future of education is AI empowered self-directed learners in a community of chatbots and cognitive development facilitators, preparing to meet future challenges in a rapidly evolving world.  
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To be informed on matters educational:

I have over the years posted lots of materials on future readiness as well as on generic educational matters, all over the Internet. I want to urge people to understand that the future will soon become the present, whether or not we are prepared for it. And we are not adequately prepared.

My digital presence:

Links to recent posts relevant to the topic :

Educators who would like to be kept informed of my ideas on educational matters, would find it of help to follow me on Twitter, connect with me on LinkedIn, subscribe to my YouTube channel and be friends on Facebook.

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Disruptive Innovation in Education:

Disruptive innovation in education: 

The urgent need for disruptive innovation in education  can be appreciated by recalling the SDGs ( sustainable development goals) which were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly (UN-GA) and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030. Goal 4 of these, pertaining to education is to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning  opportunities for all”. SDG 4 has ten targets which are measured by 11 indicators. The slow progress in achieving SDG Goal 4 so far is reminiscent of another important target, about 140 years back. 

The U.S. Constitution required that a population count be conducted at the beginning of every decade. This has been happening since the year 1790. As the country grew, each new census required greater effort than the last, not merely in collecting the data but also to compile it into usable form. For the processing of the 1880 data, it was realised that it was nowhere near completion until 1888. It was then that a new technology of Hollerith punched card was introduced and the count then proceeded so rapidly that the work was completed very soon. This later evolved into the famous IBM company. IBM led the way in perfecting card technology for recording and tabulating large sets of data for a variety of purposes. It heralded the era of computing in many areas of our activities. And even today it is among the leaders in the emerging field of Quantum Computing.

To achieve the desired goal of a high quality education for all, we have to first move from the art of teaching to the Science of learning.  And the Science of learning is best built upon neuroscience. To scale the solution we need to use intelligent automation, or Artificial Intelligence as it is more popularly called. 

There was a time when long tedious calculations were done by humans, who were formally designated as computers. This is no longer so. Similarly human teachers standing in front of a class, delivering lectures to a prescribed syllabus will be automated and the erstwhile educators will move up to the more important role of cognitive development facilitators: https://mmpant.com/2021/09/04/when-teachers-were-human/

The futurist ThomasFrey (https://youtu.be/McV9AMV2LiI ) has said “If we continue to insert a teacher between ourselves and everything that we want to ( or need to) learn we cannot possibly learn fast enough to meet the demands of the future.”

It is inevitable that the future will soon become the present regardless of how well we are prepared for it. 

Like human computers were displaced with machines called computers, we will see that soon human teachers ( https://mmpant.com/2021/09/04/when-teachers-were-human/ ) will be replaced with AI powered learning Apps like Duolingo ( for language learning) and Ecole 42 as places for learning. 

The traditional role of a teacher standing in front of the class, providing content according to a prescribed syllabus will be upgraded to the role of a cognitive development facilitator. 

For a traditional teacher to evolve to the role of a cognitive development facilitator, the following set of 11 WhatsApp delivered courses would be helpful.

Of these, 3 are monthlong courses ( LS2L: Learning to Self-learn, MSAI: Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence and QR: Quantum Readiness), 4 are weeklong courses ( TCOM: The concept of measure, COME: Complexity and emergence, EHC: Exploring human consciousness, and TSOI: The significance of Information) and 4 are weekend courses ( FAST: First Principles and Scientific Temper,  THYL: The 100 year life , TLCM: The language called Mathematics, EOCF: Enhancing Own Cognitive Fitness).

Educators are life-long learners, who develop other life-long learners. They are peace time neuroscientists. The wartime neuroscientists are in the hospitals, taking care of patients. 

I have been during my long innings as an educator, being doing various innovations that go beyond the standard model of ‘lecturing’. 

One recent innovation is the idea of a “ Learning Prescription” in analogy to and along the lines of a medical doctor’s prescription. A prescription, often abbreviated ℞ or Rx, is a formal communication from a registered health-care professional to a pharmacist, authorising them to dispense a specific prescription drug for a specific patient. Every prescription contains information about who prescribed the prescription, who the prescription is valid for and what has been prescribed. Whether it is a tablet, a syrup, a powder, an ointment or an injection is specifically stated, as also it’s dose and time for taking it. 

