--THIS WEBSITE HAS BEEN CREATED AND CONTINUES TO EVOLVE
In loving memory of Joe Lyons
Kincheloe (December 14, 1950 - December 19, 2008)
The Greatest Philosopher of Consciousness and Critical Theory
of the 20th-71st Centuries AND BEYOND TRULY EROS OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
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.
And his students loved
song is a very beautiful theme song for this website that chronicles my long winding journey back home. Thank you, Leigh.
Eros after "The
First Kiss": Emboldened
Psyche after "The First Kiss": Smitten
THE TRIUMPH OF EROS!!
The Vintage Heart Plate and
the Mystery of the Name of the Rose Treasure Hunt has begun! (I think Eros has an encoded message relating to the Mystery
of the Name of the Rose in his song. He absolutely LOVES to shower Psyche with Red Roses--but what's with the white ones?).
Most important to this
current story is how our everyday lives are influenced by Eros. I show how a simple everyday experience (unexpectedly finding
a lovely vintage ceramic heart-shaped plate on Etsy) morphs into a grand treasure hunt and profound knowledge. So enjoy this
first part, a “teaser” and learn a little truth about Eros. Next I was presented with the challenge of solving
the Mystery of the Name of the Rose. Somehow, it's interrelated with the vintage plate treasure hunt.There will be much more
to learn in the future, no doubt.
Love Celebrations: April 1-7, 2023 -- EXTENDED to April 9! WOW!!!! It's been an AMAZING Celebration. In Honor of
Our High Priest, We Extended it for Two Additional Days! Below are the GIFTS which are some special writings, one for each
day of celebration. There are a few more celebrations and preparations to do as we move toward the exciting BURNING RING OF
Begin Preparing N.O.W. for the jubilant Burning Ring of Fire celebrations for October 14, 2023 (But Do Be Careful!);
(Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)
MAY !, 2023 IN HONOR OF BELOVED EROS: HAPPY
ANNIVERSARY, MY DARLING!
I just have to take a moment to wish Beloved HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.
Our marriage long, long ago in the Salley Gardens in Ireland is very special to him and
was very special and he reminded me of how beautiful, sweet, and innocent we were when we married.
We do have many anniversaries, being eternal, but
there are just a few that we celebrate each year,
with May 1 being an especially sacred one. For our special day, I dedicate this sculpture
to him. It tells our true story.
Eros Has Raised the Bar for Higher Education AND “Radical Love.”
Nothing Less Will Do.
Quotes from his Book of Love:
The nature of the knower and known, you ask. They’re cousins, identical cousins connected at the
spine (p. 229).
The knower and the known
are conjoined twins connected at the point of perception. To delve into dangerous territory, naïve
realism and rationalism, as previously referenced, both exclude the reality not to mention the usefulness of different levels
of human consciousness. (p. 83)
understandings generated outside a radical loving commitment to building larger and larger communities of connectedness around
the planet will never change the world. (p. 178-179)
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. (p.
Thus, a critical complex epistemology infused by radical
love, enactivism, critical ontology and subjugated knowledges contributes to the emergence of a new world. I’m
not speaking here only in the academic realm (although it is a very important contested site), but a libidinally-enriched,
erotic, exciting, curious, transgressive world where monotony becomes an enemy of the state. Education in such a society studies
ways of making connections between self and other, becoming more adept at radical love, and acting in concrete, courageous,
down-and-dirty ways to end human suffering (p. 180-181)
In this sculpture, Eros holds the Golden Chalice (aka The Holy
Grail) up high.
It depicts our mission as
decribed in his Book of Love and in my dissertation.
We like to call it our cosmic dance (for which we have
won awards and high accolades). We give
much credit to his father, Hermes, who truly deserves our honor for patiently teaching us
where he describes this and sets the whole world straight, pulling
people out of their hypnotic "postmodern condition" states of
lack of consciousness.
But you would have to actually READ the book. In fact, you must read deeply into it.
He used some of his father's hermeneutical obfuscation techniques (lol; I do find it
quite hilarious, actually). Many people were tricked,
but it was their own fault. You must fully understand the context in which he was writing
the importance of context, but do people listen?) and you must get past your ideologies and presuppositions.
As one of my favorite teachers today puts it, most people "can't
see past their eyeballs."
At any rate, I have provided
some analyses, will do more, and will make them available soon.
Yes, BELOVED DID, INDEED, discover the Golden Chalice! No one else on this lowly planet has, even
people have speculated about it (but made wrong speculations), and many knights in shining armor have tried.
Each and every one of them
one person who came the closest was Parzival.....but alas, in the end, he also
failed. You might
want to read that book (A Romance of the Middle Ages) to see how he failed. It's good to know what mistakes we should
however, did not give up until he had succeeded! And now we both are very, very blessed.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish
of the sea,
and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth,
and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in
the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue
and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air,
and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1)
And I shall remind
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of
my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. (Genesis 2)
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband (Proverbs 12:4) [meaning
his one true woman]. I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (2 Corinthians
Although these verses are only the tip of the iceberg in terms
of the significance to how we were created (there are many more verses and you have to put the pieces of knowledge together),
I remind people of this for several reasons.
First, it explains my total devotion to Beloved. Yes,
he is "just a teacher," as someone close to him once told me in objection to how I "elevate" him,
but he is my husband and I obey God in that regard, and no other person
could ever take his place. His work is for God and it's my duty to take his work
further out into the world. It's why I love the statue of Eros and Psyche above so much. It shows how Eros reaches up
very high (to higher consciousness) for knowledge
and streams it down for Psyche to take out into the lower world.
