Criteria for "Learning Organization" LO29641

From: AM de Lange (
Date: 12/03/02

Replying to LO29613 --

Dear Organlearners,

Richard Karash <> writes:

>p.s. Using At de Lange's symbology, I could write:
> learning = /_\ knowledge ...or...
> learning = /_\ capacity for effective action
>Where /_\ is an approximation in our e-mail medium of the
>mathematical symbol for "change in some quantity."
>At has been writing here for some time about the distinction
>between being and becoming, and I now think the tendency
>to confuse these in our language is creating part of the
>confusion here.

Greetings dear Rick,

My first thinking on the distinction between becoming and being was in
1965 in my third year of physics. Our prof tried to teach us the
"operator-operand" formalism of quantum mechanics. Need i to add that this
part of quantum mechanics was a fiasco?

The sign /_\ is an approximation of the capital Greek letter DELTA (D).
Assume that a quantity X changes from the value 3 to value 5. Then
/_\X = 5 - 3 = 2

Here all three the entities 2, 3 and 5 are numbers, i.e. beings. We could
also write that 3 + 2 = 5. The becoming in this expression is the "+"
which is the sign for the act "add".

I agree that one can see learning as an increment in knowledge, i.e.,
knowledge(begin) + learning = knowledge(end)
But in this expression the "act of learning" is represented by the "+".

I am now much in favour of thinking in terms of
"+learning" rather than either the "+" or the "learning".
I call such a "becoming-being" together as an Elementary Organiser
(EO). If only our prof in quantum mechanics could tell us that the
"operator-operand" formalism was the EO of quantum mechanics.
But then, would it have prevented the fiasco ;-) ?

With care and best wishes,


At de Lange <> Snailmail: A M de Lange Gold Fields Computer Centre Faculty of Science - University of Pretoria Pretoria 0001 - Rep of South Africa

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