Observing meaningness

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Meaningness is inherent in interaction, so you can observe it, especially while participating in it.

(This is particularly helpful as a corrective to the mistaken Romantic idea of Looking Deeply Within to find True Meaning.)

Maintaining dual attention on your participation for its own sake and as revealing something about the nature of meaningness.

Bearing in mind the texture of open-ended curiosity, i.e. being open to pattern but not forcing it.

Keeping an eye out for:

  • Nebulosity
  • Pattern and nebulosity intertwining
  • Strategies of the confused stances (ploys and evasions)
  • Stance transitions

Insights from ethnomethodology.


This page is in the section Meaningness: the complete stance,
      which is in Meaning and meaninglessness,
      which is in Doing meaning better.

The next page in this section is Finding the complete stance.

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