Thinking on the Edge

Thinking on the Edge

Would you like to be in the middle or the extreme ends? Is there a simple and scientific approach? How answering these questions will help us improve our thinking and hence our actions? I promise the reader a soft sailing in attempting to answer these questions and then deriving the appropriate conclusions.

I am thinking of the edges between many things that we do in our lives without consideration for those edges. I shall show by examples what I mean. Let us fill a beaker with tangible things first, water to begin with. The water molecules in the body of water are bonded to each other except for those molecules at the surface (the edge between water molecules and surrounding air). The water molecules at the surface are tensed because the underneath water molecules pulls them downwards. To reduce this pulling water molecules at the surface take a spherical shape. Being in the "bulk" is different from being on the edge.

If we add oil to water without stirring then we shall have a new edge between water and oil. All oil molecules and water molecules are surrounded by similar molecules except for those on the "meeting edge". It is by stirring that causes oil to disperse as droplet in water. Now, we may visualize filling the beaker with other tangible and intangible inhomogeneous bodies.

Thinking on the Edge

The edge between each pair of opposites may not be visible or it could be rugged as well.

In each case, or would it be better: to be immersed in one half of the beaker or to be on the edge of opposites? Or do you prefer to be on the tensed edge or in the calmness of the bulk? Would you be immersed fully in the past, the future or in the edge of the present? Would you rather be in the order of whatever it is such as the order of learning or the disorder of searching?

To be fully immersed in the bulk of waters shall deprive you from the challenge of the tension on the edge of opposites. The edge between being a solid or gas (liquid) is where real life takes place. Chemists know well that rapid changes take place in the liquid phase because you need the reactants to collide and also move away so that other molecules may collide and the reaction may propagate. We need our ideas to collide and propagate and this possibility shall be reduced if we are "solid-like" or "gaseous" in our exchanges of ideas. We need to learn from our collisions and move on temporarily to the gaseous or solid states so that other ideas may collide. We need to have to the chaotic collisions of ideas in our searches for reality, but also we need the order of learning. Things happen at the edges and then we move away to one region so that we may put what we searched in order and then as new searches reveal new findings we need again to re-learn. In the continuous cycle of searching and learning we need to stay on the edge separating them because there is the creative edge.

We may stir our edges and form droplets of oily ideas in the waters of our thinking. We disperse our thinking and create new situations that may lead us to further discoveries. It is not planning or not planning as much as staying on the edge of the two opposites. Any other approach is only pleasing our comfort zones and swimming in calm waters.

If there is no visible edge I shall try to create an invisible one to stay on the edge.


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Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #45

#62
#63 Your kind words Ali Anani, encourage me to keep at it. Thank you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#61
Dear Sara Jacobovici last buzz on which I commented and I feel this ideas takes us even a step further. Great thinking

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #43

Dear Ali Anani. I have not forgotten the encouragement to develop the concept of being on the edge of a triad. I'm working on it and studying the comments from you both. I was working on something focusing on duality and integration and thought of the possibility that the duality of the edge, one side connected to the sides that enclose the triad, the internal side facing the triad and the external side, although connected with other edges, the external side faces away from the containment produced by the triad. Could this external boundary be the edge of integration formed in the contained internal area, or integrated area, where we do not experience the integration? So we are not just discussing being on the edge but whether we are on the internal or external side of the edge; a duality holding a triad containing the integrated area formed by the internal side of the edge. Just updating you both with some of the thoughts going through my mind. I hope I am not travelling too far beyond the original concept. Please let me know.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #42

#59
Great Irene Hackett! Thanks

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #41

#56
Dear Irene Hackett, I'm not forgetting for a moment that the idea comes from you. If you wish to expand on it...after all we believe that good things come in threes.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #40

#54
I trust your intuition Ali Anani's idea worth exploring.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Dear -Sara Jacobovici inspired me with an idea for you. On the edges of triads. I haven't thought much about it, but my intuition is that it might interest you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#52
"...On the edge in order to live fully and love deeply"- stunning quote from your comment dear Irene Hackett- Yes, avoiding being on the edge is a recipe for missing many beauties in our lives. Thanks to this 'edge" that brought this super comment from you my dear sister.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

So in the cups one cup should have an edge between head and heart and you edge me out with your solid comment dear Melissa Hefferman

mohammed khalaf

mohammed khalaf

4 years ago #36

I hope this to you to spread honey around the world#47

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Enjoy your salad dressing dear Susan Botello over the weekend

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#44
I feel I have the wings dear mohammed khalaf

