Posts Tagged ‘connectivism’


When systems are left to themselves, they eventually degrade and die. Although the result of this dying is chaos, the process of dying of those systems may take a long time.

Sun: "I am dying. I have only 5 billion years to live."

Trying to save a dying system may take it out of equilibrium. In this case death could come faster.

Sun: "Please don't save me."

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Reading about groups and network I understand that usually groups have stronger connections than networks. It is difficult to find pure networks because they have to be build from weak connections. Another side is the pure group. It has to be build only from strong connections .However in reality we don’t have dichotomy but a whole spectrum with more or less group or network features.

If you won’t make stronger connections you could come apart.


Computers of Google translate, for example,  can learn. These computers use patterns that they find in large amounts of text (pattern in the chaos). They find patterns, store these patterns in memory and use them in translation. I think, we have here all the elements of learning.

http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2010/08/how-google-translate-works.html


Most of the things that animals know they received with genes. It is difficult to imagine that knowledge of such complex behaviour was saved and transported with genes. See mice for example:

http://www.oeb.harvard.edu/faculty/hoekstra/projects.html#behavgen

Of course, just like people, animals must learn for survival, and they learn from their experience. Dog owners know this well. Although animal learning abilities, of course, are lower than humans I don`t think that learning abilities made the difference between us.

Translation of knowledge makes the difference. Language makes the difference. Could animals speak? Here is an example at monkey’s attempt to speak:

http://www.pigeon.psy.tufts.edu/psych26/language.htm

Plants surprised me. Cabbage, for example, can transmute information to other cabbages about being cut. However, the fact that the other cabbages could understand it surprised me more.

http://www.exeter.ac.uk/research/news/title_178237_en.html

 There is no doubt that people are champions in communication. Unlike animals and plants we can use it for amusement.


“In the beginning was the Word…”. Then a language rose from  a word and provided a possibility  to translate information from one individual to another. With the help of words people began to use each others experience and build knowledge not only from personal mistakes but also from experience of other people. New knowledge thrives on connected experience of individuals.

“Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we think about.”( Benjamin Lee Whorf)