Wednesday, September 21, 2005

About Experience

Here some definitions from

  1. The apprehension of an object, thought, or emotion through the senses or mind: a child's first experience of snow.
    1. Active participation in events or activities, leading to the accumulation of knowledge or skill: a lesson taught by experience; a carpenter with experience in roof repair.
    2. The knowledge or skill so derived.
    1. An event or a series of events participated in or lived through.
    2. The totality of such events in the past of an individual or group.

As I said before, experience is the byproduct of collaboration and a process, and it is a higher form of learning because all of your senses are participating and involved in the procedure. To gain experience you need an individual or a set of them actively and willing to participate through the process to gain full insight. When we are forced into an event, like an accident, or some unpleasant situation, the experience becomes a trauma. The word trauma means " An event or situation that causes great distress and disruption." Scott Berkun says good procedures make people more efficient, not less efficient. This is because we need a guide on how to go about doing things, and it is more efficient to have processes in place, than having people doing things differently each time.

Experience is living or going through a process from start to finish. You can share what you felt and learned from it. This is the part of knowledge that cannot be transmitted or "done for you". I like to see life as the perfect example. Life is the process we go through to learn from experiences that would not be possible other way, and from it we learn the good and the bad. We can write about the lessons we learned after it. To truly understand the meaning of something ,living the process is a whole different learning process, than that from study and reading. Some of us avoid it from fear of being hurt or causing hurt in others which prevents us from learning. (Insert here)

I recently had the experience of unearthing a deep fear that caused a series of behaviors that made me end up in two hospitals (Anxiousness). It was a very tough one day experience but one that taught me so many things, many years of study would not do.

What I found interesting from being in a hospital is that for many patients the cure came by intereacting and sharing their experiences with other patients who where somehow connected to your past life, not in the doctor or the therapy or drugs they prescribed. In my experience, people that had parallel lives or something in common made the big difference in the recovery and the possibility of getting healthy again quickly was very high. Same goes with the ones that did not have anything in common with the patient. They did not help or contribute to the recovery. So in order to produce benefits there must be a common connection.

I used to think doctors did not know what they were doing (I was very wrong), not every doctor fails and they are not right many times either; I have found some that are really excellent at what they do, when they did experience the symptoms or had some similar experience are in a better position to treat it. Others have a very wide exposure to many people, allowing them to learn many aspects from them.

Going back to experience, we can discover that Expertise comes from ΣExperience or the sum of experiences that you go through.

This is a good example that illustrates an area in live where experience is really crucial for people’s health recovery stories.

Experience in general is :

  • A bigger teacher than theory alone.
  • HARD
  • to earn: It gives you the test first and the lesson second.
    • Learning to ride a bike caused me plenty of falls, scratches and pain. The feeling of accomplishing it at the end was indescribable.
  • In NY, nobody wants to prevent you from going through the process” they experienced because it is usually tough.
  • Few willing to share it if it involves money (Earning or loosing).
    • This and in some cases because it is VERY... VERY expensive the learning process, which is the reason we are not inclined to share it with people so easily. We tend to give incomplete information about it depending on the level of suffering we were subjected to or the shame we felt. What I found through experience is that the more you share it with others , the better for your health.

In some cases, experience touches something called perception or tastes. This happens normally with movies. Some will like the movie, and some will not. The difference between reading a book or watching a movie, is in the side of the brain working. Reading is a left side ability, while movies kick in on the right side. This is the reason why children should not be allowed to watch tv until their brains are fully developed. Images are a more powerful catalizer in the brain than book stories, because when you read you are actively using your imagination, when watching a movie or tv you are not an actor, you are a receptor. (Insert here reference last child of the woods)

In summary , the efficient storage of data and information combined with other elements (Experience, collaboration and technology) constitutes the base and foundation for human rational knowledge today.


It is finding the balance and learning to use the two sides of the brain. In the dictionary we find that wisdom is "accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment 2: the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight".
For me it is the trait of utilizing reason , experience, and intuition with common sense and insight. (Insert reference)


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