Category Archives: Gregory Bateson

Post-conventional predicates

A hallmark of sincere and authentic and audacious post-conventionality could be: daring. This would go along with understanding that the call beyond conventions promotes radical, storming kinds of engagements with one’s own self, with the world, and with other people. … Continue reading

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Deepening the Ecology of Knowing

I love Nora Bateson; but, I don’t know her so I have to be more precise. Plus: it is complicated because as much as I do not know her, and as much as I deeply understand to love that which … Continue reading

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Overt Pairs of the Experiential Learning Cycle of David Kolb

[KGVID poster=”http://squareone-learning.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Kolb-Overt_thumb257.jpg” width=”640″ height=”480″]http://squareone-learning.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Kolb-Overt.mp4[/KGVID] Tuesday’s presentation went smoothly. The discussion was lively. I was especially gratified that two of my closest friends from outside the experiential learning community showed up. In preparing the presentation, I learned a bunch going back … Continue reading

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The Hand

  I recommend you take your hand home and take a look at it when you get there — very quietly, almost as part of meditation. And try to catch the difference between seeing it as a base for five … Continue reading

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Something Like a Scout

I finally took the Kolb Educator Role Profile. This result, schematically presented above, is fuzzily right inasmuch as the  KERP is able to capture some of the qualities of me–who in the normative sense of the term educator is not an … Continue reading

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DeBate Son

Nora Bateson with her father I. Ding an Sich Perhaps the largest question in epistemology is: How can we know anything if we cannot know the Ding an sich, the thing-in-itself? Or, another way of putting it: If we cannot … Continue reading

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Am I Understood?

The total self-corrective unit which processes information , or, as I say,’thinks’ and ‘acts’ and ‘decides’, is a system whose boundaries do not at all coincide with the boundaries either of the body or of what is popularly called the … Continue reading

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It’s All In the Head

PATIENT: Doctor, doctor, I’ve lost my memory? DOCTOR: When did it happen? PATIENT: When did what happen? (Ahlberg and Ahlberg, 1982: 90) Gregory Bateson: Epistemology, Language, Play and the Double Bind Edmond Wright (Anthropoetics 14, no. 1 (Summer 2008)

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Around and Round, and Never Off the Surface

Ask yourself: what kinds of “whats” express your own depth? Your depth is, what? To which problem do you go to first, the problem of ‘what is the what,’ or, the problem of, what is depth in terms of my depth?  … Continue reading

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Imaginal Cybernetics, the Demonic Daemon, Deep Play

Part One of Two First you pour the water in the pool. Then you dive. I’ve dived into the recent hours of intense creative dialog with Ken Warren. We’re preparing our presentation cum performance at The Society for Analytical Psychology … Continue reading

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Missed-Understood and the Web of Hypotheses

This video counts as keeper in my quest for laser-focused riffs on adult development lasting less than ten minutes. The one qualification I would offer about managing conversations is: be aware of what happens if you idealize the structural and … Continue reading

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Sweetly Focused Nora Bateson

What a great two minutes! Nora Bateson’s soulful approach to her father’s work, to his way of understanding, strikes me as being beautifully personal, ingratiating, and, most crucially, precisely formulated so as to provide a warm introductory gateway to his legacy. … Continue reading

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Cat Spat

[KGVID width=”480″ height=”360″]http://squareone-learning.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Cat-Spat-f.mp4[/KGVID] [Gregory Bateson] The first definite step in the formulation of the hypothesis guiding this research occurred in January, 1952, when I went to the Fleishhacker Zoo in San Francisco to look for behavioral criteria which would indicate … Continue reading

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Meta Plus Recursion (and a topos for truthiness)

The idea of a universally shared source of truth called ‘reason’ or ‘human nature’ is, for us pragmatists, just the idea that such discussion ought to be capable of being made conclusive. We see this idea as a misleading way … Continue reading

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Rabbit Holes

I’ve been reviewing current so-called Integral literature over the last few weeks, but it was Ken who had much earlier got me going back toward that development dynamic when I toppled over ‘into it’ in the intellectual sense from our … Continue reading

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Being Unreasonable About Reasoning

  Deduction Induction Abduction Analogical reasoning Cause-and-effect reasoning Comparative reasoning Conditional reasoning Criteria reasoning Decompositional reasoning Exemplar reasoning Modal logic Traditional logic Pros-vs-cons reasoning Set-based reasoning Systematic reasoning Syllogistic reasoning wxcerpted from: Reasoning in every day life Michal Vince Department … Continue reading

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As A Kite (or Plane) Flies

“There is an ecology of bad ideas, just as there is an ecology of weeds, and it is characteristic of the system that basic error propagates itself.” -Gregory Bateson Incarnate in a human body paradoxically aware of itself as a … Continue reading

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A Batesonian sign

Also, for me, understanding this is the prime first order insight. What system is my being/doing mostly being-doing in? Consequence: the traffic is me; the traffic ‘over there’ is an extension of me, etc. The bike won’t free you! The … Continue reading

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Four Square Matrix – Metaverse Four Square

The explanation for this Four Square Matrix is below. (I’ve been exploring the format of the Four Square Matrix for over five years on the squareONE Explorations blog: Revisiting the Matrix Part 1 / Class of ’72 / Periodic Table … Continue reading

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Revisiting the 2×2 Matrix – Part 1.

What I term a ‘four square,’ or matrix, derives in modern times from The Boston Consulting Group’s Growth-Share Matrix. I devise my own four squares and collect any others I encounter. At times the 2×2 Matrix in either its ‘cross’ … Continue reading

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