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Poch Peralta

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Do we learn faster in cities? Learning is defined here as: Acquiring tested, practical knowledge or skill from human and non-human sources.

Learning Faster -- in Cities
Is this the subconscious reason why some people leap into cities without safety nets? It seems the provincials have now a valid reason for doing that. I am dubious of the piece and I think this is going to be a hot debate.
The title of my reference is: Why We Learn Faster in Cities Than We Could On Our Own

'O'Mara argues that we must understand the unique history and geography of places like Silicon Valley if we are to replicate these places as hubs of talent, jobs, capital, and institutions.

'In our 'flat' digital world, in which we can connect virtually with anybody we want, one could argue that the notion of an innovation hub is outdated.

'However, in today's lesson, innovation guru John Hagel explores the paradox that, despite the fact that technology infrastructure has made location unimportant, we’re becoming more urbanized at a more rapid rate than ever before...'
http://bigthink.com/big-think-tv/cities-of-knowledge-why-we-learn-faster-in-cities-than-we-could-on-our-own

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  • Dec 5 2013: I believe we learn best when there are opportunities to learn coupled with the right kind of stimulus to foster new learning. One may argue that a city provides such a combination, therefore cities are better suited for learning. Right?! Well, that all depends on WHAT learning we are speaking of. There are opportunities to learn all around us, all the time. WE really provide our own stimulus for learning. Therefore, what a person learns, how much they learn, how fast they learn, and how deeply they understand is entirely up to the individual and how motivated they are.
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      Dec 5 2013: '...therefore cities are better suited for learning. Right?! Well, that all depends on WHAT learning we are speaking of.'

      Now that you mentioned that, I now recall an instance where I learned in the city because the venue
      was not available in the provinces -- the IBM GLC where I studied a computer language. Anyway, the
      thing here is availability of venue, not learning faster. At least that points out there are more opportunities
      for learning in cities, but not learning faster.

      And yes Andre. The most important thing is the desire to learn -- whereever the opportunity is.

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