Memorizing Versus Remembering

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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Insights come in odd places. I had a student ask me if she could borrow a rock for her native religions class. Nothing special, just - a rock. 

That got my curiosity up, so I sat in on the class. The student explained that many native religions believe that the older something is, the more wisdom it contains. (This, I mused, confirms the common saying that some people are dumber than a box of rocks.)

The class moved on to other topics, including the "vision quest," a search for guidance. A student asked whether, once someone had achieved insight, they would write it down. The instructor, an Indian, said "that makes sense in your culture, but" - and here she made a point simply immense in its profoundness - "We are taught to remember."

Not memorize - remember. Do you see the difference?

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