Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Growing minds

Feb 24, 2016

I have my issues with the rhizome metaphor (in particular, that it does not demonstrate a network of diverse entities, but rather an extended growth of identical entities). But it's a popular metaphor and does demonstrait one key aspect of learning: "When we learn we grow. We grow intellectually, but we also make actual, physical connections in our brains which count as physical growth." Additionally, it points to the decentralized aspect of cognition. "A rhizomatic plant has no center and no defined boundary; rather, it is made up of a number of semi-independent nodes, each of which is capable of growing and spreading on its own, bounded only by the limits of its habitat."

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