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Joe's educational work provides inspiration and practical guidance for teachers all over the globe and describes a beautiful, beautiful mission to alleviate human suffering. He has left us a map with multiple pathways for accomplishing that mission -- an authentic, rigorous, impassioned, creative, and even magical education for everyone who dares to venture on untrodden paths. His work serves as a guiding light for educational journeys that can change not only how we view and enact the educational process, but that can also truly change us as teachers, students, and researchers -- and empower us to change the world. Joe loved research, teaching, writing, making music, and his students.
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"I believe that the issues addressed in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction not only provide us with a new understanding of education but also can actually change the world—speaking of pomposity, yikes! I understand the danger of such an assertion, but I’m glad to take my punishment if I fail to convince my readers." ~ Joe Kincheloe (p. 16)

To

joe.kincheloe joe.kincheloe@mcgill.ca

Thu, Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am

finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction

your work is truly a gift to the world, Joe
it's very exciting

vanessa

 

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Joe Kincheloe has developed a superbly advanced conceptualization of critical bricolage and, as demonstrated by his work, he was an adept multidimensional critical complex bricoleur. Critical Bricolage, as he conceived it, is a complicated (and yet a very natural) process that makes use of multiple forms of research, analysis, investigation, and interpretation. It requires researchers to seek many divergent perspectives, allowing new understandings and knowledge to emerge from the synthesis.

 

Engaging in this process increases phenomenological experiences that catalyze seeking more knowledge. This, of course, leads to ever greater understandings of complex relationships between "research variables." An exceptionally high level of creativity becomes unleashed, often resulting in greater interaction with the emerging hidden dimensions of reality. Suddenly very little can be hidden anymore. Engaging rigorously in this process of research and learning seems to take people to higher levels of consciousness in graduated steps as they become more aware of the hidden dimensions of interrelationships and as they increasingly participate in intuitive, "fourth dimension" research.

 

Using Kincheloe's critical complex epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage rigorously as he has asked us to do results in ever higher levels of experience and understanding, and in its full "employment," enactive and symbiotic processes seem to kick in, helping individuals find the most creative solutions to even the most complicated problems. Actively working within multiple dimensions using his fourth dimension research, results in amazing and profound solutions. In my own experience, I often find that problems are solved before I even knew the problem would be manifesting. In addition, I have had some amazing experiences that science simply cannot explain yet. This is highlighted in my dissertation in some highly unusual ways, which is only the tip of the iceberg. Kincheloe's critical bricolage may very well be the process required to "unleash creativity" for solving even the most complicated, power-based problems we face -- all in service of "the alleviation of human suffering," the often-stated primary purpose of his work.

 

After researching this process since 2008 (and discovering that I had been using the foundational aspects of the process many years before) I am beginning to see how autopoiesis, enaction, synchronicity, all work together symbiotically to reveal hidden dimensions and relationships that make my life so much happier and joyful, even if I have many problems hanging over my head (that "blues aesthetic" Joe so often described). No matter how complicated the problems, with bricolage, they become solvable and/or perspectives of the problems change.

 

Simultaneously, those power dimensions that force those of us who are oppressed to stay stuck at our "stations in life" also emerge, but there is such a difference to how I deal with these than in the past. Once the controlling factors are revealed, solutions also emerge in a sort of "unfoldment" process that reveal ways to counteract them and change things.

 

There is great power "behind the curtain" that can be leveraged by those of us who are typically "disenfranchised." I will go into much more detail at a later time, and as Joe always did so well, I will put them into context (there are many great experiences to share of both kinds of emergences - the love-based, almost magical ones, and the power-and-control-based ones for which insight, and often solutions also emerge) but suffice it to say, I am blazing multiple trails through the underbrush which will hopefully make navigating easier for people who come along and experience the same types of violence I have due to being poor and "low status."

