While the research jury is still out for how this actually works, initial research suggests there may be a connection.
I wonder how this can fit with learning? Can learning be contagious? If we promote learning practices, can they rub off on those around us, so that we, en masse, increase learning skills and a knowledge base? With a knowledge society, let’s hope so.
Of course, the question of “whose learning” should we try to spread (think conservative vs. liberal, race, power relationships, etc.) will also have to be addressed, and once again we may be back at the beginning . . .