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Wednesday, August 5 • 13:54 - 14:18
Dancing with Ambiguity

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We live embedded in beliefs and premises (as indeed this statement is an example) that my be explicit or implicit and unaware.  I begin with the explicit premise that ambiguity is a concept that we have created in response to a desire for precision or control; a desire that is generally satisfied in only some situations.  My second explicit premise is that we live as participants in a systemic that we cannot fully specify or control.   Given these premises, I wonder how we continue to manage, most of us adequately for the circumstances we are in, however ambiguous they may be.  I claim that in part we continue to operate with a systemic dynamics on our part that couples with the systemic dynamics of our medium.  In part we simplify through various processes, all dependent on language, and thus create locally effective control and an illusion of certainty.

I will explore some notions of how these two approaches could have arisen with biological evolution and with the evolution of language, inclusive of the many implications and entailments of living as languaging beings.  Language and networks of conversation result in different lineages of beliefs and premises that lead to articulation as models (both conceptual and formal) which in turn serve to guide our actions.  As each lineage of language and conversation evolves, it progressively excludes other models and actions.  Since actions have consequences to the world we live, beliefs and premises have extensive implications to further possibilities.  Without denying the value of models I will offer some conjectures on why it behooves us to also accept and dance with ambiguity as a way of enabling alternatives.

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Pille Bunnell

I have a background in ecology and ethology. After finishing grad studies nearly a half century ago, I worked for decades as a systems ecologist who specialized in the integration and explanation of complex concerns for domain specialists, policy makers, students, and the public... Read More →

Wednesday August 5, 2015 13:54 - 14:18 CEST
Copenhagen 2 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

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