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"passive intelligence" "Passive Learning" "Passive Doing". what next?

"Passive Intelligence", "Passive Learning", "Passive Doing"

Today most of us are bound to this digital age; information encompasses and overwhelms us, it is rarely tied to experience. Information projected on a two dimensional surface becomes our day to day reality. This information manifests in us as it churns through our very core altering our day to day experiences. We adhere to a projected surface. We accumulate Information as we revolve around a quantity that superficially exists on the surface of an illuminated screen. Are we really learning or does this “learning” delude us into a sense of security, well-being and completeness?
We think this accumulated knowledge is intelligence, how true is this?

I enjoy the internet, I enjoy it very much. I get caught in the lure of information and media. Soon the things I once enjoyed beyond the screen become unimportant, overwritten and forgotten.
I remember the many times I overcame obstacles as a child, I recall all the trees I climbed with such fervour, the days I spent scratching along the sides of the Himalayas, all those times I repeatedly dismantled myself and my bicycle in the span of seconds in a failed attempt to avert a collision. They were good times, it dominated any given day, but this was a day in the life of a child.
Interestingly there are people who have dedicated their lives to doing such things as adults, they come on TV, and we watch them.
I often feel like we are heading towards this state of passive observation, watching others, and hoping one day that we might be watched in return. It all seem to fit perfectly; a fantasy, superficially extending beyond the limits of human capacity.

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    Aug 26 2011: You have a good point here.
    There are different kinds of learning with different results in knowing.
    Someone that lived an event and those that heard of it know the same thing but only the first really knows.
    This plays a role also in education. Students learn from books social studies or something else and if they work in that field they know if they haven't forgotten it but can't put it into practice.
    "Passive knowing gives passive doing" as you've said already and I think you know it all, so why discussing? Can we change it?
    • Aug 26 2011: "Can we change it?"

      i think a good start would be to develop one's self-awareness. a strong developed understanding of passivity in us and how it manifests would help identify the problem, this allows us to overcome it, if necessary.

      the necessity always arises with the awareness. but on the other hand, action, change, altering the mundane/ common will be difficult. but that is the very nature of change.


      thank you for say a little something.
      its good to have people talk about these things.
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        Sep 14 2011: Manush,
        I agree that understanding how we function as individuals gives us more information to make more interesting choices in our lives. Awareness and mindfulness in every moment is important to create a life experience that is more interesting, in my humble opinion:>)
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    Sep 14 2011: Hello Manush:>)
    You make some good points....information projected becomes our reality...does this superficial "learning" delude us into a sense of security, well being and completeness?

    Apparently, this way of "being" DOES NOT trick us, evidenced by the number of people who are looking for something more...how to find happiness...love...compassion...empathy...etc. People seem to be searching for something beyond passive living.

    The internet is a valuable tool, and as you say Manush, it can also distract us from other things and people in our lives. To head toward a state of "passive observation" is always a choice for each and every one of us in every moment. We can simply watch and follow others, or we can take in as much information as possible for the purpose of formulating our own plan regarding how we will "be" in this world. Being passive may be easier at times, because it doesn't require much thought or feeling on our part. However, I've discovered in my own life journey, that I prefer to be actively involved in any and all experiences. It's always a choice:>)
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    Sep 5 2011: Passive compassion.
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    Aug 24 2011: I dont know till you mention it. When I Wikied the word, able to understand a bit that passive intellect which can only kindled by Active intellect for useful action. I need to go deep into further to know that. Are talking about the same thing? Your explanation is about information bombardment and the life on the 2D plane. Yes we do indulge in the digital world more than required. we dont know the limits and even dont care. We are imploring ourselves into a page (in web), Likes (in FB) and etc., by exploring the digiworld. We lost ourselves. This is leading us as humans who dont like other. We have friends and followers on the net to follow/interact for our specific qualities/behaviors. They might not accept us as a whole we are. We dont even try to interact with the world of unknown people. When I check-in to airport, opens the lappy immediately to launch the self into virtual world. But why? I got many people in the public place though unknown to me they are neither discourteous nor irrespectful. But still i love to hangout with people I like. We dont love and care each other. We need to sync the both worlds..thats the way out.
    • Aug 25 2011: In essence I am trying to make the distinction between learned, acquired knowledge through limited media and how that transforms our intelligence.
      If Aristotle claims that “passive intellect” resides in all, and that the "active" has to transform that intelligence and knowledge into action, well that would also be relevant to our discussion.
      Although I would question Aristotle on his idea of "passive intellect"; is there such a thing as "potential intelligence" that resides as a constant in everyone?

      I like some of the ideas you have brought to this page, Facebook allows us to be in touch with people, rekindle relationships, and not distance ourselves from the people we love or hate.
      but what about our very own reality in this breathing world?, we live in constant proximity to other people, continually evading others so we can return to our screens just to comment on a page just the way I have started this forum. I could be talking to other people around me, listening to others, developing ideas and arriving to some consensuses in a reality that inclines to my life. I am NOT suggesting that being here is a direct example on the absurdity of “passive learning”, “passive doing”.
      I am not suggesting we get rid of the television set or the computer or the internet. I would personally shoot the person who would suggest it. :)
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    Aug 24 2011: Intuition, maybe ?
    • Aug 25 2011: intuition is closely tied to intelligence, accumulated knowledge and learning.

      so yes, intuition included!

      while knowledge can be a constant (e.g. millions watching, playing and reading the same thing), life circumstance, learning and intelligence become largely dependent on what we spend our time on and how we spend it.
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    Aug 24 2011: Do you mean "passive learning" - as opposed to trial and error learning?

    That, by the way is a hint to change the subject - which may get more people to click the topic.
    • Aug 25 2011: yes, i also mean "passive learning", we find it a much easier to understand that. "Passive Intelligence" can seem a bit misleading. learning and knowledge are tied to intelligence, intelligence also affects the way we learn and accumulate knowledge. i could keep turning these words around and they would still make sense.

      we experience and consequently we learn. we watch others (television and other media) and we still learn, that would be "passive learning". but i want to take this a step further, how does this form of learned knowledge slowly alter our intelligence? the way we approach situations, how we relate to people and the expectations we develop through passive learning.

      there is this interesting TED talk by Philip Zimbardo, along the lines of this discussion. it pertains to guys and the internet, computer games and pornography, but i cannot limit this discussion to one sex or one criteria. i have attached the link to the main statement. have a look. :)
  • Aug 24 2011: let us have some dialogue people !