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Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm.
Positive Emergence informed by authentic presencing and conscious transformation
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Notes on Post-Dialectics - Bonnitta Roy

Notes on Post-Dialectics - Bonnitta Roy | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

.......Why does it matter? For one, I believe that the current situation we are in with respect to our planet and environment cannot be addressed (much less solved) from dialectic mind, because dialectic mind cannot breach the dialectical separation of nature and people – there is only the everyday bardo framework of “either we are part of nature or nature is a construct of people). There is a lengthy, sophisticated critique in this, based on the need for the dialectical mind to find a “trump card” – to conveniently situate something as a part within a greater whole. To use our previous example, “nature” and “people” are fully separated from some “prior ground” – it is this “prior ground” that the dialectical mind never accesses, because it is the *view* which is not a perspective.

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Anne Caspari's curator insight, February 21, 2013 3:47 PM

Beautifully written and very precious. Worthwhile re.reading.  

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The Radical Technology of Christopher Alexander - Metropolis Magazine

The Radical Technology of Christopher Alexander - Metropolis Magazine | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

Chances are, you have heard of Christopher Alexander because of his most famous book on architecture, A Pattern Language. 

 

Alexander, the mathematician, was always concerned with the processes by which parts transform into wholes. He wants to know how we are implementing this part-whole synthesis; how nature does it; and especially, where we, in our own human version, might be getting it wrong. This is the key to an important realization about natural systems and how they generate form — one that, as Alexander has long noted, is distinct from how we humans typically generate form. And this is not a mere philosophical matter of humans being different from nature, or “having culture.” It’s a question of how we humans can also have a technology that is actually more complex, resilient, and sustainable — quite literally, more life-like.

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ENCAPSULATED UNIVERSES | Edge.org

ENCAPSULATED UNIVERSES | Edge.org | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

.....meaning exists in the way that we use words; the patterns of word use create the system of meaning. There's no getting away from language in getting to complex meanings.

 

Think about it this way. We have 7,000 languages. Each of these languages encompasses a world-view, encompasses the ideas and predispositions and cognitive tools developed by thousands of years of people in that culture. Each one of those languages offers a whole encapsulated universe. So we have 7,000 parallel universes, some of them are quite similar to one another, and others are a lot more different. The fact that there's this great diversity is a real testament to the flexibility and the ingenuity of the human mind. The fact that we're able to take so many different perspectives and create such an incredibly diverse set of ways of looking at the world, that is something first to be celebrated, but also something to learn from: flexibility and diversity are at the very heart of what makes us human and what makes us so smart. I think the more we understand how people are able to take all these different perspectives, and able to change the way they think, the better we'll understand the nature of being human. 

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This is an excellent article on language and complexity with regard to the construction of meaning, time, direction, gender and reality. I like it very much. Worth while reading the whole thing.

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Bruce Kunkel's comment, March 7, 2013 5:41 PM
Great article!
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Naomi Stanford - A Pattern Language

Naomi Stanford - A Pattern Language | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

"In order to do a better job of developing, communicating, and pursuing a strategy, you need to learn to think like a designer."

 

Alexander, in his book begins with towns, pointing out that "These patterns can never be designed or built in one fell swoop - but patient piecemeal growth, designed in such a way that every individual act is always helping to create or generate this larger global patterns [that] will, slowly and surely, over the years, make a community."  

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