You have the right to learn what no one can teach.

You ask yourself the question, and then you answer it.

Slavov Zizek


Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Oscar Wilde


learning as water

Does learning flow?

Does learning follow a cycle? What contributes to our learning? How does our thinking get dammed up?  What is the source? How might we distill our learning? What bubbles up? What sinks in? How is learning like the the water cycle? How does learning transform us? How do we transform the way we learn? How is learning deep? How is learning shallow? (Is one good and the other bad?) What happens when we get our feet wet?  What’s the risk of diving in? Do you want to swim in the deep end? Are there floods and droughts of learning?  (Is one better for us that the other?)

Does learning come in tides, in waves? What kinds of monsters lurk in the depths of learning? How are communities of learning like tributaries of a river system? Do we sink or swim?

“Is he a dot or is he a speck?  When he’s underwater does he get wet?  Or does the water get him instead?”
from They Might Be Giants’ “Particle Man” Flood

on re-learning language

Amanda Baggs‘ video challenges all notions of language, communication, and learning.  Be patient and watch through to her explanation about halfway through.


Does verbal  language prevent us from communicating? Is it possible to tell a story without language? What happens when we fully communciate with others? Is verbal language always necessary? Can we even think without words? Does all our talk keep us from connecting with each other? What is there to learn from people who speak in another radically different language? Baggs  learned to speak in our language.  What might be possible when we learn to speak in hers? Is nonverbal dialogue even possible?