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SIX EXPERIMENTAL QUERIES

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Larry VictorPerson was signed in when posted
10-08-2005
01:58 AM ET (US)
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Larry Victor
10-08-2005
03:21 AM ET (US)
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            1.  Compose questions for Expedition Partners

             

            Imagine you have the opportunity to select your partners on a learning expedition.  You and your partners have the challenge to self-organize as a viable team and compose a system involving both computers and cyberspace to prepare a target population to survive/thrive a challenge they will soon face. You will have adequate resources in terms of your basic needs, computer hardware and software, and access to cyberspace.  All your ongoing responsibilities will be well attended to so you can dedicate 100% of your life for one year to this worthwhile challenge.

            a)  Compose three questions you would ask your prospective partners most useful in assisting you in selecting them as your team mates. Add your comment on this item2
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Larry Victor
10-08-2005
02:44 AM ET (US)
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1) Are you willing to dialog with me on issues until we agree on mutual comprehension (even if we disagree), and are you open to probing to confirm comprehension?

2) Are you open to have some of your basic assumptions about reality challenged and open to change if appropriate?

3) Are you optimistic and entheusatic about our project and mission? Why do you want to participate?
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Larry VictorPerson was signed in when posted
10-08-2005
11:41 AM ET (US)
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This is commentary on my response /m6.

It appears in 1) I both agree and yet am open to disagree. The agreement is that we mutually comprehend, a propositions (for example - "That wars are inevitable" - we both agree what the propositions means). Yet, we may disagree as to whether we believe the proposition to be true; I personally don't agree, but many do. Once we have mutual agreement on what a proposition means, we can conduct productive dialog on its truth or applicability.

            b)  What three characteristics or competencies about yourself would you volunteer to those who were also selecting partners, for which you want to be a candidate? Add your comment on this item3
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Larry Victor
10-08-2005
02:39 AM ET (US)
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1) My lack of mental imagery and other specifics about my cognitive style. See my response to last query.

2) My committment to full honesty & transparency and will be assertive in seeking clarification. I want to know everything that is important for me to know.

3) I often don't ask for help when I need help.

             

            2.  Personal seafing needs

             

            You have won the seaf lottery. Three competent persons will be selected to seaf you in your personal galdee for one year. They will be selected from a pool of potential seafers and trained to perform as a viable seafing team for you in terms of your seafing needs.  They will have adequate resources to do their seafing work for you, but will not provide you with financial support.

            Compose a list of at least three personal needs where this team will seaf (support, enable, augment, facilitate) your personal galdee (growth, adaptation, learning, development, evolution, emergence). Add your comment on this item4
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Larry Victor
10-08-2005
03:04 AM ET (US)
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1) Train, coach and guide me in developing a regime of exercise and diet for optimum health and longjevity; and a disciplined work style.

2) Be Sysop for my computer system, keeping it optimally functional and assisting me in re-structuring my software and learning useful features of old software and new software - especially to move me into multimedia production.

3) Assist me in organizing my archive of many decades of writing for "publication" in print and in subscription online Learning Expeditions (where members collaborate with me in editing and expanding parts of my archive).

             

            3.  Most influential books

             

            You are who you are, in part, because of the books you have read.

            List the three most influential books on your life that you have read. Add your comment on this item5
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Larry Victor
10-08-2005
02:57 AM ET (US)
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1) On Learning to Plan and Planning to Learn, by Donald Michael. Catalyzed my insight that "Reform was Impossible" and led to my search for alternatives in Societal Metamorphosis and the distinction between transformation and emergence.

2) Trading With The Enemy by Charles Higham. First book to really open my eyes to deception at high levels - this book documents the great support of US corporations for Hitler, and how they continued to work with Nazi corporations during and after the war.

3) The Order of Things, by Michel Foucault. First book into the depths of post-modern thinking and how people at different times lived with different worldviews and epistemes. Lead to my continuing interest in epistemic changes; most currently those of adult stages by Robert Kegan in In Over Our Heads

            Briefly comment on why these books were influential.

             

            4.  Computer History / Cyberspace History

             

            Most people develop unique practices in learning to use computers and to navigate/utilize cyberspace; even those who have had some formal instruction. Most people don't know the history of others in their learning to use computers and cyberspace.

            Sketch/outline a brief history or your learning to use computers and cyberspace. Add your comment on this item6
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Larry Victor
10-08-2005
03:18 AM ET (US)
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I knew about computers early, but didn't get involved until I could use them - starting in the early 1980s with an Apple II using WordStar word processor. Early discovery of modems and hypertext and had my own online system by mid 1980s on the first IBMs. Self taught. I usually have been a pioneer in using new software, but not a geek - I wanted more to USE the tool than to really know how it works.

