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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 […]
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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 […]
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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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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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