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An image of "unlearn", showing the process wherein a person has to unlearn the belief that they are: alive, they die, that "living" vs non-living exists, or that "life exists" (compare: life does not exist).[1]

In terms, unlearn (TR:36) (LH:1) (TL:37) refers to []


The following are related quotes:

Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truth is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he or she be in after years relieved of them. The reason for this is that a superstition is so intangible a thing that you cannot get at it to refute it.”
Hypatia (c.400), Publication (pg. #)
“You must acquire the best knowledge first, and without delay; it is the height of madness to learn what you will later have to unlearn.”
Erasmus (1497), “Letter to Christian Northoff”[2]
“It is now some years since I detected how many were the false beliefs that I had from my earliest youth admitted as true and how doubtful was everything I had since constructed on this basis.”
Rene Descartes (1641), Mediations on the First Philosophy in Which the Existence of God and the Distinction Between Mind and Body are Demonstrated [3]
“Almost all of the latter part of my life has been spent unlearning the nonsense I learned in my youth.”
Godfrey Higgins (1833), Anacalypsis, Volume One (pg. x); cited by Tom Harpur (2004) in The Pagan Christ (pg. 200)
“It takes the latter half of all of one’s lifetime to unlearn the falsehood that was instilled into us during the earlier half. Generation after generation we learn, unlearn, and re-learn the same lying legendary lore. Henceforth, our studies must begin from the evolutionist standpoint in order that they may not have to be gone over again.”
Gerald Massey (1883), The Natural Genesis[4]
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”
Bernard Shaw (c.1920), Publication (Ѻ)
Pareto’s Treatise on General Sociology is the hardest boiled book I have ever read. Three times, since I passed my puberty, has my mind been made over. Once by a nexus of which Henry Adams was the center, once by a matrix of which Frazer burned brightest, and once by a long study of genetics and evolution. Pareto is doing the job a fourth time, and far more vitally than any others.”
Bernard DeVoto (1928), commentary on Pareto’s Treatise[5]
“In regards to the above ‘reduction’ arguments, you must always keep in mind that all you are, nothing more nothing less, are the following 26 elements: hmolscience periodic table – aggregated into a dynamic geometric mass called a bound state, that ‘exists’ for a certain period of time, within the framework of the universe. This is a step above Cartesian ‘I think, therefore I am’ philosophy of existence. A great deal of unlearning must be done to accept this.”
Libb Thims (2012), “Reply #12 to Mahesh Deva” (Ѻ); dialogue on the HT principles (Ѻ) + Wikipedia “human thermodynamics” AFD (Ѻ) comment: “[...] is human life a chemical reaction or not?”, Oct 25

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  1. Kamal, Maisha. (2020). “Unlearning: Just a Different Kind of Learning”, The Daily Star, Sep 17.
  2. rasmus, Desiderius. (1489). “Letter to unidentified friend” (Ѻ); in: Collected Works of Erasmus (pg. 114). Publisher, 1974.
  3. (a) Descartes, Rene. (1641). Mediations on the First Philosophy in Which the Existence of God and the Distinction Between Mind and Body are Demonstrated. Publisher.
    (b) Descartes, Rene. (1974). Philosophical Works, Volume One (pg. 144). Cambridge University Press.
    (c) Hecht, Jennifer M. (2003). Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas (pg. 316). HarperOne.
  4. Massey, Gerald. (1883). The Natural Genesis: or Second Part of a Book of the Beginnings, Containing an Attempt to Recover and Reconstitute the Lost Origins of Myth and Mysteries, Types and Symbols, Religion and Language, with Egypt for the Mouthpiece and Africa as the Birthplace, Volume I (unlearn, pg. 2). Publisher.
  5. Stegner, Wallace E. (2001). The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard DeVoto (Pareto, 26+ pgs; course, pg. 82; derivation, pg. 110; §: Seminar on Pareto, pg. 138-43; three times, pg. 138). University of Nebraska Press.

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