HAS BEEN CREATED AND CONTINUES TO EVOLVE
In loving memory of Joe Lyons
Kincheloe (December 14, 1950 - December 19, 2008)
Philosopher of Consciousness and Critical Theory of the 20th-71st Centuries
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
To 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. 19)
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.
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)
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
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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Kincheloe, J. L. (2008). Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: And Introduction. Amsterdam: Springer.
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!!
My Magical Valentine’s Day and More about Critical Complex Epistemology
Well, no sense in writing about the details of my wonderful, magical Valentine’s Day since 99% of the people in the
world will never understand it and probably never be as fortunate to experience such magic. Suffice it to say that Eros
(aka Emanu’El) did not forget me and he gifted me with the third of what will eventually be five rings, and it’s
indeed a very beautiful ring. For what? you might ask. If you really want to know, I’ve written about our traditions
many times. This particular one represents the Pleiadian tradition and colors; the ring is made of beautiful blue
and white diamonds set in silver, engraved with our Pleiadian names. At any rate, the way the ring was presented to me was
another example of his amazing spiritual power. He also introduced me to yet another member of my soul family, someone most
people probably won’t know, Johnny Temple, who told me a little more about our planet. Of course, he was first introduced
to me through his music (although we had met previously in a dream in the higher realms):
the first song indicates, we will be doing some more writing soon. We are still discussing whether I should attempt to publish
in some of the scholarly literature. My consort wants me to; I am reluctant due to the politics.
The latest news is that the New Age Religion is still promoting the
same old propaganda. I keep hoping things will change. There are certainly people contributing to change. But 1% of the population
can’t carry all the dead weight….yes, dead. Many people walking on earth today are pretty much dead—or
as the Elites like to put it—“zombies.” It’s their creation and they’re proud of it. The news
about some of them is so atrocious I can’t bear to read most of it. I know they’re true stories; people really
do do atrocious things to each other but at the same time, I realize it’s not a balanced presentation; there are good
people doing good things. From my perspective, however, this planet is hell as long as even one person is suffering and sadly,
there are many. New Age ideology needs to be flushed down the toilet for the shit that it is and how it’s contributing
massively to the suffering. How many of you know, for example, that the United Nations, the Power Center, is forcing this
ideology onto people all over the world? How many of you know that Lucis Trust has redefined religion for the world (as its
own new version of “spirituality”) and that it is the United Nations’ chosen organization for that purpose?
Hello New World Order (they think).
other news is that the economy is on the edge of collapsing although the banksters continue to prop it up so that as many
people as possible will be caught off guard. Wars and rumors of wars continue to keep us all diverted. Shock and awe.
Also, I was just handed down another significant song today that (if
you listen to the lyrics) seems to be announcing the official crowning of the King and Queen soon (was that why I received
And what’s most interesting is that the song
serendipitously led to my exploration of the sanctioned history of Ireland and into some deep alternative research on
YouTube. This research winds right back around to critical complex epistemology and clarifies Joe’s advice for
taking “oppositional readings.” Literally, almost everything we have learned and been taught is opposite
to truth. A tangled web they've woven--and it's our job to sort it all out.
This video and the book, along with the next two videos I watched
(posted below), highlight some of the ways the history of both Joe’s and my ancestors (we are both Scot-Irish) has been
grossly misrepresented. In fact, I’m a descendant of Robert the Bruce and I believe much written about him is not true.
There’s an interesting story about Robert the Bruce here:
Most people know by now how the Irish suffered at
the hands of the British and that the “potato famine” was, in reality, genocide. The truth is coming out…and
there’s more to come. This was an article I wrote previously about the Irish and how critical complex epistemology helps
us uncover truth—how the Empire uses power to subjugate people, including the Irish:
Spiritual paths are cyclical and wind in a spiral
fashion ever upwards. Thus, I have been brought back yet again to the issues surrounding the treatment of people of Irish
ancestry. It would not surprise me if the powers-that-be have maintained an exact list of who we are. I’ve always felt
that I’m on some kind of blacklist. Thus, here we have the sad story of discrimination—against white people.
