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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 6 Dec 21

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 57 What is the University? It’s the center of intellectual life in civilizations in the broad era we might call Modernity. And what is the purpose of the University in its essence? If we turn to the 19th century Catholic thinker John Henry Newman and his iconic The Idea of the University, we see that it is to teach all knowledge. The Universities were originally seminaries, though, and theology sat at their heart. Newman, in this iconic and valuable work, makes a convincing case that without theology, which Universities could merely assume would …

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The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 57 What is the University? It’s the center of intellectual life in civilizations in the broad era we might call Modernity. And what is the purpose of the University in its essence? If we turn to the 19th century Catholic thinker John Henry Newman and his iconic The Idea of the University, we …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 20 Jul 21

Unless this is the first time you have stumbled across this blog by accident, you might have come across the idea of “the Wiki”. This usually does not refer to The Big Wiki but to the Cynefin one, which is a labour of love by many in the community and an attempt to ensure openness, authenticity, and rigour for the Cynefin framework and the methods that are associated with it. Today, my mental journey started on this wiki, specifically the “Glossary” section, where translations for critical terms are crowdsourced in several languages (ten and counting at the time of writing). The Greek language …

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Unless this is the first time you have stumbled across this blog by accident, you might have come across the idea of “the Wiki”. This usually does not refer to The Big Wiki but to the Cynefin one, which is a labour of love by many in the community and an attempt to ensure openness, authenticity, and rigour for the Cynefin framework and …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 11 Feb 21

The opening quote in the title is one of the best-known of Homer’s epithets, although in this case the picture does not include the wine dark sea but was instead is taken from our bedroom window early this morning.  Maybe it is rising through the bible black trees in this case, and in tribute to Dylan Thomas who was a master of the techniques.   That is from the opening line of Under Milk Wood which I quote in full: It is Spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters’-and- rabbits’ wood limping invisible …

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The opening quote in the title is one of the best-known of Homer’s epithets, although in this case the picture does not include the wine dark sea but was instead is taken from our bedroom window early this morning.  Maybe it is rising through the bible black trees in this case, and in tribute to Dylan Thomas who was a master of the …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 20 Apr 20

Right after my dissertation was accepted, one of my professors, the delightful and brilliant psychometrician, Paul Holland, invited me to lunch to “discuss something important.” Later that day, intrigued—and a little nervous—I picked at an avocado salad while we chatted about recent events in the Graduate School of Education. It wasn’t until he had asked the waiter to bring our check that he finally got to the point.“I have one piece of important advice that I’d like to offer you at this point in your career,” he said with exaggerated seriousness. “Be careful how you name things.”Amused and bewildered, I thanked Paul …

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Right after my dissertation was accepted, one of my professors, the delightful and brilliant psychometrician, Paul Holland, invited me to lunch to “discuss something important.” Later that day, intrigued—and a little nervous—I picked at an avocado salad while we chatted about recent events in the Graduate School of Education. It wasn’t until he had asked the waiter to bring our …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 13 Mar 20

Chapter 1: Embodied Cognition, Living Systems and the Culture WarsWe are lost in the woods. It is 2020, and the mist grows thick and full of desperate voices. As we wander blindly, we hear growls that might mean the end of us. The decade began with images of hell fire; the burning bush in Australia flickering to the charred husk of Soleimani’s car. We are running out of time, and so we run. The voices cry out paths to freedom, but we don’t know which ones to trust or which way to turn.We have been lost for some time now. Many of …

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Chapter 1: Embodied Cognition, Living Systems and the Culture WarsWe are lost in the woods. It is 2020, and the mist grows thick and full of desperate voices. As we wander blindly, we hear growls that might mean the end of us. The decade began with images of hell fire; the burning bush in Australia flickering to the charred husk of …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 13 Mar 20

Chapter 1: Embodied Cognition, Living Systems and the Culture WarsWe are lost in the woods. It is 2020, and the mist grows thick and full of desperate voices. As we wander blindly, we hear growls that might mean the end of us. The decade began with images of hell fire; the burning bush in Australia flickering to the charred husk of Soleimani’s car. We are running out of time, and so we run. The voices cry out paths to freedom, but we don’t know which ones to trust or which way to turn.We have been lost for some time now. Many of …

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Chapter 1: Embodied Cognition, Living Systems and the Culture WarsWe are lost in the woods. It is 2020, and the mist grows thick and full of desperate voices. As we wander blindly, we hear growls that might mean the end of us. The decade began with images of hell fire; the burning bush in Australia flickering to the charred husk of …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 15 Feb 19

Photo by Martin AdamsIf I say, “The reason the hawk circled over me nine times and headed East was to tell me to begin my return journey,” does that sound scientific to you? Or am I projecting meaning onto a world that is essentially random?Do the events of our lives have any meaning, or do they just happen to us? Do we create the reality we experience, or is reality something already out there, that we move through? Which answer seems more “scientific”? The difference between these two belief systems is more than a mere matter of philosophical opinion. Each actually …

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Photo by Martin AdamsIf I say, “The reason the hawk circled over me nine times and headed East was to tell me to begin my return journey,” does that sound scientific to you? Or am I projecting meaning onto a world that is essentially random?Do the events of our lives have any meaning, or do they just happen to us? Do …

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