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The science of common sense

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 20, 2015  ·  Musings

A solid day's teaching at Hull Business School today based one a set of material I have used in this type of context several times.   Session one is complexity, session two the cognitive aspects (distinguishing cognitive complexity from computational approaches) and then finally SenseMaker® under the general banner of narrative research.  The final session tends to use slides as I need to show narrative landscapes and entry/retrieval.  But for the rest of the programme I chalk and talk; that allows far greater flexibility and you...

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Thinking differently for SenseMaker®

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 18, 2015  ·  Musings

A rather novel to start to the day; discovering that the Cathedral Road B&B I am staying in is owned and managed by Charlotte Church's father.  We exchange comments on dealing with wayward daughters and the loss to Welsh Rugby of Gavin Henson.  This is a part of South Wales I love, the lack of pretension and the refusal to take fame seriously.   I remember a long conversation about rugby with Tom Jones when I was luck enough to sit next to him on a flight back from Milan several years ago.  Breakfast over it was down to Atlantic...

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Good to have few choices

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 16, 2015  ·  Musings

One of the interesting aspects of spending far too much time on planes is that you often see films that you would not otherwise seek out.  OK it can be bad; I ended up watching the Spice Girls Move on one Qantas flight as I had exhausted all other options on two trips to Singapore and one to Australia in the same month.  Ironically a few weeks later I ended up sitting next to Baby Spice in Club but didn't realise until the autograph hunters started to sneak up from economy.

Either way to get to the point!  Flying out to Los...

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Describe don’t evaluate

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 12, 2015  ·  Musings

One of the things I have been emphasising for the last two days when I have been talking about SenseMaker® is the criticality of description over evaluation.   The minute we evaluate, assess, judge, interpret or whatever we start to reduce what we scan.  The more we can hold open a description the more we scan, the more possibility of seeing novel solutions or interesting features.   In some of our work where we have compared the way experts interpret narrative as against the original signification by the research subjects we have...

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Any speaker needs an audience

By Dave Snowden  ·  February 11, 2015  ·  Musings

Day two of recording material for Intel training and I am now into the swing of it.  The material is going to be put up on the Cognitive Edge web site as well so I now have a new recoding of the Children's Party story which is 35kg less than the current one.    One of the great things that Dan and Rhea have done is to give me an audience on both days.  Last time round I sat on a stool and talked to the camera in an Adelaide studio.   Speaking to an audience is always preferable but I didn't get the hand of doing it for the record...

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