Category Archives: my research

Generativitality

Some Thoughts On Generative Art by Anders Holt Many who know something about my art practice know I loathe the terms “digital art” and “digital artist.” Both terms strike me as almost always leading right into various thickets of ignorance, … Continue reading

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Cycling

The four panel valence differentiator of Boston Consulting Group fame, (or what I term the four square matrix,) and the circular cycle used to show both a linear course of change and a completed course of development, are both the … Continue reading

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Collaboration & Serendipity

I. FORTUITY [f. L. fortu‹imacbreve›t-us, f. forte by chance, f. fors chance + -ous.] That happens or is produced by fortune or chance; accidental, casual. OED Between 2005-2012, when I was researching serendipity as a decisive aspect of adult development, … Continue reading

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Live From the Well

The idea that what one has long held of a person is apt to stop one’s eyes and ears. —Marcel Proust Elders from GLEN MILNER on Vimeo. The self is a metaphor. We can decide to limit it to our … Continue reading

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Sitting On a Porch, but not any porch

Dave Kolb and I enjoyed the longest conversation we ever managed to conduct over the fifteen years we’ve been friends and something like, but not really exactly like, colleagues. Our shared interest is the experiential learning theory* he helped conceptualize … Continue reading

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Visual Thinking Strategy

A VTS Discussion with First Grade Students from Visual Thinking Strategies on Vimeo. (source) In his 1997 article Thoughts on Visual Literacy, Philip Yenawine describes visual literacy as: “…the ability to find meaning in imagery. It involves a set of … 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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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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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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Tying It All Together?

I am sometimes asked why I pay attention to astrology. Actually, I don’t pay much attention to it, but, for some, any attention paid to astrology begs the question of why a so-called pseudoscience could attract someone’s, or my own, … Continue reading

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Spontaneous Dialectics In ‘Problem Depth’

Problem-solving oriented version of a four-square matrix. I’ve added (and overlaid,) two valence drivers–these are the typical pairing used to deploy evaluation of antipathy and sympathy, a basic starting point. An intention for learning is articulated. Two dichotomies are randomly … Continue reading

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Homo Non Intelligit

I. I forget when the following happen, yet it happened sometime during the time I was an elementary school student. This event occurred at some point during third, fourth, fifth, or sixth grade. Although both my twin brother also went … Continue reading

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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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Pareto Trap

Years ago I offered to a musician I was working with (what struck me at the time) to be a commonsense insight: spend your time leveraging your fans who get it and much less time trying to convince every last … Continue reading

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System Attractions – Seek simplicity, and distrust it. (A.N. Whitehead)

What follows is brief foray into a schematic phenomenology about what comes easy and what comes hard. Ha! Don’t bother googling schematic phenomenology! This schema is a picture of my general meaning-making relationship to two joined aspects of any system. … 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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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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Holly’s Helping Hand

“Hey, Holly remember when I put you and Judith in a trance for a couple of days?” (Indeed I did so, by mistake, via a soundtrack I created for a workshop presented by Judith Buerkel in March 1994.) Holly has … Continue reading

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Two New Learning Cycles

Recently I’ve been musing about how the learning cycle of David A. Kolb could be partially re-theorized in my novel social cybernetic terms. Social Cybernetics: the system supposed by the engagement of enactive self-aware persons in relationship with one another, … Continue reading

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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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