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#43
I wouldn't say scary as much it is a blessing dear Sara Jacobovici. I have read a lot of your writings and I sense what interests you

mohammed khalaf

mohammed khalaf

4 years ago #32

when you come to the edge of all that you know ,there will be ground to stand on ,or you will be given wings to fly

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #31

#21
#25 It's scary how well you know me Ali Anani's comment I thought of the spaces referred to by Mozart, β€œThe music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” And Frankl, "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." With CityVP Manjit, I had already replied before I read your comment.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #30

#18
"The irony of our age is that we are becoming more innovative as a human race yet also less adaptive." Great line CityVP Manjit. I agree 100%. Although less adaptive, it is interesting for me to witness what forms the adaptations take on. They seem to reflect the dissociative state and sensory diminished environment which produced them.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #29

#7
Thanks Irene Hackett. Your blessing reached me across cyber space!

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #28

#39
Thank you Franci Eugenia Hoffman A little bit of pollen dust from all of you " Makes this bee buzz happily πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#35
#33 #35 Lovely comments Fatima Williams

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
Thank you dear Fatima Fatima Williams. It is mind-boggling and it is still living vividly in my mind.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

What I love about your comments my dear friend DILMA BALBI -Contratos e Gest\u00e3o is that you answer why and what you like. I truly proud of your comment and nice words

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
Dear Fatima Williams- the more I read your comment, the more respect and admiration I have for you. This time you put me on the edge with this brilliant segment of your comment "enable us to search , learn and adapt rather than adjust". This is a stinkingly tremendous comment and I agree. I love the way you put it. I agree with what you wrote about the deep thinker dear CityVP Manjit and I highlight his name to draw his attention to your mention of him.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #23

#3
Deb Lange The metaphor of swimming to this buzz is mind-blowing such an intruging interesting fantabulous comment πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #22

#5
Sara Jacobovici I enjoyed your comment as it kinda speaks what I feel as well. As long as we don't isolate a state of being, an idea, experience or learning, but move it with us, carry it over, that is when the sum becomes larger than the parts. That's when we become whole .

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

4 years ago #21

#18
Ali Anani Thank you for this brilliant edgy buzz. Reading this intruging buzz wakes up my spirit and the edges of my mind have been brushed up with the bristles( questions/tensions ) of this buzz. The edges we choose to be on should be the ones that enable us to search , learn and adapt rather than adjust.The creative edge will ensure that we blossom by exploring the edges of certainity with our mind that have questions of uncertainty that we can discern only by further exploration and collision. I'm on the edge of your buzzes enjoying absorbing and so on. I have not touched all the edges and my learning continues. Thank you for being awesome πŸ€—πŸ€— I love City VP Manjits comment too "We give up the adaptive for the bulk " and we have unexplored edges ! A mind blowing comment as always ⛀⛀⛀⛀⛀

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
Deep and profound your thinking is dear Mohammed Sultan. I appreciate your mind and how it thinks. Yes, on the edge is to be under dynamic tension. You can't win in life without paying a price. You know that Newton's Laws work for average (bulk) conditions, but they fail on the edge. The dynamics are different. I am going to write my next buzz on the flow of information and how it differs on moving from the bulk to the edges. For now, I say having one foot here and one there is like having one foot in chilled water and the other foot in boiling water. How to adjust, learn and move on is a real challenge. One question my friend- do leaders stay in the bulk or on the edges? That is why great leaders are great sufferers too.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

David John Sheridan made a great comment on the shared buzz on LI. I find the comment so enriching that sharing it here is valuable. David John SheridanHmmm- Imagine all the glasses in the article put together. As they join together they create "Dynamic Tension". Each part is then under some form of influence from that which surrounds it. As importance is put to one part of the structure, it will cause influence on another; this may be Positive or Negative in nature. This Dynamic Tension is the reality of life and of the challenges that we face. This is what we have been working with at The Human Algorithm Project. How do we influence and change they Dynamic Tensions of problems like Obesity. www.TheHumanAlgorithm.co.uk :)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#27
And an important and assuring feedback from you dear Aurorasa Sima

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Thank you dear Amina Alami for your great support and appreciation. You know of my respect to your great mind.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Dear CityVP Manjit to comment on "The irony of our age is that we are becoming more innovative as a human race yet also less adaptive. The people who innovate are the few that are on the edge, but the people who consume are in the bulk". Your second very relevant point is related to social media " We may say we have an affinity with innovation or an affinity with the cutting edge, but the patterns of our digital expressions and movements reveal us.". This paragraph is hugely relevant to beBee being tan affinity social network. I have more to say, but first I invite beBee to give due consideration to this segment of the comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Dea Franci Eugenia Hoffman- you raise a great question on fractals and that I shall address soon in a dedicated buzz. Meanwhile, I love your comment for the present shall be soon the past. The edge is a moveable one and you raise a greatly important point. I appreciate beyond appreciation your sharing of the buzz. Big Thank You

