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Pleasure is what makes adaptive learning processes possible

In order to be able to learn new skills in the field of adaptive behavior it is necessary that the learning process be sustained by the pleasure obtained from using these skills.

The expectancy of a new pleasant experience and its confirmation during the learning processes is the driver for the learning of new adaptive skills.

The unicist object driven learning process design allowed developing a technology that allows integrating the use of a focused discipline and the achievement of results to provide a pleasant learning experience to the participants. The unicist learning objects are the core of this technology.

Without the expectancy of a new pleasant experience and its confirmation during the learning processes there is no possibility of learning new adaptive skills.

Frequently, adults consider that they know how to learn new skills based on the learning experiences they had in life. This is a fallacy that drives to avoid learning, by transforming the new skills into known fields, eliminating all what is new and adding what is needed to fit into the preexisting knowledge.

That is why the design of adaptive learning processes requires following the natural taxonomic steps that correspond to the subject that is being learned. As it is a field in which the participants have no knowledge, the learners need to have the discipline of following the steps established by the teaching authority.

There are two unpleasant aspects of these learning processes:

1) The learning of the foundations of the new skills in order to be able to integrate them in the long term memory.

2) The exercises to introduce new habits that are necessarily included in the learning processes.

1) New foundations require understanding aspects that are new and do not correspond to the rationality the learner uses to deal with the adaptive aspects of reality. This is painful because it requires leaving convictions aside and building a new structured knowledge of reality.

2) Exercising, which is a necessary aspect of any learning process, is the unpleasant aspect of learning processes. Participants need to develop the exercises which are necessary to introduce new habits knowing that when there is no pain there is no gain, because the individuals have to expand their mental boundaries.

People who avoid the learning of foundations and the exercising cannot learn.

That is why the learning of adaptive skills requires following a “brick by brick” process that allows having a pleasant experience with each brick and a full experience when the bricks are integrated into a building. A metaphor will provide the necessary idea of how this process needs to be built:

Diana Belohlavek

NOTE: The Unicist Research Institute was the pioneer in using the unicist logical approach in complexity science research and became a private global decentralized leading research organization in the field of human adaptive systems. It has an academic arm and a business arm.