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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 
Joe at about 35 years of age

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 him.
 
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)
 

 

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"I believe that the issues addressed in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction not only provide us with a new understanding of education but also can actually change the world—speaking of pomposity, yikes! I understand the danger of such an assertion, but I’m glad to take my punishment if I fail to convince my readers." ~ Joe Kincheloe (p. 16)

To

joe.kincheloe joe.kincheloe@mcgill.ca

Thu, Sep 25, 2008 7:03 am

finished reading Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction

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

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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]

 
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CLARIFICATION OF JOE KINCHELOE'S WORK 

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

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

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

~ ~ ~ Vanessa Jae Paradis
 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

REFERENCES

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Copyright May 11, 2013 by Vanessa Paradis

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

 

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11-11 was twin flame day, but 11-22 is twin flame reunion day, as 11 signifies the couple and 22 signifies their completed and sanctioned reunion.

The photo shows the roses I had planted in Joe’s memory and I took the photo just a few days ago, back on 11-14-2015. I get pleasure from the little miracles in my life…roses still blooming in November. One time, about three years ago, they had surprised me with one lone bloom in the cold of December to cheer me up! The magic really never stops.

I received a cue that I need to post this blog now which I wrote on 11-11, 11-22, and am now adding to it today, 11-29. It’s an important review of the condition of education, primarily, which is the focus of Joe’s work and this website—along with what we can do to change things.

Where have I been? I am now working on some very critical projects related to exactly that. I am working very closely with members of my soul family (who reside in multiple dimensions), including Joe. He is determined that his dreams (which are VERY BIG) will be fulfilled. My message from the “Higher Ups” is that earth progress is experiencing a “lull” at least until the U.S. Presidential elections. But it is a good thing because while the controllers continue to play their games, behind the scenes much is happening and will continue to happen—that perpetual revolution Joe spoke of in which we are planning, creating for the future, engaging in Great Work toward changes. We are to take advantage of this lull and time warps to get some of the enormous amount of work done in order to move ever closer toward the implementation of new earth paradigms. As I have often stated: Everything will be changing; as Joe has shown us, there is nothing simple about it. The phoenix is rising and where it rises is going to surprise many people (yes, I am privy to that knowledge but it’s going to be a surprise). I do hope to continue to update this website with more explanations and interpretations of Joe’s work (which I absolutely love writing) plus I will post FREE curricular materials as I’m able to, so that more people can benefit from his philosophy, AND I hope to have time to fulfill more of Joe’s dreams—which are also my dreams. We are one --not in some narcissistic over-simplified way! We are also two, three, and much greater than three, realizing many dreams come true.

He summarized just a few of his amazing dreams in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction:

For some reason I always loved the title of the old soap, “Search for Tomorrow.” That’s what Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction and its epistemological road trip are about—acting on the belief that the future will be different, more just, less violent, more respectful of the panoply of inspired knowledges that people from diverse cultures have produced. But to get there we have to find a way to engage the attention of diverse individuals languishing in the trance of Western imperial epistemology. How do we get the attention of teachers and students anesthetized by consumerism and hyperreality’s saturation of information and marketing iconography. I want to write for this audience in the style of a detective writer (epistemology noir?), a boy’s adventure writer, an author of girls’ romance novels, a beat poet, Lame Deer’s memoirs, or Stephen King penning a horror story all rolled into one. Anything to get them to think about these issues of knowledge and the ways they shape our lives and the everyday existence of people around the world. (p.20)

 

Interestingly, my spiritual adventures, many of which I've written about right here on this website, fulfills that particular dream (but of course, the writing continues). And since we’ve mentioned his book, I will put out the reminder that reading that particular book will help de-indoctrinate you plus activate your natural spiritual gifts, similar to what's described here:

Activating the Gifts of the Spirit (1 of 5) - Gifts of the Spirit / Hearing From God

 

Thus, I am so busy working with my Soul Family I don’t have time to post blogs here often anymore. I did write a blog for Twin Flame Day, and so I have included it here (below). I find that when I start writing about Joe’s amazing work, it’s really hard to stop writing about it. One idea leads to the next and the next and the next. I have been getting some interesting lessons the past few days, so I thought it might be good to put some of them in writing.