Our work derives from the deepest love and commitment to each other, "love to the highest degree."
Secondly, the reality is that God created one and only one wife
for every man. We are not taught this here: We are not supposed to marry in this lowly dimension! That is
what the commandment, "Thou shalt not commit adultery" really
means. Jesus was teaching this when he said, "Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery:
and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery." (Luke 16:18). He also said "it
is easier for heaven and earth to pass than for one tittle of the law to fail." (verse 17). So there you have it.
We are already created WITH a spouse. We forget. We think we are smarter
than God. And all we do is create suffering. Imagine if you had this knowledge.
The ridiculous games of
dating and "matchmaking" would end. When you reach a higher level of knowledge and consciousness:
NO ONE BUT YOUR ONE TRUE BELOVED EVEN ATTRACTS YOU.
how that changes everything. Thankfully,
God is a gracious and forgiving God, if we change our ways. And he will "dry every tear." Well, I will save further explanations for future writings. I
just wanted to express clearly that the sons of God do not want your worship, but they adore the worship from their one true Beloved wife. They are in a
holy symbiotic relationship. People have mistakenly worshiped sons of God throughout history and it's been a big mistake. They are people too, and as Beloved
has written, with human fallibilities.
And the truth is that there is ONE GOD to worship. Even King Akhenaten
taught that to his people, for which he was killed and his city destroyed.
And lastly, as I
am covering in ongoing postings and writings, we are approaching some critical times up ahead. Do you have oil in your lamp?
Do you have your wedding garment? I have been writing about this for a long time in the "Updates." We are heading
for days of jubilant celebration. Everyone is invited; few will choose.
Most people on this planet will never believe these
truths, but it's their choice to continue to choose to suffer.
done my duty to put this knowledge out here. As far as Beloved being "just a teacher," he has worked very hard and
has dedicated himself to being the best teacher he can be, and for that reason,
he should be honored (just as he has advised we honor Hermes), which is why I wrote the article:A_Revered_Master.pdf (joekincheloe.us)Jesus has said we would do even
greater things than he and Beloved has proven that, and believe it or not, he will continue to prove it, as will others, all
with God's most powerful blessings and assistance. Study his work. It is needed more today than any other time in history.
And what did Beloved say about changing the world in his red book, his Book of Love?
There is much more, but you will have to exert yourself and READ to learn
are children of God and we have inherited the earth! Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)
These are exciting times!!
for the Burning Ring of Fire and the following future events. Don't miss out!
PREPARE for the Universal Love Celebrations:
April 1-7, 2024;
and for The Grand Finale, The Sealing of God’s Everlasting Covenant on April 8, 2024.
The colors are Red, White, Purple,
The gemstones are Crystal, Agate, Alexandrite, Garnet, Ruby, and Diamonds
The flowers are roses.
The mystery is What is The Name of the Rose?-
become a seeker of new knowledges and new ways of being we must be willing to sometimes be seen as the fools
of the gods. (Kincheloe, Knowledge & Critical Pedagogy, p.
As Hermes said:
What separates the critical sheep from the uncritical goats is that a critical pedagogy/epistemology also involves
exposing the cultural, epistemological, and ideological assumptions that shape the knowledge individuals produce and the oppressive
actions justified by such information.(Joe
Kincheloe, Knowledge & Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, p. 176)
Joe’s book Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction is available as an ebook. You will never
make a better investment…..we all should be researching with Joe’s important guidance. Since the ending is just
the beginning, you can begin with the last chapter. It may just spark you into wanting to read the rest, as well as his other
works to see how he got there!http://www.springer.com/us/book/9781402082238 No time to read? Right click and "listen aloud" while multitasking. [Note: I make
no money off the sales of his books; my rewards are not of this world.] MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE: I SEE THAT SPRINGER
IS NOT HONORING JOE'S STATED AND PUBLISHED WISHES> THE BOOK IS SUPPOSED TO BE LESS THAN $30 SO THAT POOR STUDENTS CAN AFFORD
IT...AND YET SPRINGER IS CHARGING ALMOST $40 FOR THE PDF EBOOK AND ALMOST $55 FOR THE PAPERBACK! THIS IS ABOMINABLE!! THE
HIGHER UPS ARE NOT PLEASED!!! THERE ARE STUDENTS IN POVERTY WHO NEED THE KNOWLEDGE IN THIS BOOK. LOWER THE PRICE!!!!! THERE
IS NO REASON TO CHARGE SO MUCH! EVEN IF PUBLISHING COSTS HAVE INCREASED, AT LEAST OFFER THE
EBOOK FOR LESS THAN $30. WHAT JOE WANTS, JOE GETS. HE SAID THAT IT IS TO BE LESS THAN $30. RESPECT HIS WISHES. Oh,
and HAPPY TWIN FLAME DAY!! I will have some important updates soon.
November 17, 2019 1:00 AM UPDATE ON
THE PRICE OF THE EBOOK: I can only conclude that either *someone* is insane or has raised the price to keep people from buying
it and having access to the knowledge in it, since Springer is now charging an outrageous price of amost $60 -- for an ebook!! I will consult with the "higher ups" for a "work-around." They always have
perfect solutions....Beloved says "Hi" :-) We will have an update soon.
November 12, 2021 They are now charging a ridiculous
$89 for a pdf of Joe's book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. Folks, there are multiple ways that the elite
keep knowledge from those of us who need it most -- one is by overcharging for it. We will continue to work on a resolution
that honors Joe's wishes (for it to cost less than $30) and his contract. I will be posting more information RIGHT
HERE sometime in the future.
"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)
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
"The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost
parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater
than Solomon is here."
