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Dialog

And central to problem posing education was something Paolo Freire called dialog, how did he define or describe dialog?

So dialog, interestingly enough, is not simply a way of talking, or a way of having conversation, like taking turns for example. Many people think that dialog implies that you all sit in a circle and everyone has an equal share of the air time or something like that. But for Freire dialog was actually a form of action. A form of reflective action. And of course language is an important part of it because language is very deeply connected to our human capacity to understand ourselves and the world. And so dialog is a way of engaging in discursive practices in language that is tied to action. And that is tied to reflection upon that action, so that we become conscious actors using that language as a tool to transform ourselves and to transform the world.

Listen: Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy – January 16, 2013 

Sensing Things

A building has to be able to stand so you can’t do entirely without rational thinking. Weights, structures, joints have to work, that’s obvious. But rationalism isn’t an absolute, you have to see rationalism within a larger context. No one is against rationalism, no one denies it, and there is no substitute for it either. But you do have to be aware of the coordinates that connect the rational element with the broader horizon, with life itself. With corruption, destruction, death, birth, whatever. With the rain that suddenly falls that nobody expected.