PLE’s (My inevitable post)

I’ve been in and out of this topic for a month, ever since the SCoPE discussion finished.  I don’t have a coherent view, and whenever I’ve talked about them it’s been more a show and tell and dialogue about our lives and personal habits.  Tonight on a chat Leigh referred to them as an ‘ethic’.  Agreed.  Not a thing.

Apparently they (PLE’s) are a big fat nothing. Alex Hayes on the Connections and Conversations blog, from the first of the four Learnscope events. (Like that name!!)

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A story . . . (the second for today, sorry)

The blind men and the elephant: In various versions of the tale, a group of blind men (or men in the dark) touch an elephant to learn what it is like. Each one touches a different part, but only one part, such as the side or the tusk. They then compare notes on what they felt, and learn they are in complete disagreement. The story is used to indicate that reality may be viewed differently depending upon one’s perspective, showing how absolute truths may be relative; the deceptive world of half-truths.

From something closer to the supposed original story:

“Just so are these preachers and scholars holding various views blind and unseeing…. In their ignorance they are by nature quarrelsome, wrangling, and disputatious, each maintaining reality is thus and thus.”

Then the Exalted One rendered this meaning by uttering this verse of uplift

          O how they cling and wrangle, some who claim
For preacher and monk the honored name!
For, quarreling, each to his view they cling.
Such folk see only one side of a thing.

Udana 68-69

I really enjoy talking about the habits and ethics around a PLE.  For me it is a useful container to put ideas into, and I’ve had some great sessions.  I’ve been unable to really ‘define’ mine in a nice neat succinct description.  Sure I have delicious, bloglines, gmail, evernote, filing cabinet(s), 1B5’s, Firefox (plus plugins), google docs, skype (etc) . . .  but otherwise I am too shambolic.

Maybe to be continued.

Miscellaneous reflections. 

  • There are a lot of little presentations on the web now.  Huge and rich resources on all sorts of things.
  • Lots of conferences leave their legacy online.  Learnscope. TAFE linkups
  • Amazing what is being done through the Otago Poly course.
  • So much, there is just so much. . .   an ocean of ideas and I have a teaspoon.

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