 

Just as Joe was a "hillbilly" and he was never able to shake the label, I am a "country hick." True reality could not be more profoundly different -- for an Eros and Psyche. :)

 

The good news is that the use of bricolage is increasing rapidly around the globe as more researchers in all disciplines are beginning to see the promise it offers to construct new knowledge, lead to social empowerment, and reveal positive changes and amazingly creative opportunities. More researchers will soon be investigating and trying out this more advanced and powerful approach, which will lead to what Joe referred to as a "perpetual revolution." More teachers will also come to realize the value bricolage has in the classroom and the young students will pick it up naturally. The revolution has just begun. We can change the world! Join in today and apply the process in your own research, learning, teaching, and everyday life and see what a difference it can make. You can never go wrong getting more knowledge.

 

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CLARIFICATION OF JOE KINCHELOE'S WORK 

This is a nonprofit educational web site dedicated to the clarification of Kincheloe’s critical complex epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage. My research has shown that, while the process he has delineated is complex, it is perfectly suited for social and educational research, and it is also within everyone's reach. It is especially suited for new qualitative researchers who have not subscribed to traditional and reductionistic forms of research. 

On this site I will focus on the academic and scholarly application of his work. I hope that by presenting clarifications based on my in-depth study of his work that perhaps his bricolage will be used by more people and with the level of rigor he had intended. Kincheloe has ingeniously left wide open many paths that honor diversity and he embraced an evolving complexity while maintaining a strong, impenetrable philosophical and theoretical foundation for his conceptions. He has demonstrated in his work how this research process can be applied in all venues and in every area of our lives and even children can be involved in research, thus his bricolage is also a pedagogical approach. His work is truly a break-through for research that is long overdue. Using the full power of his bricolage highlights actions that change the world as it also changes who we are.

I may write a blog again on this site, but it will be a different sort of blog than the creative, exploratory blogs I've written in the past. Primarily, I will be continuing my research and presenting my findings so that upcoming bricoleurs will have a resource for the most powerful form of bricolage research that's ever been developed.

~ ~ ~ Vanessa Jae Paradis
 

 

CORRECTING SOME COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS SURROUNDING JOE KINCHELOE’S BRICOLAGE AND CRITICAL COMPLEX THEORIES

Bricolage, as a qualitative form of research, entails incorporating many different perspectives, and in particular, with Kincheloe's process it is necessary to include global subjugated and indigenous knowledges. However, after gathering all of these perspectives and making various interpretations and syntheses, there are criteria for determining which perspectives to include in the final bricolage. As he explains, "Bricoleurs accept the responsibility that comes with the interpretive process. Knowledge production always involves multiple acts of selection, and these choices of methods, theoretical frameworks, and interpretative strategies must be defended" (2004e, p. 100). He has provided selection criteria that incorporate the social justice mission to alleviate suffering and that advance knowledge (see Kincheloe, 2004e, pp. 100-102). Bricoleurs are not restricted to these criteria but I have found them to be well-thought-out and thorough -- and they mitigate for unintended consequences. You can view the criteria here: Criteria to Guide the Research Process.

 

What I cover next are common misconceptions and important aspects surrounding Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage. I hope by putting these on the Home page of this website, researchers will consider them and research them more deeply. They are covered in greater depth in my dissertation and I’ll also be posting articles that extend what I’ve touched on in the dissertation.

1) Kincheloe did not throw out "positivistic" or empirical sciences. To conclude this is to exhibit a gross misunderstanding of his work. A close reading of his work can easily confirm that he sees science and bricolage as synergistic. And how many times has he stated that he did not throw out the baby with the bathwater? As most people know, he contextualizes everything. In his last book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction he presents his position through a metaphor which he refers to as FIDUROD, and by which he clarifies the issues with the way science is and has been used.  FIDUROD is an acronym representing the attributes of the form of knowledge production he argues against: Formal, Intractable, Decontextualized, Universalistic, Reductionistic, One Dimensional. (See Kincheloe, 2008, pp. 21-24).

