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Innovation and Empirical Residue

In my last post, I talked about a principle set forth by the philosopher, Bernard Lonergan, called Inverse Insight. In this post, I want to borrow a related concept that Lonergan calls Empirical Residue and use it to as a window to understanding innovation.* I am using Lonergan’s concept to describe the way we naturally leave out evidence that doesn’t fit our theories. We simply don’t see it or don’t believe it is important or…

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Problem-Solving and Inverse Insight

What do you do when you run up against a problem that refuses to be resolved? Maybe we can get by with a little help from our philosophers. One of my favorite philosophers is Bernard Lonergan. In volume three of his monumental Collected Works, Lonergan explores the concept of Insight, which he defines as the “act of understanding.” But what caught my attention this week was not insight itself, but rather Lonergan’s idea of “Inverse…

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  • Romans 12:15 May 28, 2020
    “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”
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