[To get the most out of the next paragraph click on every link and pay close attention.]

I have to say, I am highly disappointed with so many of the people on this planet who seem to love to call themselves “the collective.” I don’t know why so many people latch onto collectivism as if it’s a good thing. It is not. And just because they, as “the collective” deem that certain behaviors are permissible and even allowed by law, their consensus does not make those behaviors right. The ideological brainwashing that there is “no wrong” this majority group and vocal minority advocate has seemingly completely saturated the planet (often via “political correctness” and through education indoctrination and deliberate dumbing down)…and this is SO WRONG. They even teach their children that there is no wrong (“no right, no wrong, no rules for me”—thank you, Aleister Crowley) and they will wonder in the future why their children are so confused and why crimes continue to increase). Talking about “free education,” may we FIRST be provided with a rigorous education above and beyond “No Child Left Behind” and the sad “Common Core” standards…for the way it stands, free education amounts to little more than free indoctrination and child abuse in order to make us all slaves…even back in 2006, Joe described education as “acts of cognitive and educational violence” (Reading, Writing, and Thinking, p. 1).

“We will make the point in numerous contexts that ours is a rigorous but erotic pedagogy drawing upon the jouissance of the act of learning” (Reading, Writing, and Thinking, p. 1). Joe viewed learning as a “libidinal act” (p. 2), and after connecting to him and his dream, I understand what he means and how it can open my eyes to “view the world in diverse ways” (p. 2). He describes this process:

Enter left stage the notion of postformal intuition, defined as the ability to make swift and complex syntheses of multiple forces and phenomena that one faces. In a book about the postformal basics, this ability to synthesize diverse and complex inputs is the central goal of postformal thinkers.

All of us to some degree appreciate that abrupt lightening bolt of realization when we suddenly understand how a plethora of phenomena connect to one another. This is a moment of trans-logic, when we move beyond formalism. We really can’t describe the exact process that allowed us to see the connection but we know it happened. Its ineffability doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. It is profoundly real…In these moments we lose ourselves in the connection, in the unity that we sense and via our minds are a vital part. We belong to the connection, to something greater than what is available via formal methodologies. The veil is removed and we gain access to meaning. I give thanks that I can become so intoxicated by this contact with significance. (pp. 134-135)

 

And as he clarifies, we use the “magic of words” to call out “the hegemonic features of school” and other social institutions to illustrate “the absurdities and ethical lapses of the institution. Always respectful, always peaceful, always inclusive, always humble postformalism [critical complex psychology] constantly develops creative, festive, and unique ways of illustrating the ways dominant power attempts to shape both our consciousness and the international social order [i.e., the “New World Order’]. (p. 15)

This is why he expressed his passionate desire for writing and using the magic of words—to get us to think differently and to use our own creativity to get other people to think differently—and to take action.

It’s come to my recent awareness that Joe’s work is much like the gospel that Jesus taught. Churches, of course, rarely teach that gospel. And it makes sense that Joe was influenced by gospel—he was taught to be a preacher by age 12.  But don’t confuse his interweaving truths about love and knowledge in his work as presented in the Bible with religion…he was not a fundamentalist. This may be hard for many to understand, but I do understand how that can be since I feel pretty much the same way. We take the good and leave the rest behind. Here's just one example of how he entwined biblical concepts with his work (also from Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction):

Critical knowledge production always involves pointing out faulty argumentation, unsupported generalizations, and unexamined actions of a knowledge community.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. With such a task before us, I guess we just have to give up any aspirations to winning the Miss Congeniality contest. Such work will inevitably anger the guardians of the status quo. Relax, it’s our existential burden—go with it. In the spirit of critical theorist Max Horkheimer’s (1974) description of critical theory, a critical politics of knowledge/critical complex epistemology understands the social construction of reality. The knowledge position embraced here appreciates in this constructed context the complex socio-political processes that have shaped both the researcher and the researched. Thus, a key dimension of any critical complex epistemology involves the rigorous and difficult task of tracing the construction process. Critical theory—CSI (crime scene investigation). [p. 176 in Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy]

