What is Unlearning LO10145

Kerr, Donald (Donald.Kerr@alliedsignal.com)
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 06:22:00 -0700

John Zavacki said:

>Such learning occurs in metanoia, whether it be from 2nd generation
>manufacturing to TQM, socio-economic anarchy to LO, or non-religion to
>deep faith. It is learning. Mind and brain have both changed-additively.
>To me, "unlearning" implies the removal of tissue and connectivity.


I know I'm jumping into this thread late, but this statement interests
me very much. Peter Senge, in The Fifth Discipline, defined Metanoia as
"above and beyond the mind." Dr. Deming defined it as a reorientation
of one's way of life, repentance, or spiritual conversion. He used this
word in lieu of "Transformation." He the metanoia to Profound Knowledge
is not continuous, but discontinuous.

The question I have been trying to answer is, is learning the same or
different from metanoia? How is learning different from enlightenment
or revelation? Is learning a continuous process or can it be a
discontinuous event or peak moment? If meta (above)noia (mind) is above
the mind, how can it be learning?

How does the process of learning differ from metanoic transformation?
The reason I ask is I had a mystical peak experience with God in the
form of a dream that was a revelation that deeply changed my perspective
the moment I woke up. (I "unlearned" and old, deeply ingrained view very
rapidly and a new one was "revealed"). I experienced a "similar"
experience while sitting at Dr. Deming's 4-day seminar. I continue to
have "similar" peak moments in smaller continual changes, like when I
read the Fifth Discipline, a profound post on the LO, the Bible in a new
light, etc.

What is going on here? Are these all learning experiences in my mind
with varying degrees of emotions?

I was hoping you (or anyone) could shed some more light on the subject.

Have a Great Adventure!
Don Kerr


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