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Communication & Information – Norbert Wiener’s Paradox

| August 26, 2016

“…We cannot afford to ignore Norbert Wiener’s observation of a paradox that results from our increasing technological capability in electronic communication: as the number of messages increases, the amount of information carried decreases. We have more media to communicate fewer significant ideas.” FROM: Neil Postman & Charles Weingartner. (1969). Teaching As a Subversive Activity. — […]

Habits of Mind

| June 12, 2016

We have these habits of mind in the West where we think along lines that are linear… simple cause and effect. But, the world (outside of simple physical, nonliving events) does not work that way. We must think about the complexity of multiple systems interacting and where the “blame” is in the relationships, which is […]

Blame and Fear

| November 16, 2015

I blame you. You blame me. They blame us. We blame them. Blame fans the flame Of aggression and hatred. Rage burning…. Churning through senseless cycles Of twisted, knotted stomach wrenching Heart ripping agony. Who’s to blame? We pin it on someone… anyone We don’t even care anymore We don’t even know anymore Who’s to […]

Thinking, Flexibility, and Dogma: Survival or Extinction

| September 30, 2015

Dogma has a meaning related to an official opinion or a set of principles or knowledge that is handed down from some sort of authority. But, we often use this word to mean any sort of knowledge claim that is presented in an authoritative way. I’ve used it that way. However, I am not sure […]

Beyond Systems 2: Borderless Cognition

| September 7, 2015

As discussed in my last posting, the mere mention of “systems” brings to mind images of mechanistic-like dynamics. But, this sort of association with living “systems” is problematic. In the embedded video of hawks catching prey and flying through various habitats, we can think about the dynamics of what is occurring, but not so much […]

What If We Valued Questions More Than Answers?

| May 21, 2014

This morning, during my almost daily visit to the local dog park, I was chatting with a homeless guy and his friend, a previously by-choice-homeless guy, who is a house painter, poet, and actor. We usually get into to some fairly deep philosophical discussions as our dogs play or ignore one another. And, today was […]

Meditation, Suffering, Aggression, and Taking Social-Environmental Action

| August 31, 2013

I don’t want to diminish the critical importance of meditation experiences, insights, and realizations. From a Buddhist point of view (but any tradition with a contemplative practice), meditation is absolutely necessary, if we are to have any hope of taking any kind of compassionate or skillful action. However, I worry that we all can get […]