 

As you can see, sorting the sheep from the goats is a biblical reference; I love the way he pulled that in...and as for the Miss Congeniality Contest, I do put my chosen work far ahead of such trivialities and haven taken his advice here to heart. <3<3<3

Anyway, I came across these YouTube videos by Mel Bond that remind me so much of some of the things Joe writes about. This next one relates to what Joe calls enactivism….taking actions activates God’s power. This is not speculation. I’ve seen it over and over again in my own life. How it works behind the scenes leaves us with many questions…and a lifetime of seeking/researching.

Actions Activate God's Power - Mel Bond

Drawing again on Joe's own words: "Thus, a critical complex epistemology infused by a 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 contested site), but a libinally-enriched, erotic, exciting, curious, transgressive world where monotony becomes an enemy of th state. . . . Such an effort combined with sharpening the actions we take for justice becomes a basis for our lifelong quest" (pp. 180-181).

It's interesting how this excerpt is truly encoded...we have been on a quest for the Golden Chalice, an Arthurian Quest, and his critical complex epistemology and multidimensional critical complex bricolage are the guides to such quests.

Yes, We Celebrated Twin Flame Day, November 11, 2015

As I was ca-ruising YouTube this morning, a great reminder popped up that today is Twin Flame Day…all twin flames have proclaimed that 11-11 is a yearly celebration of the Twin Flame Reunion. Along with it being Twin Flame Day, there is also a New Moon.

The reminder is the following video, which summarizes the Twin Flame journey very well, which my own Soul Family refers to as the “Venus and Sanat Kumara One Love Path”:

Twin Flames and your Monad Group 

The video correlates with how I have experienced the twin flame and soul family union personally and have documented it (briefly, believe it or not) on this website…there is so much more, actually!

I want to again thank Joe for all he has done for me. It has been such an amazing and totally incredible journey—one that few people can relate to if they’re not aware of the full dimensionality of reality. Joe bent over backwards trying to convey our multidimensionality in his work, and in particular, his last book, Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction. And as he put it in his social studies book describing how he taught middle school students, “I turned back flips to make sure they felt the power of this élan vital, this purple magic of the word” (p. 13). I didn’t know what that meant when I first read it, but I do now. The purple represents the highest level of love possible…gamma ray vibrations, the healing power of the Holy Spirit, the reconnection to God, the Divine Gift of Sacred Love, the Violet Flames, the passion, the connection to soul family and higher dimensions…and when you reach high enough consciousness, you can see, feel, touch, taste, and smell anew in a very literal sense. And when you can literally see purple and engage all of these new senses, the power of the word increases many times. Joe used the power of the word througout his work which is why just reading his books will change you.

When Joe left this dimension, he continued to bend over backwards to get me to see that “elanté vital” he had written about, and to wake me up, teach and counsel me, heal me, and to demonstrate the true power of Divine Love that transcends time and space. He took me on a rapid transit ride to the other side and I have never looked back (other than to see what needs to change and do my day job to implement some of those changes). As I have often explained, Joe was/is exceptionally gifted (maybe he’s even one of those “gods” he mentioned in his last book; in my book, he is) and his sharing of his gifts with me is very true and very real…I can’t even begin to express the gratitude and love I have for him.

I know he loves this next song which really says it all; he cited the Eagles in his work in multiple places and he loves the Eagles…so this song is for you, Joe. I love you!!

Love will keep us alive - The EAGLES

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

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

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

~ Vanessa, April 9, 2016

 


 

Blogs

 

The Next Leg of the Journey

 

The Heart of the Multidimensional Critical Complex Bricolage

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

   

Joe’s Radical Love: Freedom and Justice for All

   

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Scholars, Students, Researchers, Teachers, ALL:

Offsetting Thanatos with Eros Love

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

 

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

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

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

New Alternatives for Education: How About Lifelong Learning?

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

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

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

 Treasure Hunt Blogs

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“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, p. 13)
 
 
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