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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions



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"On Symptoms as Fractals"

Questions for the Week of January 22, 2007



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When asked, "how do you best learn?" most people usually respond with either a technique, like, "in a classroom," or by naming their favorite sense, like, "I learn best visually." Unfortunately, this implies most people define "learning" as the ability to parrot the correct answer.

What is wrong with this? We believe that "parroting the correct answer" creates parrots, not students; dullards, not Einsteins. So how can we create more Einsteins? We believe, by asking questions which are intended to provoke the student's own questions. More important, we see this as the best way with which to reawaken in students the love of learning.

This week's topic is, "On Symptoms as Fractals." Would you like to awaken your love of learning about this topic? You can, simply by reading the teacher's questions and then, by asking yourself, "what questions did these words just provoke in me?"

"On Symptoms as Fractals"

asked by Ed)

What happens when a person is caught between a block and something that has emerged? The picture in my mind is that it is like being caught between the sun and a black hole. I love and hate writing, martial arts, working out, making music and art. I am constantly torn in my relationship with them. I have a sense that I spend a lot of my time Layer "Two-ing" it, and the level of mastery I seek involves me leaving Layer Two and seeking Inner Layer pictures? I'm not exactly sure how to do this though, and I end up feeling stuck in Layer Two. I suspect that if I were better able to recognize fractals, I would begin learning and teaching like our esteemed Leader. Damn, being blind and lame sucks.

  • If BLocked needs create symptoms and if a BLock is a hole, then are "symptoms," the edge of the hole?
  • Is every discomfort, irritation, bruise, injury, feeling, distraction, etc., a symptom? (I am asking because I realize I have yet to truly grasp the idea of "symptoms," in the Emergence sense, anyway. I say this as I often attend to things like a "painful" hip, only to have my wife, Netta, point out that I should explore the other hip, as that is where the wound is. It seems to me, attending to symptoms is like having an itch on your nose and licking your lips to stop it. It never quite gets it.)
  • When stuck in the compulsion of, "having to know" (Momentum Learning), is this urge a symptom of the Blocked need to see what you don’t know?
  • Is mastery a reflection of learning by extension?
  • Is "not knowing" a symptom?
  • Is what you do not know a wound?
  • Is there any difference between "not knowing something" in an emergence sense and being wounded?
  • In a universe made up of fractals, is "not knowing how to recognize a fractal" akin to being blind?
  • Can you "know" anything without knowing the fractals involved?
  • Can you learn by extension without seeing / knowing the fractals involved?
  • Can you teach anything without knowing the fractals involved?
  • Can we learn to recognize fractals like we recognize squares?

Sample Student Response Questions (asked by Steven)

  • Is a "wound," a fractal?
  • Is "healing," another fractal?
  • Is anything in our world not based on a fractal?
  • Is anything outside our world based on a fractal?

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