“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?”
“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”
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”
“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts. But if he will be content to start with doubts, he shall end in certainties.” The Advancement of Learning Francis Bacon 1605
Or do I mean Controlled Uncertainty? Or is it more The Random? Continue reading “The Benefits of Imprecision”
“Wanting and not wanting the same thing at the same time is a baseline condition of human consciousness.”
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I spent a fascinating half-day recently with Andy Moyler who, during an incredibly wide-ranging chat, gave me some feedback on my blog suite The Benefits of Imprecision. “What did I mean by the word imprecision?” he said.
Boom. Straight to the heart of it. Continue reading “From Imprecision to Uncertainty”