- provides a space devoted to the conceptual framework known as Hodges' model. Read about this tool that can help integrate HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE, INFORMATICS and EDUCATION. The model can facilitate PERSON-CENTREDNESS, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, HOLISTIC CARE and REFLECTION. Follow the development of a new website using Drupal (it might happen one day!!). See our bibliography, posts since 2006 and if interested please get in touch [@h2cm OR h2cmng AT yahoo.co.uk]. Welcome.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Marie Curie PhD Studentship in Mobile Applications to Support Emotion Regulation in Mental Health

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personalised emotional

self-measures and reporting

mental health

mania - hypomania mood depression

psychological measures

stress and vulnerability

patient selection / motivation

Bi-polar disorder

awareness of triggers, relapse

mobile mental state?

PSYCHO-
regulation

e-health  e-mobile

physical health impact on mood

medication side effects

monitoring, safety

Prototyping and Technical  Specification

literature

Dissemination

assessment care planning evaluation

mobile physical state?

SOMATIC
SOCIAL

role of family, friends, support groups

Psychosocial Interventions

history (similar proposals)

patient and clinical collaboration

outcomes

population benefits

SOCIO-technical

Trinity College Dublin

AffecTech Consortium

eligibility to enrol

Funding and partnerships

Intellectual property

effectiveness criteria

salary and mobility allowance



Read online: http://www.scss.tcd.ie/Gavin.Doherty/2017/04/affectechesr5/
Additional tag: "A great opportunity!"

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/

My source and motivation:
Awareness of other research proposals and projects of this kind since 2006... and the application of psycho-social interventions in this field.

Originally posted to Caring Technology Research Announcement List:
http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/caring-tec-research
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Announcement archives:
http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/lists/Caring-Tec-Research.html

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Refugees: one word or two?

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Now here



Nowhere



'Welcome'
Origin
Old English wilcuma ‘a person whose coming is pleasing’, wilcumian (verb), from wil- ‘desire, pleasure’ + cuman ‘come’. The first element was later changed to wel- ‘well’, influenced by Old French bien venu or Old Norse velkominn.
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/welcome

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

FROM: the couch TO: the courtroom | c/o BBC Radio 4

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 subjective --------------------------------------- objective
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Inc. community - GROUP - the State  


Pain

Individual   Vulnerability

Psychological Trauma - Shock

Therapy    Recovery     Closure

motivation? - Catharsis - outcome?

Psychoanalysts uncover truth

Hidden Psychical Material

Emotion  PTSD

Forensic Psychiatry - Experts

PURPOSES

Pain

Events - Time

True - Memories - False

Accounts - Re-Living

Rationality   Logic

(Objective) Truth

Analytic processes

Physical Trauma - Shock

PROCESS
From: War  Psychological  To: Domestic
Trauma 

'trauma' as a human and medical idea

Reparation
(psychological AND legal)?

Public expectations

Community

Public Values

PRACTICE

Magistrates uncover truth

Law  Courts  Justice

Adversarial System

Closure - Compensation

Victims of crime

Psychiatric Reports

Unconscious

Responsibility

POLICY



From the Couch to the Courtroom BBC Radio 4: 17 April 2017
Helena Kennedy QC asks if our legal system is becoming too influenced by the culture of psychotherapy.

The potential of Hodges' model as a generic conceptual framework has always been demonstrable through the distinction between the individual and the State. In this Radio 4 programme it is well worth also considering the diametric (potential) opposition of the person and their mental health (and therefore their physical state) as in applying the law in all aspects of healthcare and human welfare.

There are two references in the bibliography (sidebar) on the role of Hodges' model in forensic contexts.



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Monday, April 17, 2017

flight research #5 Rosemary Laing

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Photo source: http://www.artnc.org/works-of-art/flight-research-5

Rosemary Laing

My source: Collecting, Art Basel Hong Kong. FT Weekend, 19 March 2016, p.2.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Psycho-Geography in Hodges' model

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Psycho-


Psychogeography 66 2014 Dustin Yellin


-Geography









PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY by MERLIN COVERLEY

Image source: Dustin Yellin

My source: several

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Instrumental Person-a

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My source: Fitzpatrick, M. (2014). FIRST PERSON Masami Orimo, 'My artificial leg doubles as a musical instrument', FT.COM / Magazine, 22-23 February, p.8.

