benedict’s theory of intuition, diversity, and identity. Supplying good value via education.

Based on Piaget’s theory of constructivism and Vygotsky’s theory of ZPD and scaffolding, this theory tries to define what intuition and identity means, and how diversity permeates from intuition and identity.

Firstly, it is intuition that holds/connects prior knowledge together. Intuition relates/connects bits of info/experience to each other. Intuition is able to grow outwards from one’s prior knowledge to assimilate new ideas/experiences. Intuition can involve the imagination and creation of personal ideas based on one’s prior knowledge, sometimes in reaction to external stimuli. aka inspiration. The construct from intuition is dependent on both prior knowledge and the new knowledge to be assimilated. Intuition can involve rotation of the prior knowledge in its personal way to relate with the new knowledge. Intuition can also reject new ideas and external influences. Intuition acts as the bridge between prior knowledge and new knowledge.

Intuition are forces/voices/destiny within us that comes from a deeper place than conscious words can express. – Robert Greene, Mastery.

Intuition based on the nine basic numbers in numerology. Each of these numbers identifies a specific ‘vibration’ or ‘energy field’ and possesses qualities distinctive to itself.
1 – leader of way/director/dominator
2 – follower/supporter/assister
3 – talkative/social/affable
4 – worker/structure/rigidity
5 – unconventional/movement/spontaneity
6 – home/domestic/comfort
7 – deep/introspective/intuitive
8 – commerce/business/money
9 – encompassment/completeness/universality

Intuition as a pursuit of pleasure; to encompass motivation/motives[4], desire, faith, likings/interests[3]/inclinations/penchants, (bonds of) emotions (music/colour/poetry), personalities (intro-extroversion), giftings and talent, social relationships (humans/animals). cf. Sigmund Freud’s theory of the id, ego and superego.
Intuition=relation=meaning(motivation/reason)=life=Jesus.

PS: I avoided describing intuition with ‘preferences’ because I think preferences is also an outcome of prior knowledge/experience.

genius of intuition

The three factors that permeates diversity of creative and critical thinking in the construction of knowledge.
1. different prior knowledge and past experiences.
2. different innate wiring and intuition. and integrity[2].
3. the nexus of life forces and vast existing external knowledge that influences and triggers/inspire intuition to function, defend, reject, construct, assimilate and create.

It is interesting to note the rich interplay between prior knowledge, intuition and external knowledge. Any one of the above is affected by the other two.

Prior knowledge is dependent on how intuition holds it and the new external ideas that influences it; Intuition operates based from prior knowledge and the external knowledge to be assimilated eg. higher order thinking could be inspired by external ambiance/settings/atmosphere + possibility of improving/honing your intuition from past experience of prior knowledge; New knowledge is formed by prior knowledge and intuition. Also, the choice of exposure to new knowledge could be decided by prior knowledge and intuition.

Constructivism, a perspective in education, is based on experimental learning through real life experience to construct and conditionalize knowledge. It is problem based, adaptive learning, that challenges faulty schema, integrates new knowledge with existing knowledge, and allows for creation of original work or innovative procedures. The types of learners are self-directed, creative, innovative, drawing upon visual/spatial, musical/rhythmic, bodily kinesthetic, verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic intelligences. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructivism_%28philosophy_of_education%29

Now, how does intuition in constructivism relate to identity?

The construction of your mental schema (mindset) will become the platform and lens to which you will perceive others or construct further knowledge. Perceiving others is to mean the conclusions and decisions that you make as an outflow of reason, based on your prior knowledge, philosophy or beliefs. (I like to think that we can all function by logic, but our differences lies in our assumptions and values.) If your prior knowledge is not centred on Christ, then the product of construction will not stand the test of God’s flame [1]. Piaget’s theory supports the importance of foundation as we know that any construction will only be as strong as the foundation that was laid and that foundation would very much determine the construction that follows from and on it. It is truly the construct of your philosophy in mental equilibrium(integrity) that defines who you are. But more fundamentally, we construct our knowledge based on what we love or can relate to. (intuition).

Your philosophy and beliefs (identity) will then determine ‘your’ flow of reason to make conclusions and decisions.

abide in Jesus = walk by the spirit
= bringing the law of God from head knowledge into your heart
= internalising the philosophy of Jesus into the foundation of your mental construct
= Jesus becomes the foundational part of your mental construct
= Jesus becomes the foundation of your identity.

being with likeminded friends
= relating with friends who has a similar philosophical mental construct
= consistency to internalise their mental construct into your mental construct
= friends becoming part of your mental construct and identity.