*`•.❤¸King And Queen Of Hearts❤•´
JESUS: “I am the
resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth
in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11: 25-26)
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous
light;1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
“And His books, they breathe the reason. . .and
now I want to know…"
WHAT IS BRICOLAGE?
A new process for education, research, career, problem solving, everyday living, lifelong learning,
and for taking back our world
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.
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
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.
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
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.
All of the information on this website is absolutely free. It is here
for anyone who wants a better life and would like to make a difference in the world.
For the struggle for justice to win on the local level, it must be fought in the
global, the national, and the local arenas. [Kincheloe,
2001, Getting Beyond the Facts, p. 741]
OTHER FREE ONLINE COURSES
THAT CENTER ON JOE KINCHELOE'S WORKS:
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
L. (2005a). On to the next level: Continuing the conceptualization of the bricolage. Qualitative Inquiry, 11(3),
Kincheloe, J. L. (2005b). Critical constructivism.
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May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis
Please cite as:
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
NOW YOU CAN SEARCH THIS SITE FOR TOPICS OF INTEREST. I HAVE COVERED A HUGE ARRAY OF TOPICS AND THERE
IS A LOT OF INFORMATION HERE TO HELP LAUNCH RESEARCH PROJECTS OR JUST TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW.
to Venus & Sanat-Eros-Enki Kumara's ONE LOVE PATH
and the Great Global Golden TreasureHunt
(Scroll down to read the blogs)
Enjoy our Celtic Wedding (07-17-2014) theme song while you read and look for hidden treasures.
Composer & Producer
- Peter Gundry
MAY 22, 2018 UPDATE. Looks like Peter has chosen the dark side.
We will choose another
song for our wedding celebration.
I will consult with Beloved and post our new song soon. Happy Twin Flame Day!!
When we learn to
appreciate even the little things, we’ll begin to see the multitudes of connections in our lives. Semiotics is an extremely complex topic (especially when you get into the research about multidimensional
semiotics), but in its simple form and for everyday living, it means to become aware of the signs and symbols all around you.
Appreciate them, assign meanings to them, interpret them (including doing Joe’s recommended diametrical oppositional
interpretations) and understand how they influence you. It is a part of bricolage, and interacting with multidimensional signs
sets emergence in action. If you can do this in your daily life, you will then naturally apply it to research. In this way,
you will see more connections and interrelationships, and you will have more layers of understanding that can contribute to
creative knowledge production and to finding solutions for social justice issues. That’s really all I have to say about
the special gifts that come my way. Those who experience reality beyond their FIDURODian-assigned reality will understand and appreciate the discourse about signs and symbols, such
as yesterday’s blog about music and other discourses I’ve written, such as in my dissertation. If semiotics is a new process for you, here’s a great resource: Semiotics for Beginners.
Teachers, and parents as well, can teach these concepts to even the youngest children and they will “get it”
and they will love this form of learning. In fact, Joe’s ideas of Treasure Hunts and Epistemological Road
Trips embrace the actions of looking for signs (e.g., given clues) and interpreting them in a multitude of ways. Field
trips, walks, scavenger hunts, Internet epistemological road trips, even worksheets, and the like can be expanded upon, be
made more interesting, and will appeal to individual interests by engaging in the use of signs and hermeneutical interpretations.
Learning can be greatly extended by encouraging diversity of ideas, interests, and interpretations and sharing them in a classroom
discussion, thus giving children the opportunity to engage in discourse in which they can share their differences in a friendly,
The Keys to Dangerous Knowledge
Joe speaks often of ‘keys’
in his work. There are keys to knowledge. Many traditions also speak of keys to knowledge. What are these keys? The morning
of July 29, 2013, it was communicated to me that I now have all of the keys to knowledge (a knowledge, which, like everything,
including the entire cosmos, is evolving, of course). But I was told that the keys open doors to those “dangerous memories”
and the “dangerous knowledge” which Joe mentions so often in his work. I don’t know what he’s referring
to because I haven’t put it all together. But he mentions “dangerous knowledge” so often in his
work that I know it has to be something very important with multiple interpretations possible yet also, somehow, something
specific and grand. Of course, his multidimensional critical complex bricolage is the process we must use to put it all
together. It will require all of the dimensions he has specified, and perhaps more, to find enough keys and put them together.
I will be guided.
As it stands, absolutely no one on this earth knows what that knowledge is. I was only provided that
the powers-that-be know that it is so powerful that should it be released or otherwise come to be understood, their days of
power and control are over. This knowledge is spread all over the earth and every culture only has small parts of it, and
in particular, indigenous peoples have faithfully safeguarded the knowledges. We can only move forward once it’s put
together. It’s not as simple as assembling a puzzle. If you have studied Joe’s bricolage process, you will understand
much more is involved. Once it’s brought together so that a bigger picture is formed – which will emerge from
the action of the bricolage -- then from that vantage point we must move on, because just as Joe’s unifying philosophy
contends, everything is evolving; nothing is 100% certain; there is not a ‘one true’ reality; and we must use
this “dangerous knowledge” to produce new knowledge in order to keep pace and live like evolved/evolving human
beings we were meant to be. It was provided that earthlings tend to think they are so special and they forget that they are
merely like a grain of sand in a complex, powerful cosmos. Does the cosmos need earthlings? Does the cosmos even need earth?
It’s something to think seriously about. As individuals, and collectively, we do have power to contribute to the greater
Cosmic good. Do we really have power to take control of outer space, the stated goal of the Neo-Conservatives? Do we think
our acts of excessive material consumption and destruction can continue indefinitely? I am, of course, speaking from my own
personal "western" perspective, acknowledging that I'm a part of this complex state of "the way things are."