Image: Pinterest

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Health Services Research Summer School 3–7 July 2017


Growing excellence in healthcare research is a fundamental priority to ensure that patients benefit from improvements, and care is based on the best available evidence.

Who’s it for?:
Postgraduate research students/early career researchers who wish to access expert support in healthcare research and methodology
Healthcare practitioners who wish to develop additional research skills and gain new insights into subject-specific research and methodology and improve their career ambitions

Content:
  • Masterclass programme (Inc. Dementia, Health Economics, Service User Perspectives, Implementation & Realist Methodology) and other teaching sessions
  • Personal tutorial support and supervision (e.g. to support development of your Masters/PhD proposal, or critical review of a research programme)
  • Opportunities for networking and development of personal transferable skills
  • Visit an area recently voted 4th best place to visit in the world by ‘The Lonely Planet’
Full details are available on the Summer School Website.

Further information (and my source):

Dr Lynne Williams
lynne.williams AT bangor.ac.uk

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Survey: Blockchain Technology - the Records Manager's friend?

There are of course a great many ongoing surveys at any given time, but why am I featuring one on W2tQ c/o the discussion list at JISCMail's RECORDS-MANAGEMENT-UK?

In terms of the posts, reports, papers, tweets and other media blockchain technology is a phenomena that is bound to stay and spread beyond the bitcoin cryptocurrrency. Consider:

Dubai could become first Blockchain powered city. (2017, March 31). Financial Services Monitor Worldwide, p. Financial Services Monitor Worldwide, Mar 31, 2017. 
Arabianbusinesscom Staff. (2017, January 03). Du, NMC Healthcare to transform Electronic Health Records with Blockchain. ITP.net, p. ITP.net, Jan 3, 2017. 
Joseph Conn. (2016). Could blockchain help cure health IT's security woes? Modern Healthcare, 46(45), 0014.
Silverstein, E. (2016, July 13). Could health care benefit from blockchain technology? LifeHealthPro, p. LifeHealthPro, Jul 13, 2016.
This is clearly a topic to watch. Here is Rob Begley's survey:
On Monday, 10 April 2017, 14:30, Rob B AT GMAIL.COM wrote:

Survey: Blockchain Technology - the Records Manager's friend?

Blockchain technology, and its underlying applications, is the new disruptive technology that has emerged in recent years which has excited a lot of people because of its ‘potential to transform everything’*
Hello, my name is Rob Begley, a Masters student on the Information and Records Management course at Northumbria University. I am looking for responses to an anonymous and mobile friendly 4 minute questionnaire which is hosted on the secure, and UK based, Bristol Online Surveys servers.

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

This survey forms part of my dissertation and the results will be used to establish whether information and records professionals in the United Kingdom and Ireland are accepting of, and using, new technologies - in particular Blockchain. Final results will not only feed into my MSc dissertation report but will also feature in a future IRMS Bulletin article.

Aimed primarily at information professionals but open to all so please join in to help us get a clearer picture – even if you don’t know about Blockchain Technology! Feel free to share this survey with colleagues.

Blockchain, essentially, is an open distributed ledger that lives on a network of synchronised computers environment that collectively capture and verify when a transaction takes place – therefore eliminating a reliance on trusted third parties. Any time something of value gets exchanged, the data surrounding that exchange are recorded, encrypted and placed into a “block” visible by anyone granted access to the network. Those blocks are then “chained” together chronologically, creating a timeline that can be traced to an initial transaction.

Blockchain has been described as a 'record keeping technology which could dramatically alter recordkeeping'** and could change how many information professionals work in the future. But is it really of any practical use and who actually uses it? This questionnaire aims to answer those questions.

