Vialogues : Peter Gray: Play-full Research and Play Filled Emergent Paths

Play-deprivation? It is very real. Without it? Well…watch, listen, question, respond here.


Here is a classic example of the impossibility of predicting/managing complexity:

1. I joined in a Google Hangout On Air last night ( for #clmooc.

2. I met Carol Hartmann (@StaffSandboxOER) at the Hangout because she, excellent librarian that she is, was interested in annotation tools.

3. I shared the Peter Gray vid on Vialogues above with her.

4. She jumped on it first thing and also mentionedin our discussion at Vialogues about her curation via Pinterest (

5. Wow! Such a bounty and that is high praise coming from this humble gardener.  I felt I had to reciprocate as best I could for such a full Pinterest buffet with my own again/off again site that curates #clmooc related riches  (

6. That prodded me into kick starting my curating activities there.

7. Just a little later I had a Google Hangout with Joe Dillon about Week Three Make Cycle ideas and I was able to use what I had saved to (and hence automagically to my blog, my tumblr, Twitter, and facebook) in our conversation.

8. This led to this where I will continue by crossposting to G+, Twitter, and Facebook and here we are, emerging from yet another hole, perhaps one where we have had nice tea and late breakfast with Badger and Ratty and Mole and Toad.

It might seem like a very ordered and billiard-ball-like experience where one cause leads to another effect and thence to another cause etcetcetc.  But it isn’t inevitable like that at all.  Complexity says we can describe what happened after the fact easily, but we couldn’t have predicted it at the beginning of the cascade.  In fact, if iI join another Google Hangout and meet up with Carol again, there is every chance that we would emerge from a different rabbit hole. As the good Greek Heraclitus reminds us, difficult edu-punk that he is,

“No one ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and it’s not the same one.”

I like that very much.  Affordances, adjacent possibles, however you will describe it, I am very grateful.

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