In reading Science & Sanity of Alfred Korzybski I am curious if a connection exists between his writings and connectivism.
Korzybski writes in Sanity & Science: (Chap II p. 20 digital version)
‘The explanation is quite simple. We start with the negative non-A premise that words are not the un-speakable objective level, such as the actual objects outside of our skin and our personal feelings inside ourskin. It follows that the only link between the objective and the verbal world is exclusively structural, necessitating the conclusion that the only content of all “knowledge” is structural. Now structure can be considered as a complex of relations, and ultimately as multi-dimensional order.’
‘Knowledge is literally the set of connections between entities. In humans, this knowledge consists of connections between neurons. In societies, this knowledge consists of connections between humans and their artifacts. What a network knows is not found in the content of its entities, nor in the content of messages sent from one to the other, but rather can only be found through recognition of patterns emergent in the network of connections and interactions.’ Stephen Downes in Connectivism and Connective Knowledge: Essays on meaning and learning networks (.pdf).