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Stephen Downes

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There's an interesting conundrum here, and it bears drawing out. On the one hand he have 'presence' as described here - as something like Senge's description: paying attention to "What is happening right now? What biases and assumptions am I bringing to this observation? How do I choose to respond to this?" Sure. Fair enough. Good  questions. But performance-killers. The thing is, presence is also that idea of being fully immersed in the moment without all these meta-questions getting in the way. There's a time to ask the questions and make them a part of your background knowledge, and a time to put the questions aside and let the embodiment of your knowledge take over. Slow things down. Simplify. Focus.


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