What is Unlearning LO10190

Dr Ilfryn Price (101701.3454@compuserve.com)
Fri, 27 Sep 1996 06:20:29 -0400

Replying to LO10132 --

>To me, "unlearning" implies the removal of tissue and connectivity.

Sorry John. To me it does not any more than learning implies the addition
of tissue.

Learning for me occurs more like the acquisition of certain patterns of
connectivity in the mind, out of which we then act and perceive.

Unlearning implies for me gaining freedom from our attachment to those
patterns. If others want to call that a high order of learning it is fine
by me. I am more interested in the process than the definition.

When I was first offered by a colleague less attached to the word
*learning* than most of us on this list, the word *unlearning* I also
found it unecessary -or perhaps even a threat to a cherished part of my
belief system. It took me the best part of a year to recognise how, in
reacting that way, I was attached to and stuck in a certain meaning I
attached to learning. I acknowledge that the attachment may be less strong
for others who may have gained more mastery in their own learning and
merely ask that they recognise that unlearning works for some.

If Price
Active Personal Learning
Pewley Fort Guildford UK


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