Book projects – Intuitive Technology: Contents

Contents (1989) for

Intuitive Technology

by Tom Graves
(with editorial assistance by Cindy Pavlinac)

Note: about one-third through the first draft, I shelved this book-project ‘temporarily’ when I moved from California to Australia to Britain and back to Australia! The status of each chapter at that stage is shown after the chapter-title, in italic type, such as ‘[complete]‘.

Prelude: How to use this book [complete]
In which we first meet some models of the mind, laying open the labyrinthine layers of life and learning.
0: Ordinary Reality [text complete, no illustrations]
In which we look at our ways of working on the world, and discover the common and confusing state of being stuck.
1: Applied Science [text complete, no illustrations]
In which we use the obvious way to take control of what’s going on — but somehow succeed only in making matters worse.
2: Skills And Subjectivity [text complete, no illustrations]
In which we try another way to understand skill, and once more find that the control we crave continues to elude us.
3: From Control To Chaos [notes only]
In which we try the way we first started, and discover that it now fails to work at all — along with everything else.
Interlude: Turning It Around [notes only]
In which we recognise the rules of this murky maze of panic and paradox, and discover a way out by moving further in.
4: It’s Easier If You Care [notes only]
In which we at first appear to have come to the heart of the matter, but discover we have come to a matter of the heart.
5: Doing No-Thing [notes only]
In which we meditate upon matters of content and context, and pay precise attention to paradox.
6: A Balanced Mind [notes only]
In which we reflect upon the mirrors of the mind, and learn to juggle with jokes and judgements.
7: What’s The Use? [notes only]
In which we become more sure and certain as we play with paradox in practice — in a territory that is oddly familiar.
Postlude: Beginner’s Mind [notes only]
In which we discover that the end is also the beginning — but now seen from a more reflective point of view.
Appendix A: A Glossary Of Terms
Appendix B: Further Reading

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