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A Dialogue on Understanding

This paper written as a dialogue between two interlocutors, Julie, and a Student, deals with Understanding and its role in the social sciences. The fictional dialogue takes place in Hannover, Germany, and the interlocutors are exchanging arguments about Verstehen and … Continue reading

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Finding our way together – through innovations in shared understanding

By itself, voting is naturally more quantitative than qualitative. Furthermore, majoritarian approaches tend to be divisive, oversimplifying complexity and motivating and rewarding victories over minorities. In pursuit of this win-lose logic, majorities often ignore minorities (and complexity) as much as … Continue reading

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To Learn Anything: The Feynman Technique

Knowing the name of something doesn’t mean you understand it. We talk in fact-deficient, obfuscating generalities to cover up our lack of understanding. How then should we go about learning? There are four simple steps to the Feynman Technique, which … Continue reading

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Creative Tensions: A new Approach for Understanding

Creative Tensions is a physically activated collective conversation in which participants share where they stand on a topic by virtue of where they stand in the room. Inspired and provoked by a pair of speakers who approach the topic from … Continue reading

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The Tree of Knowledge: The Biological Roots of Human Understanding

Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela. The book that you hold in your hands is not just another introduction to the biology of cognition. It is a complete outline for an alternative view of the biological roots of understanding. From the … Continue reading

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Untangling Complexity – Designing for Shared Understanding

The next phase of the digital revolution will be defined by products and services that facilitate shared understanding, allowing concerted participation around complex issues. In working to show the way, civic designers will need to call upon the powers of … Continue reading

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The Dance of Understanding

We subscribe to the view, expressed by Humberto Maturana and others, that a satisfying experience of understanding does not result from invoking objectivity, the truth, or a compelling argument, to achieve agreement by the force of reason, nor from a … Continue reading

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To Understand is to Perceive Patterns

“Networks are everywhere. The brain is a network of nerve cells connected by axons, and cells themselves are networks of molecules connected by biochemical reactions. Societies, too, are networks of people linked by friendships, familial relationships and professional ties. On … Continue reading

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Understanding Intuitive Knowledge

Read “There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance, and this Einfuehlung is developed by experience.” Einstein

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Teaching Teaching and Understanding Understanding – subtítulos en español

Part I Part II Part III “Teaching Teaching & Understanding Understanding” is a 19-minute award-winning short-film about teaching at university and higher-level educational institutions. It is based on the “Constructive Alignment” theory developed by Prof. John Biggs.  The film delivers … Continue reading

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