Knowledge and Uncertainty
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Learning the Trees
What do we know for sure? What do we not know?What is the value of uncertainty?
Take a few minutes to write down something you may have lost track of or forgotten by growing up. Would it be as easy now to recover this knowledge or know-how? If not, why, what is in the way?
- What does it mean for a book to be ''one transformation of a tree?'' Does this statement remain true at the end of the poem?
- How can learning reflect the richness of existence? How can knowledge estrange us from the world?
- How do the words ''shape'' the trees?
- What is the power of language in this poem? How does it control Nature? What are its limits?
- Is the silence of the trees the sign that we cannot learn from them? Can we learn something from this silence?
- How do the concepts, categories, and theories of your work or discipline ''answer to the chaos of existence?''
- Is there anything your students should unlearn in order to learn better?
- How do you interpret the ''secret will'' mentioned in the poem? Beyond what the student and teacher pursue in education, is there anything else, a secret will, at work in the classroom?
In a word, what would you like to find that language cannot capture?
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