Is unlearning an important learning skill?
I know unlearning is a new way of learning. It helps you remove clutter from your mind and can make you sharp, decisive and productive. Today when everybody will advise you to learn something more, does unlearning play an increasingly important role in learning? Has anyone tried this approach before?
Unlearning is just another way of ditching bad habits but bear in mind its also a process of bringing to your conscious mind those bad habits so that you can correct them.
In its most basic element, unlearning of practiced procedures that have become obsolescent, inappropriate, or incorrect is a prerequisite toward learning and incorporating the modern, appropriate, and correct techniques. To fail in the former is to impair arrival at the latter...
When I was working in clothing design in a "previous life", my boss was fascinated with this approach. Doing this in areas where one has to constantly create allowed for a continuous stream of fresh ideas, valuable in fields where the pressure to innovate is constant and where creative burnout is prevalent. I think it's best utilized in fields where creativity hinges on trends. It's not easy, as you have to train yourself to forget. You end up keeping an archive on record for inspiration and reminders of our work in the off chance you forget you went there before, although that doesn't happen much. That's mainly because you take in new primary stimuli with each fresh approach so the results don't carry much residue from the past, and those carry new twists that bear little resemblance to past products that didn't have the new inspiration components in the creative process.
Unlearning is default learning is updated version of mind we just got this ideas
In my experience, unlearning is an organic process once you are no longer exposed to a particular market, task or company. However, I do not think there is any particular technique established to "de-clutter" the mind. If knowledge is power, then certainly you'd want to keep the foundation of your intellectual prowess...for we never know when some of our past experiences will come in handy.
Unlearning is a new skill set. Like we decide to learn something, we need to decide to unlearn something. Learning and unlearning are two different skill sets so we need to have some different steps.
I am surprised that many respondents are not in agreement with the idea of unlearning. Vincent Kernaghan writes, "unlearning is still learning". I say no, unlearning is different and it has to be experienced. WE have talked and discussed so much about learning that we do not believe or listen to anything about unlearning.
Even Marcel Rosenberg suggest to develop knowledge but do not go beyond. For unlearning, we will have to go deep for making use oft his idea. Clutter alone can not be the basis of new answer but we have to understand this skill, how unlearning can ever be achieved.
Paola De Vecchi Galbiati is very angry on unlearning and claims that it is a disease or a trauma. But I say it is not a disease but a skill. We have to learn to unlearn. If learning is a continuous and incremental process, unlearning is going to break this continuity and creates disruptive or innovative mind. It is not a change paradigm but a different knowledge paradigm.
We all have to focus on unlearning to make sure that this skill is taken to masses.
Let me do a short premise about the meaning of "unlearning"...brain learns something everyday.. when we have a desease or a trauma, we can lose something (information or connections between information) ...and we can say: I have cutted something and i can build a new one...but from cognitive point of view learning is a continuous and incremental process...and when i think > in reality >. I prefer use "change knowledge paradigm" instead "unlearning"...
I like Vincent's answer.
The skill to review, be critical about your own answers and develop knowledge would be more important. I believe with this, one can use so called clutter, as a fundamental structure for new answers.
You can't actually unlearn anything any more than you can un-know what you know. You can certainly forget things, but that's not the same thing.
Unlearning is still learning. It just means you are re-evaluating information in present time as it applies now and not when you originally evaluated it.
Learning to identify what you need to apply differently is not unlearning. It's re-classifying information and is still "learning". If anything it's "relearning", but certainly not unlearning because you are still working with known data, experience, etc., that is not removed.
The act of considering something you know is not un- anything.
Again, you cannot un-know what you know, although it's possible to physically eliminate brain cells or deaden awareness with drugs or shock treatments.
Unlearning is a made-up word by those who need to attach significance to something that doesn't need more significance. Stick with the simplicity of the concept of what learning is and how it works.
Well since I am a lot older than many of the other members unlearning comes easy for me. Another 10 years and I probably won't remember my own name or my kids names. That does make sense however. I am currently reading a book about getting organized and one of the concepts they talked about goes along with what you are saying. I have always found having a to do list as a way to increase my efficiency but I never really thought about why other than it was more organized. The book makes a good point that if you don't have a to do list your mind is cluttered and thinking about all the things you need to do and when you have the list you no longer need to think about those things and your mind is clear to concentrate on the things you need to do. That is much the same as what you are asking about so yes, I think unlearning could be a good thing. Whether it is marketable or not is another concern.
Surely this step is part of the resetting-process or deprogramming...to be able to (re)program our self for new skill, learning, competence, etc...and yes the outcome if about enhancing creativity.