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Wit, Spiritual Technologies, Turning Away from thin brands

A note from Frank Visser*, who has used a graphic I created to head a reposting of an article, THE ‘SPIRIT OF EVOLUTION’ RECONSIDERED Relating Ken Wilber’s view of spiritual evolution to the current evolution debates, had me thinking for a moment about Wilber … 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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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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Creative Workflow – Cat Trying to Swallow Its Own Tail

In zoom mode in Photoshop, while preparing a large new piece to be reduced to a PNG for publishing on the gallery blog, an interesting overall configuration of small details in the edge style of the digital image file. Because … 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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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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art à l’état brut

Yippie, my nominee for the most consistently the most Batesonian tv show of all time returns Community March 15. Now, if you look at our conventional communication with one another, what you find is that we weave these logical types … Continue reading

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“I Talked My Way Into It”

Werner Herzog’s new film, The Cave of Forgotten Dreams, joins my favorite filmmaker to a subject that has fascinated me since I was a kid. Herzog, as he puts it, “talked his way into the Chauvet Cave” in France. With … Continue reading

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Reduced Bateson Set: III. Set Up; Actuality Matters

(I continue musings which exemplify what I’m musing about. This is the set up to my presenting a schema, the Reduced Bateson Set, I can use to interpret my experience of other person’s presentation of information. Caveat: I am entertaining … Continue reading

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Fishin’ Sort of

Somewhat in alignment with the Bateson motive, here’s our two new cats, in some relation to an aquarium screensaver. I installed a demo of on my wife’s Macbook. Glori, the mostly black short hair cat, and, Sassy, the tiger short … Continue reading

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Reduced Bateson Set II. Set up; Participant-Dependence

Consider a thought problem about human whistling. You are placed in the role of observer. Presented to you is a person who will whistle Mary Had A Little Lamb. Your direction for the exercise is to describe the act of … Continue reading

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Treating the Game As A Game

One of the conventions the Free Play handicapper implements is to set one elder against the other. Here the elders embrace after the contest, and you can’t tell who was on what side of a 20-4 score, can you? F(ather): … 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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Two Batesonian Teaching Cartoons

Okay. I mentioned I had this darn insight many years ago: something like a Batesonian metalogue–which are sprinkled throughout his books–seems to be discoverable in the deep structure of particular Sufi teaching stories. This old insight has evolved and this … Continue reading

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Minding the Mind

My favorite (Gregory) Batesonian teaching story, reconfigured and originally via Idries Shah. A frenchman is teaching another french rudimentary english. “So, the word for froid crème glacée is ‘cold ice cream.’ ” “What’s the word for chaude crème glacée?” “Oh, … Continue reading

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THINK ABOUT THINKING ABOUT THIS

Favorite droll turn on cogito ergo sum*: I think therefore I think I am. Possibly better: I think therefore I think I am thinking. Best: You are your epistemology. (Gregory Bateson) I’ve always stuck with John Lilly’s: My beliefs are … Continue reading

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SCIENCE THAT STUDIES THE PROCESS OF KNOWING

Yeah, What Bateson said. From a Batesonian perspective, it is the way we classify, make distinctions, and make sense of things that is fundamental. If it is the distinctions we ourselves make that are causes, then it is how we … Continue reading

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