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Re: Correlation and Causality

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Alejandra Poblete <[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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Mon, 9 Feb 2015 21:12:37 -0300

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Dear professor Burnette, my ongoing doctoral Thesis is about *abduction* (in
the way that Ch. S. Peirce defines it) and its scope within the projectual
process.

As you certainly know, several authors, within design field, have mentioned
abductive reasoning in order to explain what happens in the creative
process; for instance:

- Nigel Cross (*Designerly ways of knowing*, 2007) do mention abduction as
a kind of reasoning designers do (p. 28, 37, 53) and also relates abduction
with the "creative leap" (chapter: 4. CREATIVE COGNITION IN DESIGN I: THE
CREATIVE LEAP, p. 76)
- John Kolko, *Abductive Thinking and Sensemaking: The Drivers of Design
Synthesis* - Design Issues: Volume 26, Number 1, Winter 2010 - MIT


But, other scholars from education field, and philosophy of science have
detected the relation between abduction and design research, like:

- Pentti Määttänen, links pragmatic semiotics to the context of design
research (*Pragmatist Semiotics as a Framework for Design Research*, Milano
2000)
- Gavin Melles, has addressed the relationship between pragmatism and
design, both in education and in research, in several publications from
2008 to date. (*An enlarged pragmatist inquiry paradigm for Methodological
pluralism in **academic design research*, Journal Artifact, vol 2, 2008 and
his lecture: *Pragmatism Matters for Design*, Delft University,
Netherlands, 2009)


Anyway, *abduction* (abductive reasoning, appositional reasoning or
retroductive reasoning), is not only a kind of reasoning, is the very
essence of a knowledge theory: Pragmatism. (*Pragmaticism*, as Peirce named
his philosophy)

I have download your paper to read it with calm. Thank you.

best regards
...........................................
Alejandra Poblete P.
COMUNICACIÓN VISUAL
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2015-02-09 14:02 GMT-03:00 Charles Burnette <[log in to unmask]>:

> Dear Colleagues,
>
> I have come to believe that an emphasis on correlation and abductive
> thought are characteristic of design thinking, while causal reasoning is
> used primarily to validate and implement what is expressed. Designers are
> very good at identifying and adapting similarities often through analogies
> and metaphors, editing out information that doesn’t suit their objectives.
>
> I don’t know if either correlation or abductive reasoning have been used
> as systematic design or research methods.
> Does anyone know of a well documented example of a systematic use of
> correlation or abduction in design practice or research?
>
> I have recently published a paper "Re-cognizing* Components in A Theory of
> Design Thinking” (www.independent.academia.edu/charlesburnette <
> http://www.independent.academia.edu/charlesburnette>) that describes how
> correlation was used heuristically to determine the seven modes of thought
> in the theory. Once identified, the modes were correlated with profiles of
> different  subjects to demonstrate critical thinking, content analysis,
> generation of new content, and instrumental application.
>
> I believe correlation can be an important tool in design research and
> practice. But, I don’t believe it has yet been recognized as such.
> I hope I’m wrong.
>
> Thanks for your help or critique.
>
> Chuck
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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