Ladies and Gentlemen (except that I'm not sure how many of us males
For myself, this forum is an experiment in dialogic interaction as
distinct from the dominant monologic mode. I personally know that none
of my insights come from meditation or monologue......they come from
throwing my ideas against other viewpoints - whether I agree with
those viewpoints or not. Meditation is something else.......
I love witnessing performances (whether 'Avatar', 'La Traviator',
Maturana in full flow before an audience or whatever.....). But I
don't believe performances maximise learning. I believe that an
audience to a performance (of any sort), by definition 'suspends
disbelieve' (in the Samuel Coleridge meaning). And the latter is
wonderful....is magic. But it doesn't maximise understanding or
knowledge or conscious sharing (thus constituting a community of
whatever the scale).
For myself, the sometimes frustrating ebbs and flows of these
interactions constitute learning. I throw out some sort of a
linguistic pattern, and others respond, some positive, some
negative.....Others throw out a linguistic pattern and I (amongst
others) respond sometimes positive sometimes negative.
My instinct - it I might well be wrong - is that this mode of
interaction is very creative for those participating in it, whatever
the obvious limitations of the medium...........
Anyway, just want to say thanks for those involved, whether actively
or on the sidelines,
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