from 28 March 2013

Writing about systems thinking I was noticing how it's kind of polluted by presence of lots and lots of gurus. Folks who sort of mystify it. Consistently a topic with the junkiest of websites. Makes you think the folks putting them up are lone wolf amateurs, sure they have the truth if only people would listen. And they have a well developed rhetorical universe and many seem to fancy themselves consultants but I wonder if there is not a slightly cultish and priesthood aspect to this knowledge. Could there be a generic phenomenon in which some knowledge possessors manage to convince others that their info is important but they never manage to convince them enough that it spreads and others learn it for themselves. Elements of instrumental hiding knowledge from others. Or is it that it manages to stay outside the realm of "science" (defined, for a moment, as de facto shareable info)???