School create an epistemological order among children. They primarily modify a child’s focus and behavior like factories manufacturing and assembling components on a linear particular conveyor in an assembly line.
They reduce entropy and organize particular forms of order among children in the name of learning patterns and language. The teach children particular methods of doing things like counting, describing and above all remembering. But Nature is full of full of entropy or disorder in order, chaos among likeness, destruction in the process of creation.
Nature is full of full of entropy or disorder in order, chaos among likeness, destruction in the process of creation and generation of life from decomposition of living cells. The sun’s gravitational field created multiple forms of life on Earth and the Earth’s gravitational field opposed that to create our atmosphere and oceanosphere.
Learning happens in disorder, entropy, difference and error and not in order, rigour, sameness, and ritual.
What we learn from quantum physics is that learning itself is archaeological, be it human history or natural/cosmological phenomena.
The world and our understanding of it is granular and not continuous and in sameness, what we impose on the world, our categories tinted by our everyday particular experience.
The archaeology of our knowledge tells us about knowledge based on our experience of everything around us that influences our ideas, our familiarity about who we are and what we consume.
Waste and pollution are our ways of imposing durability and immortality on our possessions that we attach value to and what we consume and do not recycle or reuse.
But nature’s order is one of destruction in the process of creation and generation of life from decomposition of living cells. Events that are eternal in their regularity but granular and temporal in their occurrence.
The ontology of (our understanding of the existence of materials) in nature is an event and that things that seem eternal are also temporal events in their existence on a cosmological timescale. The perfect example is that of stone in nature and the artificial attempt at mockery of stone – concrete.
Darwin foretold the future in the science of survival, extinction, and evolution but he didn’t know that his own species would seal it’s own fate through the economics of industrialization and were not instinctively moral like he believed…
Adam Smith saw this coming in his moral exhortations about human behavior in the theory of moral sentiments but I wonder if he applied Darwin’s theory to the ethics of self-interest in the wealth of nations?
The hydrocarbon fuelled civilization is headed inexorably on the road to autotelic extinction.
And thereby hangs the tale of value in our material morals in an industrial world. The “value” of wealth is in the giving like plants “give” fruit that is “food” and regenerates once again into trees eternally.