Training v. Learning

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We must distinguish between training and learning. An animal’s educated brain can be trained. A human educated brain  is also able to learn . Pavlov’s dog and a person both may be trained by a bell but only a person can respond the first time to  the words “dinner’s ready”.

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  1. David Suskin 07/09/2016, 10:52 am:

    You know of a person who responded ‘the first time’ to dinners ready?
    I don’t.

    • Joe Strauss 07/11/2016, 11:54 am:

      A person who understands what “dinner” is and what “ready” means can put those two words together as a concept and come to the table even if they have never been to the home before. If they do not know where the dinner table is located that may be a problem. Vocabulary is necessary as is understanding concepts. Pavlov’s dogs had neither. My dog never learned “dinner is ready” but the sound of a can opener before, during or after dinner always brought her running even if it was to open a can of tomatoes or peaches.

  2. David Suskin 07/11/2016, 4:58 pm:

    I understand 😏 But I’m not sure I’m learning 🙁
    Maybe all of those that learn, must understand but not all that understand, learn?
    Is developing a skill, learning?
    Back in the day, some excellent and talented jocks weren’t so hot in the vocabulary department. And visa versa
    Maybe learning is not a great word to necessarily associate with the ability to extrapolate or to comprehend?

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