Ecology of Health: Questions that need to be asked

Richard Feynman said he would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.

We finished our International Bateson Institute Ecology of Health conference with more questions than we did answers.

In fact, we deliberately drew together our discussions, asking what are the questions are that now need to be asked?

This is what was said.

What is the epistemology? How can we work with people’s perceptions?

Do we want to be cured, or do we want to be complex?

What are the patterns of language?

What makes the health? How can we imagine health in communities, and how can we make it happen?

How do we reframe the idea of genomics?

What does health mean when you’re dying?

Who is talking about ‘health’ – and how?

The next generation is already working in a radically different way. Some reference Esalen and Big Sur – but many probably see them as irrelevant

How can we help medical students deal with complexity and humanity?

Can we have an ethnographic process that enables us to put one foot in front of another… That helps guide us rather than defining itself absolutely, and making itself defunct in the process of doing that?  Philip Guddemi – did we capture you accurately?

How does symbology affect the shape of this discussion?  Bill Tate – is this what you meant?

Significant change is already happening, it is not positive, and we are not necessarily in sync. What does a healthy society look like in this context?

What care is conducive to health? How does care provide connection?

What is a healthy ecology? We’re losing species on a daily basis? A healthy society is not the same thing as a healthy ecosystem.

What do we mean by ‘we’? The West? The World? Living Things? We need to step back and look at this question with compassion.

How do we design health in an increasingly technological context?

The process of overcoming problems is fundamental – rushing towards the solution is really missing the point.

The two sides (at least) of this debate need to connect.

We’re going to lose 30-40% of existing jobs to technology in the next two decades or so. How do we support communities to be healthy in this context?

Can the intelligence of the people building artificial intelligence be trusted with its’ consequences?

Predictions of the world being encompassed by technology seem too all encompassing.

Is the wisdom of this context, knowing what not to do?

What have we missed?

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