Conversation LO17544

Richard Goodale (
Wed, 25 Mar 98 10:37:51 GMT

Replying to LO17501 --


Thanks for the informative and thoughtful post. In fact, I joined this
list as a direct consequence of work I was doing last year on the
interrelationship between inter and intra-organisational conversations and
the development and implementation of strategy. So, naturally, I think
your points are very stimulating. I'll look at the BBC site with great
interest. Thanks again.

Richard Goodale

> This reminded me of a programme I heard on the BBC last Monday in which
> Teodore Zeldin said inter alia:
> "At the frontiers of knowledge, adventurous researchers have to be almost
> professional eavesdroppers, picking up ideas from the most unobvious
> sources. The discovery of DNA was the outcome of conversations between
> Crick and Watson, which went on ceaselessly for several years. They had
> only one rule, that they could say whatever came into their heads. Crick
> always preferred conversation to reading learned journals; he found it
> essential to meet the scientists who had done interesting experiments,
> because there would often be something unsaid in the colourless style
> which scientific papers adopt. He asked naive questions, insisting he had
> to simplify things for himself in order to understand them. That is how
> his conversations yielded new insights."
> (From
> An Intimate History of Conversation part 4
> BBC R4 Monday 16 March 1998 @ 0840)


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