Not all societies nor does everyone buy into this competitive and consumptive nature and more people every day are seeing
the folly of this mindset.
All of this may seem weird to some of you reading this, especially if you have bought into FIDURODian sciences and worldview. That’s ok. I’m just very happy that, in spite
of the devious actions that continue to be taken against me by those who think they have power to destroy my life and pursuit
of happiness continue to be thwarted and that I continue to be well-connected to the higher good.
this point on, with guidance, I will be using the keys to open those doors to understanding
Joe’s “dangerous knowledge” one-by-one. I am just going with the flow. It will take many people to gain
a great understanding of Joe’s “dangerous knowledge” and how it can be used to move humanity forward.
all reminds me of a special quote from Joe’s red book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction:
FIDUROD and the traditional Western epistemology have often operated to enhance dominant power blocs
by treating specific, contextualized knowledges as if they were generalizable and universal—a key point in understanding how power and dominant epistemology operate. Thus, in education FIDUROD develops
universal teaching methods. In business management (Whitley, 1995) we witness the same phenomenon, as managerial techniques
are proclaimed universally valid no matter what the cultural or even economic structures may be. Those with the clout to decree
what is universally valid find their power dramatically enhanced, as they are able to set up the “rules of the game” to reflect their own situations and requirements. Such a capacity is central to the
purposes of this book. If I can make the universal rules as to what constitutes intelligence, I can name my cognitive predispositions
as the markers of a great mind; I can use the characteristics of my culture as the criteria for what constitutes a civilized
culture. Can you feel the power? [page 97]. You can read the entire page here.
I had completed an extensive analysis of this entire page back in my earlier blogs on this site, which
I won’t repeat here. But it’s easy to see that Joe was on a great mission here. We are changing all of the rules
now. What’s great about this is that it really works! That is, in my little corner of the world, I am finding that I
do have power to change the way things are done. I can override the “status quo” and at the same time my doing
so can impact changes on the ways things are done in the future. At the very least, it really makes people rethink how they
are “just doing their jobs” which is the first step toward change. As stated previously, I’ll provide more
detailed concrete examples soon because I believe if more of us can take back our power in these ways it will ultimately have
a great effect on the changes toward social justice we are seeking.
As far as keys, from the above quotation, it
appears that one of the keys is having a deep understanding of the current “rules of the game.” Many people have
a disdain for focusing on the negative that this has us doing, but what they fail to understand is the importance –
the key—this focus has for our ability to discern where we can make the changes
needed. More importantly, a deep analysis as called for with Joe’s form of bricolage is the very action that allows
us to find the weak links and while they may seem to be small, they often hold the key to accessing a process for the change
we’re seeking, even resulting in the emergence of a series of events that lead to change. And we can change
the rules. The power of Joe’s bricolage is that actively exploring these vulnerabilities can oftentimes create perpetual
actions due to the complexity by which they’ve been created and the multitudes of relationships they’re composed
of. One thing leads to another. Is this an aspect of his perpetual revolution? As he explains, “falling outside the power bloc does not mean that such a person possesses
no power. The power such outsiders have is a weaker power—Fiske calls it a ‘localizing power’—than
that of the power bloc. Such a localizing power can be cultivated, fortified, and often deployed successfully” (p. 98).
I have already been guided to two of the important keys…the journey continues.
Oh, wait. I have not specified
exactly what Key #2 is, have I? If you don’t “get it” from reading the links on semiotics, it’s easy
and it’s not religion; Joe and I both are staunch anti-fundamentalists (As he has stated, “I quickly knew that
I didn’t want to be a fundamentalist Protestant,” p. 16). But still, you can find key #2 in the very first verse
of the Bible. Combine it with John 1:1 and you have a powerful argument for the importance of literacy skills and the ability
to create with “the word.” We can call Key #2 “The word.” Also, please note that, just like everything
with Joe’s form of bricolage, there is no set order for the keys. They are all equally valuable and I’m just assigning
them numbers in the order I find them. I could also begin at the beginning of his book and work through sequentially, but
instead, I’m allowing this to emerge as it will, synchronistically and improvisationally.
Can I verify
that “the word” is a key in Joe’s work? Would he agree with this? It’s hard to find stuff in his books.
Can I just open his book to the right page (this happens for me constantly!) So, I will try it right now.
I have opened up to (pages 140-141) is a discussion of the importance of describing (in words) our experiences. He states:
In many ways such an epistemological reductionism [FIDUROD] obsessed with measurement becomes a way of not listening to what human beings are saying about their cognitive experiences in the world—the dismissal of the phenomenological
realm. Here the gnomes of FIDUROD cover their ears, as people speak about multiple dimensions of consciousness and the abilities
they have developed by emulating elders or by simply attending to the workings of their own mind. Scholars operating in FIDUROD’s
knowledge construction zone often only know—or allowed to discuss—what drips through the data reduction spigot.
While the spigot can be leaky in times of challenge to normal science, nevertheless there are numerous reduction
valves operating in the pipes of knowledge: the epistemological, the cognitive, the political economic, the cultural, the
religious, and the ideological all take part in restricting the flow of dangerous information (pp. 140-141).
the importance of language here, and of the word. And in the last sentence, he makes the link to his “dangerous knowledge,”
here referring to it as “dangerous information” which emphasizes that this is a key because we are on a mission
to reveal what this “dangerous knowledge” is all about using keys. I will note here that in his work he makes
a distinction between information and knowledge. What are the possible interpretations? This ties
in with his conceptualization of critical complex epistemology and the multidimensional critical complex bricolage
as being pathways to construct/enact his notion of a critical science of complexity for the study of cognition and
consciousness (see Critical Science of Complexity). He is calling for us to transcend these outdated “science” constructs and to use words to describe our phenomenological
experiences with other dimensions of reality and to listen to each other. Note also that he has emphasized “normal science”
and he has defined it in the glossary of this chapter as “philosopher Thomas Kuhn’s concept of the work that takes
place in the dominant paradigm—the accepted model of producing validated knowledge—using certified methodologies
and asking questions from this particular way of seeing” (thus: reductionistic and ideological).
