Inquiry as Emergence: Product and Contributor

Paul Grobstein
Emergence Working Group (with appreciation)
12 December 2007

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Inquiry as Emergence: 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

Empirical non-foundationalism:

Out beyond ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing there is a field. I'll meet you there.

Jelaluddin Rumi
13th century Sufi poet

Inquiry, like emergence, like biological evolution proceeds without a pre-existing intention or a pre-defined objective, and somewhat unpredictably. Its progress reflects an interaction between "pattern detection" (the expertise of the unconscious) and story creation/story sharing. Its success depends on giving primacy to neither, but instead to the (indeterminate) interaction between the two. One need not choose between "patterns and rules" and unpredicable (unjustifiable) intuition, both are made available by the bipartite brain, which is itself a product of undirected and somewhat unpredictable exploration.

Inquiry as emergence

Immediate new questions:

Thanks for listening to my story, please share your thoughts about how it relates to/influences your own stories and how that might in turn influence mine ...