Saturday, November 12, 2016

"Find who you really are"

Is this not the search for regret-free action?
However, since presence-of-mind fluctuates,
there is always a non-zero probability
of taking actions which appear sub-optimal
upon deeper reflection.
And so it is a journey towards
heightened presence-of-mind.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Listening skills

Broadly speaking, listening styles exhibit two extremes:
A) Find the truth in what is being said
B) Find the falsehood in what is being said

In A), one works with the conversation partner, saying "yes and", refining the shared viewpoint with active listening approaches.  It recognizes the short comings of language do not imply shortcomings of organization of thoughts, and poorly formulated positions. In general, language is a severe straight-jacket for developed thought frameworks.  It recognizes semantics are defined by connections to other thoughts and terms.

In B), one confronts the conversation partner with holes and flaws in the language, sometimes finding flaws in the argument.  Often debate becomes  semantic in nature, as short comings of language are inherent in its serial, unmathematical and improvised nature.  Often this distracts from convergence to jointly formulated positions, and conceptual and thought frameworks.  

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Thursday, April 29, 2010