Category Archives: social psychology, organizational development

We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions — E.O.Wilson

excerpt 1:Very few species, however, have made the leap from merely social to eusocial, “eu-” meaning true. To qualify as eusocial, in Wilson’s definition, animals must live in multigenerational communities, practice division of labor and behave altruistically, ready to sacrifice … Continue reading

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Objectively, There Are, Sometimes, Adjustments

Objectivity, no matter what it is in practice, or within technique, or in philosophical specification, lands always as a sort of brutish given. It is a species of truth claim that is paradoxically about the independent nature of the so-called … Continue reading

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Extreme Cases

NUMINOSUM At the threshold of the divine, how to know But indirectly, to hear the static as Pattern, to hear the ragtag white noise as song— No, not as song—but to intuit the song bird Within the thorn thicket—safe, hidden … 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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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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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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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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Healthy Solipsism I.

Solipsism and the Problem of Other MindsInternet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Solipsism is sometimes expressed as the view that “I am the only mind which exists,” or “My mental states are the only mental states.” However, the sole survivor of a … Continue reading

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Don’t Follow the Directions

Pagan Kennedy’s New York Times feature, How to Cultivate the Art of Serendipity, is apparently drawn from her new book, due January 26, Inventology. Her article is a very good read. In the article Kennedy mentions a researcher, Sanda Erdelez. … Continue reading

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Boojums, Anti-finality, Art, and Learning

  I’ve been in the season of collecting desiccated Lily blossoms from the Lily patches in our yard and the yard of our neighbors, a retired couple. I walk over and show proofs and drafts of new pieces to ‘Mrs. Neighbor,’ … Continue reading

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Social Cybernetics – ‘eye to eye’

Social Cybernetics is my coinage. Social Cybernetics means: Social Cybernetics: is the ecology given in interpersonal engagement for the purpose of two persons intending to know each other. This ecology intermixes two enactive systems, each broadly characterized as constituting separate … 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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Friendship: A Schema for Depth and Learning

I have been reflectingintuiting over the past six weeks on my relationship with Ken Warren, and, the nature of active creative sustained depth-full relationship. This has been, is, almost a prototype of grief framed by bittersweet finality. This is both … Continue reading

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Enactivism II. and the Simplicity of Social Cybernetics

Embodied Situated Cognition /Enactivism [link] Varela and colleagues build on Merleau-Ponty’s work to develop a model of cognition as “embodied action”, a process they call “enactive” (Varela et al., 1991: xx). They concur with the principle above that cognition is … Continue reading

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Teaching Cartoon: Enactivism I.

Enactivism, a combination of Constructivism and Embodied Cognition, is a theory wherein cognition and environment are inseparable, and learning is drawn from the interaction between learner and environment. It is rooted in the phenomenological work of Merleau-Ponty and Bateson’s biological … Continue reading

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Free Play and the Warm and Fuzzily Utilitarian

THE JUNIORS 3 0 4 4 2 7 0 5 x25 THE KATZ’S 3 1 4 1 1 7 3 4 x24 The Dilemma (opening day 2015, our 25th year begins) It is the bottom of the sixth and the … Continue reading

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Patricia Shaw On Conversation

Patricia Shaw has worked as an organisational coach and consultant for 20 years, helping both public and private sector executives rethink their approach to leadership. She tends to discourage reliance on the abstractions of 2 by 2 matrices, idealised schemas … Continue reading

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Sam Harris Solves the Problem of Islamic Faith

[KGVID width=”640″ height=”360″]http://squareone-learning.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Sam-Harris-solves-the-problem-1.mp4[/KGVID] Shortly after viewing the intensely puerile tag team tussle betwixt Affleck/Kristof/Steele and Maher/Harris (on Real Time With Bill Maher, October 3rd,) I knew it would take a little while, but that I would soon get an email sent … 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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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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