Between Taleb and Pinker

Between Taleb doom’s–day Turkey Problem, and Pinker’s boundless faith in technology there is an opportunity for thoughtfulness. The dichotomy of their opinions is a proxy of behavioralism and rationalism, respectively. By negotiating both we can create as more balanced conversation between our tools, processes and ambitions.

In identity and politics of the self use the richness of intersectionality, and natural experiences. However, in order to access plasticity and self–leadership science must inspire with an optimistic world of possibilities.

How can we create a world of abundance that allows for individual agency? Using emotional articulation, getting to know ourselves, celebration of diversity and by sharing confidence in the ability to write mental connectors that don’t yet exist.

There is a meta message here as well. Comfortably holding an oxymoron with both hands is another exclusively human quality. Machines can’t do anything they were not programmed to, nor do they understand meaning – both prerequisites for non binary thinking.

One of the definitions of Liminal thinking is: Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

Those at this (self-transforming) form of mind are tuned in to all the various constituencies around them. They see multiple layers of every issue and can hold even very different perspectives simultaneously.

Instead of viewing others as people with separate and different inner systems, those making meaning with a self-transforming form of mind see across inner systems to look at the similarities that are hidden inside what used to look like differences.

These people are less likely to see the world in terms of dichotomies or polarities. They are more likely to believe that what we often think of as black and white are just various shades of gray whose differences are made more visible by the lighter or darker colors around them.

— from “Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World” by Jennifer Garvey Berger

Published by Nitzan

I am a designer, writer and strategist with interest in machine learning, liminal thinking and complexity science. In my commercial work I help companies build innovative tools, design better qualitative processes, and lead that human machine collaboration with complexity in mind.

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