Moving and motivating given the gaps

My pulling-together-the-pieces form of curiosity  together with asking about what motivate curiosity, in what directions, and how far led me to explore a schema from past work about “gaps.”  Rather than wait till I had time to write and revise the ideas, I speak about them in this 18-minute video podcast,


About Peter J. Taylor
Peter Taylor is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he teaches and directs undergraduate and graduate programs on critical thinking, reflective practice, and science-in-society. His research and writing focuses on the complexity of environmental and health sciences in their social context, incl. Unruly Complexity: Ecology, Interpretation, Engagement (U. Chicago Press, 2005) and Nature-nurture? No (2014, On reflective practice, see Taking Yourself Seriously: Processes of Research & Engagement (with J. Szteiter, 2012,

4 Responses to Moving and motivating given the gaps

  1. Teryl says:

    I have found this extremely helpful. I think about how if there are two gaps of course people who do “take a leap” and continue on will pick the easier and more comfortable (horizontal one). They generally can’t handle two big gaps at once, we need footing on something solid in one place to make a leap elsewhere.
    I really am intrigued by how to focus on the gap in the vertical.
    It doesn’t seem possible to tackle incrementally (like a diagonal line on the graph) or even build the constituency and then build upward. To have this diagram explains so much of what I am facing at work and even what people are facing in the shifting landscapes of culture, learning, economy. The description of spaces such as messy etc. was also key to consider where do the changes or testing them first occur. I look forward to hearing more especially about the vertical gap.
    Thank you for sharing, these ideas from your thinking will really help me with some dynamics in my job.

  2. I’m puzzling these days over my disposition to dig down into various realms to try to make the principles clear, in a way, moreover, that invites attention to the dynamics of the context in which the realm was situated. And, if I understand that about me, does that help others?

    But some years ago I wrote about counterfactual social arrangements, which I later posted to

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