The five hour rule:
Many successful people from Benjamin Franklin to Bill Gates, Mark Cuban and others have consistently invested roughly an hour a day in deliberate learning. This is often called the five-hour rule: one hour a day on every weekday.
High achievers set aside time just for learning. This includes activities like reading books, watching videos, following blogs and other long form texts etc.
The five-hour rule emphasis the foundations by focusing on learning first.
The five hour rule can easily become part of one’s lifestyle . By making every week a learning week using Whatsapp on a mobile phone.
Every month, I offer 4 courses, one during each week from Monday to Friday. They are listed below:
1st week of the month: TCOM: The Concept of Measure
2nd week of the month: UCAE: Understanding Complexity and Emergence
3rd week of the month: EHC : Exploring Human Consciousness
4th week of the month: TSOI: The significance of Information
Here is their brief description :
1st week of the month:
TCOM: The Concept of Measure
The concept of a measure is in Mathematics a generalization and formalization of notions such as length, area, volume, mass or probability of events.
These seemingly distinct concepts have many similarities and can often be treated as mathematically indistinguishable. Lord Kelvin had famously said “When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind.”
Day 1: History of measurement
Day 2: Systems of Measurement
Day 3: The importance of measurement
Day 4: Mathematical approach to measure
Day 5: Measurement: Turning concepts to data
The next edition of this weekend course is on offer on Monday May 2nd to Friday May 6th. Thereafter it will be offered during the first week of every month.
2nd week of the month:
UCAE: Understanding Complexity and Emergence:
Complexity has become a central topic in certain sectors of theoretical physics and chemistry (for example, in connection with nonlinearity and deterministic chaos). Also, mathematical measurements of complexity and formal characterizations of this notion have been proposed. The question of how complex systems can show properties that are different from those of their constituent parts has nurtured philosophical debates about emergence and reductionism, which are particularly important in the study of the relationship between physics, chemistry, biology and psychology. This book offers a good presentation of those topics through a truly interdisciplinary approach in which the philosophy of science and the specialized topics of certain sciences are put in a dialogue.
The next edition of this weekend course is on offer from Monday May 9th to Friday May 13th. Thereafter it will be offered during the second week of every month.
Complexity and Emergence:
Day 1: What is Complexity ?
Day 2: Complex problem solving
Day 3: Reductionism versus emergence
Day 4: Why is emergence significant ? Strong and weak emergence
Day 5: Emergence: a unifying theme for 21st Century Science
3rd week of the month :
EHC: Exploring Human Consciousness :
The majority of scholars accept consciousness as a given and seek to understand its relationship to the objective world described by science. They have decided to set aside philosophical discussions on consciousness (which have engaged scholars since at least the time of Aristotle) and instead search for its physical footprints. What is it about a highly excitable piece of brain matter that gives rise to consciousness? Once we can understand that, we hope to get closer to solving the more fundamental problem.
We seek, in particular, the neuronal correlates of consciousness (NCC), defined as the minimal neuronal mechanisms jointly sufficient for any specific conscious experience. What must happen in your brain for you to experience a toothache, for example? Must some nerve cells vibrate at some magical frequency? Do some special “consciousness neurons” have to be activated? In which brain regions would these cells be located?
The next edition of this weekend course is on offer from Monday May 16th to Friday May 20th. Thereafter it will be offered during the third week of every month.
EHC: Exploring Human Consciousness
Day 1: What is consciousness ?
Day 2: Measures of consciousness
Day 3: Theories of consciousness
Day 4: The Integrated Information Theory
Day 5: Is Consciousness Quantum?
4th week of the month:
TSOI: The significance of Information
The science of information is the most influential, yet perhaps least appreciated field in science today. Never before in history have we been able to acquire, record, communicate, and use information in so many different forms. Never before have we had access to such vast quantities of data of every kind. This revolution goes far beyond the limitless content that fills our lives, because information also underlies our understanding of ourselves, the natural world, and the universe. It is the key that unites fields as different as linguistics, cryptography, neuroscience, genetics, economics, and quantum mechanics. And the fact that information bears no necessary connection to meaning makes it a profound puzzle that people with a passion for philosophy have pondered for centuries.
Little wonder that an entirely new science has arisen that is devoted to deepening our understanding of information and our ability to use it.
- The next edition of this weekend course is on offer from Monday May 23rd to Friday May 27th. Thereafter it will be offered during the fourth week of every month.
TSOI: The significance of Information
Day 1: Features of Information
Day 2: Information Theory
Day 3: Biological Information
Day 4: Quantum Information
Day 5: An information-centric view of the world
Enrolment and fee payment:
Fresh cohorts for each of the above weeklong courses begin on the 1st to 4th Mndays of every month, according to the schedule stated earlier.
- 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 each of the above course is Rs 2500/- 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