What's it like to become fully human? In The Learning Project 35 people of all ages and backgrounds, from the celebrated to the unknown, recount lives of ecstasy, tragedy, success, and despair. Welcome your rites of passage, because without them you are unchanged.
Those interviewed include young people, artists, athletes, tradesmen, soldiers, scientists, and politicians, some of whom you'll know by name. They range from Nobel Laureate to street vandal, from physician to drug addict. Some have disabilities, many suffered trauma, all are survivors. Each person answers the question of how learning changed their life. They speak of learning through schooling, family, struggle, work, and hardship with stories that are personal, frustrating, and sometimes horrific. All are inspiring.
Some of these stories go back 15 years, others go back 150. They are stories of modern rites of passage echoing a mythology that goes back thousands of years. Locked in them is the secret to becoming human. I cannot give you the key, but you can find it.
Lincoln Stoller grew up around and was mentored directly by the colleagues of Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder, Bucky Fuller, and Albert Einstein. As a teenager, he traveled the world climbing mountains and, in the process, fell 1,000 feet off the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, swam across the arctic sea, crashed his airplane, collapsed his horse, steped in quicksand, survived a major earthquake, was buried in an avalanche, and became a cultural ambassador to families in Central America, Mongolia, and the Caribbean. During this time he attended seven colleges, got a doctorate in Quantum Mechanics, and founded a software company specializing in business automation. Building on his interests in physics, neurophysiology, psychology, education, and culture Lincoln is now a therapist and mentor living in British Columbia, Canada, where he works with clients remotely. He has two wonderful ex-wives, and two wonderful sons. Committed to supporting intuition and the feeling mind, he can be contacted through his web site at mindstrengthbalance.com.
“In a society deeply committed to time-wasting, Lincoln Stoller has given us something of a miracle, a window out of our own clasutrophobic darkness into the consciousness of others.”
– John Taylor Gatto author of Dumbing Us Down
“A Rosetta Stone for living a self-made, satisfied life; an intuitive understanding worth more than its weight in gold... I highly recommend this book to anyone in the process of pursuing their dreams – that should mean everyone.”
– Alexander Khost founder of Voice of the Children, NYC
“Authentic learning comes from living as much with passion as with intellect…?I recommend this book to anyone, but especially to people thinking about how they themselves might leave a well-worn path for something new and heartfelt.”
– Peter Grey, PhD author of Free to Learn
“Physicist by training and philosopher by inclination, Lincoln Stoller asks a fascina- ting collection of people how they made key decisions in their lives... This book is relevant for anyone considering their personal narrative and life philosophy.”
— Rachel Harris, PhD author of Children Learn What They Live
“A powerhouse of intellectual and humanistic insights... An intimate look at what it means to be human. An amazing book, well worth reading more than once.”
– Kate Jones, President of Kadon Enterprises, gamepuzzles.com
"The participants in Stoller’s collection offer a highly unusual sampling (that) merits serious study by learners at all stages of life, aspiration, and education. RECOMMENDED"
– The US Review of Books