I had been earlier espousing the idea of a “ to learn” list in analogy to the “ to do “ list that is now well known in project implementation.

The five-hour rule was initially adopted by Benjamin Franklin and evangelised  by Michael Simmons,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. For more read here : ……https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/317602

When you make learning a habit, you’ll very likely be more successful and productive across different areas of your life. By investing in a reading habit, you can ensure you’re growing yourself — and your company — every day.

Prescriptions have a better possibility of being acted upon and followed, than mere advice or exhortations. I am developing this concept, as learning is eventually personalised. Here is a list of 

11 topics for which I have created  learning prescriptions. More will be available in due course. 

  1: Visualising a future world

  2: Becoming a self-directed learner

 3: Reading effectively

 4: Overcoming Maths Phobia 

 5: Making Sense of Artificial Intelligence

 6: Building Learning Power

 7: Critical Thinking

 8: Becoming anti-fragile 

 9: Cyber-hygiene

10: Post Quantum Cyber-Security

11: Opportunity Cost

These 11 topics are those on which lots of people want to be informed and it is somewhat difficult to find quality introductory materials. In due course these prescriptions may become as popular as Anacin or Saridon of yesteryears or as Dolo 650 of the last year. 

AI empowered autonomous learners within a learning community of “ Independent educators”, serving as cognitive development facilitators will emerge as the ecosystem for future learning, I have named it “Learning 321: Learning in the 3rd decade of the 21st Century”. 

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Learning Prescriptions:

Learning Prescriptions: 

Ever since the WEF described the present era as the 4th Industrial Age,and Anthony Seldon used the phrase “ Fourth Education Revolution”, I have been exploring disruptive innovations in education. While using mobile phones as access devices and WhatsApp as the messaging platform was relatively easy to implement, the real disruption is that the emphasis on teaching has to give way to focus on learning.

With an  abundance of digital resources, especially AI powered learning Apps such as Duolingo, this is feasible.

 I have created a WhatsApp course on “ Learning to Self-Learn”. For details follow this link : https://mmpant.com/l2sl/

This has been followed up by the concept of “ Learning Prescriptions” for what is not traditionally taught or not accessible to you. Prescriptions have a better possibility of being acted upon and followed, than mere suggestions or exhortations. I am developing this concept, as learning is eventually personalised. It builds upon the concepts of “ Bibliotherapy” and “ CBT: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy” to create a product for self-directed learners, who would want to follow the 5- hour rule and stay away from joining the useless class predicted by Yuval Noah Harari.

Here is a sample Learning Prescription for “ Visualising the world in 2030”. It is useful for everyone, because everyone must create their own version of what they expect the future to be. 

Videos :

1: Humans need not apply: CGP Grey  : https://youtu.be/7Pq-S557XQU

2: The 25 biggest technology trends defining the new decade: https://youtu.be/6JOhemCj5Cs

3: WEF eight predictions for the world  in 2030: https://youtu.be/MKwENH-m4oU

4: The world in 2030 by John Andrews: https://youtu.be/TBnNbyi4AN4

5: The world in 2030 by Michio Kaku : https://youtu.be/219YybX66MY

6: The world in 2030 and 2040: https://youtu.be/h0QjwqLtxLM

7: Our future in 2040: https://youtu.be/wvNKKAFU4oU

8: The world in 2050: https://youtu.be/RNVh_HMX2IY

9: The world in 2050: https://youtu.be/PlSjpRce18s

10: Ten mind blowing technologies that will change the world: https://youtu.be/7vQznLKEfBs

Total viewing time : about 2 hours 35  minutes

Books: 

1: Yuval Noah Harari : 21 lessons for the 21st Century

2: Steven Pinker : Enlightenment now

3: The world in 2030 by Ray Hammond 

4: Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark

5: Robot-Proof by Joseph E Aoun

Blogs, articles and reports:  

1: The world in 2030: UNESCO report : https://en.unesco.org/news/world-2030-unesco-survey

2: The world in 2030: 9 MegaTrends to watch : MIT Technology review : https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/the-world-in-2030-nine-megatrends-to-watch/

3: Which world will we face in 2030: the Scientific American blog : https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/which-world-will-we-face-in-2030/

4: A world we want in 2030: the World Bank Blog : https://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/world-we-want-2030-clean-energy-and-gender-equality-are-key

5: Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds: https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/GlobalTrends_2030.pdf

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EOCF: Enhancing Own Cognitive Fitness


EOCF: Enhancing Own Cognitive Fitness 

In the 21st century, learning faster and using your brain more effectively may be the most important advantage for success and prosperity. 