Oh, and interestingly, in the last video
I learned that the term Aryan has been misappropriated. It has nothing at all to do with race. It's a word that is similar
to sage, mystic, guru, prophet, etc., meaning that the person is highly advanced spiritually and intellectually. Thus, yet
another word that's been changed by Power to demean, divide, and control people.
Here are the
two additional videos that are worth watching for the new perspectives and additional information they provide.
The second video is particularly good because, in it, Michael Tsarion demonstrates superbly how linguistics and critical complex
epistemology can reveal truth about words, their history, and why they've been altered. We need this knowledge to understand
how we've been shaped into who we are today so that we can understand why and how we need to change.
Well that’s all I have for today. There is more, much more, because my life is so complex and multidimensional
that it’s not possible to share it all. I am trying to limit these blogs to examples that might help people new to the
multidimensional critical complex bricolage as well as to serve my future studies by keeping documentation of things I may
wish to review in greater depth in future writing.
did have another revelation a few days ago. As my dissertation has demonstrated, Joe’s bricolage is multipurpose. It’s
imperative in so many areas of our lives, from everyday living to the most rigorous scholarly research. But given that he
focused on love, I can’t help but think that his greatest, his most important motive for the bricolage is for it to
serve as a guide that helps us find and stay on our paths to our greatest love of all—our Divine Twin Flame/Twin Soul.
I am sure the Creator was brilliant enough to ensure that we EACH have a One True Love. All cultures express this in some
form. It was us—humanity—that has screwed up the process. We want to take control of the reigns rather than allow
the Creator’s love to flow through us and be our guide. We all do it. But what I realized is that by following the path
of the bricolage as Joe has lined out, we will be on our true path—our own unique individualized path—a path that
leads to knowledge and love. King Arthur's Quest for the Holy Grail or Golden Chalice has been redesigned so that it really
works--for everyone. What a genius Joe is!
This also changes the interpretation of Revelations
in the Bible….but that’s a discussion for another day. Dancing My Blues Away
And Jesus said: “In My Father’s house there are many mansions; if that were not so, would
I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I
am.You know the way to the place where I am going.”
"If you love
me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the
Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with
you and will be in you.”
“ But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind
you of everything I have said to you.”
~John 14:2-4,15-17, 26
THE HOLY SPIRIT
John 15:26 -
the Spirit, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness to me. He = the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a person, not
Acts 8:29; 10:19-20; 11:12;13:2; Rev. 22:17 - the
Holy Spirit speaks to us like a human person.
- it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us. The Holy Spirit, as a divine person, thinks and makes judgments.
Rom. 8:16 - it is the Spirit Himself bearing witness with our spirit
that we are children of God. The Spirit is a person.
15:30 - I appeal to you by the Lord Jesus and the love of the Spirit. Only persons, rational beings, can love.
1 Cor. 12:11 - the Holy Spirit apportions His gifts to each one individually
as He wills. He is the third person of the Godhead.
13:14 - the Holy Spirit can have fellowship with the faithful like a human person.
Eph. 4:30 - the Holy Spirit can be grieved, just as human persons
can be grieved.
What Is Critical Complex Epistemology? PLUS A Happy Valentine's Day Message for Sad Times
What is Critical Complex Epistemology?
Critical complex epistemology requires a hermeneutic (interpretive)
approach to looking at knowledge and what we think we know. It's important to set aside our immediate thoughts
as to what we think something means, even when it comes to a definition of a single word, no matter
how straight-forward we think the definition is. We look beyond the surface and ask questions such
as: What are other meanings? Who produced this information? What did they leave out and why? What
is their motivation for choosing this particular meaning or interpretation? What are their assumptions? What
other organizations and people are they connected with? Does their stated purpose match the results
of their actions?
we take both an evolving critical and complex approach to understanding knowledge. Evolving, because
knowledge producers' motives are constantly changing, thus they may change how they define something
(as some examples below illustrate); critical because we are concerned with leveling the playing
field, alleviating suffering; complex because we are interested in identifying the multidimensional
nature of the knowledge we're analyzing and for ways to take viable actions in support of those
who are being oppressed. While Kincheloe discusses these complex ideas throughout his work, he has provided
the following definitions that may be helpful:
Epistemology. Constitutes the branch
of philosophy that analyzes the nature of knowledge and what we believe to be true. Epistemology
asks how do we analyze knowledge? How do we know it’s true? How do we produce knowledge and
what is the status of that knowledge in the world? In other words, how do various individuals react
to the knowledge we produce? An educational epistemological question that emerges in this context involves what do we
consider valid and important knowledge and which parts of it should become part of the curriculum? How
do we figure out what to teach [or learn] and is the knowledge we choose of any
worth? (Kincheloe, 2008c, pp. 15–16)
“Critical” and “Complex” as in Critical Complex Pedagogy/Epistemology/Bricolage.
