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[Xmca-l] Re: "cultivating Minds

Larry and Mike,
I think you guys are on to something. Thank goodness for valence, the salt of the earth according to the McGarrigles:

Just a little atom of Chlorine, valence minus one
Swimming through the sea, digging the scene, just having fun
She's not worried about the shape or size of her outside shell
It's fun to ionize
Just a little atom of Cl with an unfilled shell
But somewhere in that sea lurks handsome Sodium
With enough electrons on his outside shell plus that extra one
Somewhere in this deep blue sea there's a negative
For my extra energy
Yes, somewhere in this foam my positive will find a home
Then unsuspecting Chlorine felt a magnetic pull
She looked down and her outside shell was full
Sodium cried, "What a gas, be my bride
And I'll change your name from Chlorine to chloride!"
Now the sea evaporates to make the clouds for the rain and snow
Leaving her chemical compounds in the absence of H2O
But the crystals that wash upon the shore are happy ones
So, if you never thought before
Think of the love that you eat when you salt you meat!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpTzawl3OmI <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpTzawl3OmI>


> On Mar 2, 2015, at 8:47 PM, Larry Purss <lpscholar2@gmail.com> wrote:
> Mike,
> I will follow further in Simmels and Urs Furher's footsteps as this
> theme also brings in Ernst Boesch's theory of "symbolic action" which was
> developed as a notion that all phenomena [including action] have both
> objective and symbolic "aspects". Boesch wrote:
> "This 'pervasiveness' of symbolism may be easy to grasp for a psychologist
> with psychoanalytic experience or with strong artistic tastes; in my case,
> however, although I believe myself to have a bit of both, this insight had
> much more 'rational' roots. ... I trace its inception back to the 1963
> article 'Raum und Zeit als Valenzsysteme', in which I formulated, for the
> first time, the close *interrelatedness of 'valence' *[LP- worth/value ]
> and 'structure': the conceptual structuring of space depends, I said, upon
> the location of valences [worth/values] - it was the *'wish to return' *which
> led to the specification and stability of *places.*"  [cited in "reasons
> For a Symbolic Concept of Action" in Culture and Psychology 1997
> Volume 3(3): pages 423-431]
> I am suggesting that Simmel, Urs Furher, and Ernst Boesch were all
> following in the footsteps of the concept of "polyvalence" [multiple worths
> and  values] as symbolic actions.
> Larry
> On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 3:23 PM, mike cole <mcole@ucsd.edu> wrote:
>> Amazing "coincidence" Larry--- I just wrote to Urs who I have not
>> corresponded with for years as a result of going through his book on
>> cultivating minds. It has a chapter on behavior
>> settings as media for promoting children's development that has me
>> re-thinking a number of issues. Among other things, there is a very
>> interesting discussion of Roger Barker's research program. Very worth while
>> I could not open that file you sent, but I found the link to the journal
>> article. Its here:
>> http://lchc.ucsd.edu/Histarch/ja93v15n1.PDF
>> There are a number of other interesting/relevant articles there. "The sound
>> of the violin" is a favorite.
>> Thanks for reminding us of Simmel.
>> Today, March 1, was his birthday!
>> Coincidence?
>> mike
>> On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 3:01 PM, Larry Purss <lpscholar2@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Mike,
>>> I continued to explore Urs Furher's book that you mentioned on Simmel
>> that
>>> would be potentially beneficial to follow. In my explorations I came
>> across
>>> this article on the metaphor of "traces" or "footprints" in the XMCA
>>> archives. It was written in 1993 and is an interesting perspective on the
>>> metaphor of cultivation AS FOOTPRINTS.  It is the third article in the
>>> newsletter.
>>> Urs is pointing to the reciprocal processes of "internalizing" and
>>> "externalizing" the inner "affective sense" of "place" through attachment
>>> to "home" and "vehicle" as concrete ways to form one's identity through
>>> attachment/security needs and  autonomy needs.
>>> Larry
>> --
>> It is the dilemma of psychology to deal as a natural science with an object
>> that creates history. Ernst Boesch.