Learning philosophy LO14805

Sun, 31 Aug 1997 09:11:40 -0400 (EDT)

Replying to LO14774 --

In a message dated 97-08-31 06:59:20 EDT, you write:

>'being-becoming' can be translated in the concepts 'polarity' and 'rythm'.
>being stands for being at one of the two poles. Becoming = moving in the
>direction of the other pole.
>Moving forward and backwards iterative between the poles causes rythm.
>Distinquish the poles and you'll feel and observe the rythm.
>Feel the rythm and you will discover the poles.
>Just imagine yourself in the MIR and take a look at our precious globe,it's
>all there: North - South, Day-night, summer - winter, breath in-breath out,
>awake- asleep, alive - dead, happy - sad, management - workfloor, activ -
>passiv, chaotic -structured. etc.
>And the whole thing turns and turns and turns!

>>> Is all this to heavy for this list?
>>Not for me. I find it immensely stimulating. But what about the rest of
>>the organlearners? Do their intuition tell them tthat there is a strange
>>connection between structure- process and Learning Organisation?

>Edxactly! What about the rest of you?

> Winfried M. Deijmann

This posting is extremely interesting to me. My father is a management
psychologist and developed a theory of growth within people utilizing a
process of a feedback loop of opposite strengths. After receiving my Ph.D.
in psychometrics in 1982, I began working with him, and we have developed
a systemic approach to human dynamics - both intrapersonal and
interpersonal. I have recently begun reading about autopeosis (spelling?),
chaos theory, and others and have been heavily influenced by Thomas Kuhn's
seminal work The Structure of Scientific Revolutions as well as The Wizard
of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. In addition a friend of mine who is a
computer science professor introduced me to the wonderful world of the
Mandelbrot Set and fractals in the early 80's.

I would offer this observation: simplicity is complexity (see The Path is
the Goal), all truth is embedded within paradoxes and we cannot grasp it
precisely because it is paradoxical, to become anything you must become
its opposite, and Scattergories is the most stimulating and fun game I
have ever played. One final note -- The Web of Life (Fritjof Capra) is the
best book I have ever read that suggests a complete theory of human
personality dynamics that can also be applied to organizations.

Oh, and if anyone is interested, I am currently developing a website that
will offer state-of-the-art psychological services with emphasis on
application to organizations. Currently I have books, workbooks, etc., but
the Internet is causing an explosion in what I do. Links are the key - I
want to know everyone in the world with these interests. Email me at

Tommy Thomas
The Cowboy Psychologist



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