Hypatia-Erasmus teaching method
A photo (Ѻ) Hypatia-Erasmus teaching method, as taught to a group of six kids, aged 6-11, during Libb Thims’ 2015 “Zerotheism for Kids” lecture, showing the "unlearn" process being connected with the height of madness, according to Erasmus.
In education, unlearn, as compared to learn, refers to the process by which a previous taught or assumed truth must be removed, expunged, and or extracted from the mind, once seen, acknowledged, and or confirmed to be a falsehood or untruth; akin to Bernard DeVoto’s 1928 phrase getting one’s “mind made over”, in respect to collision of previous instilled conceptions (e.g. religio-mythology) with new knowledge (e.g. evolution, genetics), views (e.g. Adams, Pareto, etc), or experimental findings (e.g. relativity, cannon boring experiment, etc).

One of the more difficult "unlearnings", the new 21st century person is forced to endure is the unlearning that life is something that exists (see: life does not exist), being that it is so deeply ingrained into the mind, that it takes a decade plus of neurological dewiring to even begin to slightly feel cleansed of the corruption.

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)

“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.”
Desiderius Erasmus (1497), “Letter to Christian Northoff” [1]

“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 [4]

“It hath often seemed to me beyond an ordinary probability, and something more than fancy, however paradoxical the conjecture may seem, to think that the least bodies we are able to see with our naked eyes, are but middle proportionals (as it were) betwixt the greatest and smallest bodies in nature, which two extremes lye equally beyond the reach of human sensation: for as on the one side they are but narrow souls, and not worthy the name of philosophers, that think any ‘body’ can be too great or too vast in its dimensions; so likewise are they as inapprehensive, and of the same litter as the former, that on the other side think the particles of matter may be too little, and that nature is stinted at an ‘atom’, and must have a non-ultra of her subdivisions. Such, I am sure, our modern engine (the micro-scope) will ocularly evince and unlearn them their opinions again: for herein you may see what a subtill divider of matter nature is.”
Henry Power (1664), Publication [5]

“The latter part of a wise man's life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.”
Jonathan Swift (1706), “Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting”

“The shortest and surest way of arriving at real knowledge is to unlearn the lessons we have been taught, to mount the first principles, and take nobody's word about them.”
Lord Bolingbroke (c.1730) (Ѻ)

“I remember well the enthusiasm with which I devoured it [Hume’s work] when young, and the length of time, the research and reflection which were necessary to eradicate the poison it had instilled into my mind.”
Thomas Jefferson (1810), “Letter to William Duane”, Aug 12 [9]

“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 [2]

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”
Bernard Shaw (c.1920) (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 [3]

“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
Unlearn process
An artistic rendition of the unlearn process in respect to error-filled and false religious teachings, that one later has to puke out of their mind.

Unlearn | Expositors
The mean IQ of the rare breed of aware “unlearn expositors”, as cited via quoted statement above, based on the established genius rankings, as of Nov 2017, of: Hypatia (IQ:190|#44) [RGM:145|1,245+], Desiderius Erasmus (IQ:185|#89) [RGM:212|#1,245+], Rene Descartes (IQ:195|#13) [RGM:36|1,245+], Thomas Jefferson (IQ:190|#45) [RGM:29|1,245+], and Jonathan Swift (IQ:180|#160) [RGM:170|1,246+] is 188|#64 and RGM:115.

1. Erasmus, Desiderius. (1489). “Letter to unidentified friend” (Ѻ); in: Collected Works of Erasmus (pg. 114). Publisher, 1974.
2. 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); Volume II. London: Williams and Norgate; in: The Natural Genesis: Two Volumes in One. Cosimo, 2011.
3. 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.
4. (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.
(b) Hecht, Jennifer M. (2003). Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas (pg. 316). HarperOne.
5. Lovejoy, Arthur. (1933). The Great Chain of Being: a Study of the History of an Idea (pg. 237). Harvard University Press, 1936.

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