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Research Design and Philosophy

What’s piqued my interest these last few days is the design of research methodology. The current research paradigm in the West still glows with the logical empiricism of early 20th century thought, divided into qualitative and quantitative research. Very limited methods of measurement and analysis are accepted. Thus, Science is rather lopsided, as it’s only getting one part of the story.

Looking at Science as an entity or person (or for this article- a system!), how research is conducted can tell what information exchange is taking place between Science and the rest of the world. The research paradigms that scientists work with are the channels, the points of contact, through which information comes through. It determines how Science knows.

From there, we can be creative in imagining ways to develop more contact points and information channels in systems. It would be like broadening the senses of systems, enabling more wholeness in communications and interactions. Imagine what that would be like! For Science, I think it would be developing different ways of measuring. Or rethinking what measurement is (how do we branch off into the environment?). If alternative or more ways of measurement were developed these would be the additional contact points. It would be like opening more windows in a very stuffy house. Time for a breeze to blow through.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Dhoa — there’s some beautifully-put ideas there! The line “The research paradigms that scientists work with are the channels, the points of contact, through which information comes through. It determines how Science knows.” really resonated and made me wonder if you are interested in writing something for the (academic) journal I edit in off-screen life. The next issue ‘Super Human: Revolution of the species’, coming out in March, is focused around art + science. This would really benefit from your perspective — and your aesthetic sense, which is gorgeous (I’ve spent a couple of hours reading your blog end to beginning — after this, I’ll HAVE to follow up on so many of the artists you look at here). If you’re interested in Second Nature (have a look at http://secondnature.rmit.edu.au), I’m thinking an article (aprox 1500words) or a review (750ish). I would need a draft by February 13. And I can’t pay anything. Sorry.

    Anyway, whatever you decide, it’s, fabulous to have found your blog — I know I’ll steal things from it for MoD (hope you don’t mind and will attribute, of course).

  2. Knowledge is the wreckage of mystery. Information is not as educational, as much as it is the textural debris of the act of communication. The use of information is not the act of stating what things are, but the act of questioning what things do. Facts are frequently reoccurring tendencies which are used as reference points for the intellectual measuring of information. This explosion about things is why there is a transexpansion that qualifies the signification of potential as the perception of knowledge.

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