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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions



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"How Sensation Relates to Thoughts and Feelings"

Questions for the Week of July 16, 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 that most people define "learning" as the ability to parrot the correct answer.

What is wrong with this? "Parroting the correct answer" creates parrots, not students; dullards, not Einsteins. So how can we create more Einsteins? By asking questions which are intended to provoke the student's own questions. More important, this turns out to be the best way in which to reawaken in students their lost love of learning.

This week, our topic is "How Sensation Relates to Thoughts and Feelings." Would you like to awaken a love of learning in you 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?"

How Sensation Relates to Thoughts and Feelings

The Teacher's Questions

  • How does sensation relate to thoughts and feelings? For instance, does sensation cause feelings?
  • What is the difference between thoughts and feelings. Or are they merely two forms of the same thing?
  • Are thoughts more important than feelings in everyday life? More useful? More accurate? More detailed?
  • Where do thoughts come from? Do they arise in the body? Can this ever be disproved?
  • Can feelings cause sensation and can this then lead to thoughts?
  • Where do you picture images? Are these pictures thoughts? Feelings? Sensations? Something else?
  • Do clear boundaries exist between imagined thoughts and literal thoughts. Thoughts based on actual sensations
  • Can you even know that a sensation isn't imagined? To what degree?
  • Can you ever be sure that a thought truly represents reality? Does this even matter?
  • Is the mind ever empty, meaning, without thoughts or feelings? Or is this not possible?

Sample Student Response Questions

  • Aristotle said that of the five physical senses, vision is most important. Was he right?
  • Is intuition a feeling? An emotion? Something else? The sixth sense, for instance?
  • Is intuition like the body's version of mental image? A non visual picture as opposed to one we can see?
  • How does time relate to the onset of thoughts and feelings? For instance, do thoughts arise quicker or do emotions precede thoughts?
  • Can the body ever sense something and not think thoughts? Must sensation always lead to feelings?
  • Does IQ alter the number of thoughts one has? For instance, do high IQ folks have more thoughts?
  • Does gender alter the number of emotions a person has? For instance, do women feel more feelings than men?
  • Can intelligence decrease the number of emotions a person feels? Increase this number? Make no difference?
  • Are children more emotional than adults? Do babies feel emotion more purely?
  • Do pre verbal children think in the sounds of words? Only in pictures? Sensations? Can they tell the difference?

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