 

2) His work is not based on some indefinable “ludic” postmodernism – It is based on a highly developed and evolving holistic philosophy. This philosophy is comprised of 12 major points which he describes in his book Critical Constructivism. The 12 points coalesce together to form his multidimensional critical complex world view. It’s a new, evolving worldview. We might refer to it as Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex unified world view. It forms the foundation of his unique formulation of critical theory, epistemology, ontology, critical psychology of complexity, the multidimensional critical complex bricolage, etc., -- and his proposed critical science of complexity – another indication that he did not abandon the sciences. To grasp his conceptualizations, it’s imperative that new bricoleurs study his unified world view by reading and then writing about how they subjectively relate to it and to other philosophies. Kincheloe stresses this upfront philosophical work is critical in order to ground any study that uses bricolage as a process for research. Rigor is impossible without developing a "philosophy of consciousness" (Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 8). 

 

3) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage is a process for qualitative research that is composed of multiple, intertwining and overlapping processes. It is not a method, nor does it use “tools” as tools imply precise means and carries a mechanistic ontology, which does not adequately represent the actual processes that bricoleurs engage in as they conduct, or a better word would be, “enact” their research. Even the concept of "tools" changes. Kincheloe's conceptualization of bricolage is grounded with his critical complex philosophical world view (item 2, above) and a theoretical foundation of evolving criticality (his version of critical theory).

 

4) The multidimensional critical complex bricolage as a process involves analytic discourse, intertwined with improvisational actions for change, which moves it away from the constrictive “quilt” metaphor. Please see my dissertation for a deeper analysis of bricolage including a thorough etymological exploration and intertextual interpretations of Kincheloe’s definitions of bricolage and bricoleur in relation to what evolved from my research. New metaphors that take it beyond the one-dimensional “quilt” metaphor, and additional ways that Berry’s (2004a) concept, the Point of Entry Text (POET) can be applied are also presented. The holistic, intertwining, dialogical, interconnecting nature of the final bricolage renders the parts inseparable from the whole, and the bricolage inseparable from greater reality. Thus, the popular metaphoric quilt, montage, crystal, etc., are not suitable metaphors for this more complex form of bricolage. 

 

5) Kincheloe’s bricolage does not distinguish between “types of bricoleurs” or “types of bricolage” as denoted by Denzin and Lincoln (2011). While it’s fine to examine these ideas, Kincheloe’s form of bricolage uses all of them in intertwining, overlapping processes. Thus, the multidimensional critical complex bricoleur uses all of the dimensions that Kincheloe has spelled out in his 2005 "On to the Next Level" bricolage article--in one study--and the processes become blurred as the research unfolds. See next point. 

 

6) Kincheloe’s bricolage refers to the use of different processes as dimensions of research. The bricoleur uses them all as many times as practical to get a thick description of the phenomenon/a. As the research unfolds, “enactment” keeps the research jettisoning forward and the researcher must make decisions where to begin and stop various aspects of the research, including the final bricolage. Thus, the following dimensions are used, as provided by Kincheloe (2005a) and in no particular order using an iterative, improvisational process weaving through the discourse: (1) methodological bricolage; (2) theoretical bricolage; (3) interpretive bricolage; (4) political bricolage; (5) narrative bricolage; (6) philosophical research (constructivism, historicity, epistemological insight); (7) critical hermeneutics; (8) identification of what is absent; (9) fourth dimension of research in which the bricoleur is future oriented, discovering “a kinetic epistemology of the possible. In the process, the sophistication of knowledge work moves to a new cognitive level; the notion of rigor transmigrates to a new dimension. As in a 1950s sci-fi movie, bricoleurs enter the 4-D—the fourth dimension of research.” (Kincheloe, 2005, p. 346). Thus, bricoleurs weave in and out, around and through, back and forth through the various dimensions with each pass through informing the next, often using multiple dimensions of analysis simultaneously. 

 

7) Note again – the philosophical dimension must form the foundation of the study in order to ensure rigor. [He wanted me to include this again.] "There is no dividing line between the empirical and the philosophical" (Kincheloe, 2004a, p. 10).

