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Bernhard Poerksen: Certainty of Uncertainty (ePUB)

the certainty of uncertainty poerksen bernhard

Logical and rhetorical self-contradictions We can, however, question the truth of this kind of truth and similar truths. The main thing is, Ernst von Glasersfeld maintains in conversation, to develop effective procedures and assumptions, which will serve the purposes of particular observers. The form is the message; a conversation, if at all successful, is always an expression of the basic constructivist thesis that reality as such does not exist but that there is a multiverse of diverse interpretations. They are living systems that want to understand living systems. Biology and brain research cannot, in any way, claim to be the trailblazers for the verification of constructivist assumptions; they can make them plausible, they can illustrate them, they can supply relevant indications, but they cannot prove their truth in an emphatic sense.

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The Certainty of Uncertainty: Dialogues Introducing Constructivism

the certainty of uncertainty poerksen bernhard

The situation turns circular as perceivers struggle to understand the processes of perceiving. To avoid the fossilisation and dogmatisation of thinking, all so-called constructivists must constantly make clear that there can be no final proof and no observer-independent justification for their theses. This book presents the views of the founders of constructivism and modern systems theory, who are still providing stimulating cues for international scientific debate. Whoever claims to know or to observe is - according to the central constructivist assumption - inescapably biased. Throughout, the central figure of the observer is examined with sophisticated wit and just enough irritating grit to create the pearl in the oyster. Description: 1 online resource xiv, 191 pages : portraits Contents: Cover; Contents; Front matter; Title page; Copyright page; Dedication; Acknowledgements; Preface: The circular view of the world; Body matter; 1: At each and every moment, I can decide who I am; 2: We can never know what goes on in somebody else's head; 3: The knowledge of knowledge entails responsibility; 4: Truth is what works; 5: We are constructs ourselves; 6: We can never start from scratch; 7: The freedom to venture into the unknown; 8: Reality: we can only know what it is not; Back matter; About the Author; Also available. Nevertheless, this book is absolutely recommended reading! Whoever claims to know or to observe is - according to the central constructivist assumption - inescapably biased.

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The Certainty of Uncertainty by Bernhard Poerksen by Bernhard Poerksen

the certainty of uncertainty poerksen bernhard

The conversations display a kind of thinking that steers clear of rigid fixation and reveals the ideal of objectivity to be a myth. Whatever can be said is coloured by our dreams and aspirations, by the way our brain works, by human nature and human culture. Possible misinterpretations, which may have sneaked in through section titles and brief characterisations in the biographical sketches, are to be charged entirely to my account. His statement, at first glance, appears to be a triviality; on closer inspection, however, it discloses a different view of the world. This is one of the core questions of the theory of history, but unfortenately it is absolutely not discussed in this book. Von Foerster: The entree you have chosen seems very interesting to me - for there is always the question: With what claims and assumptions should we approach an area of thought? Varela, Gerhard Roth, Siegfried J. It seems he is not at all intimidated by the reputations and intellectual stature of his interlocutors.

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The Certainty of Uncertainty: Dialogues Introducting Constructivism by Bernhard Poerksen

the certainty of uncertainty poerksen bernhard

Varela , anthropologists and mathematicians, artists and logicians debated epistemological questions from interdisciplinary perspectives deriving from both the sciences and the arts. It is, we hear, socially constructed and results from the dependence of human beings on groups and histories, on places and traditions. The conversations turn on the results of brain research, the breaks through of cybernetics, the linguistic determination of thought, and the intrinsic connection between epistemology and ethical practice. Constructivism thus emerges as a philosophy of possibilities that keeps generating new points of view, insists on fundamental scepticism with regard to certainties and dogmas, and provides the foundation for an ethics of perception: Each and every one of us is responsible for their view of things. Dialogue partners may contradict each other and even quarrel; specific insights, which might appear to command universal validity, if formulated by a single author, may be playfully approached from different angles without pushing towards final harmony and a synthesis obscuring all contradictions. Schmidt, the psychologists and family therapists Helm Stierlin and Paul Watzlawick. The conversations turn on the results of brain research, the breaks through of cybernetics, the linguistic determination of thought, and the intrinsic connection between epistemology and ethical practice.

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The Certainty of Uncertainty: Dialogues Introducing Constructivism

the certainty of uncertainty poerksen bernhard

Schmidt, Helm Stierlin, and Paul Watzlawick with Bernhard Poerksen, display a kind of thinking that steers clear of rigid fixation and reveals the ideal of objectivity to be a myth. With their theories and models, stories and experiments, they have supplied new and epoch-specific arguments to substantiate the early epistemological doubts of the sceptics. In contrast with what is commonly assumed, a description, when carefully inspected, reveals the properties of the observer. Yet indirectly there is something in it for historians. Whatever can be said is coloured by our dreams and aspirations, by the way our brain works, by human nature and human culture. Documents of embarrassment and public disgrace today display a novel kind of. The biologists, cognitive and brain scientists, on the one hand, concentrate their constructivist argument primarily on the individual.

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The Certainty of Uncertainty: Dialogues Introducting Constructivism by Bernhard Poerksen

the certainty of uncertainty poerksen bernhard

However, the constructivist-pragmatist ethos that is represented in various hues by these thinkers shies away from any ontology, any reliance on an objective, external reality. Whoever claims to know or to observe is - according to the central constructivist assumption - inescapably biased. A plus of this book is that it goes beyond the usual suspects such as Varela, Maturana and Von Foerster and introduces less familiar scholars and practitioners - such as Siegried Schmidt and Helm Stierlin - to English-reading audiences. It is a symptom, he says, of the coming to an end of a phase of creative anarchy, of wild, untethered thought production. Constructivism thus emerges as a philosophy of possibilities that keeps generating new points of view, insists on fundamental scepticism with regard to certainties and dogmas, and provides the foundation for an ethics of perception: Each and every one of us is responsible for their view of things. Throughout, the central figure of the observer is examined with sophisticated wit and just enough irritating grit to create the pearl in the oyster.

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Bernhard Poerksen: Certainty of Uncertainty (ePUB)

the certainty of uncertainty poerksen bernhard

Epistemology, the theory of knowledge - once a central domain of philosophy - is turned into a scientific discipline. The German original was first published under the title: Bernhard Pörksen, Die Gewissheit der Ungewissheit. The biologist and communication scientist Francisco J. There is a certain danger that the peculiar characteristics of individual research programmes and queries are lost under a label resembling a trendy slogan. Nothing that can be said is independent of us. Das Sein bestimmt das Bewusstsein.

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The certainty of uncertainty : dialogues introducing constructivism (eBook, 2004) [cbetskc.com]

the certainty of uncertainty poerksen bernhard

International Journal of General Systems 2, 5-24. Schmidt, Helm Stierlin, and Paul Watzlawick with Bernhard Poerksen, display a kind of thinking that steers clear of rigid fixation and reveals the ideal of objectivity to be a myth. If I summarize briefly, then that is the proposition that everything we know about reality is constructed, that the subject or observer always makes a representation, a construction of reality, and that that reality can never be approached as something that exists separately, but always in relation to the observer. Varela, Gerhard Roth, Siegfried J. Title page The Certainty of Uncertainty Dialogues Introducing Constructivism Bernhard Poerksen Translated by Alison Rosemary Koeck and Wolfram Karl Koeck Copyright page Copyright © Bernhard Poerksen, 2004 The moral rights of the author has been asserted No part of any contribution may be reproduced in any form without permission, except for the quotation of brief passages in criticism and discussion.

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