Unlearning & Unwritten rules LO9682

frank billot (fbillot@avignon.mm-soft.fr)
Mon, 2 Sep 1996 18:26:15 +0000

Replying to LO9643 --


I have read some of your postings of LO on the unlearning topic.

You wrote

>What I have discovered since starting this enquiry is that 'Unlearning'
produces very different reactions in different groups of people. Some see
it as unecessary, some as beneficial.

>I think [thanks Brock and Michael] we have arrived at an idea of
unlearning that works, at least for some, as *loosening the grip of the
past*. For me this can mean either being 'free with' our past 'mental
conditioning' or being 'free of' it.

I guess the confusion about the term that I have followed among the thread
stems from the idea "forgetting was has been learned". And if I understand
properly, what you are pointing is gaining freedom over our models,
certainties, (protections?).

That reminds me of a Zen story, which ends like "one cannot fill a glass
already full". Is your idea of unlearning close to "taking some distance
with our certainty of knowing" ? Would you buy this as a first step to
freeing oneself from mental conditionning ?

Unwritten rules are due to be the most influencial since they don't
necessarily come to consciousness, therefore accomplishing impact in a
hidden way.

I think the posting on shadows fits into your unlearning thread, in that
what seems to direct our behaviours is our cultural mindset on the one
hand and our personal history or the other.

What do you think ?

Frank Billot

L'exp=E9rience, ce n'est pas ce qui arrive =E0 l'individu.
C'est ce que l'individu fait de ce qui lui arrive.=20

Experience is not what happens to an individual.=20
It is what the individual makes of what happens to him.
Aldous Huxley


frank billot <fbillot@avignon.mm-soft.fr>

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