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July 2012

Coherence revisited

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 31, 2012  ·  Musings

I've been using the idea of coherence for some years most recently in my recent post on the complex domain of Cynefin.  The way I normally explain it is we can say that evolutionary theory is coherent to the evidence, while creationism is incoherent.  This does not involve us in saying that evolutionary theory is right, because we know its incomplete and aspects of it are probably wrong.  But it is coherence enough to explore further.  On the other hand creationism requires mental gymnastics that place any person educated this...

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The Athens of South America

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 30, 2012  ·  Great places

Having never been to Colombia I am now here for the third time in under a year and I must admit I am beginning to fall in love with the place.  It was helped yesterday by the contrast between Maryland, suffering oppressive heat even at 0600 in the morning and the fresh air on landing.  For those who don't know it Bogota sits within a bowl of hills over 9,000 feet above sea level.  Average temperature around 57ºF which it is now and I long ago worked out that is my ideal temperature!  

I spent most of yesterday and today getting...

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When first we practise to deceive!

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 29, 2012  ·  Reflections

Just to be clear up front, the title of this post is intended to be ironic and self-deprecatory as a tribute to the Olympic Opening Ceremony yesterday.  I must admit I have been a little cynical about said sporting event (and will be out of the country for most of it), but no longer thanks to the crass comments by a certain Presidential candidate.  Parochial is too good a word to waste ...

Back to the subject in hand.  I promised to expand on the sub-framework I produced for complexity yesterday.  That framework used an idea from...

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Rethinking the complex domain of Cynefin

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 28, 2012  ·  Reflections

Yesterday I took up again the exploration of Cynefin that I started back in January.  In that post (please read before continuing along with yesterday's post on disorder) I took the complex domain and looked at movements within that, drawing to a degree on the Ashby Law concept of balance.

I'll pick up on Ashby again tomorrow, but for the moment the idea is that there is a optimal position that balances diversity of response with diversity of stimulus.  I've used the same idea here but with a balance between coherence (the degree...

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Disabling disorder

By Dave Snowden  ·  July 26, 2012  ·  Reflections

Back in January I started to share some of my thinking about the next evolutionary phase of Cynefin.   While the basic framework is stable (although I still think from time to time of returning to the planar form), there is a growing need to do more work on each of the domains.  I'm going to update the January post tomorrow, but today I want to start sharing thoughts on the most neglected of all Cynefin domains namely disorder.  Now this is normally explained as the space of not knowing which domain you are in.  But its also seen as...

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