Learning Philosophy: Learning is Living
Learning has been theorized in many ways, from behavioural perspective to constructivist perspectives. Each of these perspectives describes learning from its own window. For instance, the behavioural perspective puts more emphasis on behavioural changes. To take Pavlov’s dogs as an example, learning results in observable changes in behaviour. For me, learning is a reflexive process of coming to terms with one’s self and the surroundings. We do not exist in a vacuum. We are social beings. We also part of the natural world. Therefore, during our lives we need to come to terms on thoughts and actions that can make us part of the social and natural world we live in. We call that process learning. To take a simple example, we learn that environmental pollution can result in adverse consequences that can threaten our existence as part of the natural world. Therefore, we learn not to damage our environment. If we do, we learn how best to minimize the effects of those damages. Similarly, we know that our existence in the ‘social’ depends on the extent to which we form and function as a collective. So we learn politics, and we invent democracy. Those who ask deep questions, such as who am I, study philosophy, or on a more simple level, prepare for a vocation. Starting from a kid who learns not to touch fire to a philosopher who problematize the very nature of humanity, we are in this process of coming to terms with ourselves and our surroundings.