Saturday, August 24, 2013

Re: [Yasmin_discussions] value systems

Dear All,

I really like this point of 'value' that Paul has made, although I have been following the discussion but from the sidelines (this time), what I think has real value to the sciences in collaboration with the arts is the way our values become sediment, we form our 3's and 10's but somehow along the way, take them for granted, we no longer question them when after they set. Our very senses and neuronal path ways related to values become fixed. A constant revisiting and adjustment  of value is very important. What strikes me most about the effects of scientific discourse is that is so very often, against it's nature, becomes rooted as ultimate truths that remain unquestioned. With the way our brain is organized, its functional blindness, there is a danger of 'not seeing', this creative aspect of all disciplines, and the true core of scientific enquiry, is something that can be trained, for me the core of artistic practice, is about maintaining the ability
to shift perspectives, be it on meaning, or values, this ability to shift the own mind, to shift perspective on the values of a discipline is where art-collaboration can make a strong contribution. One strong methodology of such shift ability is 'play'. By discussing, collaborating, and 'playing' with our values, we understand the perspective of the other, and also our own, and in doing so strengthen an important research skill.


Jennifer Kanary Nikolov(a)| Artistic Researcher
PhD Candidate Plymouth University | Planetary Collegium | M-Node
Krommenieerpad 88 | 1521 HB | Wormerveer | The Netherlands | 0031-(0)6-27046677 |||| @roomforthoughts

> From: Paul Fishwick <>
>Cc: yasmin_announcements <>
>Sent: Friday, August 23, 2013 5:26 PM
>Subject: [Yasmin_discussions] value systems
>To All for discussion:
>One of the perceived dividing lines for cultures and domains is with
>value. We all value things differently. Often the values are not binary.
>It is not that I don't like X and you do, but rather that we both like it,
>but you like it more than I do (e.g., I might rank it with a 3 and you
>might rank it with a 9 with 10 being the highest value).
>About six months ago, I read "The Righteous Mind: Why Good People
>are Divided by Politics and Religion". Even though politics and
>religion are not our topic of discussion, the way in which Haidt presented
>value systems was interesting and informative.
>I know that my value system may be similar to some colleagues, and
>very different from others. Even when looking at the same object or
>experiencing the same event.
>Categorical divisions may not be useful, or could be detrimental, but
>as we debate, let us also talk about what we find most interesting.
>What we value. We may pencil in different numbers on the scale.
>Paul Fishwick, PhD
>Distinguished Chair of Arts & Technology and Professor of Computer Science
>The University of Texas at Dallas
>Arts & Technology
>800 West Campbell Road, AT10
>Richardson, TX 75080-3021
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