October 28, 2004

Innovation Update

I'm really feeling particularly inspired this week by the work of Robert Logan. A physicist at the University of Toronto, Logan is interested in systems theory and the evolution of language. How's that for transdisciplinarity?

I'll post my powerpoint presentation here on my blog portfolio after I do the presentation in class tomorrow night. In the meantime, I want to add a couple comments about Logan's work that didn't make it into my powerpoint.

Logan says that "language is the link which united all the activities of human enterprise."

Also, Logan suggests that "language and conceptual thought are dynamically linked parts of a dynamically cognitive system, the extended mind which provides an environment for their mutual development." Logan traces the development of the extended mind through the evolution of language.

How this all applies to innovation is that innovation is both language and conceptual thought. I think I need to let that thought settle for awhile.

Posted by chri1010 at October 28, 2004 1:47 AM