Learning is the act of acquiring new, or modifying and reinforcing, existing knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may involve synthesizing different types of information. Progress over time tends to follow a learning curve. It does not happen all at once, but builds upon and is shaped by previous knowledge. To that end, learning may be viewed as a process, rather than a collection of factual and procedural knowledge. Learning produces changes in the organism and the changes produced are relatively permanent.
So the above information, yes, taken directly from Wikipedia, says it better than anything else I could do. So why not use it, right? Maybe. My point here is that though the information is insightful, the only true way to “acquire new information or skills” is to take one aspect of learning and delve into. What is “delve”? It is “ a
So who “delves”? What creates the need to delve anyway. I suggest that hunger for the unknown has something to do with it. We live in a time when “being hungry” means something different. Relatively speaking, rigging in rescue, recreation and work has changed little over the last 20 years. Look at the articles, equipment, and information being presented. Where are the massive jumps that we see in other areas? I propose that we are a complacent and satisfied group of individuals that are well fed and not easily coaxed into the world of being “delved”. Personally, this is a wake-up call for me.
Is knowledge different that belief?
We would all say yes to this, but for very different reasons. We could assume that if we have a belief in something, we should have some knowledge base to go along with it right? How much does “understanding” play in having knowledge? If “understanding” is part of knowledge, then comprehension must then follow, right? So if “comprehension” is critical to learning and thus knowledge. I want to suggest, the gap in knowledge is comprehension (to grasp and put into practice). And so, where is this gap? With instructors or students? Where do instructors come from if they weren’t students in another life? Could it be the system itself?
So when Richard Delaney and I got together to discuss a solution to this never ending challenge, Advanced Rigging Physics was born. I was first aware of Richard when he and a few of his Aussie friends attended a course we held on. Physics, taught by another amazing teacher, Pat Rhodes. And the common thread to both of these two incredible mentors? Comprehension. The both agreed that if people can not fully digest, use and teach others — the fruit will rot and the knowledge base will be reduced to a common denominator. This, my friends, can’t continue.
So do we have products and courses that help in this battle? Of course! But the real game changer is “hunger”. Going back to the value of knowledge, if we don’t have a value system commensurate with the need, then it could be said that the “need” isn’t there because a value system must be in place and the hunger to serve this for a solution must happen for anything to happen.
So my question to y’all: HOW HUNGRY ARE WE? This is the key!
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