Jacobs uses the word unconscious to describe the “network of voluntary controls and standards among the people” (p32) and this is a great choice of word. Crossing into educational thought, it conveys the non-human realm of learning that may take place.
When learning is used in a complex system environment: How different is it from the simple concept of change? And how close is it to the autonomous concept of intentional learning (in my eyes education)?
I tend to think more the latter, that educators need to consider the word learning on the side of intentional learning, because of my belief that modern technology has provided (more than anything else) learners with choice and control over learning. Considering the word learning as a type of basic change, is more the perspective of biologists, neurologists, botanists, and metaphysicians.
The difference is an ability of choice, if you believe in such things.
A random thought: is it possible to have a unconscious without a conscious? Maybe, we could ask the same for an act done unintentionally – can such a concept exist without the possibility of intention?
Or, here’s an even more random question: Which is more intentional, a City or a Shark?
An ant or an ant colony?