* Tapscott, D. & A. (2016) The Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World, Penguin Books, ISBN 978-0670069972

** Lemieux, V. (2016) ‘Blockchain Technology for Recordkeeping: Help or Hype?’ Vancouver, BC: The University of British Columbia.

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Anti-Dwelling Box (or Boxes?)

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HOUSING


HOUSING

HOUSING
Anti-Dwelling Box (1972) by Kiko Mozuna



"There are postmodernist houses and sci-fi houses - I particularly like Kiko Mozuna's bright yellow Anti-Dwelling Box (1972), in which nests of boxes sit inside each other like a surreal puzzle." p.13.

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945: Barbican, March 23-June 25 2017.

My source:
Heathcote, E. (2017) The home reinvented, FT Weekend, House&Home, 18-19 March, pp.12-13.

Photo c/o: http://erinwilliamsondesign.com/design-crisis/the-antidwelling-box

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

ERCIM News No. 109 Special theme: "Autonomous Vehicles"

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Keith Arnatt Reflected Shadows

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Self-Burial with Mirror, 1969
Invisible Hole, Revealed by the Shadow of the Artist, 1968






Keith Arnatt Estate

Images:  Keith Arnatt: the conceptual photographer who influenced a generation, British Journal of Photography.

My source: Knight, J. SNAPSHOT, Life&Arts, FT Weekend, 29-30 August 2015, p.16.

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

Models: Are out of fashion aren't they?

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My sources:
Eleanor Mills, February 5 2017, The Sunday Times.
Books: Size Zero: My Life As a Disappearing Model by Victoire Dauxerre

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Vision and Memory Re-ordering

H2CM4

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POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
pre-traumatic stress disorder


CH4

PERMAFROST

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)


Averted vision
or
focussed action?




Image source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Methan_Lewis.svg

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Request from South Sudan Medical Journal

From HIFA:
Neil - can you post this on HIFA? We are really needing help with the tasks listed below.
Thanks
Ann


The South Sudan Medical Journal is the only medical journal in South Sudan; since 2008 it has been published quarterly in Juba by a small group of volunteers. Now we want to add new people to our team in order to continue improving the journal over the next decade. At present we particularly need volunteers (with experience of publishing, and of healthcare in Africa) to help:

  1. The editorial advisor to oversee the progress of articles from submission to publication - including ‘chasing’ authors and reviewers;
  2. To edit/correct submitted articles with authors in order to prepare them for peer review (especially authors who are unused to writing in English and/or for publication) - and after peer review to help the author get the final copy ready for publication;
  3. The IT team manage and upload content onto the website.

Please contact us at admin AT southernsudanmedicaljournal.com if you can help with any of the above.


HIFA profile: Ann Burgess is a freelance nutritionist based in Scotland, UK. She is interested in facilitating the sharing of practical nutrition information between professionals in low/medium-income countries particularly those in Africa. She has helped to prepare various kinds of nutrition materials, and is a co-editor of the 3rd edition of Nutrition for Developing Countries published in 2015. She is Editorial Advisor to the South Sudan Medical Journal www.southsudanmedicaljournal.com.  annpatriciaburgess AT yahoo.co.uk

HIFA: Healthcare Information For All: www.hifa.org

HIFA Voices database: www.hifavoices.org

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Witness the Land and the Location of Truth

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Lockerbie Witness Box (Exhibition Version), 2003
Nathan Coley, b.1967
Rosewood, laminates, aluminium, steel, carpet, plywood, electrical components and chair





"This work consists of an exact replica of the witness box used at the Lockerbie bombing trial alongside eight of a series of 12 drawings representing evidence presented during the trial. The trial was held in the Netherlands, but for 36 weeks the small area of land where the court stood was temporarily legally Scottish. Coley challenges what we take as 'real', by looking at the arbitrary rules that enable a country to 'appear' somewhere else and the assumption that a person is telling the truth because they are sitting in a certain place." 




