The importance of narrative in understanding human systems has been a large part of my work for over twenty-five years. In the Twelvetide series of 2020, I looked at the history of our use of narrative and some of the current applications. You can find the first of those posts here. I don’t plan to repeat […]
For the first substantive post in this series, I wanted to pick up one of the more controversial elements of human systems namely the pervasive nature of religious ideas/ideology; which is not the same thing as a formal religion. There are arguments in evolutionary psychology (I’ll try and find the paper and reference it later) […]
The emerging plan for this year’s series was to look at the various unique aspects of human complex systems: a working title would be humans are not ants. As I started drafting the opening blog yesterday I decided it was time to summarise the various Christmas, now Twelvetide, blog series I have been writing since 2009. […]
So its time to conclude this series on the nature and management of ritual and habits. I’ll confess at times I thought I might not. I took on the subject as a means of exploring something which I knew was important but which I could only see through a glass, darkly (1 Cor 13:12 KJV). I […]
I promised in the last post that I would look at practice theory which could easily lead into a discussion of habitus (Bourdieu) and Daisen (Heidegger) worthy of a thesis in its own right. Other people have made stronger links to the wider field of naturalising sense-making with SenseMaker® being described as a practical implementation of […]
Mapping and the need for maps underpins a lot of this series of posts – both in terms of understanding rituals & habits as well as my more discursive comments in the footers that explain the banner images. I should also say that I am always slightly nervous talking about mapping as its one […]
There is some debate in the literature as to the difference between repetitive actions and ritual acts, the argument being that the latter will also contain some symbolic aspect, in the object or what the object means. In a sense this brings us back to an older difference between the sacred and the profane, words […]
I can’t really imagine going walking without a camera, and by that I don’t mean the iPhone although I have fallen back to that at times. Landscape photography is a part and parcel of my identity and the Nikon 810 full frame comes into its own in the mountains. Maybe this is the year I […]
When I started this series I was not entirely sure where they would lead me and as I pass the half way mark on the last day of the year I am still not entirely sure but I can start to see a pattern. Walking everyday, bar one, has given me the space to think […]
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