- HiI hope you dont mind sharing with you the paper I presented at the Soul In
Education conference at Pietermaritzburg South Africa in july 2004 titled
"De-textualising knowledge-An enquiry in to man's alieniation from
knowledge".I have been meaning to write to you my new insghts in to the
issues related to knowledge and learning. My preoccuipation
has been to do with authenticity and I find only with in the experiential
frame work or paradigm there can be autheticity. I would say that there are
three paradigms - Experiential / Textual / Virtual(digital) which dictate
the way we cognise life.The knowledge we create and our relatedness to the
world are dictated by these paradigms . Natuarally for any crisis we respond
with in this frame work.Naturally the spiritual crisis of modernity is
responded intellectually.(Intellectuality is a result of textualisation of
knowledge).The crisis is brought in by text and the response is also
Text and computers which were meant to be mere tools in
service of our experiential living became the framework of knowledge.
Today most of us come to know of the world through text.offcource now the
digital generation can access the world through the net-sanitised and
miniaturised which just by one click of the mouse could change from amazon
rainforest to saharan deserts with total detachment .
With each paradigm shift there is a reorganisation as to what constitutes
knowledge.Some experiential modes are dropped and new ones are added.For
instance when knowledge got textualised the feelings and emotions were
dropped.Intuition also got dropped in the process.The present crisis in the
west regarding feelings and emotion could be a result of textualisation of
their culture.The word intuition was out of use for many years and it came
back few years ago when textual cultures started addressing its
fragmentation , alienation and rootlessness .The over use of reason and
logic and the neglect of intuition is due to textualisation of knowledge and
by extention to the corresponding experiential mode it created.the textual
experience is a linear and fragmented.Imagination is a word overused by
textual cultures as text demands imagination.where as in experiential
cultures the reality is always present.Even the spiritual state of being
here and now also became impossible with the textual culture.Textual
experience is never here and now. another word that got popularied is
abstraction.Textual experience is an abstract experience.
As far as Authenticity is concerned experience is authentic and original.it
can not become second hand.
text by very nature is second hand.
I have been observing children (outside the school prisons) and I feel that
whenever they are doing things there is an inbuilt logic /reason to thier
descisions.I think logic and reasoning are bodily functions which gets
developed if children are left alone. Body and experience go hand in hand
and all theses
/abstraction etc gets developed provided thay are left alone.There are roles
for text etc but only after the development of experiential
intelligence.This could be after the child has reached 7 or 10.(?)
I hope some of you will respond to my thoughts.