My source: Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH visited 28 November 2015.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Academics call for Parliament to tackle the privatisation of healthcare in the NHS in England

Please share this news on your social media platforms:

A bill to prevent the privatisation of NHS services and to reinstate the NHS in England, supported and written by Newcastle University academics, is scheduled to be debated today.

On Friday 24th March, the NHS Reinstatement Bill will be presented in the House of Commons by Margaret Greenwood, Labour MP for Wirral West.

It is the result of a body of work by Newcastle University academic Professor Alyson Pollock and colleague, barrister Peter Roderick. Professor Pollock, the newly-appointed Director of the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, said:
“The NHS has been one of the UK’s greatest achievements and for almost 70 years it has provided a cost effective, universal health service. Yet this has been eroded.

“I believe the Health and Social Care Act 2012, forced a commercialised model on the NHS in England as the first thing it did was remove the duty on the Health Secretary to provide services throughout England. In effect this makes commercial tendering virtually compulsory.
“The result is billions of pounds of NHS money and thousands of health services put out to commercial tendering, removing scarce resources from the system and putting them into the private sector instead.
“The aim of today’s Bill is to force the issue into the open, and allow debate on what I consider as a momentous failing to society.”

The Bill proposes that the NHS should be restored as a public service by reversing marketization in the NHS, by abolishing the purchaser-provider split ending contracting and re-establishing public bodies and public services accountable to local communities.
The academic team believe this is necessary to stop the dismantling of the NHS under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Allyson Pollock was professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary University of London, and set up and directed the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh before moving to Newcastle.

Her research at Newcastle University will focus on health inequalities, the privatisation and marketization of health services, pharmaceuticals and clinical trials and will build on her well-respected work on sports injury, in particular head injuries.

The Bill was co-written with the help of Peter Roderick, Principal Research Associate within the Institute of Health and Society.
He said: “In writing this bill, we are reinstating the founding principles which made the NHS. These have been eroded and they will not be restored unless Parliament passes a law to do so.”

MP Margaret Greenwood took up the Bill because of growing public concern about the state of the NHS and she is calling on people concerned about the NHS to write to their MP to ask them to support the Bill.

A key supporter of this Bill is also MP for North Tyneside, Mary Glindon.



Reference to previous published work:

Pollock AM (2016). How Marketisation and Privatisation Is Being Used to Abolish National Universal Health Care Systems and What Must Be Done to Restore Them. REVISTA DEL CLAD REFORMA Y DEMOCRACIA (64) 5-50.

Pollock AM, Roderick P (2015). Why the Queen's Speech on 19 May should include a bill to reinstate the NHS in England. BMJ vol. 350, 10.1136/bmj.h2257

Pollock AM, Roderick P (2014). Trust in the time of markets: protecting patient information. Lancet vol. 383, (9928) 1523-1524. 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60727-3

Pollock AM, Price D (2014). Loss of population data sources when health systems are not responsible for geographically defined populations: implications of the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 in England. Evid Based Med vol. 19, (1) 4-5. 10.1136/eb-2013-101287

Pollock AM, Price D, Kondilis E et al. (2013). Planning for closure: the role of special administrators in reducing NHS hospital services in England. BMJ vol. 347, 10.1136/bmj.f7322


My source: 
Politics of Health Group Mail List Messages

http://www.pohg.org.uk/

Visit PoHG on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/282761111845400

Follow us on Twitter: @pohguk

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Guns. Coal, Guns... Coal. Guns, Coal.... Great Barriers [ii]


Politically pernicious mine-fields

(Spot the difference?)

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See also:
Australia must share the blame for coral bleaching, FT View, 17 March 2007.

Coal image: News.com.au see credit

Rifle image: Moyers & Company see credit

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Great Barriers [i]

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Great Barrier Reef 
c/o ARC Centre


'climate'

Great Barriers to Belief

'change'



See also:
Australia must share the blame for coral bleaching, FT View, 17 March 2007.

Map image: ARC Centre

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Architects' social conscience - in Hodges' model

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"Architects,
therefore, 
can never supply the 
whole answer 
without a 
complex and lengthy 
engagement 
with specific ...



