From: Roger Harnden <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sun, March 21, 2010 12:20:36 PM
Subject: Meta-Level commentary - dialogue versus monologue
Ladies and Gentlemen (except that I'm not sure how many of us males are 'gentle'!).
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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