Journeying

A journey into unfamiliar or even unknown areas involves risk, opens up questions, creates more experiences than can be integrated for site, require support, yields personal change, and more.

In philosophy of science the distinction between context of justification – formulating testable hypothesis and testing them – and context of discovery – generating ideas, which may eventually become hypotheses – has in practice meant an emphasis on justification. Even if we accept that published research has to center on justified ideas, everyone’s work and life operates with many more ideas than can be put to an immediate and decisive test. Discounting that dimension of work and life is to suppress or discourage the spirit of journeying and to inhibit the development of capacities to get the most out of the journeys that we are, nevertheless, all undertaking. For this reason, the planned revision of Taking Yourself Seriously may include a set of journey stories, told without apology for presenting tools that have not been subject to clear-cut evaluation.

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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, http://bit.ly/NNN2014). On reflective practice, see Taking Yourself Seriously: Processes of Research & Engagement (with J. Szteiter, 2012, http://bit.ly/TYS2012).

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