Process - Structure LO26666

From: Leo Minnigh (
Date: 05/10/01

Replying to LO26635 --

Dear LO'ers,

Thank you At. You described the interesting Period of Rediscovering
Learning (PRL). I was thinking of Learning Paths (LP).

One of the peculiar things of the Divina Comedia is the Learning Path.
Dante has worked to a climax in a way opposite to e.g. Shakespeare. Where
the plays of Shakespeare usually end with destruction, murder and drama,
the Divina Comedia ends with love and light. There is another difference
between the writings of those two giants of the past, somewhat as a result
of the former observation. The plays of Shakespeare show a certain and
well defined beginning and end. Whereas the Divina Comedia is open ended,
it lacks in fact an end. It is a rather circular book. I have the
impression that one could start reading the Divina Comedia at nearly any
page, it is a continuous loop.

But what is the ideal Learning Path (LP), if there is such thing: starting
with examples of the bad and ending with light and glory, or starting with
glory and ending with the bad? Do we need as attractor a heaven, succes or
peaceful happiness at the end of our LP, or should the motor that drives
our LP be fear for deluge, inferno or another end of the world?

Or must we look for a more complex answer, a rich picture without the Law
of the Excluded Middle? Is the ideal LP a meandering, spiralling or
oscilating path between heaven and hell. Should we raise our children with
fear for punishment, or is there another way. Should we manage
organisations with compliments and a view to a land of hope and glory, or
shall we reintroduce the whip, or whipping with compliments, or
compliments with whipping?

dr. Leo D. Minnigh
Library Technical University Delft
PO BOX 98, 2600 MG Delft, The Netherlands
Tel.: 31 15 2782226
        Let your thoughts meander towards a sea of ideas.


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