I have uploaded a paper at Academia site
DIFFICULTY IN UNDERSTANDING the spontaneous nature of CHILDREN by
reason based knowledge system
See the first part is below......Hope to get some responses....
Once I happened to watch two people swimming and noticed that one's
actions were totally spontaneous whereas the other person seemed to
think and act, kind of mechanical. Sure enough, when I enquired I
found out that the first one was self-taught and the second person was
taught by a coach.
Self-taught is a way of expression that we have started using after we
'invented' teaching. Actually ' self-taught' in this case really means
that it is the water that taught the person to swim. The person began
to respond to the water as a whole (mind and body together), each
moment attentively learning from water what to do next. Mind is
totally present with the body and here thought doesn't seem to have
any role. Whereas the one taught by the coach had to break down the
learning, giving priority to the mind because the coach first taught
the mind with the help of language and then the student taught the
body how to act.
Seeing (sometimes even without seeing) and doing (learning) is
different from instructing/ thinking/ understanding and then doing. In
the first case, language does not come in as the primary source of
knowledge (In this case it is the mirror neurons that is at work)
whereas in the second case the teaching and instruction are happening
in language. So here the mind learns first by creating an image and
then the body executes the action. In autonomous learning, the
feedback is internal and experiential whereas in teaching the feedback
is external and in language.
With the mind and body thus fragmented and distanced, time entered our
being. From timelessness, we got trapped in time.
I remember reading an anthropologists description of how these two
cultures cross a river. In the case of the rational cultures first
thing is to study various factors like the direction of the wind, the
strength of the flow, variations in this at particular time etc etc
and after a thorough study the total plan is made. Start at so and so
time in this direction and at another point change the direction etc
and several mental rehearsals and then they set out to do the act. So
the mind does the act first and the body obeys the mind. In case of
spontaneous cultures learning happens while in the act. Of course,
they are indeed familiar with the river. They have been living there
and 'knowing' the river without any conscious learning.
Two other situations worth exploring are one the football game and the
traffic. In the case of football, the Brazilians are extremely
spontaneous whereas the Germans and England etc are very rational in
their moves. Even within Europe, one can see the difference between
Spain, Italy- more spontaneous- on one side and North Europeans on the
other. 'Rational' football looks like chess being played. When you
watch Ronaldhino in action it is like reading poetry, beautiful,
magical, flowing..... But the tragedy is that often the Europeans
coaches are being hired by South Americans and that will kill their
I have noticed within India how various cultures respond to traffic.
The Calcutta traffic seems to be far more spontaneous where the
traffic in Chennai is more organized. But in this case what one is
pointing out is that even in traditional cultures where the mind and
body is not fragmented, do have variations in response. (This
difference can be felt even in the case of music- the Karnatic and
Hindustani, one seems more mathematical and the other flowing) I am
talking about the driving done by now and semi-literate people. When
the 'educated' come into the floor, the game is very different. Here
also one will find very civilized, rule-bound and total lawlessness.
One can now attempt to define spontaneity and rationality in terms of
not only the behavior but also how one has acquired the knowledge.
Spontaneity is the result of autonomously learned (acquired)
'knowledge' and rationality is the result of taught knowledge. In
rational behavior, the mind plans and the body executes whereas in
spontaneous action the body and the mind function together. The idea
of 'method' comes from the notion that the mind can be taught first
and then applied. So spontaneity is a result of body and mind
together engaging with the world- learning while doing and rational
act is when the mind learns first and the body is taught later. So in
spontaneous action, there is no conscious reasoning but the reason is
inherent and integral to the act.
So what is irrationality? When did irrational behavior begin? Does the
expression 'presence of mind' indicate the absence of mind?
See the link.....https://www.academia.edu/38065607/Spontaneity_and_Rationality-a_fresh_look
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