- To ensure Au gardeners generate a creative and inclusive DreamScape we use a 'continuum'.
- Attainable Utopia occupies a particular position on the continuum 'Dystopia - Utopia'
- Each continuum has two polar (bivariate) and positions that are dis-connected__Imagine it first
- To understand the continuum you may need to consider what happens between the polar positions.
- We usually think of cause and effect simply as related, but opposite entities.
- However, imagine a particular example (e.g. the claim that "injustice causes violence")
- Visualise what happens along the 'line' between 'cause' (injustice) and the 'effect' of (violence).
- Arguably, each has degrees of 'cause' and degrees of 'effect'.Some events are concise
- Some events might be reduceable to a single point on your continuumSome events imply a range of factors
- Most events are a vast network of other events and micro-events__Some events become a trend
- Positive feedback is present in virtually all situations where 'things' affect one another.
- If this is strong enough, once an event takes place, accompanying factors encourage it to continue.Relative complexity
- The relative result is a comparison between two or more situations (Relative and Absolute themselves form a continuum Absolute complexity
- The example above is a simple linear Continuum, and is the easiest of four types to use.Imagine a non-linear continuum
- As an exercise try to imagine a non-linear Continuum.
- (Clue: think of the tetrahedron)These are examples of Continuum that might be considered.
- Want - Need
- Attachment - Detachment
- Mechanistic - Ecological (Metaphor)
- Order - Disorder
- Meist - Altruism
- Ethnocentric - Ethnoadaptive
- Cause - Effect
- Simple - Complex(this is the same continuum used in the complexity profiling at F4C and ComplexityProfile )Continuum notationThe notation for Continuum is:continuum: Order - DisorderBy convention the mechanical metaphor/simple is placed first.