Category Archives: folk psychology

As If, a yoga of the practice of irony in a cosmos of contingency

A leading moral and political philosopher, Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University. He explores the ideas of the philosopher Hans Vahinger, who argued that our theories of the world involved understanding things “as … Continue reading

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PSA: Bias

For my own purposes I make the following differentiations netween operational modalities of ordinary language argument. (1) OBJECTIVE arguments based in facts and positive propositions and deduction (2) ABDUCTIVE arguments based in explanation drawn from repeated experiences and inductions from … Continue reading

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Pure Experience

What is left of experience if from it are erased feeling it, thinking it, feeling about it, thinking about it? I’ve been reflecting on the paradox of mindfulness. Mindfulness, over the last several years, is among the hottest trends in … Continue reading

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End of History Illusion

This idea upends a cognitive bias that may well have been valuable 100,000 years ago. Add the actuality of contingency and the fragility of the appearance of stability of the personality is obvious.

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Thick Over Thin, Beyond the Need to Know, Deep Digging

If one wants to get to the absolute bottom of something, presumably for many kinds of human somethings, the journey to reach the bottom will: (1) take time (Rule of thumb: if it seems like it will take too much … Continue reading

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Forced Choice

In sixty seconds, (1) Pick your favorite. (2) Pick your least favorite. Experiential Learning: Fourth Annual Experiential Learning Conference June 16-17, 2016 Hunting and Gathering In the Cleveland Art Museum (Thursday June 16, 1:45pm) facilitated by Stephen Calhoun, squareONE:experiential toolmakers … Continue reading

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Buzzing Pareidolia Part One

Today, my research is centered on creating images which evoke pareidolia, and, secondarily, on the understanding of serendipity in adult experience and development. Pareidolia is not a well-known term despite one expert’s calling it a buzzword. But, pareidolia doesn’t even … Continue reading

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Yet, We Converse With Each Other

Hexagram 44 Your name or your person, Which is dearer? Your person or your goods, Which is worth more? Gain or loss, Which is a greater bane? That is why excessive meanness Is sure to lead to great expense; Too … Continue reading

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Hey, I Felt That!

At first, I didn’t check out the origins of this list. It is, for me, a curious collection of folk psychological notions. It includes radically non-normative associations between a conjured term, and, several varieties of explanatory material. I looked up the … Continue reading

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Friendship: Meta All of the Above, and Combinatorial Experience

John M. Reisman wrote an amusing, and sometimes edifying, book about friendship, Anatomy of Friendship (1979.) At the beginning he provides a survey of luminaries, all men, with something to say about friendship. Reisman’s luminaries are: Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Montaigne, … Continue reading

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Generating Paradox – Glimpsing Some Pre-work

  Once again my generous colleagues in the Experiential Learning Community of Practice (LinkedIn news and discussion feed) have invited me to present to members and anybody else who can find their way to quarterly virtual meeting. It takes place … Continue reading

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The Precarity of the Estimate

This week, with the game on the line in the top of the last inning, the visiting team smartly aimed their offense at a weak spot in the infield and ended up with one single, one runner on base by … Continue reading

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A Knotty Issue of Development

If you were asked, ‘How do you reduce prejudice, prejudicial behavior, bias?’ how would you respond? Just the other day I was asked this same question by a good friend who has been charged with teaching college sophomores something useful … Continue reading

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Folk You Psychology

Philosopher Paul Churchland How to put this, ummm, lightly, and not glom too much of your time? I am challenged to do this. I need to defer from providing way too much context. This is hard because, although the subject … Continue reading

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Reduced Bateson Set I. Set Up; Meta-heuristics

Sometime ago, yet late in my scatter shot intellectual development, I realized five problems fascinated me in psychology. One is the problem of how our brain instantiates and substantiates consciousness. Two is how it came to be that the equivalent … Continue reading

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The Acid Test

Click for the large version and please come back… Rummaging through old computer files, I came upon a series of slides about the Fundamental Attribution Error. Here’s the definition from the The Psychology Wiki. In attribution theory, the fundamental attribution … Continue reading

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Grey Area of Motivation, Alas

Looking through old drafts, I came across a long essay on motivation. The essay was the result of a research project I did several years ago. You don’t get to see it; it’s moment has passed. Nevertheless, motivation fascinates me … Continue reading

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DOUBTING THE ANCIENTS MADE MODERN MISTAKES

John Perkins. The categorical splitting between masculine/feminine; head/heart; thinking/feeling; (etc./etc.) is at least interesting for this splitting maneuver being long-standing. It sometimes says more about the splitter. It carries with it the appeal of heartfelt reductions. On the other hand, … Continue reading

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ANYONE WHO THINKS DIFFERENTLY…

These are all scattered excerpts from Jung’s book “The Undiscovered Self: The Dilemma of the Individual In Modern Soceity.” Jung rarely talked about politics in his work. In fact I’m quite sure this was the only time he did, only … Continue reading

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SLOWING DOWN TO BETTER PROBLEM SOLVE

For the past two years I have been researching with a colleague the following mouthful: informal, self-managed problem solving in dyadic interpersonal contexts. Okay? The research is informal and is driven by loosely coupled folk psychological theorizing about potentially productive … Continue reading

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