Last week we held a Whole Dojo on brainwashing, which is part of a broader series on the very relevant topic of manipulation and radicalization in the world. This series of Dojos speak to subject matter that requires metacognitive thought to comprehend. I also believe these dojo's may provide a degree of inoculation against the forms of brainwashing and manipulation discussed.
Next week our subject will be fake news.
Right now I would like to use some highlights from the brainwashing dojo to point out a few things about the Whole Dojo process. The learning theory behind Whole Dojo is that reflecting back on a subject making a conscious effort to utilize all the major cognitive components of problem solving leads to deeper understanding and promotes self- regulated learning .
The first phase of Wholistic Problem Solving is the input phase. It is made of three parts, but this is basically where a problem gets identified and defined. The brainwashing subject was fun to define because there is a definite continuum to brainwashing ranging from outright violence to subtle forms of persuasion. So it was hard to nail down a definitive definition. Here is a snip of us settling on the definition for brain washing.