“Space is the opportunity; place is the understood reality” Re-Place-ing Space: The Roles of Place and Space in Collaborative Systems Steve Harrison & Paul Dourish, Xerox Research 1996
I hesitated a long time over whether to head this section Space or Place.
Place it seems to me is so much a marker for the human, a more natural way to begin this next important discussion. But I have chosen Space. Because it has an Imprecise vibration to it, an annoying, niggling way of just being. Continue reading “8. Space or Place?”
Experience takes place in a three-dimensional universe and I have often watched myself leaving inexperience behind rising like a bird on a thermal, revolution tamed to a simple twist of the spiral. Continue reading “7. The Spiral”
Empiricism mobilizes human effort to defeat the bewildering variety of locks that deny me access to understanding the inherent structures of the natural world. There is no more Imprecise way to prove a hypothetical point than the progressive refining of scientific query by empirical investigation preceding each stage, where science has delivered one more incremental increase in my ability to unify my natural and spiritual knowledge. Continue reading “6. Empiricism”
“Wha one blinde leadeth another, they fall both i ye diche.” Matthew 15:14 Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
How do I learn? Through the actions of my fellow humans who destabilize my view of the world: for from chaos comes instability comes experience comes learning. Continue reading “5. Learning”
Let’s pause for a contradiction.
Irritatingly for the Precise, not everything is complex even if everything is challenging, and there are situations where it is more Imprecise to want to work with the grain. Going with the grain makes it easier to work the raw material and I often get a smoother finish for less effort. Continue reading “4. Work with the grain”
Now let me take it a layer deeper, but you resist the need to become more Precise as we go, remaining ever vigilant and sensitive to the creative benefits of Imprecision. Continue reading “3. Chaos”
In this way, other people and sometimes just living in the material world, are ever-presenting new opportunities. But no-one can extend beyond their current situation without taking some risks. Continue reading “2. Risk”
Yet behind the successes of our engineers are scattered the remains of countless failed attempts at Precision, evidence of the seemingly intractable nature of chaos. In our desperation to attain the happy state of Precision, we seek out every ounce of Comfort that our feeble attempts at Precision can hold. Continue reading “1. The Comforts of Precision”