Category Archives: Gregory Bateson

Circuitry

The idea that what one has long held of a person is apt to stop one’s eyes and ears. —Marcel Proust The self is a metaphor. We can decide to limit it to our skin, our person, our family, our … 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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Cyclin’

The foolish person tries to ignore the phenomenal facts of life simply because he cannot learn the logical theory which explains them. With all the logic at our command, we may reason out of the domain of possibilities everything that … Continue reading

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Too Schematic, Nevertheless, Livingry

You don’t think Buckminster Fuller’s idea that the problem is just one of mismanagement and lack of distribution and lack of intelligent use of the available energy makes sense? GB:I don’t really believe that, no. Because I don’t think the … Continue reading

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A Myth of Isolation and a Fairy Tale of Causation

The notion of the individual entity having agency is confused by a paradox. The confusion lies with the idea of individuation. The entity (organism, person, or organization) is bound to its unique perspective or epistemology, and in that sense is … Continue reading

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Fission and Fusion

Cleveland artist Gary Dumm noted that I’m engaged with infinite possibilities, and this is true enough, especially in that I allow an expansive ‘ecology’ to contribute mightily to my creative process. ‘Allow’ and ‘Contribute’ conceal aspects of process which are … Continue reading

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Stirring Together, In the Midst of the Unending Stream

I traced a circle on the ground, It was a mystic figure strange Wherein I thought there would abound Mute symbols adequate of change, And complex formulas of Law, Which is the jaws of Change’s maw. My simpler thoughts in … Continue reading

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A Magic Trick: Explain By Creating

In trickster’s case, how did mental fakery come to replace incarnate fakery? It is one thing for trypanosomes to change their skins; another for Raven to become a leaf floating in spring water; another still for storytellers to have imagined … Continue reading

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The Cybernetics of Discourse and the Discourse of Cybernetics

source: How cybernetics connects computing, counterculture, and design Hugh Dubberly and Paul Pangaro (Originally published by the Walker Art Center in the catalog for the exhibit Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia.) Cybernetics in the Future – Introduction by Mary … 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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Implicit Sacramental Fallacies (Re: Gregory Bateson on the Nature of the Sacred)

A linear concept of causality cannot adequately explain the interactions of a complex system or Gestalt. The classical scientific paradigm is sufficient only for understanding carefully isolated phenomena, where unidirectional cause and effect relationships occur between interacting pairs, e.g., between … Continue reading

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Autopoiesis Checklist

Dr. Randall Whitaker, Observer Web: AUTOPOIESIS CHECKLIST 1 Determine if: The unity has identifiable boundaries (via interactions with it)

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Nora Bateson: Between generations: gaps, links and learning

Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca

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Contexting

DIFFUSION from Kouhei Nakama on Vimeo. Let the lover be disgraceful, crazy, absentminded. Someone sober will worry about things going badly. Let the lover be. version of Rumi by Coleman Barks Years ago at a workshop South African composer and … Continue reading

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Mindscapes

Learning to Dance In Bali from Fabio Peres on Vimeo. heterogenistics | Professor Magoroh Maruyama Endogeneous research::Research done by “objective” researchers coming from the outside suffers from several problem such as epistemological, cultural and social prejudices, misunderstanding due to different … Continue reading

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Eno On Cybernetics and Music Making

This video is new to me and it provided a big wallop. In my framing of fortuity, contingency and fragility, I have only roughed out some of the implications for music making. B.E. helps move this forward during a really … Continue reading

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Penetrating Sensings – Coda.

Kalipo – Fractal from Pupillendriller on Vimeo. With reference to conversation or dialogue, a sketch of how the Reduced Bateson Set might be employed to draw out some tacit assumptions goers like this: 1. What are the systematic assumptions that … Continue reading

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Signed Cosmos In an Ambiguous Multi-verse

Deana Neubauer 20 minutes on Biosemiosis earlier on the blog Professor Soren Brier presents 90 minutes Cyber[bio]semiotics, through Bateson, Luhmann, and Peirce More Brier: Cybersemiotics: A New Foundation for Transdisciplinary Theory of Information, Cognition, Meaningful Communication the Interaction Between Nature … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoon: Situational Awareness

bonus: The following is from a ConEdison safety publication: I have use of the information that that which I see, the images, or that which I feel as pain, the prick of a pin, or the ache of a tired … Continue reading

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Another Shot of Meta

  One of my favorite aphorisms: My only sacred cow is, I have no sacred cows.  (Paul Krassner)

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