Principles of emergence

Continuing the discussion on the Linked-In group, I have to add:

cropped-mannen1.jpgBoth facilitating and learning are “emergent processes” or “autonomous phenomena” or “experiences”. They kind of emerge from distinctions made, created as principles, by our mind. It is not that they are not true: they are no things, nor a thing, only our mind makes them into these to get “a grip”. You experience them in the process of working, dealing with the day to day reality. Just as you cannot not communicate, we cannot not facilitate and learn. That explains what each and every model (Kolb, 4mat, Bloom, MBTI, Herrmann, DeBono, …) shows: this universe is about learning and facilitating and learning facilitating and facilitating learning.

In order to talk about these things, we have to “call” them, give them a “name” and “refer” to them. But the words spoken about the process are a process, the process spoken about, processing, but not processing itself. As The White Knight explains:


The song’s name is called Haddocks’ Eyes
The song’s name is The Aged Aged Man
The song is called Ways and Means
The song is A-sitting on a Gate

None of this, however, is singing a song.

Then our brain reverse engineers (note that this is the same word as referring) reality, by using principles, projecting them on reality and thereby “invent reality“. But – as in the chapter in Alice is called: “it is my own invention“: they’re inventions, made up.

As they work – they do – we assume these principles are true, real attributes of reality. To U they are, I’ve invented my own. We invent the from “archetypes”. And to quote Groucho Marx: “These are my principles. If you don’t like them…. Well, I’ve got others.”

Over Jan Lelie

Loves to facilitate groups in complex situations
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