"There is a sense that the age of the icon is now long dead, that architects need to take their eyes off the skylines and engage with the streets."

"... contemporary architectural culture, swings wildly between two poles. On one hand there is the urge to express (architecture as art)..."

"Aravena made his name with the "half-a-good-house" idea, an elegantly innovative design for a dwelling with a matching negative space beside it into which the inhabitants can expand as necessary when they have the means.


... social,

... and on the other the urge to confess
(social conscience)."

political and economic conditions."

"The current* refugee crisis perhaps
illustrates architects' powerlessness."



*From decades of 'news' experience we can take refugee crises, natural disasters and forced migration to be essentially ongoing and globally pernicious in population impact. Temporary and permanent architectural and housing solutions for people in these extreme situations are therefore critical to improving the lives of millions. PJ

Heathcote, E. (2016*). Architects' social conscience, FT Weekend, Venice Biennale of Architecture, 21-22 May, pp.1-3.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

4 3 2 1 (What took you so long...!)

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Paul Auster's book '4 3 2 1'


Weeks ago this book shouted its obvious appeal as a blog post. If dropped it is a toe breaker. Reading and hearing on TV discussion about the book you can understand the page count:
"Nearly two weeks early, on March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four identical Fergusons made of the same DNA, four boys who are the same boy, go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives." (http://paul-auster.com/)
Hodges' model encourages us to understand one life interpreted through the four strands - the care domains - that must contribute to the braided thread that forms all our lives. When at least those lives are able to flourish and prosper. Central to the model are the ideas of 'health career' and 'life chances'. How many lives are cut short by genetics, interventions by nature, politics ... as in the current DEC crises? When interviewed (BBC 2) Auster stressed the significance of an event early in his life, when still a child.
Timeline - Past to Future

We can also imagine Hodges' model being centered on the timeline running from the here-and-now projected out into the future. A series of frames: current; potential and actual. The use of actual here is less idealistic than suggested in Maslow's hierarchy, but reflects the primacy of mindfulness at present. It is more about immediate plans being realised. Perhaps the term realised may be better? Mindfulness is not directly concerned with goals and objectives of course, it is about being in the moment. Hodges' model is in the moment in the sense of being situated.

If the model is not centered on the timeline, as ideally envisioned, what are the consequences? Perhaps this could account for an inability to integrate the matter of our lives. We are disconnected, alienated, malcontented, disenfranchised, depressed, apolitical, asocial, psychotic even unconscious...

As our DNA spirals, the Moon around the Earth, the Earth around the Sun, the Sun around the galaxy ... so too our lives.

Book cover: Amazon

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Will you #InvestInHer with a small loan this International Women's Day?

Peter – in celebration of International Women’s Day, our generous donors have offered to match $1 million in Kiva loans to women. Investing in women means safer, more financially stable communities where more women and children can thrive. 

Making a loan right now will have lasting impact for generations to come.


KIVA - International Women's Day loans


I will try and address this before 0000hrs and after...

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

A Hospital Room with a View

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Lucy
Barton


Photo: Waterstones Tottenham Court Road Window Display 4/3/2017

Book cover: Waterstones

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Friday, March 03, 2017

Hodges' model: a blanc space, neutral for structure & content

On twitter today I mentioned the discovery of the book Panaesthetics by Daniel Albright. It was a buy in the end. A great discovery saddened to then learn that its author is no longer with us. Although I have not read it there will be much to draw from it: literally. I have often written about Hodges' model being initially a neutral space, a blank sheet. What is a starting position is always political as with Hodges' model. Its structure regiments the paper it is drawn upon. The presence of a political care - knowledge domain makes a statement. Structurally and in content the sense of neutrality is broken. Albright points to historical support as he discusses "What is painting?".

