Introducing Auspicious Reasoning

Some ideas taken from a forthcoming article from The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice (external link)

Collectively - we are Dysfunctional

  • At present, governments take advice from some of the brightest experts in their fields
  • Nevertheless, human collective actions are often unwise, and sometimes downright counterproductive.
  • Why? A few prominent politicians are given symbolic responsibility for the actions of society as a whole.
  • We aspire to a bureaucratic, ballot-box system of governance for all.
  • This limits civic responsibility to the making of critical, often negative choices.

Everyone Should Dream

  • As voters and consumers, we are merely required to choose. We are never asked to dream.
  • Citizens should be required to conduct their own future-based, imaginative reflection.
  • It should be every citizen’s duty to envision beneficial ways of living.
  • Joining dreams together might require new, collective modes of outcome-centred reasoning.
  • It would require a radical overhaul of the education system and a flatter mode of governance.

The Need for Consensual Reasoning

  • Would co-creative democracy by more effective than representation politics?
  • If so, we need more collective, imaginative and outcome-centred modes of reasoning.
  • It would need to be highly situated and contextualised.
  • We need to reward conduct with emergent collective benefits, rather than claims to goodness.
  • It would therefore be sensible to explore ‘design-thinking’ as a possible basis for development.

Why do we like Rational Logic?

  • Rational logic remains popular because of its high level of internal consistency.
  • It is useful for formulating truth-claims or defending a rhetorical position.
  • It also encourages bureaucratic, cynical and solipsistic reasoning.
  • it is less helpful for facilitating actions by consensus.

Governance should include Metadesign

  • Politics traditionally uses legislative and fiscal measures to inhibit bad behaviour.
  • Both work at the level of categorical logic,
  • Design intervenes by managing forms and their affordances.
  • Both approaches should be combined within governance by metadesign.
  • It will draw upon many sources - for example knowledge ecology (external link)

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