Thought for the day – reality

Almost everything that we think is real is actually a construction of inferences and interpretations that we misinterpret as reality. And unfortunately the belief that we are directly observing and understanding ‘reality’ discourages us from trying to change it. Hence our concept of ‘reality’ is the enemy of innovation.

Roger Martin in Businessweek, via Stephen Downes presentation via Dave Pollard

Bonus brainfood from Stephen’s talk:

Learning is a process of becoming rather than a process of acquiring.

To learn is to instantiate patterns of connectivity in the mind

You do not “make meaning” or “construct meaning”, you grow meaning.

Oh, and

knowledge is like finding Waldo.

I like that.

1 thought on “Thought for the day – reality

  1. Earl Mardle

    The Hindus have had it right for 5,000 years.

    Everything you think you experience as external reality is Maya, illusion.

    Objectively it is mostly space between strings of massively folded multiple dimensions (whatever the hell that is) or not.

    Subjectively it is a potpourri of your social and linguistic framework, guesses, hunches and faulty reasoning flying temporarily in formation.

    Fear of change is not so much that in the next incarnation of reality I might be a bug, its that i might not even notice.

    or to be painfully erudite, in Latin yet

    Omnia mutantur nos et mutamur in illis – All things change, and we change with them.

    The conservative mind wants to stop things changing, the rest of us know we are along for the ride.


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