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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 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. :)

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