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EP62 Zak Stein on Education, Tech & Religion

Zachary Stein

Zak Stein talks with Jim about the pros & cons of technology in education & the role of the teacher, unrealized education potentials in TV & internet, what advertising is teaching us, the role of religion in education, good vs bad science & religion, emerging eclectic religion & spirituality, spirituality as seen by developmental psychology, perennial philosophy, self-transcendence & integration, concreate utopias & Zak’s 13 social miracles, good-faith social discourse, religious transhumanism, and much more.

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Zachary Stein is a writer, educator, and futurist working to bring a greater sense of sanity and justice to education. He studied philosophy and religion at Hampshire College, and then educational neuroscience, human development, and the philosophy of education at Harvard University. While a student at Harvard, he co-founded what would become Lectica, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to the research-based, justice-oriented reform of large-scale standardized testing in K-12, higher-education, and business.

He has published two books. Social Justice and Educational Measurement which was based on his dissertation and traces the history of standardized testing and its ethical implications. His second book, Education in a Time Between Worlds, expands the philosophical work to include grappling with the relations between schooling and technology more broadly. He writes for peer-reviewed academic journals across a range of topics including the philosophy of learning, educational technology, and integral theory. He’s a scholar at the Ronin Institute, Co-President and Academic Director of the activist think-tank at the Center for Integral Wisdom, and scientific advisor to the board of the Neurohacker Collective and other technology start-ups.

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