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triangulation and the apparent truth
January 6, 2014, 12:36 pm
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triangulation-method

In social science triangulation is defined as the mixing of data or methods so that diverse viewpoints or standpoints cast light about a topic.

You can use it to unpick bias in news reporting, and  in design you’d use it to find ‘apparent truth’.

I like that term. Apparent truth. It feels like chocolate.

If you want a bit of substantiation here’s a paper full of fruit cake dense notions like ‘epistemological chasms’, ‘empiricist view points’ and ‘hypothetico- deductive methods’.

I’ve written about personal taxonomies, my Bowerbird ways, and general bricolage and pirate treasure pursuits for collecting stimulus. What I’m looking forward to exploring (with my team and you if you like) is how stimulus can used to grow perspective: both and the practice of developing perspective and the articulation of your thoughts.

 Wassa?

So what’s going to happen here is a weekly challenge to triangulate three ‘cultural objects’.

 How?

Randomly selected by me with the only selection criteria that I found it recently and I think there’s something interesting in the intersection.

 Why?

  • A group practice in order to generate a dialectic of learning
    • Examine the contrasts between what seems self-evident, what seems to underlie the lay  discourses, what appears to be generally true and what differences arise when comparing all these with ‘official’ interpretations.
    • Build interpretation skills
      • Move away from the fetishism of quantative research methods (ooo!)
    • Deepen and widen your understanding of culture

So here’s the challenge

Read and form a perspective on what these three things say about ‘culture':

Join in! Manifest it how you like- I’ll get back to you on the conversation this prompts at the end of the week and whatever objects are created…

 

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