If you are of a certain age you will remember reciting your times tables in class and acquiring all the little tips you got taught to make mental arithmetic easier. Now I have no idea if this is still taught, and if it is taught in the same way. I doubt it and I always […]
Byung-Chul Han defines ritual as symbolic techniques of making oneself at home in the world. In anthropology we have seen a shift from Durkheim’s view of ritual as reinforcing collective beliefs and enabling social integration to a view based far more on symbols in which are in a way closer to myths function, but which also provide […]
I was thinking this morning that in an earlier post in this series I hadn’t really addressed the way that habits arise in wider communities (including nations) over time and that might be a logical extension of the emphasis I placed on collective habits as well as individual ones. In the effect the habits of […]
I spent some time yesterday talking about what I might term dark habits which is a reference to my earlier idea of dark constraints and Ann’s use of that for dark scaffolding. The reference is to the idea of dark matter, or dark energy in cosmology where we can see an effect without being able to see a reason for the […]
Yesterday I opened up this year’s Twelvetide series with a brief discussion on habits referencing the long-standing philosophical divide between seeing them as hindrance or help. I also used Carlisle’s four distinctions from which I intend to derive a typology of habits and a series of related disclosure questions. As you can see the overall […]
It’s become a Christmas tradition for me to write a series of posts around a single theme. I’ve covered food, welsh poetry and other subjects and last year I did a general update on the wider body of knowledge which is naturalising sense-making. This year I asked for suggestions in our Cynefin Company internal slack […]
This post is by way of a postscript to the main theme of the series. To be honest, I am never sure if the twelve days of Christmas start on the Day itself or Boxing day, but today is Epiphany when the Magi presented their gifts to the Christ Child and the traditional end of […]
In this twelve-part series, I have been attempting to layout my understanding of the field of naturalising sense-making which I, with the support of many others, have been involved in creating over the last two, possibly three decades. The astute reader will also see that most of my November and December posts have been part […]
The essence of a naturalising approach to sense-making is to use natural science as an enabling constraint. Put simply if know that humans make decisions on a first-fit pattern match then it is foolish to design systems that assume an enlightenment form of rationality. If we know that once you get to a certain level […]
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