Author Archives: Jeff Bloom

About Jeff Bloom

I'm a Researcher with and am on the Advisory Board of the International Bateson Institute and am a professor emeritus with the Department of Teaching & Learning, College of Education, Northern Arizona University.

Connecting to Another

Stephan Harding’s “Encountering Another Being” —   In this video, Stephan Harding talks about a sense of knowing that is non-conceptual. It is in a sense pre-conceptual. In Buddhism, this sense of knowing is considered to be what is called … Continue reading

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Linearity 2.0 – Crushing Insight and Creativity

Most teachers keep control over the direction of discussions in the classroom. In fact, most classroom discussions follow the pattern of: a. teacher question b. student answer c. teacher evaluation. Such a sequence is frequently referred to as IRE sequence … Continue reading

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The Assumption of Linearity in Education

I was listening to a educational materials salesman talk about the “curricula” teachers want with the materials he’s selling. He kept going on about at what grade level kids should learn one thing or another, and that to repeat it … Continue reading

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Linearitits

Linearititis = a psychological disease that involves being stuck in linear thinking and the inability to think recursively. Symptoms: Breaks into a sweat when faced with complex situations, uncertainty, and unpredictable situations; Desperately tries to make everything orderly and predictable; … Continue reading

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Inquiry, Systems, Relationships, and Learning – and the Loss of Integrity in Science Education

Once upon a not so distant time, I was a “science educator,” and more specifically a science teacher educator. Some of you who may read this may have known me in that role or an even further back role of … Continue reading

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AS…

As ecosystems are stressed and careen towards collapse… As the world population increases beyond the limits of capacity… As communities split apart and are consumed by fear and hatred… As nations come apart at the seams or barely hang on … Continue reading

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Intelligence and Context: Epistemological Errors

A recent article in Phys.Org, Apes’ Abilities Misunderstood by Decades of Poor Science (see also: Leavens, Bard, & Hopkins 2017), briefly discusses the biases of scientists that have led to many misconceptions about the intelligence of apes. They make a … Continue reading

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A Brief Look at Warm Data in the Contexts of Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Education

Warm Data is a new term coined by Nora Bateson (2016, 2017a, 2017b) to address issues with current research in the natural and social sciences. Such data can be contrasted with the all too familiar “cold data” of measurement and … Continue reading

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The Problem with “Tolerance”

The problem with “tolerance” is that it is fundamentally a disconnect. It sets up a negative relationship. The meaning communicated by the statement, “I will tolerate you (or whomever),” is dismissive and condescending. Yet, we act as if “tolerance” is … Continue reading

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NPR & Diarrhea “News”

I listen to NPR, because I can tune it in easily on my car radio. And, I seem to be forever hopeful that it will surprise me with good news coverage and analysis. But, I am almost always disappointed. Today, … Continue reading

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