 

8) Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage embraces a “fourth dimension” research (more information is covered in my dissertation). This fourth dimension aspect to the research incorporates an intuitional, creative element that forces the researcher to confront implicate and explicate orders of reality. There are reasons for this. Combining a sound philosophical, intellectual component of research that also incorporates intuitional and emotional, empathic aspects -- along with deep semiotic and hermeneutic analyses synergistically creates something new from the interactions. Enaction during the research process leads to the emergence of something new and often profound. This is where the power of the bricolage comes into play. It’s the exposure to relationships, as Kincheloe explains in his conceptualization of symbiotic hermeneutics, that jettisons bricoleurs to seeing and understanding “anew” and to recreating themselves. Because knowledge is socially constructed new creations, ideas, concepts, as well as new relationships also perpetually emerge – and are created -- from these interactions. This all takes place naturally when confronting complexity, difference, and chaos, as Humberto Mautarana and Francisco Varela posited with their Santiago Theory of Enactivism (see Kincheloe's (2008) Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, page 147). It is quite amazing. 

 

9) While bricoleurs do not contend they’ve discovered the “one true answer” or single truth, at the same time, as Kincheloe contends, they generate knowledge “that is not as 'badly off the mark'” (Kincheloe, 2008, p. 43). They have better (more complete) and yet evolving explanations of phenomena. This is quite a different perspective than a nihilistic postmodern “attitude.” 

 

10) I have lined out in my dissertation in much greater detail a flexible iterative process that also explains some of the key sub-processes that are important to the multidimensional critical complex bricolage. It will get new bricoleurs started from which they can then proceed to carve out their own unique paths. Each bricolage study will be different even for the same researcher. The more one acknowledges the fourth dimension aspect of the research (which may only begin with what seem to be insignificant intuitive and synchronous events), the more they will begin to appear and the more profound and numerous are the actions and creations that emerge.  

 

11) And finally, as I discussed in my blog, The Heart of the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage, there is the dimension of empathic connection with people. In fact, in his book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, Kincheloe discusses – and includes – a golden strand of love throughout his work, Eros Love. And since I’m mentioning this book here, it’s a great book to read in the early stages of learning about his bricolage. It’s much like a “deprogramming” manual because it uncovers how our consciousnesses have been influenced by outside forces and provides us more information as we embark on the bricolage quest and begin to take power of constructing our own consciousness. 

 

REFERENCES

Berry, K. L. (2004a). Structures of bricolage and complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004) Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 103–127). New York: Open University Press.

 

Berry, K. L. (2004b). Feedback looping for increasing complexity. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004) Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 128–146). New York: Open University Press.

 

Berry, K. L. (2004c). Bricolage is many a new thing understood. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry (2004) Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 147–169). New York: Open University Press.

 

Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (Eds.) (2011). The Sage handbook of qualitative research, Edition 4. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2004a). Preface. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. ix–xii). New York: Open University Press.

 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2004b). Introduction: the power of the bricolage: Expanding research methods. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 1–22). New York: Open University Press.

 

Kincheloe, J.L. (2004c). Redefining rigor and complexity in research. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 23–49). New York: Open University Press.

 

Kincheloe, J.L. (2004d). Questions of disciplinarity/interdisciplinarity in a changing world. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 50–81). New York: Open University Press.

 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2004e). Redefining and interpreting the object of study. In J. Kincheloe & K. Berry, Rigour and Complexity in Educational Research: Conceptualizing the Bricolage (pp. 82–102). New York: Open University Press.

 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2005a). On to the next level: Continuing the conceptualization of the bricolage. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(3), 323–350..

 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2005b). Critical constructivism. New York: Peter Lang. 

 

Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: And Introduction. Amsterdam: Springer.

 

 

Copyright May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis

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Paradis, V. J. (2013). Correcting some common misconceptions surrounding Joe Kincheloe’s bricolage and critical complex theories. May 11, 2013. Retrieved from www.joekincheloe.us

 

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Joe Kincheloe’s “Dream Project”: The Critical Science of Complexity

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What I felt was one of the greatest findings during my research of Joe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage was that, while he only merely mentions and even nearly glosses over the fact that his conceptualization is a process for developing what he refers to as a “critical science of complexity” (Kincheloe, 2004a, p. x), the reality is that his advanced conceptualization is that critical science of complexity if we engage in it rigorously as he has lined out and demonstrated in his last works.