I currently have a DELL 8250 running XP-Pro with 512 RAM and 110GB HD, broadband, with pad/pen, camera, using text-to-speech and speech-to-text softare. I prefer composing in outliners (ECCO or NoteMap) and am starting to video dialog. BUT, I want a Colab Studio which will let me walk around with others, collaboratively composing with multi-media I/O intefaces, and be liberated from the fixed keyboard and monitor. I am a nuamphibian, migrating back and forth between Cyberspace and Physical space.

             

            5.  Pattern of Information Input

             

            We construct our worlds from the information we input and process.  When we interact with each other, it is often useful to know each other's information sources.

            List the top five of your information sources in terms of their significance to your comprehension of the world. Add your comment on this item7
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Larry Victor
10-08-2005
02:34 AM ET (US)
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1) FUTURE SURVEY, edited by Michael Marien and published by the World Future Society. A monthly 24 page newsletter with 50 quality annotated reviews of books and articles relevant to our future. I have read every issue, cover to cover, since its start in 1979. Time: 4 hours/month.

2) emails from listservs, primarily NHNE (New Heaven, New Earth, by David Sunfellow. also from Tom Atlee's Co-Intelligence Institute and from RKM's Cyberjournal.org
Time: .5 to 2 hours daily

3) Democracy NOW, by Amy Goodman, usually viewed by video streaming into my computer on broadband. Time: 1 hour/day

4) Skimming and some reading in subscribed magazines: Science, Wired, Fast Company, and occassional others. Time: 3 hours/week

5) Daily review of main stories online from NYTimes & Washington Post. Time: .5 hours/day.

Books read and essays from the web make up another major source of information, as well as occassional forwards by friends.

            Estimate the average time (in hours and/or minutes) you devote to each source during a normal week.

             

            6.  Mental Imagery Diversity

             

            Mental imagery occurs when you have a perception-like conscious experience but there is no external stimulus causing the experience. For example, many people report inner visualizations (some from memory, others from imagination). Others can hear inner music, when there are no musical sounds coming into their ears. Mental imagery is normal, useful and enjoyable for many.  A few have unbidden and disturbing mental imagery.  One can experience mental imagery in each sensory modality: visual (eyes closed and/or open), auditory (music and/or speech), smell and/or taste, body position and/or motion.  Human diversity includes persons with strong and often creative imagery in each of the sensory modalities. Others have weak and poorly controllable imagery.  Some people do not experience mental imagery in some modalities, or only very occasional brief episodes (most of the time imagery is absent and cannot be generated by will).  Each person has a different mental imagery profile which is the strength (strong, moderate, weak, none) for each of the senses. People with different mental imagery profiles often have difficulties communicating.  Night dreams involve mental imagery; but here we are asking about waking mental imagery.

             

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Larry Victor
10-08-2005
02:13 AM ET (US)
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Place one ( x) in each horizontal row indicating your normal level of imagery for that sensory modality.

            Visual (eyes closed) Strong ( ) Moderate ( ) Weak ( ) None ( x )

            Visual (eyes open) Strong ( ) Moderate ( ) Weak ( ) None ( x )

            Auditory (music) Strong ( ) Moderate ( ) Weak ( ) None ( x )

            Auditory (speech) Strong ( ) Moderate ( ) Weak ( ) None ( x )

            Smell and/or Taste Strong ( ) Moderate ( ) Weak ( ) None ( x )

            Body Position and/or Movement Strong ( ) Moderate ( ) Weak ( ) None ( x )

             

            Were you previously aware of the diversity of ability to experience mental imagery in the human population? Yes ( x ) No ( )

            Comment briefly about your own mental imagery style.

I have yet to meet or read about anyone as deficient as I with mental imagery. Old research reports that 3% of the surveyed population lacked visual imagery and 7% lacked auditory imagery. More research is needed. I learned about my lack of visual imagery when I had a very vivid one when in graduate school. I was so shocked that I ran to tell my friends, who wondered what Larry was so excited about, as they all had good visual imagery. I have had less than a dozen spontaneous and short lived visual images in my life. Many people can't believe I lack imagery until I find which sensory mode they are themselves lacking imagery with. Few have stong and creative imagery in all sensory modes. I do dream with visual imagery, but when I awake I cannot replay any part of the dream.

             

            Place one ( x)  in each horizontal row indicating your normal level of imagery for that sensory modality.

            Visual  (eyes closed)                                       Strong (   )     Moderate (   )     Weak (   )     None  (   )

            Visual  (eyes open)                                          Strong (   )     Moderate (   )     Weak (   )     None  (   )

            Auditory (music)                                              Strong (   )     Moderate (   )     Weak (   )     None  (   )

            Auditory (speech)                                            Strong (   )     Moderate (   )     Weak (   )     None  (   )

            Smell and/or Taste                                           Strong (   )     Moderate (   )     Weak (   )     None  (   )

            Body Position and/or Movement                    Strong (   )     Moderate (   )     Weak (   )     None  (   )

             

            Were you previously aware of the diversity of ability to experience mental imagery in the human population?   Yes (   )   No  (   )

            Comment briefly about your own mental imagery style.