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Stephen Downes

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I read a paper yesterday that talked about the role of serendipity in personal learning, so I was interested to see this item right after provlaiming that there is no such thing as serendipity. "Serendipity is not a thing,m" says Alan Levine. "You do not create it or cause it or make it.. it happens." True. But as he notes, you can create (or eliminate) conditions that are conducive to serendipity. If you sit in a blank room by yourself all day every we could predict you wouldn't experience much serendipity. Expose yourself to numerous diverse influences, and the chances of serendipity are quite high. But there are no guarantees. It's not automatic. You can't make it happen - you can't manage it.

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