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Re: Closure in Design Thinking and abduction

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Charles Burnette <[log in to unmask]>

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PhD-Design - This list is for discussion of PhD studies and related research in Design <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:12:24 -0500

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On Feb 20, 2015, at 2:25 AM, Terence Love <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

, the concept of 'understanding' is merely a state-space  or
process timing marker.

> On Feb 20, 2015, at 2:25 AM, Terence Love <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>> [A]llow me to caution you about the nature of understanding. 
>> Understanding is achieved when, for a moment, there are no more 
>> questions to ask. Understanding is the dead spot in our struggle for 
>> meaning; it is the momentary pause, the stillness before 
>> incomprehension continues; it is the brief relief from doubt that is 
>> the norm. Thus understanding is a temporary state of closure. When we 
>> understand something we are effectively saying there is no more to 
>> ask, no more to question, all is revealed.  But of course 'all' is 
>> never revealed and the sensation of certainty always passes. (Sless 
>> 1986 p i)*

Dear Terry and Dave,

I think you guys are selling “understanding” short. In my view understanding is a dynamic adaptive process undertaken through Reflective thought. It involves learning, and cumulative assimilation into meaningful experiential knowledge. I agree that an understanding of a focal subject or experience can be a discrete entity (a mental state of recognition, coherent organization, and conscious expression in the Formative mode of thought), but I view this time stamped event as a reflective interpretation of the focal subject or situation that occurs through recognizing, mapping, and recalling an understanding built in memory. It marks a moment in a continuing process quietly going on in memory. Incomprehension returns when something new is considered and the process of building understanding takes on a new job.  I am currently writing a paper  “Understanding, Self, and Society  through Reflective Thought” to be posted on academia.edu <http://academia.edu/> so my mind is on this now. Please don’t hesitate to argue your position.

Thanks,
Chuck
 



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