Rhetorics of Survivance

You may not be who you think you are.

Enter the trickster, Gerald Vizenor, the originator of “survivance”.

Deborah L. Madsen writes in Understanding Gerald Vizenor:

In opposition to terminal creeds, Vizenor seeks in his writing to promote the concept of “survivance.” He tells Isernhagen: “if we have dominance — in other words, a condition that’s recognizable as a world view — then surely we have survivance, we have a condition of not being a victim.”55 Like his understanding of postmodernism, survivance is for Vizenor a condition and not an object. It is a way of thinking and acting in the world that refuses domination and the position of the victim. In Fugitive Poses (1998) Vizenor writes: “[S]urvivance, in the sense of native survivance, is more than survival, more than endurance or mere response; the stories of survivance are an active presence… .”56 Survivance is not passive survival but active resistance as well; it is the refusal of the insistence upon tribal people as “Vanished,” or as tragic victims, or as ig/noble savages caught in an unchanging past, or as the vanguard of an idealized New Age future. Chris Lalonde points out that “with his fictions [Vizenor] does what Foucault argues is what makes one insane in the eyes of the community: he crosses the boundaries of the dominant bourgeois culture in order to reveal the lies upon which it is based.”57

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If it is to be, it’s up to we…

Sean Grainger (@graingered) tells me “the world we all share is one big story written by history.”  I agree with him, our collective story is summed up by each one of our individual stories.  He says, “Teachers are in the story-writing business” and that our fundamental purpose is to be what we want education to be.

I’ve had the pleasure to occasionally exchange tweets with Sean, and in many ways he’s influenced me to think of myself as a teacher. Maybe not the certified-type who commands a classroom, but the sort who plays a necessary role in the future of education.  My contacts have dealt me enough insight to understand what kind of lessons the next generation will need in order to lead society through the transition ahead.  I’d like to play my part.

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If it is to be, it’s up to we…

How do we Thrive in the Age of Hyperconnectivity?

Wildcat2030 suggests that information overload is destabilizing our minds allowing for the emergence of the hyperconnected mind.  He speaks of our increase in fluid intelligence: “the ability to find meaning in confusion … solve new problems … draw inferences and understand the relationships of various concepts, independent of acquired knowledge” ( wikipedia). More importantly, we can “find meaning in confusion”.

A “hyperconnected narrative” is needed, Wildcat2030 adds, “to re-appraise the context of our worldviews”.  Our states of minds shaped by narratives which contain “stories within stories”.  Through these stories our minds intertwine into “larger framework of co-adaptive consensual adhocracies”.   We experience freedom when enmeshed in the coherent and integrated flow space  of hyperconnectivity.  Our hyper-intelligence helps us think more critically, denying the “rigidity of the Neolitihic mind system”, yet with empathy.

via spacecollective

How do we Thrive in the Age of Hyperconnectivity?

Nemes of EbDish – Basics

1. Nemetics is based on three fundamentals. nemes, nemiTubes and nemiSpheres. Focus of study is on nemes Exchange called “NemeX”

2.The term neme indicates a superset of replicators in all Complex Adaptive Systems. Replicators are memes, genes, “Lumenes”

3. Memes are replicators in Cognitive Space. Genes are replicators in Physical. Lumenes coined by @openworld in Emotional Space.

4. “Neme” is an acronym for the Learning process of Complex Adaptive Systems. Notice ornot Engage ornot Mull ornot Exchange ornot.

5. Physical Space is said to be Pwaves. Emotional , Ewaves, Cognitive Cwaves. a Neme is said to Collapse ECPwaves to a Neme.

6. A nemiSphere is a snapshot of entangled nemiTubes in which NemeX is constrained by Tacit and Explicit Rules.

7. A nemiTube is that pattern created by the Xchange of Nemes. Called NemeX.

via Twitter / @edKare.

Not clear enough? Try, Imaginal Cells in Nemetics

Try Sean Grainger’s Nemetic application of Complex Adaptive Systems for Resilient Education

“To me complexity is the game of life. And if I am unaware of the rules of the game and how to play the game I would simply act like a dumb spectator to this game of life.” via @dde337

Life is a game, the first rule of which is that IT IS NOT A GAME. – Alan Watts




Nemes of EbDish – Basics