The basic premise is that everyone can learn apithology.
The foundational concepts are no harder conceptually than the ability to recognise a person, look at an ocean, watch a juggler in motion, use a compass to find a direction, ride a bicycle safely, write looking in a mirror, explore a museum, follow an easy recipe, learn to dance with another, build a model house to your own specifications, or read a book with many chapters.
The theory of education in apithology, known as apithagogy, looks at how humans learn generatively, as if they were to become contributive to humanity. Its simple forms are different, only because they have a different attainment in mind.
The forms of learning in apithology are simple for simple concepts and complex for complex concepts. They unfold sequentially. There are no shortcuts, but learning to learn apithologically, speeds up the process of learning immeasurably.
To enhance apithology’s premise of radical inclusion – are two qualifications to the openness to learning being preclusion and exclusion.
Preclusion ~ occurs when someone’s first engagement with apithology demonstrates the opposite of open engagement. There are three forms of this (Three Appropriations):
- negation ~ denying the existence of apithology in favour of one’s own ontology;
- conflation ~ reducing the forms of apithology into one’s own bounded conception;
- co-option ~ claiming ownership or origination of apithology as one’s own invention.
If these appear, there is a reversal of the assumption of inclusion, until both the person and apithology are safe from appropriation. The reason for this, is the learner in claiming a knowing not attained has precluded part of their learning, and the potential pathway of other learners, prior to commencing. This signals a place of pause prior to proceeding. Those promoting these forms without due care (or inquiry) may become precluded by association.
Exclusion ~ occurs when there is a breach of apithology ethics, that escalates as a personal preference, and which becomes anti-thetical to the care and regard for others and humanity. There are five stages to this and they have never been fully evoked.