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Piloting Pedagogies Glossary

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trope- "In rhetoric a trope is a figure of speech involving a "turn" or change of sense--the use of a word in a sense other than the literal; in this sense firgures of comparison (see metaphor, simile) as well as ironical expressions are tropes" (531).  Harman, A Handbook to Literature.  10th ed.



agon -"(Classical Greek ἀγών) is an ancient Greek word with several meanings:

  • In one sense, it meant a contest, competition, or challenge that was held in connection with religious festivals.[1][2]
  • In its broader sense of a struggle or contest, agon referred to a contest in athletics, chariot or horse racing, music or literature at a public festival in ancient Greece.
  • Agon was also a mythological personification of the contests listed above.[3] This god was represented in a statue at Olympia with halteres (ἁλτῆρες) in his hands. This sta­tue was a work of Dionysius, and dedicated by a Smicythus of Rhegium.[4]
  • In Ancient Greek drama, particularly old comedy (fifth century B.C.), the agon refers to the formal convention according to which the struggle between the characters should be scripted in order to supply the basis of the action. The meaning of the term has escaped the circumscriptions of its classical origins to signify, more generally, the conflict on which a literary work turns. Agon is a formal debate which takes place between the chief characters in a Greek play, protagonist and antagonist, usually with the chorus acting as judge. The character who speaks second always wins the agon, since the last word is always hers or his.
  • Agon is also one of the four elements of play identified by Roger Caillois in his book Man, Play and Games. "  Wikipedia. Posted by Kim



transhumanism- [Transhumanism Wikipedia Article] a term often used as a synonym for "human enhancement", is an international, intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of science and technology to enhance human mental and physical abilities and aptitudes, and overcome what it regards as undesirable and unnecessary aspects of the human condition, such as disability, suffering, disease, aging, and involuntary death. Transhumanist thinkers study the possibilities and consequences of developing and using human enhancement techniques and other emerging technologies for these purposes. Possible dangers, as well as benefits, of powerful new technologies that might radically change the conditions of human life are also of concern to the transhumanist movement.[2]posted by kim

  note: This artilce was an intense eye-opening read.  The bibliography contains a lot of fascinating links.    


Artist Patricia Piccinins





Dogbloggity- a "treyism" on the variation of hot-diggity-dog meaning to blog like a dog.  posted by kim

Refresh your reality tunnel-a vital introspection that should take place many times throughout ones existence. posted by Tiff 


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