November 4, 2020

Context & Declarative Statements

When you make a declarative statement you create a focus that in Context Recognition Theory (CRT) in called an Organizing Center (OC). The OC you declare cannot exist alone so it is automatically populated by context extensions. This fact makes even the simplest situations contexts.

For instance the declaration: The car is red.

In order to understand the sentence you have to extend it to representations you are familiar with like cars that you have owned or cars that you have seen that have been red. As you extend the representation “car,” you start to create an invisible network of context extensions related to your experience with cars and perhaps specifically red cars.

This is why even the simplest communications can go completely off message. A car can only exist in the brute reality of objective measurement in the situation of a laboratory. All other cars are extension of a context.

The red car your neighbor sees is not the same red car you see:

You might see a red car as a safe way to be seen on the road.

Your neighbor may see a red car as an attempt to get attention.

You may think that you both are seeing the same car just having different ideas about it. However, Context Recognition Theory makes it clear that all perception is context based and therefore the perception of a car as independent from the observer is not possible.

CRT teaches us that when we make the mistake of thinking that we see things as they are, rather than as we are, we set ourselves up for a crash….. join CRJ for the full text