Stephen Downes left a thoughtful comment to my last post pointing out the poor example given by Halpern & Hakel, 2003:
In fact, experience is a very good teacher - if we listen to it consistently and with rigour. And indeed, it is the only teacher we have.
I agree. The emphasis should be on the word *alone*.
Let me try to give examples:
If we push an object along a horizontal surface, our experience will tell us that when we stop pushing, the object will eventually stop moving. No matter how many times you repeat this experiment, it will have the same answer.
For all practical purposes, including building high-rise building, we can treat the sruface of Earth as flat.
We have millions of experience daily. Among those, a large amount do not attract our attention any more. For instance, our excitement of being able to brush our own teeth has long fainted away. Yet a lot has been repeated so many times that they have become "truth".
The key to use experience as a teacher is to "triangulate" and seek coherent explanation beyond just the experience itself. The additional effort beyond experiencing the experience is where the real learning occurs.
*In light of the comment by Stephen Downes, I have changed this sentence. See today's post.