Note: When Kincheloe attaches the designator, “critical”
in front of terms, this represents the incorporation of his own unique and more rigorous version
of evolving critical theory, which he describes in his work and is summarized in Chapter 2 Literature
Review [see my dissertation in sidebar]. It is, of course, associated with the identification of dominant power
and finding solutions to alleviate oppression and suffering. The word “complex” denotes the engagement
with complexity theory. (Kincheloe, 2008c, p. 247)
Critical Complex Epistemology is
In brief, critical complex epistemology provides us a means for taking back our power.
Those who currently hold the cards for defining words, concepts, and knowledge itself use this power
against us, redefining words on a whim to fit their agendas. A recent example is the ludicrous act by
Etsy.com in October, 2013, to literally redefine “handmade” as manufacturing (although they don’t
use the term, “manufacturing,” of course). The company originally began as a place for
handcrafters to connect with each other and sell their creative products to upscale markets that
have an appreciation for the skill, effort, and time that goes into creating their wares. However,
the greed for profit has taken over common sense at the upper echelons of Etsy. In their own words,
“we choose to define handmade as a set of values.”
Obviously, those “values” include sweat shop labor since they now allow cheap manufactured goods from
foreign countries, much to the distress of the real crafters and artisans who cannot possibly compete
with this market in today’s economy. They have redefined “handmade” to include
mass-produced charms, for example, that someone strings a ribbon through to “create”
a necklace. But Etsy’s profits can now increase due to more sales and a more global market,
so it’s all good from their perspective. I closed my shop and when the “Etsy Integrity Team”
(another smokescreen) asked me when I would reopen, I told them, “as soon as I finish my book about
all of the ways Etsy’s scamming people, lol.” I really had hoped I could have made a
few dollars, but when they made their change views of my shop dropped to a mere 10% of what
they had been previously and I was making no sales whatsoever. Now I am going to have to once again,
change strategies for what has been transformed to my “one-person sweat shop” due to
the inability of competing with the low prices of goods from foreign countries such as China, Taiwan, and Korea. I
also discovered there are other tactics Etsy is using that increase their sales, but harms sales
for the "mom and pops" in the U.S.--thus, another crushed "American Dream" (Reference:
Critical Complex Epistemology Can Help Us Avoid Traps
Critical complex epistemology helps us become aware of exactly how corporations and government
redefine things for us. If we get good at the processes of figuring these things out AHEAD OF TIME,
we will less likely be taken for a ride that strips us of our money and snuffs out our dreams. I
have many examples from my life in which I’ve been taken for a ride or blindsided. It’s
the primary reason I have stayed poor my entire life; the amount of money which I feel has been
literally stolen out of my hands due to lies and deception would be enough to retire comfortably with.
Instead, I find myself totally destitute and my only comfort is God and the promise that the earth belongs to the meek.
Another example I’ve run into recently in my everyday life is how manufacturers
of manufactured homes have renamed fiberboard siding to be “T1-11 HARDWOOD siding” (just
because it’s made out of wood flakes, apparently; however, it’s technically incorrect).
The state of Oregon capitulated with this lie by allowing the seller of a home I had purchased to
list the siding as wood for both the tax assessment ($$$) documentation and for the required “legal”
description of the home. Needless to say, when the siding suddenly began to deteriorate rapidly
before my very eyes because it was so deficiently made and literally melts when water touches it, I was not happy.
I knew then the home was junk and I needed to get out from under it. On the other hand, knowing how they
had deceived me allowed me to walk away from the mess and they really had no legal recourse for
holding me responsible because the lie had been uncovered in my conversations with the tax assessor
and several other bureaucrats and was on file. Still, I lost the money I had invested in it and
it would require more legal fees and headaches than it’s worth to go after it. And you think they don’t know
this? The corporate moguls always come out ahead one way or another. This has got to change.