In fact, I would attach the distinguishing attribute that it's also a multidimensional critical science of complexity so that people do not leave that important aspect out. My view (and I am biased, of course) is that his bricolage is the very "knight on a white horse" he claimed it was not in his 2005 article, although he did contend at that time as to the power it provided for pushing researchers and their research in a positive, more rigorous direction (Kincheloe, 2005a, pp. 331-332). By 2008 and his last book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, he had pushed his conceptualization even further along the path.
 

In relation to this, on the “Critical Science of Complexity page of the site, I’ve added some information supporting this observation because it's such an important dimension to Joe’s theory (and I’ve received “nudges” from the “beyond” to do this today and that it relates to Einstein’s notion of the “theory of unity” or the “unity of all ‘things’” as it was presented to me from the fourth dimensional realms).

Thus, I first cover on the "Critical Science of Complexity" page why this is such an important endeavor and then I have included an excerpt from Chapter 5 of my dissertation that explains how I came to the conclusion that employing Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage represents the most rigorous phenomenological empirical research process yet developed.

The entire time I engaged in my research, carefully documenting my phenomenological experiences (which were so totally new and off the chart for what I have ever experienced in the past), I was always feeling this sense that I was serving as a sort of “guinea pig.” My role was to demonstrate what’s possible if we engage in the process as Joe had conceptualized. The process I used for my research followed what he had lined out in his work, and as I discovered at the end of my study, it represents an example of a new bricoleur using his notion of a critical science of complexity.

As far as I have been able to determine, to date, I’m the only researcher who has demonstrated how Kincheloe’s conceptualization can be applied in its full dimensionality (and if I’m wrong about that, then maybe someone can correct me and I’ll add that information to this site).

We will now need to take the process forward in more applications and do deeper analyses. Because I kept such thorough documentation, there is much more analysis I can accomplish which I hope will increase understanding; I was left with many more questions upon finishing my dissertation than when I started out, and I believe taking the research to deeper levels of analysis can begin to shed some understanding about them – especially in concert with what other researchers find as this process begins to become more widely applied.  

The primary purpose of my dissertation was to present the process to hopefully make it easier for new bricoleurs to begin to use it for their own research, thus, I often stopped analyses short of where I could have taken them. We need to start somewhere and I believe the dissertation does provide an adequate sort of map to get new bricoleurs started. My intention with this website is to continue adding information, examples, critiques, analyses, and the like that will push understanding forward for us all. And where are we heading? It’s always good to know what our “evolving” destination is (there is never a final destination).

This “Critical Science of Complexity,” is “where this is all heading.”

And what is the purpose? It is so that we can come to better understand consciousness. From the age of 12 years when Joe was given a grade of 'D' for his science project because his teacher did not believe that the study of consciousness and dreams constituted science, onward, Joe was on a mission to help us all understand that the study of consciousness, especially our own consciousness, along with a deep understanding of "relationship" is the quintessence of science--and of being human. 

Thus, one little short, “by the way” sentence in the preface of the book about educational research Joe had written with Kathleen Berry (Kincheloe & Berry, 2004) held profound significance to his real project, his “dream project” of developing a critical science of complexity to study consciousness. Among other implications, this just goes to show how important it is to pay attention and to read his work very carefully. He clearly worked with Hermes Trismegistus, whom he had integrated within his very definition of critical bricolage.

You can read more about his Critical Science of Complexity here.

