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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions



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"Living in an Unsafe World"

Questions for the Week of February 26, 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, "Living in an Unsafe World." 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?"

"Living in an Unsafe World"

The Teacher's Questions (asked by John)

Hello Inetta,

Having not felt safe in this world for as long as I can remember, I recently realized that I have been protecting the world from my true nature. I have been pretty angry. Seeing this, I began to look at the symptoms around this hole. Eventually, my wife put her foot down and then guided me to a significant injury. I guess she got tired of me dancing around this hole.

What I saw was, I realized that not everyone could hurt me the way I thought they could. Or more importantly, I saw that not everyone wanted to hurt me the way I thought they might want to. In the end, I find that I feel more comfortable being my self. I feel less threatened, yet demand more respect for my feelings. I have even become less tolerant of blame and value connected moments tremendously.

All this said, I am now left with these questions.

  • How am I to now tolerate the family members I work with who reject what has become natural for me; connecting?
  • How can I even occupy space with people who blame and live in Layer 5?
  • How do I defend myself now?
  • How does an Emergence Practitioner find a place among people who are not?
  • Learning has taken over a larger part of my day I listen to courses during my commute, a better alternative to talk radio, which for obvious reasons became intolerable. So to protect my dash board from damage from my pummeling it, I purchased a audio physics course. How do I enjoy the course with the knowledge that I need to perform experiments my self to truly learn?
  • How do I learn physics with out it being merely Momentum Learning?
  • Is it possible to learn physics or is all theory merely an emergence which is just a picture for someone who could not picture?
  • Is a theory truth or just a more truthful picture relative to someone's injury?
  • How can an Emergence Practitioner learn from those outside of our safe world?

Sample Student Response Questions (asked by Inetta)

Hi John!

I too have been pondering the new knowledge of Momentum Learning. Mainly via the consumers that I work with. The phenomenon of Autism continues to baffle a lot of people, but yet, success in certain teaching styles have shown some effectiveness in helping these individuals lead some independence in their lives.

I've also realized that I love information that becomes knowledge for me. Knowledge, for me, is being able to allow myself to simply enjoy something new. And watch how it vibrates to different areas in my life.

Perhaps the joy in living with the knowledge of Emergence is in the joy of sharing it with other people when the opportunity arises.

My questions are:

  • If Momentum Learning is primarily through repetition, is it possible that beginning with repetition can help foster a larger picture?
  • Momentum learning is so prevalent in our everyday lives. For example, learning to lace our shoes; learning to ride a bike, learning how to drive. Can momentum learning coexist with an emergence?
  • How can Emergence help people with Autism?

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