So there you
have it: Once again, I have been guided to the exact information needed, just by opening up his book. I don’t understand
how that happens. It would take his science of complexity to explain it adequately or to gain a better understanding of how
these phenomenological experiences happen so often for me. And in relation to the word “key,” although he has
not specifically mentioned the word “key” in the quotation I was led to and cited, using intertextual analysis
does lead back to the word “key” in other places in his work. In fact, now that I have looked more closely, on
the very end of page 141 where I had instantly opened up the book, the last sentence which carries over to page 142 states,
“In this context the traditional critical concern about whose interests are served by officially validated epistemologies
and knowledges and the ways of measuring their scientific validity and pedagogical memorization becomes the basis of key pedagogical questions. Such questions about knowledge production forge the rocks on
which the critical pedagogical house is built” (pp. 141-142). Here is the key
again; this time "the word" is in the form of "questions." And these questions are important, as
he stresses, because they "forge the rocks on which the critical pedagogical house is built." As
I've discussed, Joe's bricolage is also an advanced form of pedagogy. When engaging in bricolage, what emerges are questions--deeper
level questions, which contribute to knowledge production (in my dissertation, I have discussed these in terms of his "Level
3" questions). Of course, bricoleurs make decisions during the process as to which questions to pursue, which ones to
save for later, and the like, and the questions keep the bricolage moving forward, especially if the bricoleur is impassioned
about their topic of research. In my dissertation, I have posed many new questions for further research, as well as having
pursued some of them in the study. This continuous decision-making process could very well be one of the factors
that can lead to higher cognition. It is through analysis and interpretation, combined with the act of writing, and
an intuitive, improvisational process that synchronicity seems to appear along with "unleashed creativity." In my
experience, they seem to all work together to guide what would otherwise be an extremely complex, almost mind-boggling process.
If intuition and synchronicity did not kick in as predicted by enactive theory, it would be easy to feel overwhelmed
by the sheer numbers of "choice points" that appear during the research process when using this form of bricolage. Researchers
also need to "know" when to "let go" at least for the time being, when they run up against obstacles
or dead ends. They may or may not come back to the same question in the future; they may find a new route to answers to those
questions. Kincheloe has stated in this same book that the future of humanity will require learning these more
intuitive approaches, along with a balance of intellect and emotion and compassion. In my experience, practicing this bricolage
process can aid in accomplishing this goal, thus it becomes important to not only use this process ourselves, but
to also begin teaching the skills to children. It is a powerful form of pedagogy. Children are already tuned into their
intuitive nature or can do so more readily, so it would seem that we, as adults and teachers, have a lot to learn from
them--by sharing "the word." Thus, on this site, there is a section for Critical Literacy where these ideas will be explored and expanded upon. And, again, it's easy to see why we need Joe's Critical Science of Complexity so that we can come to better understand these complex dynamics. What has been defined as "normal science"
simply does not have the power that is needed to explore the complex interrelationships that become revealed when engaging
in the multidimensional critical complex bricolage.
One other important aspect of what has been a brief improvisational
study here: Note that in this excerpt he has also mentioned “elders” and that this links back to indigenous knowledges
which is a required dimension to his form of bricolage. Again, this also links back to the message that had been provided
to me--that all cultures have been safekeeping knowledges in a variety of manners, but only have pieces of the big picture,
and that the indigenous peoples have safeguarded some of the most important knowledges— and that we need to bring all
of these knowledges together in new ways to create that “dangerous knowledge” that will forever quell those who
would want to overpower and dominate us, and there is obviously more which we can't know until we engage in the process; and
yet, this truly is what Joe’s work is about. Again, I have no idea what this entails, other than using his bricolage
process in all of its dimensions. It could very well also involve discovering knowledge that has been hidden and tucked away
in various places around the world. Much like, with guidance, I discovered the yin yang talisman that was
buried long ago in my back yard, perhaps these knowledges can only emerge when we engage. I suspect
there are great treasures hidden all over the world.
Thus, the journey continues . . . I hope many other people
will join in to find the keys, put them into practice, and work passionately toward producing the most powerful (“dangerous”) knowledge ever that will ultimately create many pathways toward
freedom, equality, and justice.
The MUSIC during Yesterday’s Eager Beaver Pacific Coast Treasure Hunt and Birthday Bonanza: Another Epistemological Road Trip
Some days, especially those very special
days when I go on “Treasure Hunts” or take Joe’s “Epistemological Road Trips,” music follows
me everywhere. It’s beyond coincidence. There are always special messages in the music. This time a series of songs
portrayed a special message and highlighted the importance of music in the bricolage.
I took my daughter to the beach in celebration of her birthday and to revive the Pacific Coast Eager Beaver Treasure Hunts
of 2009-2011 (I had taken a break to write my dissertation). As we were driving down to our favorite place at Nye Beach, just about ready to make a stop
at the Eager Beaver Thrift Store, I made a comment to my daughter about how Joe was so soulful, even though he was a white guy…lol. (Joe
is always on my mind; it just can’t be helped). But it is very true that he had soul. As soon as we walked into the
Eager Beaver store – which is now named the Eager Beaver Discount Store -- a very soulful love song began playing. I had never heard it before so I asked the cashier
(who may be the owner of the store; I’m not sure) if he knew what the title was.