"White, said Superville, is an innocent peaceful color, calming us in the way that pure snow or moonlight calms. Black implies "silence and solitude, sadness, death, and oblivion"; red is "the hieroglyph of life and movement . . . the excess of luminous rays, just as the colour black is its absorption and annihilation." But this correlation of color with emotional state is less original than Superville's belief that color and lines are "the identical signs of one invariable language, and the associations of the one automatically imply the associations of the other" - every color corresponds to a linear pattern, every linear pattern presupposes a certain color. Superville provides a diagram to prove his point: red throws its arms into the air; black is stooped, submissive; "white , an invariable, pure sign, like the horizontal line, occupies the middle space between two extremes" (fig. 27)." p.102.

This is not the exact figure from the book but the meaning is relayed (I think).

A contact from the OU and 'The Difference that Makes a Difference' Conferences David Chapman kindly commented on this post on Facebook:


David Chapman "White is an innocent, peaceful, color". Except when it is the colour of the KKK, colonialism and slavery? I like the use of the shapes and can see that there may be ideas you can use in the quad, though.

I've expanded on my Facebook response below:

Thanks David, Yes I realise there's a potentially racist tone to this "white as pure". It is of course about the ideas, structure and form. I still refer implicitly to Michel Serres' work and the significance of 'blanc' and in previous posts. There are many ethnocultural connotations as to how black, white, greys and colours are interpreted and what they mean. As a tool it is important that Hodges' model conveys neutrality. In this case no emotional, value-based stance is taken.

Another thought from the past I recall is the BBC micro wordprocessor View and its appearance on a monochrome (Phillips) screen. Green on black (the new 'blanc'?) worked best. The penultimate blanc is the night sky...?

Albright, D. (2014) Panaesthetics On the Unity and Diversity of the Arts. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Diagram: http://www.dezenovevinte.net/obras/av_rc_baile_en.htm

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Is Hodges' model a Self-Organising Hypothesis Network?

"The proposed approach is based on 3 key steps. First, derive knowledge from different sources of information (experimental data, expert learning, machine learning). Secondly, unify the different knowledge representations. Finally, organise the unified knowledge in a way that captures its generalisation hierarchy and facilitates the design of efficient prediction algorithms (Figure 3)." page 2 of 21.

Figure 3 The SOHN methodology. Different sources of knowledge are unified using a common representation based on the concept of hypothesis. The hypotheses can be organised into a hierarchical network to capture the knowledge in a standardised way (page 3 of 21).

Straight away this figure in Hanser et al. (2014) suggested learning and learners and the four care domains of Hodges' model. There are profound differences of course.

The information at the start takes the form of concepts, data, but 'information' also applies. The context in combining chemistry and informatics is radically different when it comes to who, or what is learning in that first arrow. The paper's keywords are:

Machine learning Knowledge discovery Data mining SAR QSAR SOHN Interpretable model Confidence metric and Hypothesis Network.

To a healthcare or social care student the knowledge encountered may well be raw. The principle of Hodges' model encourages the generation of hypotheses within and then across the model's knowledge domains. The learn-er can then attempt to unify these thoughts and reflections, organising them in a variety of ways. Hodges' model is not itself in self-organising, but there is a pattern-learning process for the learner and a pattern-matching process for the expert or specialist.

Hanser, T., Barber, C., Rosser, E., Vessey, J., Webb, D., & Werner, S. (2014). Self organising hypothesis networks: A new approach for representing and structuring SAR knowledgeJournal of Cheminformatics, 6(1), 1-21.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Hidden Faces

individual
|
INTERPERSONAL : SCIENCES
humanistic -------------------------------------------  mechanistic
SOCIOLOGY : POLITICAL
|
group-population


I-dentity


FACES
https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/richard-mosse-new-film-barbican-853790


HIDDEN


Still source: https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/richard-mosse-new-film-barbican-853790

My source: BBC News Channel

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Hidden Figures

individual
|
INTERPERSONAL : SCIENCES
humanistic -------------------------------------------  mechanistic
SOCIOLOGY : POLITICAL
|
group-population

Image: © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Inner model II: Hodges' model - helping to locate Social Sciences...

individual
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INTERPERSONAL : SCIENCES
humanistic -------------------------------------------  mechanistic
SOCIOLOGY : POLITICAL
|
group-population




subjective




objective









A scheme for analysing assumptions about 
the nature of the social sciences, 
The subjective-objective dimension

The subjectivist            The objectivist

Nominalism          ontology      Realism
Anti-positivism    epistemology  Positivism
Voluntarism       human nature  Determinism
Ideographic        methodology   Nomothetic









Burrell, G., and Morgan, G. Sociological Paradigms and Organizational Analysis. London: Heinemann, p.3.

