Today was the final class in Human Cognition and Instruction, taught by Dr. K. I knew my final grade last week, and final evaluations were handed in at the end of session today.
It was the best class I have had at UNL, and Dr. K is the best instructor I have had in any graduate class, ever.
While I only published my notes for the first half of class or so, in just those weeks we discussed
- behavioralism, cognition, and social cognition, in a lecture which gave me new thoughts on fingertip-feeling
- lecture and recall, a subject with obvious implications for 5GW in particular and meaningful violence generally
- levels of processing, giving me new thoughts on Orientation and framing
- forgetting and representing, an action-pact that foreshadowed major themes of the class.
- note taking strategies, which are valuable for understanding human struggle, an interactive lecture with erratic notes
Dr. K invented the SOAR Cognition Loop. Developed independently of Boyd’s OODA loop, it is best thought of a OODA in a classroom setting. However, it’s not just a “special case” of OODA like Special Relativity is a “special case” of general relativity — rather, it is symbolic framework for mechanically modeling thought that, when combined with the triz creativity system, provides a breathtaking view of human cognition.
My biggest regret this semester, as far as this blog is concerned, is not doing the material in this class justice. In a sense, the tdaxp blog is just my public attempt to properly understand Dr. Barnett, Col. Boyd, and Col. Hammes. I have to add Dr K to that list. This was a first step.
In a recent post, Dr. Barnett asked, “We can either do or we can teach, now which is it going to be?” Dr. K does both. Superbly.