Learning to Experience
I read this paper at a conference in Western Australia in 1984 and it was published in Educational Philosophy and Theory in May 1985. I was criticised by a psychologist who thought I had underestimated the importance of recent studies of the brain. I think he missed my central point. I was trying to show that, however, complex and variegated the brain is, we construct experience from the stream of digital dots and spaces which enters through the organs of sense and the nervous system. It is wrong to suppose that experience is given. We have to make sense, a constructive and creative enterprise that we learn to do. We learn to make experience before we can learn from it.