30 December 2010

Jinan on Biology of Learning

Here's an interesting perspective on the distinction between intellectual and biological learning:

Part 1 - What is biology of learning? from mokoflip on Vimeo.

An interview with Jinan Kodapully about his experiences and views on the 'biology of learning' coming from his work with tribal artisans, villagers, illiterate communities and in children's development in the last 20 years.



Part 2:

Part 2 - The way we live from mokoflip on Vimeo.

Part 2 of the interview with Jinan Kodapully conducted in November 2009. It is about his experiences and views on the 'biology of learning' coming from his work with tribal artisans, villagers, illiterate communities and in children's development in the last 20 years. In part 2 Jinan talks about his views on the way we live.



It seems to me that he romanticizes or idealizes the "biological" aspects of learning when he talks about how we have separated ourselves from the children by building kitchens and enclosed spaces. There are certainly consequences to the changes that have been made in the human world, but we are biologically extremely adaptable, so I am sure we can figure out how to access our learning abilities in a variety of contexts, even intellectual contexts.

Part 3:

Part 3 - How do we know? from mokoflip on Vimeo.

Part 3 of the interview with Jinan Kodapully conducted in November 2009. It is about his experiences and views on the 'biology of learning' coming from his work with tribal artisans, villagers, illiterate communities and in children's development in the last 20 years. In part 3 Jinan talks about how we come to know, exploring the question of how we learn to learn.



Part 4:

Part 4 - Dealing with alienation from mokoflip on Vimeo.

Part 4 of the interview with Jinan Kodapully conducted in November 2009. It is about his experiences and views on the 'biology of learning' coming from his work with tribal artisans, villagers, illiterate communities and in children's development in the last 20 years. In part 4 Jinan talks about his search for knowledge, when he stopped reading for 7 years and learned from being in illiterate communities and from being with children.

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