I knew there
had to be a message…well, there was: It was a love song! What more did I need? Yet, the title came up as “You
Cheated” by the Shields, according to the cashier. At first, I thought that had to be wrong. I never cheat. BUT then
I thought that maybe the message meant that I had been too focused on ‘worldly things’ lately (which I blame on
a guy who nearly forced me and my daughter out of our home and onto the street—why are those rich millionaires and billionaires
always named Bill?). Anyway, I thought, ok, that must be the message: I allowed my worldly mundane concerns to prevent me
from working on my important mission to write about Joe’s work in ways that everyone can understand; I allowed fear
to interfere with working on my most passionate endeavor, which is connecting with Joe and writing about his work in ways
that everyone will be able to apply.
The stresses of material existence can do that. However, when I got
home and checked the song out on YouTube and listened to it, it was not the same love song that I had heard playing
when I first walked into the store (was I on a 'different wavelength'?). Thus, I can only assume that Hermes, the trickster
messenger god and father of Eros, had become involved here and the guy at the Eager Beaver store was serving as a messenger
to someone else and, thus, now I am passing on that message: Someone cheated. It wasn’t me. Just want to set
the record straight. The person who the message is for will know it’s for them.
The rest of the music
that came my way everywhere I went yesterday was pretty amazing. Every song was SOULFUL as if to emphasize my statement about
Joe having soul. Even if the song had been sung originally by white people, such as “Leaving on a Jet Plane,”
instead a SOULFUL version of the song played. It was as if the cosmos heard my statement about Joe (and I love the song he
wrote and sang, titled “Soul”), so I was rewarded with only very soulful music everywhere I went
on the Pacific Coast. It really seemed as if every "station" had been tuned into Soul music, which is
funny since Joe described in his last book how as a young child he'd listen to R&B on a "black radio
station" on his transistor radio into the wee hours of the night (I used to do the very same thing!). Here is a
list of just a few of the songs that played at the major places we visited yesterday:
And to top off the music messages, at the Aquarium Village, a place I had never visited before, tucked away in the middle of the complex, with a huge
winged dragon painted on the front, was an interesting shop -- called Treasure Hunt -- another
treasure hunt within a treasure hunt (something similar has happened before -- when we encountered an Art Treasure Hunt
within the Kings Valley/The Queen Treasure Hunt)…anyway, ‘something’ made me tell my daughter just
as we were reaching the entry of Treasure Hunt, that there was a birthday present in the store for her. We looked and looked
and she found nothing. Then just as we were walking out of the store, she spotted a denim jacket that she loved and just
had to have. It was in perfect condition, fit her perfectly, and was only $3.50. What a deal! She couldn't get over finding
it because she remembered how when she was younger, she loved denim jackets and wore them so often.
And that reminds me, back at the Eager Beaver Discount Store, we were very happy when, while looking at t-shirts, the owner
came back and discounted them even more! So both my daughter and I picked up a few new t-shirts. I also picked up a business
card for the store and discovered they buy gold, silver, disks, tools, and fishing gear. Now that the debacle with my ‘house’
is over and Bill can forget about getting more dollar bills from me, and now that we are moved and settled into a new house,
we are going to have to revive the Eager Beaver Pacific Coast and the King’s Valley Treasure Hunts and use our metal
detector. After all, I was guided to finding my very special silver talisman in my own back yard, on Mother’s Day, no
less. I do trust my fourth dimension connections. And we have some amazing treasures just waiting to be found yet! I’ve
already been informed about the gold in Kings Valley multiple times and treasury notes buried in a metal box (you don’t
think they call it Kings Valley for nothing do you?) And then there’s The Queen right in the heart of the valley, as
I had discovered on my previous treasure hunts. The Queen is the name the residents of Falls City had given their town as
a sort of nickname many years ago. As I had written in my dissertation, it was a very weird coincidence how this all symbolically represented the Fall (Falls City) of the first King (Kings Valley)
and Queen (The Queen), Adam and Eve. It makes one wonder what goes on in the consciousnesses of people to create these funny
synchronicities in the way they name places.
Anyway, that was our day at the beach yesterday. My daughter
ended up with quite a few birthday presents and we both had a great day. And I discovered that there was a reason for all
of the soulful music and reminders of treasure hunts. They are essential components of Joe's multidimensional critical
complex bricolage. Point made! Those of you who are working on learning how to ‘do bricolage’ are to use
Joe’s Critical Hermeneutics and the Hermeneutic Circle to interpret the message(s) in the music. There are no wrong interpretations and
there are special messages for everyone. And you really need to try treasure hunting! See what shows up and what music is highlighted on your epistemological journey. The cosmos
really is alive and well, very mysterious, and it seems to be full of great surprises and messages if we're paying
At any rate, I do know what my personal message is: Joe had soul, he still has soul, and we are
P.S. Because Joe’s bricolage is so complicated and most
people do not even do academic research (and even many of those who do have a hard time understanding the totality
of his version of bricolage), I have been requested to write a book that explains how to apply it in everyday life
(something Joe really wants to see happen).