My source: Table 1.1 A scheme for analysing assumptions about the nature of the social sciences, The subjective-objective dimension, Tudor, K. (1996). Mental Health Promotion, Paradigms and practice, London: Routledge, p.30.

Related link: http://www.darsis.dk/fileadmin/user_upload/Darsis_course_Oct_2010/Burrell_and_Morgan_4_Paradigms_v2lsu.pdf

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Update PhD and other stuff...

Even though this blog is a personal initiative, it's not often that I share such details. Perhaps I'm still more accustomed to listening, or at least that is what I believe.

Anyway a lot's been happening in WN4 and L39, as for us all globally.

In January 2014 I started a part-time distance learning PhD programme at Lancaster University in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning. Part 1 2014-2015 included two five-day residential's, both mandatory at Lancaster which I attended being able to commute the 40-odd miles from Wigan. One of the greatest gifts presented was to learn of the other student's work, projects and partake in the online learning and discussion. As if getting on-board was not enough, being told at the start of Parts 1 & 2 that we were all there because we were deemed capable was a great encouragement. Even with a sense of distance now that still speaks to me, ploughing this furrow...

Although I was assigned a supervisor for Part 2 I did not get to complete my research proposal. I've had to exit. I do feel I've bottled it, but there is a sense of achievement in having earned an MRes. It has been a great and rewarding experience.

If anyone without funding for a course is thinking of pursuing post-graduate studies; do stop a moment. Seriously consider seeking out funding avenues, bursaries, scholarships, trusts and union support before you start. I was in the process of trying to raise funding but doing this having fallen behind and between parts 1 & 2 is not the place to be. Being turned down rather sealed the matter. On paper I've some fees to clear this month, but a further two years would be difficult for me even though I am (still) working full-time. There is an ongoing public sector pay-cut in effect taking heed of what the unions say. In effect my peers and I are 10% less better off than I was in 2010. That really annoys me, not just personally, but healthcare is competing for recruits in an increasingly competitive jobs, careers market.

In May 2015 my mother suffered a major stroke. We had had an amazing time in New York. She was cleared medically to go, was due a check up on return. There were two nurses with her but calamity can still happen. I learned afterwards of some 'difficulties' before we travelled; not feeling 100% which was shared with friends but not the 'nurses'. So another tip in these circumstance: ask the pointed questions. Have an ECG before travel not just planned upon return. Now in addition to visiting nursing and residential care homes at work, I also visit in my own time. The cost to me is as nothing to a dearest mum who could walk down town, drive to Liverpool to see her sister and take yearly trips to Benalmádena. Oh yeah... and cook a great breakfast.

With memories of the Empire State (all floors), Little Italy, Statue of Liberty cruise, Grand Central, a subway ride to Hoboken and Frank Sinatra's home ground, the Rainbow Room, Central Park and Strawberry Fields, Ground Zero and "On The Town" I'll try and get back to New York and find her. It is as if we left her there.

In the two years of Part 1 five studies were completed. The module that coincided with the aftermath of New York did suffer and was a struggle. There was encouragement to look to publication but more work would have been needed with the one study that might have passed muster. The learning was invaluable however and the exposure to the literature, theory, practice and research methodologies. What was insightful was the process of generating data: real data!

Another factor prompting the exit was that in October 2015 I also became a Granddad. I still can't believe it! Magic!! Of course, this discussion and the points (excuses) raised are an exercise in Hodges' axial journey; that is, the to-and-fro between dichotomies of reasons to try and carry on and reasons to exit.

Speaking of to-and-fro there are a few more twists and turns to add, which I'll write about soon.

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