Teaching w/o conflict

[From Rick Marken (2005.08.23.1350)]

Bill Powers (2005.08.23.1328 MDT)--

Rick Marken (2005.08.23.0830) --

What do you with the people who have learned to distrust observation? There
are plenty of such people around. Your attempt to teach them that "pure
reason is not sufficient" would be a disturbance met with strong resistance.
Unless you can overcome your inclination to "push back" by trying to
convince these students that pure reason really isn't sufficient, you've got
yourself in a conflict, no?

What's the problem? If they don't want to learn, don't teach them.
You could watch TV with them, or have lunch, or just go home. As you
say, to do otherwise is to put yourself into a conflict. If you're a
teacher, of course, there is a conflict: your job depends on trying
to teach them, or so many teachers believe.

That's the problem!

You can always play
tricks, like saying "OK, let's really show those scientists where to
get off. We'll show them that ID is just as scientific as what they
believe. So how do we do that?"

But then you're trying to control behavior using deception, which can still
result in conflict or, heaven forbid _counter-control_ :wink:




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