Life, learning and liking/appreciating/loving; as a nexus of relationship and association of knowledge. Each circle represents the identity of each individual in each perspective of the knowledge of the world. The intersection between circles suggest acquaintance/friendship; the entire picture illustrates a network of friends and relationship. A large intersection between people suggest their like-mindedness, chemistry/common interest and opportunities to establish contracts. Such like-mindedness opens each others’ perspective as they are able to relate and scaffold each other to the vast knowledge of the world. aka. social constructivism. Contracts are what bind the (meaningful) relationship of two peoples together.

https://sites.google.com/site/2012auwlybenedicteportfolio/my-teaching-philosophy/nexusofrelationships#

Life is a journey of finding yourself. A journey of discovering your identity and growing in your identity with integrity. Can one discover their identity without integrity?
Life is a journey of making choices based on your identity (and the extent to which you value integrity). These choices made will further mold and define your identity.
Your identity is a complex composition/interrelation of your innate self (internal environment), where you come from or the fated circumstances that exist before you (external environment).
Your identity is an intertwined entanglement(nexus) of your innate nature, where you come from, the people you met, your background, culture and experiences.
The fundamental component of your innate nature is desire and intuition. Desire can be classified as common (eg. love) or specialized (eg. philosophy/mathematics).
What you are today (or will become) is a summation/construction/integration of your innate nature, personality, where you come from, your background, culture and past experiences snowballed altogether.
-Create a simulation to draw the construction of 3D molecules (or even higher dimensions graphs to illustrate complex intersection/relation+semantic tapestry of the entire world’s mental construct of social interaction) to illustrate the compounding effect of assimilation, accommodation, rejection, assimilation with scaffolding, imagination/creation and assimilation with imagination/creation.

Discovery and development of one’s identity comes from one’s continual reconciliation and internalization of his/her personal self and the external influences around him.
Regular quiet time or personal reflections help to reexamine and reconcile your external environment/experiences with what is innate in you and maintain integrity in your identity.
The development of your (authentic) identity becomes a gift back to God.

~Some quotes about identity.~

We are all work in progress who thus far is a sum of all that we have learned and experienced. – Bruce Cameron, A dog’s purpose.
Isn’t everything autobiographical? I mean, we all see the world through our own tiny keyhole, right? I mean, I always think of Thomas Wolfe. Anyway, he says that we are the sum of all the moments of our lives and anybody who sits down to write will use the clay of their own life. – Before sunset.
By identity, I mean an evolving nexus where all the forces that constitute my life converge in the mystery of self: my genetic makeup, the nature of the man and woman who gave me life, the culture in which I was raised, people who have sustained me and people who have done me harm, the good and ill I have done to others and do myself, the experience of love and suffering and much, much more. In the midst of that complex field, identity is a moving intersection of the inner and outer forces that make me who I am, converging in the irreducible mystery of being human. – Parker Palmer, Courage to teach.

Footnotes:

[1] Here, I assume that all mental construct will only find satisfying equilibrium in the way of Christ. I assume in the existence of an absolute law and principle that governs life and this law cannot be relative/subjective nor true and false at the same time. I call this the axiom of absolute truth (cf. classical thought of law of non-contradiction. further cf. non-classical thought of dialetheiasm, which I find to be uneasy and destructive to virtue of classical logic. it’s like huh? how to function/flow/move from premises that are both true and false at the same time. anti/counter intuitive). An axiom cannot be both true and false at the same time. This is the nature of logic that I extend to the way of the human mind and government of life. When one begins to waver in the underlying principle of his mental construct and exhibit contradictions, he loses and destroys his integrity and identity. cf. conflict of interest.

[2]  a)what the brain is inclined to relate, draw connections & make associations with + varying penchant to the depth of assumptions made in one’s critical thinking. + varying milestone/age at which one begin to grow and think deeper about (meaning of) life. ie. from money/power/pride/pleasure/happiness -> philosophy/love/contentment -> God -> tension of deeplove+fun&pleasure.
b)preference to more external stimuli vs less external.

[3] Critical(deep) thinking as a (broad)spectrum of interests: ~math-science-philosophy/morals-language-humanities-music-art~.
Intuition to be seen as more than 1way(rote) of relating/achieving meaning to a new concept. eg. by logic/principles, by origin/etymology, by emotions, by tune/music/colour, by human relationship, by social norms, by real life experience, by godly revelation. cf. SOLO taxonomy.
Words or language, like learning, is meaningful only if (the differing) you can connect/relate to the meaning of that word.

[4] Should I include bad intuition? evil/malicious intent? mistrust? integrity/conscience/morality? pride, self-righteous, egoism. myopic/self perspective/judgmental. self consciousness/insecurity. others should think like I do, should like what I like. paranoidal/guarding/protective. over-whatifs. faithless. over-sensitive. over-expression.

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