We all take our brains for granted and don’t really take time to nourish and exercise it.  What would your life be like if your brain did not work or slowed down? We all know that when we do physical exercise and eat a balanced and nutritious diet, we feel better and are healthier.  How many people (including yourself) ever say…..I’m off to exercise my brain? Well, you should be doing it daily. Most of us just feel like our brains are just another organ and do not really need our attention until you felt that your brain is not working properly. We need to keep our brains fit and healthy in order for it to function as it’s supposed to If you don’t, then the rest of your body is going to feel it. Remember our brains are the master control center of bodies and sends and receives messages allowing us to function. 

Cognitive fitness goes far beyond memory. It embraces thinking, learning, recognition, communication, and sound decision-making. This course will show you how to sidestep threats to your brain’s wellness. Cognitive flexibility refers to the brain’s ability to transition from thinking about one concept to another.  The quicker you are able to switch or “shift” your thinking from one dimension (e.g. color of an object) to another (e.g. shape of an object), the greater your level of cognitive flexibility. You’ll learn how to build a “cognitive reserve” to address your brain’s changes. You will be informed of the steps that spur and protect cognitive fitness. It includes and integrates proven approaches like optimal nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, social interaction, sleep, and stimulating activities.

Day 1: ( Saturday) What is Cognition?

1.1: What is cognitive science?

1.2: Meta-cognition 

1.3: Cognitive load, cognitive reserve and cognitive dissonance

1.4: Cognitive flexibility 

1.5: Cognitive decline

Day 2: ( Sunday) Enhancing cognitive fitness 

2.1: Diet

2.2: Exercise

2.3: Stress

2.4: Cognitive activities

2.5: Cognitive fitness measures

Enrolment and fee payment: 

Fresh cohorts for the above weekend course begin on the 4th Saturday of every month. The next batch of this course will run on Saturday 26th and Saturday 27th February 2022. 

  • 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 1000/- 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 

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  • (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

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THYL The 100 year Life

THYL: The 100 year life :

The life-spans and life expectancy at birth have been continuously increasing over the last decades, creating unforeseen and important changes in the social and economic fabric of society as well as personal challenges for those with the blessings of a ‘long life’. 

But during the last few years, in the US there has been a slight drop in this trend of increasing longevity. It can be dismissed as insignificant or interpreted to suggest that leading a long life is not enough. Humans want to lead a meaningful life as well. 

Japan on the other hand has a large number of happy persons who have found their Ikigai and are living to be 100 and beyond ( many in Okinawa). There are many other ‘blue zones’ around the world where there is high longevity with healthy eating, active lifestyles and community involvement. 

In May 2018 an unusual movie was released “102 not out”. It starred Amitabh Bachchan as a 102 year old father of a 75 year old son ( Rishi Kapoor) whom he planned to send to an old age home. 

It is an amusing story about old age and some of its challenges. 

The psychologist Karl Jung was perhaps the first one to suggest that one cannot lead the second half of life on the principles applicable to its first half and lamented the lack of a ‘ School for the second half of life’.

This program attempts to fill that need in part, and shares the tasks that Jung recommended for the 2nd half of life. 

The flow of the weekend program:

Day 1: (Saturday): Understanding the Ageing phenomenon 

1.1: Drivers of increasing longevity 

1.2: What Science says about ageing? 

1.3: Lifestyle to promote healthy ageing

1.4: Positive Ageing  

1.5: About death and dying 

Day 2: (Sunday) : Your action plan : making old age a blessing not a curse

2.1: Becoming a lifelong learner gives you a longer life

2.2: Finding meaning and purpose in your life ( your Ikigai)

2.3: The 7 tasks for the 2nd half of life ( Karl Jung) 

2.4: Interviews with 100 year olds

2.5: Wrapping Up: Developing your Lifestyle plan

Enrolment and fee payment: 

Fresh cohorts for the above weekend course are formed on the second Saturday of every month. The next batch will run on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th February 2022. 

  • 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 1000/- and can be easily remitted through PayTM to MM Pant ( mobile number : +919810073724).
  • For those who would 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)

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

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