Stories and/as theories: Procrustes, ‘progress’, and plate tectonics

Think stories and theories about things are rather like plate tectonics.  (Or lava lamps.)  They emerge and drift about the earth’s surface and bash into each other with various consequences.  Procrustes stretched or shrank (!) travellers on his bed (cut off their legs!), as do stories and theories, noting those aspects of experience that seem to support a story that seems to ‘make sense’, meaning single simple meaning, of myriad sensory experiences. We posit progress in our sense-making, as we match/stretch stories to new observations that emerge in streams as we examine them, like the lava flows that drive tectonic drift.  These emerging middles are like Buddleia buds, strands/strings/streams of experience that emerge under examination to experience and expression and elaborating explanation. Yet the explanations are also middles emerging to experience in observation/examination.  Is one later organisation of the plates ‘better’ than another earlier?  Like evolution – it’s just gradual emergence of new aspects of metabolisms shaping new morphisms with dissolution by time of the previous expressions, except perhaps in some gene figments or fragments.


About leaflittering

person thinking about life as a series of encounters between expectations and experiences, and applying ideas to ecology, ethics, epistemology, and education in various environments
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