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  1. Paul Wehage

    Very nice ressource, Barry! — Top-motch and very well-presented, as usual. Good job, Barry!

    • Barry Kort

      Umberto Eco said, “Whereof we cannot make a theory, we must tell a story instead.”Here I have made a theory, but I have no story that encapsulates and presents the theory in story form.Normally in the annals of science, story comes first and scientific theory comes much later. It’s ironic that in this case, I have a novel theory of storycraft, but I have no story about the theory of storycraft.How might we tell a story about the theories presented in this Knol?

  2. Juergen Huber

    Thanks for the invitation, Barry. Great page. I’m glad that Knol is open to the public now and I hope it will grow.It’s good to have some of your concepts and thoughts on learning wrapped up in one page.. I hope to be back in the next days or weeks with some more detailed comments.All the best and keep it up!Jürgen

  3. Gregory Kohs

    Good stuff here — I didn’t even fully read the whole thing, but the “spirit” moved me to write a supportive comment, as it’s immediately obvious that there’s good material here!

  4. Peter Baskerville

    Thanks Barry — It’s 5 stars from me and marked as a ‘favorite’ so I can come back and really understand all your good points. It was an enjoyable read and offers insights into some of the missing elements of modern day education. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Anonymous

    Moulton’s Helix — Moulton’s Helix is Upside Down!”Onward and Upward”; yes, but leading to a soon, finite conclusion, inverted it would represent the infinite upward and outward (ever expanding).Just a Thought.

    • Barry Kort

      The long slow upward ascent of the helix represents the gradual accumulation of increasingly accurate and reliable knowledge. There is no upper limit to the height of ascent, since this is no finite limit to potential knowledge.The reason the diameter of the helix contracts is important to understand. The diameter corresponds to two derivative parameters of the learning process. One parameter (call it the North-South excursion) corresponds to the rate at which new concepts (including misconceptions) are entertained and either validated or disconfirmed and discarded. Early in a learning journey, there are rapid (and oftimes wild) excursions into transient beliefs as the learner imagines and tests many alternative hypotheses. The other diametric parameter (call it the East-West excursion) corresponds to the swings in emotional state as new concepts are formed and tested. Early in a learning journey, these mood swings are similarly likely to be rapid and wild, ranging from irrational exuberance and enthusiasm to deep disappointment as alternative concepts are examined and tested.When a learning journey becomes mature, the learner settles into a more measured and systematic process of smaller adjustments and improvements to an otherwise increasingly accurate and comprehensive model. The earlier wild swings in the rate of concept formation give way to smaller refinements, and the emotional swings mellow and moderate into a more sober phase of careful scientific study.That’s why the helix contracts in diameter as the learning process matures over time.

  6. Alberto Auné

    Knowledge and affects — We not only study with our brain.If we have not harmony between brain and heart we have serious problems to study.Who has not a trouble of love in his student’s times? The results of the examinations in class were not good…This knol remember us a lot of truths.Alberto Auné

    • Barry Kort

      Thank you for your interest in this article. I hope you can put this material to good use.

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