Because so many corporations, politicians, and other people in
power use this form of deception by which they redefine words knowing full well that the public
will believe something different than truth, critical complex epistemology, by which we analyze
and research deeply before we get taken for a ride, is absolutely crucial. We must remember, as well,
that corporations and these same people in power rule over public education and at the very same time they are
redefining things to meet their insatiable goals for profit and power, they are educating the public
to accept “one true meaning” of vocabulary so that we don’t learn to think more
expansively. It’s a way to keep our minds in a small box.I reviewed a
2013 college “Advanced Vocabulary” book and was quite stunned to see the limited, mind-molding
vocabulary they were presenting, along with one dimensional definitions and no instruction of other possibilities
for meaning or etymology (the origin of the words). This is why Kincheloe stresses interpretation.
We must learn to interpret from the perspective of those who are producing the knowledge and defining
things for us. We must go beyond the curriculum. And then we need to take back our power and redefine
things to suit a greater purpose than greed and profit.
There are very few
honest and ethical corporations acting with integrity these days, although they are good at painting
the picture that they do in a multitude of ways. They have many tricks which become revealed if you dig
deep enough. And corporations are deeply embedded in the public education process. Critical complex epistemology is
the pedagogy for the new education that can help redefine what constitutes knowledge and for what
purposes we produce new knowledge.
Joe describes critical complex epistemology in his
book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. He also provides many contexts
for how it can be applied. Below are additional examples. It’s best understood through examples
and practicing interpretive skills.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY I really can't let today pass by without honoring Cupid's (aka Eros)
favorite day--a day that honors him and his purpose of spreading love all over the world. And then there's his brother, Anteros,
who ensures that our sent love is reciprocated.
Unfortunately, it seems that most people are separated from this
love. How did this happen? How did we create a world constructed of wars and that continues to spiral downward into total
annihilation. Did Marx cause it? His work certainly does not help lift humanity out of the downward spiral. The whole world
is being taken over by a socialist-communist-fascist form of government. Maybe the take-over is complete, hiding behind the
curtains until more people are slapped in the face with it. It's a trick of the power wielders to make people think we can
win this war by anarchist revolution. Don't fall for it. We need more powerful weapons; the kinds of processes Joe left behind
for us: Wisdom knowledge and spiritual weapons.
I am so sick of the laws, rules, policies, procedures, political
correctness, and bullshit that runs our lives. And educators are absolutely the worse culprits in contributing to maintaining
this sick state of affairs. We don't need new policies. We need to abolish all policies. Wake up! If you are reading this
message, then take Joe's most important message to HEART: Only LOVE IS REAL. Start injecting your work with love and compassion
that will turn things around, instead of IGNORE-antly (as Mark Passio, a former Satanist, puts it) contributing to the
THANATOS of this planet. Stop thinking you know what's best for those who are left out of the picture when you don't even
know what's best for you. You have not done the analysis with the care and concern that Joe has asked us to do! I am
speaking to the greatest proportion of education "researchers." You are not doing real research! You are contributing
to harm. With almost every study I read, I am more sickened by the number of so-called professionals (professors?) who do
not have this figured out and arrogantly think they have the knowledge to solve "Others'" problems when the truth
is, solving those problems might just cramp their own style in ways they don't wish. Heaven forbid should they
have to give a little. They are ruled by fear and deceived by the publish or perish mentality. "Dinosaur professors," is
what Joe called these traditional professors in his interview. I agree.
Thus, when you engage in your
critical complex epistemology, it's essential to carry through that Golden Strand of Love that Joe has interwoven in his work.
Stop worrying about what's in it for you (hard to do, I know). Stop worrying about fame and fortune. Stop worrying about pleasing
the psychopathic power-mongers. Rise above your illusionary fear. Do what's right for those who are suffering
and are being marginalized further with each passing day. And for God's sake, learn to GIVE!
Once again, I thank
Joe for the work he's done that, should people apply it, will lift the world up out of hopelessness and despair.
Love and life are eternal--but only if you don't squander it.
And I send my greatest love to Joe, a true Eros, who
lives in my heart. Forever.
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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