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What Can Be Taught: Part I

By Roger C. Schank / September 2009

TYPE: OPINION
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  • Wed, 28 Apr 2010
    Post by Terrence Gargiulo

    Thank you for rich article. I believe we make too much of Beginning, Middle, End forms of story telling. Of course most stories have these elements...and when they do not we usually build some story scaffolding that gives the appearance of clean BME's. We require these handles to working with the story to generate sense making and attach other stories, and stimulate conversation. I see story as more fractal in nature...a beginning is a trigger - the middle - are tributaries ripe for exploring and branching into lots of different directions, and end - are like tunnels - our perception is narrowed through the middle of an hour glass where our imaginations are awakened to encounter or consider new ideas, insights, constructs,etc... in other words ends - are tunnels leading to a door of new triggers that lead to new stories. So the super-imposed - necessity/comfort of BME coexists with a sort of sub-atomic layer of stories where triggers, tributaries, and tunnels.