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Category Archives: Knowledge
What will prove as ‘distinctively human’ and will survive the cognitive automation? I think it is the personal, the individual, the subjective, and this convinced me of Downes’s ‘personal learning’.
Does a neural network need domain knowledge? I think artificial ones do, but human ones do not because they use recognition from the beginning.
The map is great metaphor when thinking about what can be looked up and what needs to be in the brain. I think the difference is between searching something on a knowledge map, and browsing the map.
In a great summary of much of his work, “My Viva”, Stephen Downes addresses some august ideas about knowledge construction — and topples them off their pedestal. Abstract ideas such as: representations that “stand for” concepts, and propositions “encoding” knowledge, were unchallenged presuppositions. But “recognizing” is the crucial thing.
Gradually, Stephen Downes’ explanation of Knowledge as Recognition becomes more and more lucid. Myself, I most intensively recognized this idea in McGilchrist’s description of two different ways of “knowing”.
OK, concepts are no longer transported into the student’s brain, but only constructed there. But how does the “construction set” get into the brain? Continue reading
I have often tried to explain my biggest problem with connectivism. Maybe a picture works better. There is the neuronal layer, and then there is the society layer. But how are these related? The metaphor of conceptual connections could be closing the gap.
I am still wondering if conceptual connections would fulfill one of Stephen Downes’ criteria: “A connection exists between two entities when a change of state in one entity can cause or result in a change of state in the second entity.” Words can change each other’s subtle nuances; “Language is use”,
When I try to understand what “recognition” means, what makes “recognizing” different from just seeing the single parts, I cannot visualize this at the neural level. Rather, I need some imagination from an accessible level — from the conceptual level.
Downes explains that representational theories only work if we assume a little “homunculus” inside ourselves. Therefore he emphasises the role of recognition. McGilchrist calls the representational mode an “emissary” who needs to return to his master, the presentational mode, for reintegration.