Cognitive biases are just tools, useful in the right contexts, harmful in others. They’re the only tools we’ve got, and they’re even pretty good at what they’re meant to do. We might as well get familiar with them and even appreciate that we at least have some ability to process the universe with our mysterious brains.
Today’s guest is Dave Snowden. Dave is the man behind Cynefin, a decision support framework that’s based on complexity theory and cognitive science.
Anne Caspari's insight:
I recently wrote about this big feeling of relief and elation when coming across a meta-theory that delivers such a powerful perspective that it 'reorganizes' your current world-view of things into a much simpler and more elegant way? So it releases a lot of built up energy or effort that world-view was holding? For me, about 12 years ago, that was Ken Wilber's AQAL framework. It freed me up from reductionisms in my thinking and unreferenced data suddenly had a place to go. In the last 5 or 6 years I have noted being very impatient or sometimes even rebuked around this framework, also about Scharmer's U-Theory and other change frameworks. Tonight, while listening a talk by Dave Snowden I realized what this impatience and resistance was: When you collect data and then organize it through a framework, this helps to see patterns like constraints, blind spots, resistances to change, attractors and detractors, and your knowledge and your next steps are being organized. NB: The data comes before the framework. When a framework becomes the lens you are seeing things through it becomes a categorization framework which "produces a very different psychology" (Snowden) It leads to all kinds of hidden biases; confirmation, developmental and otherwise. What's more, it becomes a tool of subtle and gross reductionism once more - all in the name of a cutting edge super tool (teal??). That is a fake. This is what has been triggering me as I saw the frameworks being applied as prescriptive categorization frameworks over and over again in the last years. I now have a name for it. Like Like Love Haha Wow Sad Angry CommentShare
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Anne Caspari's insight:
.....and now for something a bit different :-). Thanks Mushin Schilling for pointing to this article.
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