This is a video of the Keynote presentation I gave as the introduction to the first PD One Day Workshop given recently in Melbourne (01/09/12). The Workshop itself went wonderfully well and we had a fantastic group of participants. Thanks you all for making it such an excellent day.
Click to listen to audio file: Foundations of PatternDynamics
This talk was recorded as part of the Certificate 4 and Diploma programs in Accredited Permaculture Training I taught at Permaforest Trust. This was recorded at the beginning of the second semester in 2006, probably in late July or August. It is interesting to go back and listen to how I was thinking about PD at the time now that it has developed into something more tangible 6 years later.
A video interview with some background info on what motivated me to found Permaforest Trust and embark on a 10 year sustainable living experiment that ultimately culminated in the development of PatternDynamics (www.patterndynamics.com.au) as a tool for facilitating the transition to a planetary society.
See http://integrallife.com/integral-post/yes-virginia-consciousness-does-go-all-way-down for Michael’s post and my full comment. First paragraph of my reply copied below.
This is a great piece and I found your treatment of recent developments in the study of consciousness really useful–especially the references to Christof Kotch, his work, and his recent turn to panpsychism.
This last item, Kotch’s move to a panpsychic view, I find especially interesting. I’ve been pondering the ‘consciousness all the way down’ view in Integral and its relationship to the implied panpsychic basis on which it rests. If as Wilber says ‘the meaning of a statement is the mode of its enactment’ then I’m not convinced any reference to, or reliance on, a panpsychic view can support a fully integral worldview. My concern, and it may be mostly a semantic one (but no less important for this) is that any reference to ‘psych’ or ‘mind’ or perhaps even ‘consciousness’ will always signify a kind of homuncular stance to modernists and postmodernists–that is, that we are sneaking in a metaphysical ‘spirit’ or all knowing mind that introduces a form of causality not reified through material existence. The mode of the meaning of ‘panpsychism’, in its essence, then will always be uncomfortable for modern (reductionists)/postmodern (subtle reductionists) types and therefore not meaningful enough to constitute the enactment of a practically effective Integral worldview–one that can get real and widespread traction in the formation of a planetary civilisation. The word ‘spirit’ has a similar and much stronger effect, and basing a view of spirit on even a ‘sophisticated’ panpsychism just seems to compound the problem. Shifting to Whiteheads concept of panexperientialism as a form of ‘weak’ panpsychism might help or even protopanexperientialism, but even these terms don’t seem to be quite right as signifiers of what we are trying to articulate as integralists to the modern and post modern levels.”
(See full comment and original post by Michael Zimmerman by clicking the link above.)
Polarity and Gender comment post at Beams and Struts
In this comment to Rochelle Fairfield’s journal piece “The Real Reasons for the Pay and Gender Gap Part II” I outline how we can use a Polarity Pattern like Masculine/Feminine from PatternDynamics to work to improve gender issues.