Models allow you to play. They allow you to experiment. They allow you to understand what might happen. Being able to play and to draw conclusions without having to take actions which have real consequences is very important. It is the key ingredient to allowing you to have resilience. By contrast, when dealing with a description, manipulations can only play with the description itself -- they have no real world consequences. They cannot be decoded into some actual implementation or embodiment in the real world. But remember, pre-given labels and categories are very efficient. Much of our simple world works due to the efficiencies from the use of pre-given labels and categories. Not everything needs a model.
How do we determine appropriateness? There are some easy questions you might ask. Are you presenting a model which can be acted upon or you merely offering up a description? Does your story encompass enough context to address the situation at hand or the problem that you were trying to address? Is your story open or closed to the current context of your listener? And it's the current context of the listener that matters not some hypothetical context not some prior context but the actual now.
Agust 7-11, 2017 in Salem, Massachusetts
Theme: Resilience and Ethics: Implications.