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Learning from another culture often awakens more than cultural understanding

Learning from another culture often awakens more than cultural understanding

OpenAI. (2023). Serene Japanese Garden [Digital image]. DALL·E Image Generator.

The transition from high school to university can be both exhilarating and challenging for students as they adapt to heightened academic expectations and responsibilities.

While there are existing support structures, students can benefit from supplementary viewpoints and practices to facilitate this transition.
Learning to interact and understand other cultures can be integrated with the provision of invaluable insights that align with aspects of the high school to university transition in Australia.

Key Japanese Philosophies and their Core Concepts

Several Japanese philosophies underscore self-improvement, the quest for purpose, societal contribution, and resilience:

  • Zen Buddhism advocates for an empty mind, ego detachment, and self-overcoming through meditation (Suzuki, 1959).
  • Ikigai emphasizes finding one’s purpose by harmonizing passion, mission, vocation, and profession (García & Miralles, 2018).
  • Neo-Confucianism champions the utilization of education for the betterment of others and the broader society (Huang, 1997).
  • Concepts such as mushin (no-mind) and shoshin (beginner’s mind) inspire a present-focused mindset and a fresh perspective on things.


OpenAI. (2023). Traditional Japanese scrolls illustrating philosophies [Digital image]. DALL·E Image Generator

Transition from High School to Australian Tertiary Experience

The fundamental values of these philosophies resonate profoundly with the transition from high school to university in Australia. This shift demands heightened independence and self-direction, correlating with the self-improvement philosophy. Students’ pursuit of purpose in their academic endeavours mirrors ikigai. The motivation to make a positive societal impact aligns with neo-Confucianism. Moreover, fostering resilience by maintaining a clear mind and sustaining curiosity facilitates better adaptability (Tinto, 1993; Kift, 2009).

5 Practical Applications for a Smoother Transition

Here are some actionable recommendations for high school students transitioning to university, grounded in these Japanese philosophies:

1. Allocate time for meditation and introspection for enhanced concentration and mental clarity (Kabat-Zinn, 1994).







OpenAI. (2023). Zen Buddhist monk meditating in a tranquil Japanese garden [Digital image]. DALL·E Image Generator.

 2. Recognize your passions and strengths to pinpoint studies or activities that resonate with your purpose.

  • Ikigai BBC – Ikigai: A Japanese concept to improve work and life
  • Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “reason for being.” It encompasses the intersection of what you love (passion), what you are good at (vocation), what the world needs (mission), and what you can be paid for (profession).







OpenAI. (2023). Illustration of Ikigai concept with intersecting circles and Japanese village backdrop [Digital image]. DALL·E Image Generator.


3. Contemplate how your academic pursuits can address societal or community challenges.

  • Neo-Confucianism Encyclopedia Britannica – Neo-Confucianism
  • This philosophy emphasizes the importance of education and knowledge for the betterment of society. The well-being of the community and society is paramount in Neo-Confucian thought.







OpenAI. (2023). Artistic rendering of a Neo-Confucian scholar reading ancient texts [Digital image]

4. Approach the unfamiliar academic landscape with a curious mindset and a readiness to learn.

  • Shoshin (Beginner’s Mind) Tricycle – The Beginner’s Mind
  • Translated as “beginner’s mind,” shoshin refers to having an open and eager attitude when starting something new or studying a subject.






OpenAI. (2023).
Watercolor painting of a student practicing shoshin by observing cherry blossoms [Digital image].

5.  Abandon ego, remain resilient amid obstacles, and grow through introspection (Deci & Ryan, 2008)

  • Mushin (No-Mind) Karate by Jesse – Mushin: The Zen of No Mind
  • Often translated as “no-mind,” mushin is a state where the mind is clear of thoughts and is fully present in the moment, allowing one to act without being hindered by ego or emotional attachment.

OpenAI. (2023). Ink drawing of a martial artist demonstrating the concept of mushin [Digital image]. DALL·E Image Generator.

By weaving in elements from Zen Buddhism, ikigai, neo-Confucianism, and other Japanese philosophies, students can amplify their personal growth and transition experiences. Using the wisdom from these philosophies empowers students to remain anchored, resolute, and socially aware on their academic voyage as they navigate this significant life transition.



  • García, H., & Miralles, F. (2018). Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Penguin Books.
  • Huang, C. (1997). Neo-Confucianism: New Ideas on Old Thought. Asian Philosophy, 7(1), 17-31.
  • Kabat-Zinn, J. (1994). Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. Hyperion.
  • Kift, S. (2009). Articulating a transition pedagogy to scaffold and to enhance the first year student learning experience in Australian higher education. Higher Education Research & Development, 28(3), 319-330.
  • Suzuki, D. T. (1959). Zen and Japanese Culture. Princeton University Press.
  • Tinto, V. (1993). Leaving college: Rethinking the causes and cures of student attrition. University of Chicago Press.

Apple breathes life back into AR/VR

Certainly! The Apple AR headset is one of the most highly anticipated releases in the tech world, and for good reason. As we all know, Apple is known for its innovative products and the AR headset is no exception.

One of the key features of the Apple AR headset is its ability to provide a fully immersive augmented reality experience. Unlike other AR devices, the Apple AR headset is designed to provide a seamless experience with no lag or delay. This is made possible by the use of advanced sensors and cameras that are built into the headset.

Another notable feature of the Apple AR headset is its sleek and minimalist design. The headset is incredibly lightweight and comfortable to wear, making it perfect for extended use. Additionally, the headset is designed to be fully adjustable, allowing users to customize the fit to their liking.

Released today the price, it is expected to be on the higher end of the spectrum, at US $3500

When compared to other AR/VR devices on the market, the Apple AR headset stands out for its advanced technology and seamless user experience. While other devices may offer similar features, the Apple AR headset is designed to provide a truly immersive experience that is unmatched by any other device.

In conclusion, the Apple AR headset is a highly anticipated release that is sure to revolutionize the way we interact with technology. With its advanced features, sleek design, and immersive experience, it is sure to be a hit among tech enthusiasts and casual users alike.

How to steer the conversation towards GPT-4 instead of Micrsoft’s Turing model?

When you submitted a prompt to Bing, if the processing model deems it's simple it will go through the simpler, Micrsoft's Turing model, if the prompt is deemed to be complicated it will go through GPT-4 (Link). My speculation is that Creative Mode has a high likelihood of using GPT-4, and other modes use Turing model more frequently.

The issue is we don't know which model is used. I exclusively use the Creative Mode and I don't notice the change in quality of the answers (with the variation in LLM's answer it's really hard to know if it's a different model or the model is just dumb in this case/with this prompt). Every aspect of Bing is also really slow compared to ChatGPT, including rerunning the prompt, limited turns, etc. (yes, I'm grateful to have this technology, just trying to optimize for speed and quality here).

So my question is how can we steer the model to use a specific model to ensure consistency in the answer?

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