Empirical Inquiry: Limitations and Possibilities
| overview| no unwobbling pivots | story | intersubjectivity | inquiry and education |
Center for Science in Society
7 December 2007
New Directions for Inquiry and Education: Empirical Non-Foundationalism
Stop trying to get it right, enjoy instead the creative freedom of aspiring instead to get it less wrong, of continually creating new generative stories using all three loops
- Recognize the inadequacy of purely empirical approaches, embrace the additional two productive loops ... the unconscious/story teller and the interpersonal
- seeking objectivity is just a matter of getting as much intersubjective agreement as you can manage
- Accept/value the role of stories in inquiry, and of diversity of stories
- If we change the stories we live by, quite possibly we change our lives.
- Commit to helping students acquire not only critical but creative skills, using all three loops
- The logic of aspiring to, and teaching, "objectivity" thus derives not only from our individual needs to make our individual ways in a mysterious world but equally from a recognition that we can better do so in state of the most effective exchange with people whose experiences/understandings are different from our own.
- Stop worrying about the uncertainty of the known. Enjoy/share enjoyment of the certainty of the unknown and our collective participation in creating what might yet be
- Commit to sharing that understanding/enjoyment with students ... and with the world at large
|Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. I'll meet you there. |
13th century Sufi poet
Thanks for listening to my story, please how it relates to/influences your own and how it might in turn influence mine ...