On Conquests

Epistemological conquests–defined here as obtaining universal knowledge about a thing–are tricky in a complex world. Not because they’re impossible, but because the interconnectedness of ideas is increasingly difficult to map, & it is changing exponentially.

It is like trying to balance a stack spinning plates while standing on a stack of chairs. New dimensions show up from unexpected places (more plates, more chairs). Otherwise called unknown unknowns. 

This is not the call for chaos this sounds like, but simply a finger pointing at the fallacy of it all. 

While we call for liminality of thinking we ought to understand how it ties to flexibility of knowledge. As we make more discoveries (in science, human or algorithmic) we might make it to the top of the clocktower to realize the walls of the castle have moved. 

If we travel without epistemological ego (not parking our car) we could do more in the way of true liminal and multidimensional thinking.

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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