Sunday, November 16, 2008

Can you teach anyone anything?

Descartes in 90 mintues
I've been reading Paul Strathern's interpretations of the great philosophers's writings and teachings along with bios of their lives. It only opens up more questions which brings me to the conclusion that philosophy is wack.

Can you really teach anyone anything? I say no. You can't teach someone how to talk or write or play squash. You can only show someone how to play and the only way they learn is to try it themselves...or can you. I recall a writing experiment from grade school where we were to write out instructions for doing some task. Then we'd read it to the class and see if they understand what we are talking about. But say that someone else simply memorized the steps that were told to them. Would you say they know how to do x?

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