Oliver Kennett

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Oliver Kennett
Posted about 1 year ago
Is it possible to learn how to learn, and if so, how?
I watched the recommended video, it's wonderful isn't it? Almost the concept of being led to learn rather than forced to. Suggest that social dynamic plays a huge role in the willingness to learn. Yet still, I wonder if such techniques as the memory palace or a derivative coupled with deep learning couldn't be part of the curriculum. It seems that the abstract nature of maths is a stumbling block, where as the abstract nature of art isn't. Is this a difference between an open loop of learning and a feedback loop where the student sees results?
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Oliver Kennett
Posted about 1 year ago
Is it possible to learn how to learn, and if so, how?
There is a book I read, which I'm a lot of you are familiar with, which is called the talent code. From my layman's perspective, this said we need passion and deep learning, so the ability to love the concept and not be afraid of going back over what we keep failing at is the key. There is a physiological effect of this called miolin, sorry, the spelling may be wrong, I'm blind so listened to it on audio book, but the effect is a sort of insulation which allows faster processing of our thoughts. There are some amazing ideas in this thread, how do we now get this into education... probably too late for a lot of us due to the decrease in brain plasticity, but surely there should be some more strategic way of developing this in our young.
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Oliver Kennett
Posted about 1 year ago
What does it mean to be human?
I suppose that meaning is a subjective concept, which leads to the problem of defining oneself. Alan Watts talks about the concept of trying to bite ones own teeth, in the same way a mind cannot quantify itself and it's own meaning or purpose. I think it is an irrelevant question, the only way that I could see of answering it is by a comparison to a greater class of existence, IE, the entirety of the animal kingdom. In the simplest sense to be human means to have a belief in our own destinies, in this world or the next, a trait not evident in other animals.