Woohoo! I’ve covered the entire surface of the ball with labels that I brainstormed from the literature, the dictionary, and readers. It’s now what I pictured it would become: a multifaceted concept-object! Let’s all pause and celebrate with a fist pump.
Then, I spent an hour turning it over in my hands looking for insights into “sense making,” but I think there is so much information I get through the three dimensions, my eyes, and my hands, that I couldn’t make sense of any of it! A typical case of TMI. So, I put it down and started taking pictures, turning the 3D into 2D–just looking from a particular viewpoint, which is what most (all?) research does with concepts.
The biggest pattern I saw is probably a pattern I imposed on the concept–the pattern of a three-part model of humanness: body, spirit, and mind (I got that from Plato, and I like it). To be fair, the dictionary entry for “sense” also seemed to fit this three-part pattern. So, there are at least three points of view of the ball, one centered on each of the “body, spirit, and mind” facets. Three aspects of sense making.
But here’s what’s interesting: there are other aspects! In other words, the concept of “sense making” is not comprehended by that three-part pattern. Some themes seem to emerge from the confluences between those three major facets, like on the dark side of the moon so-to-speak. Can you help me find them? Look at this panel of images, one of each viewpoint of the ball, and try to give each a caption. Some might not have a coherent caption, but some definitely do. If we can together identify and then confirm these new aspects of sense making, then we’ve got some interesting findings to report! Pattern recognition is the first step in discovery: let’s go!