Johnnie Moore

Climbing and dialogue

Johnnie Moore

Johnnie Moore

I’m Johnnie Moore, and I help people work better together

I’m fascinated by the ideas of David Bohm and especially his work on Dialogue. Bohm argues that we are blind to the impact that thought itself has on our experience of the world. This story of the woman unwittingly strangling herself helps to illustrate his point.

There is a great paradox in talking about dialogue. If language is thinking out loud then in dialogue we try to use this faulty tool to see what is wrong with it. As I understand Bohm’s argument, thought is inherently reductionist and we keep missing how it reduces our experience.

Antonio Dias’ recent post, Conclusions, is a great exploration of what Bohm’s notion of dialogue is about. Tony opens with this metaphor:

Dialogue is an opportunity to proceed as climbers do. We are tied together and are able to alternately anchor each other as we move into precarious territory. We can rely on each other to warn us of dangers beyond our own views. Within dialogue we can go where it is impossible to go any other way.

This points to the social nature of dialogue – I also think it is a powerful way to think about many less esoteric occasions when we try to collaborate. The interdependency of climbers is a far cry from the sage-on-a-stage format of so many learning environments and attempts to work together. Many of my more memorable experiences have contained that factor of shared peril or shared purpose and, if you will, shared authority.

I read Tony’s post on a day when I was tweeting about the dangers of premature encapsulation so this bit also leapt out at me:

Jumping to conclusions is at the heart of how we perceive… We sample the world with agendas at the ready even at the most quantum level of perception – that’s using the term quantum to mean the smallest known integer of a phenomenon. That neurologically we are dealing with discreet jumps and not a smooth “analog” signal without steps.

—–

Share Post

More Posts

Fluke

There’s more potential in each moment than we realise

More Updates

Emotional debt

Releasing the hidden costs of pent up frustrations

Aliveness

Finding the aliveness below the surface of stuck

Johnnie Moore

Leveraging blancmange

The great Reggie Perrin could never stop picturing a hippopotamus at the very mention of his mother-in-law. I’m experiencing a similar mental quirk where the hippopotamus is replaced by blancmange

Johnnie Moore

All grapefruit are lumberjacks

Sorry for the attention seeking headline but I wanted to see how far I could take this idea of making sweeping generalisations as a way of attracting attention. I also

Johnnie Moore

Podcast: The tyranny of the explicit

Yesterday I recorded a conversation with Viv McWaters and Roland Harwood on the theme of The Tyranny of the Explicit. We explore how the need for certainty in an uncertain

Johnnie Moore

Swearing

There’s been a bit of a fuss about Tory leader David Cameron swearing on the radio. Swearing is interesting isn’t it? It only works because it offends people, if it