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Thursday, May 3, 2012


I ran across this yesterday and wanted to share it

"The movement of the swimmer does not resemble that of the wave, in particular, the movements of the swimming instructor which we reproduce on the sand bear no relation to the movements of the wave, which we learn to deal with only by grasping the former in practice as signs. That is why it is so difficult to say how someone learns: there is an innate or acquired practical familiarity with signs, which means that there is something amorous - but also something fatal - about all education. We learn nothing from those who say: ‘Do as I do’. Our only teachers are those who tell us to ‘do with me’, and are able to emit signs to be developed in heterogeneity rather than propose gestures for us to reproduce. In other words, there is no ideo-motivity, only sensory-motivity. When a body combines some of its own distinctive points with those of a wave, it espouses the principle of a repetition which is no longer that of the Same, but involves the Other - involves difference, from one wave and one gesture to another, and carries that difference through the repetitive space thereby constituted. To learn is indeed to constitute this space of an encounter with signs, in which the distinctive points renew themselves in each other, and repetition takes shape while disguising itself.
— Gilles Delezue: Difference and repetition"

Gilles Delezue  was a French philosopher  (well duh).

If things like "Sally sells seashells by the seashore" or my favorite "How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?" are tongue twisters then Mr. Delezue's passage on learning, for myself at least, is a mind twister.

But worth it once you get to the "A HA!" moment.

1 comment:

Piskian said...

Man as interim teacher,but Nature as ultimate guide...