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Re: Discrimination, opportunity and the non-toothache

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Fernando Rojas <[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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Thu, 9 Feb 2017 13:41:30 -0400

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Dear Dr. Russell,

The Aviate, Navigate and Communicate axiom, reminds me (in the context of
mindfulness) of Francisco Varela's three gestures of becoming aware (
https://www.presencing.com/sites/default/files/page-files/Varela-2000.pdf
). These are suspension, redirection and letting-go. In reference to this
conversation, these steps cycle to interrupt habitual thought streams
(suspension) away from fixation (redirection) into a receptive or present
mode of consciousness like de-centering (letting-go).

*- snip -*


*"Aviation studies have found that pilots get so focused on solving
a problem in an emergency that they sometimes forget to fly the airplane.In
one accident involving Eastern Airlines Flight 401, the pilots became so
distracted by a burned-out indicator light in the cockpit that they
actually flew the airplane into the ground. The axiom ³Aviate, Navigate,
Communicate² teaches pilots to fly the airplane first, then navigate, and
once the situation is under control, communicate."*
*- snip -*

When framing your call for the design of meaningful cognitive interruptions
as mindfulness, around being where you are not, while being where you are
at all times, perhaps one additional dimension is needed; forming a
sustained discipline. Interruptions (whether by volition or a designed
nudge) that promote entering a three-pronged axiom like Aviate, Navigate
and Communicate would have to be iterative so that such mindful attitude is
constant (or at least one is able to return to it, over and over, before
the plane crashes or the patient dies). If meaning is defined by a desired
endpoint like preserving life, then the potential success of a
three-pronged axiom is arguably higher by adding iteration so that the rule
can be observed over and over. Perhaps then, the design of meaningful AND
iterative cognitive interruptions in communication protocols, is more in
line with a mindfulness process aiming for the promotion of a mindful
attitude.

*- snip -*
*Flying is, I found, an intrinsically abstract activity. You need to
constantly be aware that you are flying. You have to be mindful that you
are flying. Instrumentation becomes a focus. ... This is an existential
dilemma. You have to be where you are not, while being where you are.*
*- snip -*

I can't help but wonder, in an application of this to this list's
communication protocols, what would the design of a mindful three-pronged
rule would look like, that (for example) would have to be observed with the
composition of every post, where the endpoint is preserving the feeling of
community membership? From the black box point of view, (observing what the
current list activities are now post-the-discrimination-topic), it could be
said that, whilst it would be hard to prove causation, that after the
discrimination topic era, previously silent voices (including mine) are now
sounding for the first time and often. A positive after a rough patch not
without some side-effects (the loss of some members).

*- snip -*

*Here the starting point is the concept, from aviation, of the Black
Box. If we have such endpoints as flying safely, in mind, all the time, we
can then bother to deconstruct all unfortunate events with a mindful
purpose. So, keeping the patient¹s health in mind, we can start to
interrupt the medical procedure.*
*- snip -*

As in any airplane crash, whilst the black box offers useful information
for future management of similar situations for life preservation, what
three-pronged axiom could be designed to be embedded in future posts that
might have the same inspiring effect of turning observers to participants,
(conceivably as a result of that feeling of community membership being
sparked somehow)?

Best regards;

Fernando Rojas
PGR Design
Northumbria School of Design
http://northumbria.academia.edu/fmrojas
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNNSTUDY/

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