Andrew Brown (1996) Figure. Oil pastel and charcoal on paper
We can say that knowledge begets knowledge and understanding builds on previous understanding over time; but what is really going on?
Thinking about and talking about learning is not easy. It requires a theory of knowledge that is both epistemic and ontological. A marriage of philosophy and frontier neuroscience provides tantalizing glimpses, but paradoxes abound. Essential questions continue to endure:
How are our perceptions, what we can imagine, and what we eventually might come to understand, limited by our embodied biology? To what extent is human knowing shaped by the contingency of being embedded in a specific social and linguistic context?