On the difference of emotion and information in a connectivist world #cck11

What is  the relation of feeling and emotion and learning and information. May be it is all information More on my blog.

You do make a big difference between information, knowledge at one side and feeling and emotion on the other side. You discover this difference in connectivism and in groups and networks.

You cite Downes on that. (2006 , Groups meet our need to belong and to survive, while networks meet our need to connect and learn and to know. In a group, passion drowns out reason, in a network, reason drowns out passion. In places where passion and emotion should not prevail— when building bridges, say, or launching space shuttles—groups should not prevail. …

I do not agree on Downes here. He elsewhere says groups are kind of networks with special structure. He is right on that I think. But than this difference of groups and networks is not as clear as it seems. Because when all are networks the difference is not absolute)

What is  the relation of feeling and emotion and learning and information. May be it is all information, you feel what your emotions do and that is information, you know somebody likes you and it is information. I see the smile of my wife and that is information, and I smile.
In some way emotion and knowledge are intertwined (i like this connectivist word) and I could believe that in the brain both feeling and emotion and knowledge are connections between neurons.

I know the strength of emotions, and I know sometimes it is wise to avoid emotions. Learning sometimes is hindered by emotions. I guess, but I should ask Downes for that. I guess that this is what a philosopher in a theory of learning wants to avoid.

The portrait is of Heinrich Heine, a German poet. Some of his books were burned in 1933. And in 1821 he wrote: “”Das war ein Vorspiel nur, dort wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.” (“That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people also.”)

Comment on blog on http://leahgrrl.wordpress.com/2011/02/18/cck11-done/

English is not my native language and that is a barrier when discussing feelings and emotions.



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