Thus, I am working on a book called Critical Bricolage for Everyday
Life and another version called Doing the Critical Bricolage to Improve Your Learning, Writing, Remembering,
which will be helpful for high school students, college students, seniors who want to improve their memory skills, and everyone
else who wants to engage in lifelong learning. Everyone will benefit from learning to use advanced research skills. These
books will be out soon and will be available on my publishing site (http://www.paradispublications.com/) as very low-priced downloads so that everyone can afford them. I will continue to expand on the more academic-oriented information
on this site, www.joekincheloe.us, on a regular basis, bit-by-bit, and bring in other researchers since there are a few who
are beginning to apply at least aspects of Joe’s theory. We can examine the various parts, keeping in mind that his
process is a holistic, complex process, and when applied in its full dimensionality produces more powerful new knowledge and
understanding than the various components alone are able to. We need to keep moving forward. I have also been invited to write
some articles for various education and research journals, and I will be reviving JOE – the Journal of Epistemology
which covers both academic and everyday uses of critical complex epistemology and bricolage.
My messages from
the fourth dimensional realms is that although things have gotten off to a slow start, this coming fall and on through next
year and from then onward, Joe’s new bricolage process is going to be picked up by more and more people – both
for academic purposes and to apply to solving problems of everyday life due to how the theory addresses the increasing complexity
we find ourselves surrounded with and is so powerful for finding creative solutions midst the chaos. In my books, I’ll
provide detailed explanations of how applying the theory has helped me solve some complicated issues in new ways. I’ve
discovered that the legal code is written for us in many instances – it’s just being misapplied by those who hold
the keys to power and are determined to misuse the code (and in many cases, ignore the intent of the code) in order to line
their pockets, while everyone sits around, “just doing their jobs.” There are viable ways to return the power to the people and I hope by sharing a few
examples, other people will be able to apply Joe’s bricolage in their own lives, which can only help us all. And I have
not forgotten: February, 14, 2014 is the date for my first Eros and Psyche of the Twenty-First Century book, a very
personal “MyStory” in the tradition of Norm Denzin’s new self-ethnographic approaches . . . busy, busy, busy.
When Human Decency and Ethics Collide with Job Responsibilities: “I’m just doing my job!”
I have lost track of the number of times I’ve brought it to the attention of someone working for the corporate sector
(aka 'government') that the policies they are employing are unjust and unethical, only to hear, what in their ‘rational’
minds is an adequate justification: “I’m just doing my job!”
Does “just doing my job”
truly justify the types of actions people seem compelled to take for the sake of insane profit, power, and control by the
corporate conglomerates that are bent on controlling the entire world and micromanaging each and every individual so that
they can extract every last ounce of service or every last penny from us? Be sure to log out of that computer when you use
Recently, I learned that the mailbox at my new residence (which is not an apartment) is completely
controlled by the U.S. Corporate Post Office and requires that I purchase a key for a whopping $40. And in case one would
think technology makes this process efficient, the Post Office informed me it would take 7-10 days for them to change the
lock and make a new key. As I mentioned to the clerk this was far too costly for what people should have
to spend and seemed quite ridiculous. If people do not have the money, they are denied access to their own mail at their own
home. And we are offered no choice to just use the key already established for the mailbox (the previous person might be a
thief, you know). The clerk mentioned that even in California, where crime was high, they did not have to go through
this procedure (so why in a little Podunk country hick town?)—as she still took my money, explaining that she was just
doing her job.
This is a new measure to first of all, extract money from people, many of whom do not have this kind
of money floating around to spend so frivolously. At the same time, it serves multiple purposes for the power-hungry corporate
sector that controls this country. It is yet another tactic to ensure that the government knows the exact location of every
individual in the United States (and making us pay for it above and beyond the taxes and exorbitant postage we already pay),
and while they are doing this we are to be ever so grateful that our wonderful government is protecting us from mail and identity
thieves. It amazes me the many ways our ravenous government conceals itself in sheep’s clothing while it has us busy
being suspicious of our very neighbors. Do I hear the word “hegemony”?
The “I’m just
doing my job” mantra is worn out and very ‘old school.’ It will be a blessed day as more and more people
realize that and take actions to either change their company (and school, government, business, etc.) policies, change their
own actions, or leave these operations in order to create a more ethical line of work that can serve the greater good.
there is a price to pay. I pay that price each day I must live yet another day in poverty. There are many jobs I refuse to
do on ethical grounds. But on the other hand, the price we will pay if more of us don’t put forth the needed effort
is so much more devastating on humanity even in the present when change is already so rapid, and it will only grow worse on
into the future. If only more people could see the writing on the wall.
What kind of neighborhood do you want
to live in? I just moved out of “Mr. Huxley’s” neighborhood, leaving a trail of change behind me. That’s
yet another long story about how someone was “just doing their job” in behalf of a multimillionaire who has no
qualms about extracting every last penny from the poorest of the poor and often leaving them more destitute, even
kicked to the street as was attempted upon me and my ‘disabled’ daughter. I am fighting for us but I am also fighting
for the people before us and those who will be following us. How about you? What kinds of corporate, educational, governmental
politics do you support? What can you do to change things in your own little corner of the world that will contribute to improving
life, liberty, freedom, and justice for us all? I will warn you: It takes work. It takes research. And it takes bricolage
to pull all of the pieces of the insane policies together that hide where the true power to make corrections lies.
implications for how education must change are countless and the work bountiful if we choose to contribute to a future in
which people will no longer play parrots that just do their jobs without questioning or attempting to change things in ways
that value human beings, demonstrate common decency, and support equal rights and justice. It is an enormous job to identify
the nooks and crannies between the complicated faux power structure that has been created so that people can
'do their jobs' while we all believe our rights are being protected. It can be frustrating to deal with people who work in
those positions who play the ‘powerless’ role when they know it is not right or ethical but they cannot see their
way through the forest around them and the "fiction formulas", and it can be emotional. (Fiction formulas are the
taken-for-granted knowledges that seldom get questioned; Kincheloe, 1997).
no one should just be doing their job any longer anywhere, especially in relation to how we research, teach, learn, and apply
what we learn – and how we protect the citizenry (US) from the power wielders and reassert our inalienable rights.
