Marieka Easterley's Confirmation Presentation

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Marieka Easterley's Confirmation Presentation

We invite you to attend the Confirmation Presentation of Marieka Esterley, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate within the School of Social Sciences, in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law.

Title: ‘In the blink of an eye’: Exploring the application of a reactive blink-action phenomenon as a potentially accurate intuitional device

Presenter: Marieka Esterley

When: Thursday, 20 September from 8:30-10:30am

Where: Building C, G.41

Abstract: This project is curiosity driven as new exploratory research, using experiential action-based learning and a pragmatic grounded philosophy. The study is based on exploring the premise that a sudden blink-action event will emerge as if triggered on cue, each and every time that an investigator imagines, sees, hears, or intuits, a potentially accurate theoretical construct or a formulated model or diagram, representing a considered functioning feature of nature, including its causal dynamics and origins and the source to its form. The evidence is to be drawn out and demonstrated through a form of practice-led research based on two devised applications of this reactive blink-action phenomenon that are to be engaged as a probing analytical tool and a theoretical intuitional device. The initial results are suggesting these tools could be used with consistency in the requisite abductive thinking and analysis that is needed at the start to research, as well as in monitoring an unfolding project and the phases of inferential and generative thinking required in creating the argued logic and findings as a potential contribution to knowledge, or otherwise.

The chosen topic of interest in which these devised applications are to be demonstrated in action, is to focus on research investigating the so-called sudden “A`Ha!” experience, when the triggered emergence of meaningful insights and ideas can often seem to feel “right”, as they emerge just “in the blink of an eye” as this common saying suggests. An initial review of the literature using a Causal Layered Analysis (Inayatullah 2004, 2015) suggests that certain critical issues and definitional confusion remains in explaining what happens, especially in the fields of psychology, philosophy and reductionist research in the behavioural sciences. The defined problematic is being addressed using these devised applications of the blink-action phenomenon and a series of probing asked questions to which these blink-action events will respond. The process relies on the empirical reliability of the triggered events which behave just as if there is a cybernetic comparative system at play in the gate-like “Yes/No” indications they seem to be reliably and consistently offering.

The results of the practice-led research are to be set out as a primary autobiographical narrative that follows the unfolding lines of enquiry and questions, with an extract in the style of an indicative workbook that other people can test. This is to be accompanied by an explanatory exegesis and a set of peer-reviewed papers bring out the key points. Despite possible methodological limitations and associated issues with bias, the mid-term results are suggesting there could be a high level of potential impact and significance in the way these devised applications of the blink-action phenomenon could be used in research with the possibility of breakthrough disruptions in the fields of neurocognitive science and our current understanding of ‘mind’ and the role of the brain.

Bio: I have entered this project as a free-ranging and at times ‘non-disciplined’ student with a determined ambition to bring out the results of a most intriguing and highly original new PhD project. In taking on this new study as practice-led, exploratory research requiring an action-learning cycle with a self-referential methodology, I chose to put aside all previous dogmatic attachments to the way traditional research is understood and constructed. As a result, I bring an entirely different yet quite rational new epistemological framework and attitude towards developing research as a knowledge-crafting activity where the reactive blink-action phenomenon is being explored as a critically innovative and useful analytical device with a seemingly robust explanatory power and an inherent functionality that could be accessed and used by enquiring and thinking researchers, educators and students alike.

Should you have any questions about this event please contact FABLHDR@usc.edu.au.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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