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Anna Panagiotou
I’m going to assume that everyone who frequents this blog and is a regular reader of Dave’s work is very familiar with general concepts of evolution, both as a biological fact and as a metaphor. In the Cynefin framework, evolution appears most prominently in exaptive practice, associated with the complex domain. Exaptation in that context […]
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Dave Snowden
So I’m back at the desk in my study, driven home from two weeks walking and cycling in the Lake District by Atlantic storms a day early.  I’ve found a perfect self-catering location that is reasonably priced and within 90 minutes of the bulk of the walks.  I’m on a mission (the obsessional collector aspect […]
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Dave Snowden
In yesterday’s post, I was concerned about both the abuse of power, and the effectiveness of confessional use of language.  The desire to compel people to put into words (generally the words of power in the facilitator’s culture and/or ideology) learning is problematic to say the least.  And the excuse of no one is compelled to […]
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Dave Snowden
In some ways this post is a follow up to a point I made yesterday about the dangers of creating a coat of rhinestones on something rotten at the heart and by way or warning it is polemical in nature.  I want to talk about the role of words and I am returning to an […]
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Dave Snowden
Having All Fools Day as your birthday means that you rapidly become hyper-cautious until midday or simply avoid communication.  The British have a long tradition of this with the famous BBC Panorama’s 1957 Spaghetti Harvest hoax. Then there was the Guardian’s 1977 special travel supplement on the island of San Serif is one I remember […]
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Dave Snowden
An alternative title for today’s post could have been sometimes necessary, rarely sufficient with the same subject namely the legitimate discussion of competence and its role in decision making as well as questions arising from the more nefarious areas of competence standards and certifications. the proximate trigger for this was the publication on Sunday of GAPPS Guiding […]
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Dave Snowden
Earlier today I got irritated by several things on social media. I admit that this is not unusual and some would argue that I obviously enjoy the stimulation too much.  The Trump being deplatformed was worrying rather than irritating by the way as I have a nasty feeling that is going to backfire.  I am long […]
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Dave Snowden
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 […]
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Dave Snowden
One of the things that most irritates me on social media is the complete ignorance people seem to have of the Straw-man fallacy in logic.  For those not familiar with this perversion of reason it involves describing your opponent’s position in such a way as to demolish, not his or her actual position, but the […]
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