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Primal Wonder: What it is and why it matters

  • Hanahau'oli School Professional Development Center 1922 Makiki Street Honolulu United States (map)

Join Dr. Thomas Jackson of the UH Uehiro Academy and p4cHawai‘i at an engaging pau hana talk in the Hanahau‘oli School Professional Development Center on Wednesday, July 17 at 5:30pm.

Pupus and refreshments will be provided.

“In varying degrees, all of us at some point wonder. Significantly, the philosopher Plato maintained that wonder marks the beginning of philosophy. Plato however, didn't say when this wonder itself begins. This talk presents the idea that we ALL are born with a special vibrant, open, intense wonder that I call PRIMAL WONDER.” -- Thomas Jackson, PhD (Dr. J)

Engage with Dr. J and other members of the education and philosophy communities in an exploration of what Primal Wonder is and why we should cultivate it. Primal Wonder -- fueled by an insatiable curiosity and coupled with our growing facility with language -- unleashes a seemingly inexhaustible flood of persistent "But why?" questions. It marks the beginning of our efforts to make sense of our world, our "little p" philosophy. Most people concede that this initial flood sadly reduces to a trickle as we grow, as does our "little p" philosophy. Dr. J will share his methods for listening carefully to the wonderings of young children and responding in a gently Socratic way to re-ignite our own primal wonder and create a refreshingly deeper relationship with ourselves, our children and others.