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9. "Knowledge" is non-transferable.

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1 9. "Knowledge" is non-transferable. on Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:48 pm


9. "Knowledge" is non-transferable.

As can be seem from the maxims above, learning, understanding, and therefore knowledge is organic and dynamic. The brain must be nurtured in the specific domains that are about to be learned and hopefully understood. Therefore, it becomes obvious that knowledge cannot be transferred verbatim, or downloaded from one person to the next as if they were connected by computer cables because there is no compatibility between brains to allow this to happen. Why? Each learner creates unique neuro-pathways and convoluted networks in their own brains in accord with the real-time mappings that exist in their individual brains at any given moment. It is all very unique and proprietary. This means that each learner’s internal learning experience is necessarily uniquely different across brains, but even on an second-by-second basis within a single brain. Changes do happen that quickly. In short, regardless of the learning context, any form of knowledge that exists in one person can never be transferred verbatim to another person because of huge biological differences, and because knowledge itself is dynamic in nature — it is never concrete in any single person’s brain. This why computers can so good at top-down rote-learning, but humans are notoriously bad at it.This also leads in to the next maxim.

Q. Another die-hard human conceit -- transfer of knowledge. As teachers, we must accept that nothing we teach will transfer from our brains into our students' brains verbatim. How does that make you feel? What changes to your teaching should you consider along with this maxim?

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