References

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

How Creating New Realities Empowers Us: Using Critical Complex Epistemology and the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage to Wrap Our Minds Around Change

I am continuously amazed over the situations and knowledges that emerge while using Joe’s bricolage process. I am fully immersed within his process after having done so much research on the topic. The downside of this is that because I’m a trailblazer bringing to light issues people do not want to contend with or face, I also become a victim of rather abusive, violent reactions. The upside of that is I am always led to the right information at the right time that helps me in amazing ways contend with the reactions. With the multidimensional critical complex bricolage, we can create a totally different reality than exists for most of those around us. It can completely catch them off guard and by the actions we take, they are pushed into a position of having to think for themselves again, and hopefully, base their decisions on a win-win model with love and respect, instead of the win-lose mentality so many people seem to operate from. Think about the power this gives us.

Imagine for a moment that all government corporations, such as the United States Corporation, and all corporations and other faux power structures all over the world have been put out of business and they no longer have the power to dictate how we must live our lives. This gives us the ability to decide for ourselves if we are going to live as if we must follow their dictates or if we are going to take each situation case-by-case and make our own decisions as to how we are going to interact with any given, for example, corporate, legal, government, social, etc., entity. What if we step outside our slave roles and dictated procedures so that our mode of operandi becomes one of human-to-human? What if we make all of our decisions “in relationship” with each other rather than in relation to some defunct, sociopathic organization, business, or corporation, and we base the foundation of our decisions on Joe’s idea of empathy and radical love.

Consider:

All corporate governments are defunct. (We can believe that or not, or we can adopt any middle ground on a case-by-case basis).

Currently there is no government or justice system; it is in the process of being dismantled and reconstructed and we are the creators. How does that change how you interact with this system?

All monies, resources, riches belong to the people. And so we start reclaiming what’s rightfully ours. There are processes in place to help us do this and so we use them:

OPPT Courtesy Notice and Courtesy Notice Guidelines

AUDIO – Courtesy Notice Explaination 

 

There is no scarcity; we all are on this planet to live abundant, happy, secure lives. We understand there is absolutely no need for greed, selfishness, possessing more than we need, competition, working as a slave, fighting, disharmony, wars, etc.

Corporations are no longer recognized as entities; all interactions are between individuals and we are all accountable to each other to make humane, just, civil, fair choices that cherish equality and promote our freedom. When corporations and government agencies behave unethically, we take back our power by not recognizing them as a legal entity. We work with individuals, rather than the entity and the individuals are forced into the position of being accountable for their own actions and choices. There can be no “passing the buck.” People have to think for themselves again. They can escape from their mind prisons.

As trail-blazers we may have to point to ways out of the prison (and more ways out are being developed every day) knowing that when people are ready, they have the power to escape and take back their power, and even construct innovative and amazing new ways that many will benefit from. This takes patience and compassion, which is challenging when you can see the damage old paradigms, the old realities, have on societies and the well being of the people within them. Try explaining that to someone who is “just doing their job.” This is very difficult to do, so taking actions that show them become very powerful.

What if the entire corrupt system of government, justice systems, economic systems, education systems, and the like were TERMINATED IN ONE FELL SWOOP?

That’s a huge paradigm shift and far bigger than most of us can wrap our minds around in one fell swoop. But the more you believe it, live it, and respond as if it’s true the sooner you can take your power back and contribute to constructing this new reality.  It requires work, though. I am right in the middle of the kind of work that is required and I know how it would feel so much easier to just ignore what’s happening all around me. But there is true danger in not taking actions: things will only get worse, not just for me but for everyone.

This is all relevant here, because currently I am being confronted with yet another unjust situation that manifested because I am poor. Corporations are like wolves that push the flocks of sheep toward what looks to be their dreams come true so that they can suck every last penny out of them. Thus what appears to be actions to manifest dreams come true for people result in being backed into catch 22 corners, killing their soul, spirit, hope, and dreams (and of course, leaving them nearly penniless and many of them out on the street). These gigantic corporations which are now non-entities, always work hand-in-hand with other corporations that are much like vultures coming in to consume the prey as soon as we are backed into one of those corners.

I don’t like the victim mentality. I stay as far away from feeling victimized as possible, but it becomes pretty difficult when you are a member of particular social groups of lower status who are truly victimized and prevented from rising to their true potential and prevented from creating the world of their dreams, while all at the same time so many people perceive all of the insanity in the world as "normal." It is not normal. It's psychopathic behavior that manifests from believing nonentities have power but it's also important to realize that we all contribute to it in some way.

