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Annex 6. Formal properties: notes on further possibilities

Higher Orders of Inter-sectoral Consensus (Part #14)

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Contrast with theories of everything
Partial solution
Formal underdefinition
Tentative solution
Pragmatic solution
Part of continuing process
Dont aim for closure
Family of structures (cf periodic table), classes of problem ?
Minimalist form (cf physics)
Classification that allows (and engenders) variety
Provide a transform between classification systems
Regroupings and alternative re-groupings (cf packing problem)
Difference / Incommensurables
Framework based on discontinuity: embodying discontinuity
Position each intervention within the formal framework
Relativity of frames of reference
Removal of judgement from formal description
Disagreement indicates:
separation in space/time continuum (not that one "holds" and the other does not)
should lead to question where is each located
Incompatible resource priorities

  • consensus
  • expression
  • time constraints
  • space
Event horizon effect on comprehension
Framework to position perceptions or projections

  • less global understandings
  • more limited understandings
  • alternative systems (cf Buddhist)
  • spiritual dimensions/perceptions
Relative globality of the comprehender's comprehension
Necessary "illusions"
  • global or appropriate comprehension
  • not consensus: "illusion" of consensus
  • not completion: "illusion" of completion
  • illusions of: the formalist, the aesthete, the pragmatist

Need to have identity:

  • reaffirmed in relation to larger whole
  • sacrificed in relation to larger whole
Hidden or "blindspot" dimensions
Aesthetic dimension (architect/musician, music theory)
Highlighting the most elegant solution and clarifying its nature
Freedom and constraints; rights and responsibilities
Fluidity and resistance
Relaxation vs tightening
Show strengths and limitations of each perspective
  • mutually constraining
  • zones of relevance
Distinguish kinds of conflict/consensus
  • immature, trivial, territoriality
  • mature, fundamental, revelatory
Constraints on "going on"
  • linear extrapolation / exploration
  • always need to pack
Conceptual aikido
  • use of constraints
  • use excesses to provide constraints
  • do without doing
Excesses requiring constraint
Special pleading (justified by "motherhood" statements)
Dominance strategies
Exploitation of resources (attention time, reproduction)
Marginalization of alternative perspectives
Disproportionate projection of identity
Define problem in terms of ways in which solution may be (or have already been) found
Where angels fear (Bateson)
Self-referential: reflect the position of respondents
Assumption that common "ground" is "flat"
Container for ultimate solvent?

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