Homo discens
1. Embodied Knowers

Knowing about Knowing.

How does being embodied and culturally embedded both enable and limit what we can learn and understand?

4. Peculiar Latin name

Evolution of the Homo discens project

2. Ways of Knowing

Sense Perception, Attention, Recognition, Memory, Emotion, Language, Reason, Faith, Imagination and Intuition.




Welcome to Homo discens, the companion site to which documents what actually happens in the author’s Theory of Knowledge classes.

Homo discens provides a broad conceptual framework, and a variety of original sources, for exploring some of the more perplexing questions about how we learn and how we develop understanding.


Homo discens refers to “Man the Learner.” The name announces that we are here to learn. It is not just that we have a biological predisposition for learning, or that learning is edifying, or that—in some existential sense—we are condemned to learn. Learning is a deeply-rooted, cross-cultural, life-sustaining necessity. Learning is inextricable from who we are as capable and fallible individuals; as active participants embedded in community; and as an embodied biological species.

The project is very much a work of synthesis and makes little claim to original thinking. The task has been to select, distil and present the work of others in a coherent, perusable form. The intention is that visitors—once intrigued—will delve further into the original sources. Homo discens also aims to please the eye.


3. Areas of Knowledge

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Human Sciences, History, The Arts, Ethics, Religious Knowledge Systems and Indigenous Knowledge Systems.