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
My dear friend David Grinberg- with such support from you do I have another choice than keep buzzing on? I greatly appreciate your supportive comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
You raise a hugely important point dear Jeet Sarkar and I strongly advise you developing your comment into a buzz

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
It is unbelievable your depth of understanding dear Deb Helfrich shall pause on this quote. I am really honored by your comment dear Deb

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

I love your extract of a key point of the buzz dear Sushmita Thakare Jain. I am proud of your comment

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #10

The irony of our age is that we are becoming more innovative as a human race yet also less adaptive. The people who innovate are the few that are on the edge, but the people who consume are in the bulk. As we urbanized, and purchased appliances to make our individual lives easier, and saw the incredible network of the supply system, present us with things and food to buy from every corner of the Earth, again we give up the adaptive for the bulk. It is a modern miracle. Whether it is John Brockman who created edge.org https://www.edge.org/ or CNBC running their best programs like The Edge in the wee early hours of the morning http://www.cnbc.com/id/101003572 our desire is still the bulk. The most modern inventions of bulk is now called "social media". Do we explore the outer edges of that media or is our attention centered on the bulk? No one has to answer that question, the reality of that is revealed in user experience data. We may say we have an affinity with innovation or an affinity with the cutting edge, but the patterns of our digital expressions and movements reveal us. So much so it is why today Facebook is worth billions - I would say "the billions of the bulk" in the spirit of this buzz. Today I dance at the edge, but I don't revel at the edge. The easiest cup to see is Past-Future and Solid-Gas, but it is those edges in those other cups is the true revelation of the revel. This is what makes my learning journey so newbie, still so much the beginner end of the spectrum - because I have not touched all those edges - for I have hardly abandoned the bulk - not that I said so, my digital tracks prove so. Yet there is more, so, so, so, so, so ,so, so much more and the seven so's really is indicative of recognizing that the vast majority of our existence is spent in the bulk - but what defines my learning journey is that edge which has no edge - the endless horizon and the land bulk we then establish in discovery, that we can call our own.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

sharing in Bubbling Honey

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

sharing in Ideas Metamorphosis

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

"Would you be immersed fully in the past, the future or in the edge of the present? Would you rather be in the order of whatever it is such as the order of learning or the disorder of searching?" The past is gone but obviously impacted the future, and the present. I feel being immersed fully in the edge of the present offers an advantage of using what we learned and applying this to what we want to learn. Thus our research has more purpose and perhaps is more orderly. Fractals expected or unexpected?

David B. Grinberg

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #6

Ali Anani: thank you as always for your important words of wisdom. You provide much to ponder. Moreover, I admire your wonderful writing style. Buzz on, my friend!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Your comment is as beautiful as your video of today my sister Irene Hackett/ Glad you find the buzz useful

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Enjoy your holiday Sara Jacobovici as much as I enjoyed our comment. You said it all and your comment makes all the sense in the world. Yes, we need to learn and move what we learn with us. Very powerful idea

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #3

I can not isolate one line of your Buzz Ali Anani. From the beginning to its last word, the ideas, insights and images flow as a whole. Maybe this reflects the movement you are describing; as long as we don not isolate a state of being, an idea, experience or learning, but move it with us, carry it over, that is when the sum becomes larger than the parts. I don't know if this is making any sense. I saw your Buzz and couldn't resist taking the time to read it and just write my first impression. I am about to begin the 2 day observance of the Jewish New Year and am feeling rushed. I look forward to catching up with this exciting work in a couple of days.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Brilliant! Brilliant! I could keep repeating brilliant your comment is Deb Lange hundreds of times. Your metaphor describes the buzz beautifully. I love it for it is a green metaphor. More, it is a liquid metaphor. It is a living metaphor. Water is the essence of life. Brilliant because it puts the two opposites Calmness and agitation in the proximity of each other. Brilliant because it describes the challenges, the learning and adaptive possibilities and the resulting resilience. I fail to thank you enough for writing such a great and probing comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

You are right dear debasish majumder and we always have an invisible edge. A lonely tree isn't lonely- it has an edge with the environment. Trees use their senses to 'read" the environment and adapt. It is evidenced in how they change the shape of their leaves to reduce water loss or sunlight absorption. To sense the edge is a sign of maturity. It is when we immerse ourselves in one phase that we "freeze" our senses. We do that to stay in our comfort zones. We tend to prefer measurable things over discover and learning. I love your cornea example and shall study in a greater detail.

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