welcome
cartLogin

Pertinence & social intelligence

March 1, 2007

Living TV on Sky here in the UK, aside from showing two episodes of Charmed a day, is rerunning the first series of the X-Files. Given that I am home for a period I am generally catching up on good and bad television (to be honest mostly bad). We finished our final extension on this house this summer and it is made for winter. A wood burning stove, two contented cats, a comfortable armchair, a glass of wine and a brilliant padded laptop desk I got in the Apple Store in Singapore for my Powerbook; all make for the ideal environment to clear email of an evening before wandering across the lane to my local pub for our male response to the female members only book club in the village.

There was a great quote in the X Files which I thought I would share:

If you ask an impertinent question you are on your way to a pertinent answer.

I found that an excellent response to the excessive emphasis on focus that is a part of too many an organisation these days. Change is achieved through challenging orthodoxy, not by playing to convention.

The other thing I discovered that I would like to share is a Podcast from ABC, namely the Science Show for the 23rd of February. I was setting up iTunes to download Late Night Live. For those who do not know, this is Phil Adam’s intelligent late night chat show on which I have been privileged to be a guest on two occasions. The Science Show was on the subject of social intelligence and included thoughts from some of the world’s best thinkers. They included Dunbar whose work I have previously referenced. I intend to listen to again and blog some of my thoughts next week. One of the points made was the importance of story and religion to the development of human intelligence. This was an interesting coincidence in view of my exchanges on the Thinking Meat blog and with Euan in which I argued against their favorable reviews of Dawkins religious attack on religion. The latter has reached its natural end as I do not want to deliver lectures on 101 logic, and Euan has legitimately told me I should stop criticising his Calvinist inspired view of religion until I have put forward some views of my own. I plan that at some time in the near future (Oh and the reference to Calvinism is mine). In the mean time listen to the ABC Podcast, it is full of interesting material

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Posts

About the Cynefin Company

The Cynefin Company (formerly known as Cognitive Edge) was founded in 2005 by Dave Snowden. We believe in praxis and focus on building methods, tools and capability that apply the wisdom from Complex Adaptive Systems theory and other scientific disciplines in social systems. We are the world leader in developing management approaches (in society, government and industry) that empower organisations to absorb uncertainty, detect weak signals to enable sense-making in complex systems, act on the rich data, create resilience and, ultimately, thrive in a complex world.
ABOUT US

Cognitive Edge Ltd. & Cognitive Edge Pte. trading as The Cynefin Company and The Cynefin Centre.

© COPYRIGHT 2022. 

Social Links: The Cynefin Company
Social Links: The Cynefin Centre
< Prev

Stress & the pursuit of happiness

- No Comments

Thanks to The Thinking Meat Project (one of the most useful science blogs on ...

More posts

Next >

Heroes

- No Comments

I was in Moelfre towards the end of last year, clearing my parents house before ...

More posts

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram