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Review: The Learning Process: Overmastering, Silence and Mastering


In the book “The Learning Process: Overmastering, Silence and Mastering” we follow the educator Viffi Skram’s labour to get a group of youngsters into a crazy sect.

“The first step is overmastering, which was previously known as vague interest. In this step the student is able to do everything. The second step is silence because it turns out that the student can’t do anything and also that the teachers are far more skilful. And the third step is the actual mastering in which you show off. What interests me is the silence, that is, the second step. Here we find dumfoundedness combined with a strong sense of nervousness.”

If this step is characterized by dumbfoundedness and nervousness, why is it not called the dumbfoundedness rather than the silence?

“That’s because the students get cocky. Already after two weeks they understand that this is just a crazy sect they’re on their way into, but rather than saying kazang!, now I have understood the enormous existential waivers by joining, the students are more inclined to have the membership of the sect and thus give up all resistance and eat the orange and smelly jibberish of injustice.”

What is the name of the sect and what are its doctrines?

“The sect has no name but its doctrines are designed with consideration for the students’ preferences and special abilities.”

Is it not a little bit stupid to teach people what they are already predisposed for? It does not exactly sharpen their sensitivity to their own vulnerability and that of others?

“Yes. I’m making fun of that in the last part of the book which is about coping.”

You are highly intelligent.


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Morten Hjerl-Hansen (born 15. June 1973) is a danish blogger born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe. I lived for the first 19 years of my life in a liberal-minded, literary and academic home in North Zealand. My mother is a psychiatrist and my father is a chemical engineer. I have two siblings. Throughout childhood, "I invented near-useless things almost every day" and told my siblings "fairy tales" where they themselves were the protagonists. In 1986, I visited Houston in the United States with my family on a stay that spanned three and a half months. I started programming in 1986 and made approx. 20 major projects until I "lost the ability" in 2018. Student from N. Zahles High School 1992. Ry College 1993. Read theology 1993-1994 in Aarhus. Read philosophy 1995-2000 in Linköping, Lund and Copenhagen. Worked as Java programmer 2000 and 2001. Participated in numerous poetry readings in Copenhagen 2002-2007. Got a psychosis in 2007 "which took about 10 years to recover". Married to Else Andersen in 2010 and resides in Asnaes, Denmark. Father in 2014. Has written The Other Newspaper daily in Danish and English daily since 2013.