[xmca] Fwd: really interesting discussion on methods and open-ended interviews

From: Mike Cole (lchcmike@gmail.com)
Date: Thu Oct 19 2006 - 09:32:48 PDT

My son sent me the following document and a little context. It seems
relevant to topics under discussion, the number of which
appears to whatever the antonym for black hole is.

Here is a selection:

The narrative may be taken as a marker of a
pattern of cognition and behavior totally different from that
hypothesized in economics and rational choice behavioral
models more broadly. Here, the key assumption of the
economic view of behavior is not that it is instrumental or
rational, but that it consists of a series of discrete acts, each
of which is deliberate and hence motivated. An alternative
is to think of behavior as ongoing in time, moving in a
particular direction or toward a particular object, but
deflected (or redirected) by situations the actor encounters
along the way. Because narrative links together action in
time and highlights the kind of encounters that redirect
action, it reflects the way in which the actor thinks about
behavior of this kind. Their understanding of others is an
'interpretation' of such narratives, and their own behavior
is conceived in terms of a similar narrative in which they
imagine themselves to be acting. In the hands of the
German philosopher Martin Heidegger and the hermeneutic
theory which develops this idea of behavior, the key is
not just the narrative but the 'meanings' that are ascribed to
it (Dreyfus, 1991).

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