Interference and resonance that affects our learning in COP or networks

In Jenny’s dark night of identity she was inspired with Etienne’s keynote:

Etienne said:

‘Any serious learning will take you through a dark night of your identity’.

Jenny says:

I can absolutely relate to this and how this relates to the transformative aspect of deep learning and knowledge being troublesome. According to Etienne, we need to be able to cross a boundary and know how to engage enough on the other side of a boundary.

Does this stir you as much as it stirs me?

When it comes to my learning, I have found the yin/yang evolving inside me throughout my identification journey.  This could also be related to how I found the yin/yang of lots of communities of practice and networks.  So, why are there always bright days and dark nights in my journey of learning?

I could relate deep learning and knowledge by explaining knowledge as waves and learning as a result of interference. But how about the yin/yang or the bright and dark “rings”?  This could be explained by interference pattern.

The interference pattern in wikipedia:

In physics, interference is the addition (superposition) of two or more waves that results in a new wave pattern. Interference usually refers to the interaction of waves that are correlated or coherent with each other, either because they come from the same source or because they have the same or nearly the same frequency. Interference in physics corresponds to what in wireless communications is called multi-path propagation and fading, while the term interference has a different meaning in wireless communications.

I have been thinking our messages transmitted in the form of “waves” in communication.

Consider two waves that are in phase, with the same amplitudes A1 and A2. Their troughs and peaks line up and the resultant wave will have amplitude A = A1 + A2. This is known as constructive interference.

So when the two waves, or messages (information, ideas) are in phase. The resultant wave or emerged messages will be the “sum” of the amplitude.  This would create constructive interference.

Does this explain why we would respond to some sources of information, artifacts and not others?  When the message, information or ideas included in the source are in phase with you, you would find it easier to associate with your experience.  This may create the same effect of constructive interference.

Images from wikipedia

On the other hand, when you interact and share such ideas, information further with other nodes, networks, again it could be further amplified if such messages are in phase with others.

Stephen on Personal knowledge – Transmission or Induction writes:

So why do I think the induction model is more likely to be correct than the transmission model?

What characterizes induction is a field shift. Though we can track the flow of energy from input to output (which is why no causal laws are broken) the type of energy changes from electrical to magnetic and back. Hence, the carriers of the energy, the individual electrons, never connect from beginning to end.

A similar sort of field shift happens in knowledge transmission. When we think, we convert from complex neural structures to words. We output these words, and it is these words that constitute (in part) the data that enters the system (other forms of data – other audio-visual inputs, are also present). This data, in the process of becoming knowledge, is not stored as the physical inputs (we do not literally store sounds in our brains) nor even echoes of them.

If we consider an analogy of personal knowledge as induction with the knowledge sharing as (waves interference) in an interference model, then we may be able to consider knowledge as waves, and that different knowledge may exhibit in different forms of waves – electromagnetic waves, light waves, sound waves etc.

This resonance in wikipedia

Resonance phenomena occur with all types of vibrations or waves: there is mechanical resonance, acoustic resonance, electromagnetic resonance, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), electron spin resonance (ESR) and resonance of quantum wave functions. Resonant systems can be used to generate vibrations of a specific frequency (e.g. musical instruments), or pick out specific frequencies from a complex vibration containing many frequencies.

So, if we conceptualise the resonance phenomena that occur with all types of waves (knowledge and information as waves) in social networking and community of practice, then information, & personal knowledge sharing (transmission or induction), and the knowledge that emerge from the interaction in social networking would help us in understanding why we respond to some nodes in the networks or COP but not others.

Does it also explain why sometimes we could amplify some of the signals or messages (data, memes) in networks or communities, while at other times, we don’t find it to be inspiring or interesting for us?


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