There are solutions! To interact effectively with those people who choose not to be human and prefer to treat other people as less than human, there have been viable legal actions taken and there are new legal frameworks in place! But you have to do a leap in cognition or experience a rise in consciousness (which bricolage helps us accomplish!) in order to fully comprehend this. Today, I am being forced to use these entirely new processes that require an entirely new perspective. It feels much like walking on a path alone in the dark, except that with the multidimensional critical complex bricolage, we are always reminded that we are never alone. I am blessed. I am always reminded of the love of my soul family, my fourth dimensional family, even as I have no one to turn to on this earth planet.

And the most amazing thing about doing the bricolage mind flip and believing there truly is a new reality that gives me back my power: It does give me the power! The tables are instantly turned. I’ll put this in complete context in another document or writing that will be helpful to people who find themselves in a similar dilemma as I am currently faced with—as soon as I finish breaking apart this particular devious connection of the old matrix. It’s a practical application of Joe’s bricolage that applies to everyday living but at the same time, it’s about learning and mind-shifting. The old matrix is crumbling around us, even as the power-wielders pull their most devious tricks to try and keep it connected. We need to take hold of the reins and rebuild systems that work ethically and for us all. Are you doing your part? Or are you just another “cog in the engine of the mechanisms of dominant power that harm people in all of our communities and around the world”? (Kincheloe, 2008b, p. xi -- Critical Pedagogy Primer).

Change! It can be a beautiful thing.

Read, research, study, take actions and really wrap your mind around the new world view -- an entirely new reality -- by using the processes of Joe’s critical complex epistemology and the multidimensional critical complex bricolage! You’ll be glad you did, and so will the people you interrelate with who want change.

References
Kincheloe, Joe L. (2008). Critical pedagogy primer. New York: Peter Lang

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Chapter 3 of My Dissertation, Troy Richardson's Article, and On the Road Again

Just a quick note to let readers know that I've added several interesting items to the website today, including Chapter 3 The Research Process of my dissertation which explains the multidimensional critical complex bricolage process I used for my study. Chapter 4 is very long and it will be added in sections a little at a time. Keep checking back.

I also want to bring attention to this excellent article below, which I've posted in several places on the site, including the Philosophy and the Critical Review sections. In this article, as the title suggests, Richardson critiques the continuing use of machinist metaphors for bricolage. We must learn to think more holistically! It's a challenge for us all who have been influenced by western epistemology, and it does take a conscientious effort. I rarely purchase articles because I'm in rebellion over the cost of knowledge, but I did buy this one and I'm glad I did because it's also a very interesting discussion about bringing Hermes and Tricksters back to our reality -- and if you read Chapter 3 of my dissertation, you will see just the beginnings of a very funny Hermes who made his appearance during my research. And he had a lot to say about tools and handymen. In fact, at one point in my research it seems he even had turned a handyman into a tool. It was very funny, but that comes up in Chapter 4.

I hope you read this article by Richardson!

Richardson, Troy A. (2012). Indigenous knowledge and the machinist metaphors of the bricoleur researcher. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 1-22. Link to Preview.


That's all I have for today. I've been busy working on a very special project with truck drivers--drivers of those big semi trucks. More later . . . and keep checking the site because it will continue to grow, evolve, connect, and enlighten -- and I have plans to make it multidimensional beyond anything that's ever been done previously. (Joe wanted it that way -- you can find that in his red book).

