Navigating the digital age may seem a daunting task: there are endless claimants to have answers, endless advertisements of supposed expertise, supposed solutions to all life’s problems. Though I have expertise and a specialization—having earned a Doctorate in Philosophy—I am neither an expert nor a specialist. You could say that I know a little something about everything, yes; but, much more importantly, I spend my days (and many of my nights) studying, researching, thinking about—questing after—an understanding of the whole: the whole of life, the universe, and everything; how all the pieces fit together, or how they ought to fit together.
Most of all, I seek to know best of all how to question rightly. Little of what I do consists in the provision of answers (at most, I present arguments as for what I believe the answers to be)–instead, I teach how to ask questions, how to discover meaning through all the noise.
You and I and nearly everyone else in the world are entering, have entered, a new paradigm of technology: the paradigm of digital life. While many have focused on the mass distribution potential of the internet, the more potent possibility allowed by digital technology is the return of direct connections between persons. Distances are shrunk by our present-day connectivity; which, in turn, liberates time from the rigidity of the modern work schedule. In the emerging paradigm of digital life, new pathways for learning are developing.