February 4, 2011

CCK Week 3, Friday Elluminate Session Notes

Posted in CCK11 at 5:18 pm by kristibroom

I’m finding that it’s helping me to make sense out of this course if I publish my notes here. Not only does it allow me to reflect on them and their sources again, but I greatly appreciate the comments that help to clarify them.

So, below are my notes from Friday’s Elluminate session. I will admit to a bit of…ahem…”filtering” during some of the more esoteric conversations. So, like all of my past and future posts, this is not an all-inclusive list of points.


  • Our experience with an object is based on our perceptions.
  • Those perceptions are not of the object itself, but of its properties.
  • Of all the properties, we select those that are salient perceptions.
  • We combine the salient perceptions to describe the object.


  • Connection implies more than relationship. Next to, same color, from the same parents are all relational statements, but do not necessarily equate to a connection.
  • In order for a connection to exist, a change in state in one of the things has to have the potential to result in a change of state in the other.
  • If someone talks and no one listens, there is no connection.
  • In a crowded room, lots of relations, lots of connections (as you listen to bits of all of the conversations); as someone calls your name, that conversation becomes salient.
  • Knowledge is a set of connections in the mind.
  • If you have perceptions about things, you are connected to them.
  • Because you are always perceiving, you are always learning.


  • Meaning of words is not located in a single place.
  • Rather, it’s a cluster of connections.
  • We talked about Paris, and its many connections (the city in France, plaster of Paris, Paris Hilton, more).
    • Each of us has a set of connections associated with the word Paris.
    • Those connection clusters will overlap.
    • Wittgenstein talks of social sense of words, which is the sum total of people’s perceptions.
    • We create a network of uses of words.
    • In order to make sense (to learn), you insert yourself into the network and start interacting with the entities. In doing so, your knowledge is impacted by signals from others, and by reacting, you impact others in turn.

And the point that I will continue to ponder for a while: The question is not how we get people to learn, but how we shape their perceptions so they learn a set of information and not others.


1 Comment »

  1. Hi Kristi,

    Another awesome summary my friend. Can I sit next to you in class? 🙂

    Your summary totally clears things up for me. Here’s the one sentence that I’m walking away with for practical use: “If someone talks and no one listens, there is no connection”.

    Best regards,

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