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The above are links to my blogs. I did not know at the time of writing them, especially when I first began, that I was recording my Spiritual Journey of Ascension with Joe, who is my Twin Flame (which I also did not know when I began this journey, but I have provided undeniable evidence in my dissertation and much more evidence since writing it). All I knew when I began this journey after Joe’s death (by which I had been extremely traumatized) was that I was compelled to write the blogs, every day at first, and I seemed to have been getting instructions from Joe and from “Above.” I did not understand how the Celestial Spirits were guiding us along our journey nor the Power they have due to their Love connection to God (as Joe tells us over and over again in his work, there is nothing more powerful than love). My connection to Joe connected me powerfully to his love and to God’s Love, through the Holy Spirit. My experiences as recorded in the blogs proves what Joe has taught us about the power of love—over and over again (I’m a slow learner, for which I feel sad. I was totally asleep when I met Joe and did not even believe in soulmates. I hope you will not be as slow a learner as I have been). Nevertheless, what an amazing, beautiful journey it has been! It’s full of adventure, mystery, learning about the world, learning about our past, present and future, and engaging in super fun and sometime hilarious treasure hunts.

If you want to follow the path and connect to God’s amazing Love, begin reading at the first link 2009.05.03 and move forward. You will learn a lot!! I did. And there are millions of Celestial Spirits just waiting to serve as your personal teachers and guides. They want to take you treasure hunting (they do know where the treasures are) and guide you along your own personal path just like they did for me. I will not be writing any more blogs here because now I will be teaching Joe’s material “up above” and continuing along yet another amazing path. You can follow along the next leg of our journey by clicking on the links to the various courses, treasure hunt quests, etc.  We are creating multiple paths now in multiple directions. Are you ready?

There is something for everyone! All you need to do is engage sincerely with seeking knowledge and spreading love in the world, and then God’s magic will appear in your life too…no more suffering…only love, bliss, joy, passionate engagement with learning—for everyone, infinitely and eternally. God is Good!! Check it out! 20160227-1330 Rewards Of Developing My Will To Love

~ Vanessa, April 9, 2016

 


 

Blogs

 

The Next Leg of the Journey

 

The Heart of the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage

 

Joe Kincheloe’s Nine-Step Dance: It’s Complicated but a Lot of Fun!

 

Writing a Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage Research Proposal Is Like Trying to Fit a Round Peg into a Square Hole

 

Writing Research Proposals for Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage, Part 2: If We Knew What We Were Going to Find We Wouldn’t Be Calling It Research

 

How Great Works Are Destroyed and Why Joining Kincheloe's Perpetual Revolution Is So Important

Chapter 3 of My Dissertation, Troy Richardson's Article, and On the Road Again

 

How Creating New Realities Empowers Us: Using Critical Complex Epistemology and the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage to Wrap Our Minds Around Change

 

Joe Kincheloe’s “Dream Project”: The Critical Science of Complexity

   

Joe’s Radical Love: Freedom and Justice for All

   

When Human Decency and Ethics Collide with Job Responsibilities: “I’m just doing my job!”

   

The MUSIC during Yesterday’s Eager Beaver Pacific Coast Treasure Hunt and Birthday Bonanza: Another Epistemological Road Trip

Signs, Symbols, and Semiotics: Appreciate the Little Things PLUS the Keys to Dangerous Knowledge, Keys #1 and #2

Continuing the Discussion of the Keys to Dangerous Knowledge: DNA and The Word (Still on Key #2, moving toward Key #3)

Why Do We Need Joe's Critical Complex Epistemology and Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage? 

Dangerous Mission: “Quantum Activism” and “Feminizing” the Sciences

Dear Scholars, Students, Researchers, Teachers, ALL:

Offsetting Thanatos with Eros Love

The Scams All Around You and Why It’s So Important That You Do Your Own Research

 

THE WORD has Come Down: An Update about the Bricolage Quick-Start Guides

BRICOLAGE QUICK-START D.I.Y. GUIDE: The Secrets to A+ Papers

What Freire’s Omission Has Cost Me: If Only I Had Known that I ALWAYS KNEW Joe—Sooner

New Alternatives for Education: How About Lifelong Learning?

The BRICOLAGE QUICK-START D.I.Y. GUIDE and On to the Next Level: Fourth Dimension Research

An Exciting Message from the Cosmos, Music, Remedial Physics, and Why Joe was a Greater Genius than Michio Kaku

From Classical Physics to Theoretical Physics vis-à-vis the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage

 Treasure Hunt Blogs

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