Unlearning LO24187

From: John Zavacki (jzavacki@greenapple.com)
Date: 03/17/00

Replying to LO24170 --


You're right. There have been threads on "unlearning" before. The
problem with the thread was not the concept, but the name you've given it.
I, for one, do not like the word unlearning. It is confuses the reader
and the thinker. What is called unlearning is a special case of the
general theory of learning. It is a case in which new evidence is
presented which allows the learner to richen their mental model. In some
instances, we suspend belief, in others, we expand it, in some, belief
tranforms to disbelief and new belief. Something learned becomes
something more, something different. The "old" learning still exists, but
now with a different set of relationships to other knowledge. It is still
known, but now as a 'simpler' or less 'valuable' concept and may be used
by the learner as a heuristic towards the 'newer' more 'valuable'

Enough of these transformations and we have wisdom.

John F. Zavacki
jzavacki@greenapple.com <mailto:jzavacki@greenapple.com>


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