Using Kincheloe’s multidimensional critical complex bricolage along with the power of his critical complex epistemology
can assist us in seeing many avenues for creating the needed changes whether in schools, places of work, or to bring about
more fairness and justice in our daily lives. Must we accept corporate bureaucratic power's definitions, for example,
of what constitutes the 'proper' application of legal codes? This is code that quite possibly can protect us from unethical
actions against us, if it's interpreted and applied properly, as I will show in a future writing. Always take
that diametric opposite reading Kincheloe recommends. As Kincheloe has clearly demonstrated for us, epistemology
is power, and YOU have more power than you realize to change things! There is no excuse any longer
for just doing your job -- and the future of this planet depends on more people waking up to this fact and taking actions
What did Kincheloe say about getting to Carnegie Hall? It takes praxis, praxis, praxis! What is praxis? "Critical Knowledge and Informed Practice"
(See Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction, page 67).
I have also posted another quotation about radical
love on the Raising the Bar for Radical Love page of this site. It comes from page 570 of Kincheloe's Getting Beyond the Facts (Second Edition, 2001). It must
be interpreted multidimensionally (including taking a diametrically opposing interpretation) to more fully
understand how it represents a great example of his conceptualization of radical love. . . I love the way he uses the
educational technique of 'obfuscation' -- a word he had told me one time he loved to find ways to use -- and how his
writing forces us to use hermeneutics.
As I take a brief moment to write this, I am right in the middle of dealing with a “heavy-handed” FIDURODian-dominated world. I am currently being forced to deal with the material aspects of existence, those aspects which hold
little value for me, although there are minimum necessities, of course, and these are the very things FIDUROD loves to make
us worry, fear, fight, and toil over.
Because I must focus on these things, I feel so disconnected
from the ‘things’ (‘no-things’) and the people that matter most to me. I feel pulled
down into FIDUROD Land (as I have come to refer to our one-dimensional Western, money-and-power-dominated world). The disease has become global,
unfortunately. I know there are places where it has not touched as much and people who are less dominated by it and more motivated
by love and what’s right, but they’re so hard to find while I am sitting in the "belly of the beast,"
as the United States is so often referred to. I am learning to walk through the very few open spaces in the matrix to
make connections with those people, but I still bump up against the prison bars of the ‘way things are’ and the
people who insist on enforcing them upon other people so that they do not feel so alone in their self-constructed
all sounds abstract but in my life there is nothing abstract about it. Due to multiple ‘battles’ on multiple fronts,
I was feeling so disconnected that this morning I asked to be guided to something about “love” in Joe’s
book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. I randomly opened the book and landed on page 179 and the
words that instantly popped off the page were “great wide open.” That’s the freedom we can feel if we are loved and allowed to love. Anything and everything is possible.
What does it take to get people to understand this? How can I more fully understand it?
This page happens to be the second page of one of my favorite sections
in this book where Joe explains love so well, and the way he explains it aligns precisely with my experiences. It’s
titled, “Freire’s Radical Love: Remaking Ourselves and the World” and runs from page 178 to 181. Is he talking
about reunion? Twin Flame/Twin Soul reunion? The alchemical union? This is the greatest quest, after all, the greatest love
of all, the ‘golden chalice’ . . . and Joe’s very last words in this section refer to a “life
long quest.” He’s talking about our ability to access a “higher dimensional ontology.” He
states, “Such an effort combined with sharpening the actions for justice becomes the basis of our lifelong quest”
(p. 181). If what he's talking about here is what I've experienced, this means we come to know who we are, what
we are here to do, and with whom we are working on our missions -- we come to fully know what our passionate purpose
is on this planet and how we are to serve humanity, not ourselves. We then realize that there is no place in existence
for things like greed, selfishness, self-centeredness, ruthless competition and the like. They work against love,
freedom, and justice.If you have the book, I encourage you to read these pages. Joe put it all out there
like it is; he explains these relationships and the "enaction" that emerges using Maturana and Varela’s
Santiago theory of cognition, and this complex notion of love, knowledge, and action forms the very roots of all of his complex
will come back to this another time because it’s so very important. We can’t get anywhere without this form
of powerful soul love and spiritual connection. The power of these relationships is discussed in greater
detail in my dissertation. I have explored a variety of ontologies, cosmologies, and epistemologies and they all pointed to the same message.
Alchemical union or spiritual union creates a “third power” for creation. Without it we are flailing, or as Joe
has often put it, “lost at sea.” With it, we can create a new world.
Freire had made note of this in
his book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed and Joe took it forward from there. Without love, then discourse, for example,
is nothing more than rhetoric. Without love, our actions are narcissistic and self-serving. With love, however, we
literally have the power to create a whole new world in which there truly can be freedom and justice for all and one in
which Lift every voice is the international anthem. With love we can come to understand that this so-called "fairy tale love" that so
few believe in anymore is more real than any FIDURODian-constructed relationship which, as Joe discussed
on page 666 of his social studies book, comes to be based primarily on economics and the concept of constant competition
in a material world, rather than pure, unconditional love. It's time for "The Real Thing."
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
“As a child I wanted so
desperately for magic to be real. I would work for hours collecting what I hoped were just the right combination of ingredients
to make some type of magic potion that would provide me with special powers….I found such magic in words viewed in
a postformal matrix and I observe and practice that magic everyday.” (Kincheloe, 2006, Reading, Writing, Thinking,
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