human behavior

Theory Laden Practice by Hagbard Celine33


Kuhn and Popper have revolutionized our understanding of science. Both of their work shows how our observations are theory laden. Our metrics for what qualifies as evidence are theory laden. And our understanding of our observations being theory laden adds to our theory. This helps us to know both how we gain knowledge, and what the limits of knowledge are.

Observation is not the only thing that is theory laden. Our practice is theory laden. The actions we do or do not do are informed by our theory. This understanding has profound implications for the importance of theory in circles seeking social change.

Sometimes theory and practice are seen as opposed within circles seeking social change. Some people lean heavily towards one or the other, and by extension are missing practice that can help their theory, and theory that can help their practice. Perhaps the reason some tactics are ineffective is because our theory that informs what tactics we should and shouldn’t use is wrong. Theory doesn’t just inform us about what we should do, but where we want to go. Through understanding the limits of knowledge and the fact that we can almost always get closer approximations to the truth (and by extension better tactics for achieving desired ends, and better desired ends), we should realize that theory plays an important role.

Frameworks for viewing human cognition, behavior, relationships, systems, and development are extremely important for anyone concerned about changing human cognition, behavior, relationships and systems. The relationship is symbiotic, our practice (and observation of our practice) is informed by our theory and our theory is informed by our practice (and our observation of our practice).  To ignore the dialogue between theory and practice, is to lessen our understanding of both.

A Rough Draft of the “BioPsychoSocialEco Technological Model of Human Cognition and Behavior”, by Hagbard Celine33

The Biopsychosocialeco technological model of human behavior is a combination between the biopsychosocial model(the model of human cognition and behavior that looks at biology and psychology and social systems as interconnected), social ecology(the theory that our social systems impact the ecosystem making our environmental problems social problems in disguise), and the idea that our biospychosocialeco system(s) impact our technology, and that our technology impacts our biopsychosocialeco system(s).

-Our social systems impact our ecosystems, and our ecosystems effect our social systems (social ecology)

-Our ecosystems ‘carved out’ our biology and are impacted by our biology(basic truism)

-Our biology is an essential component in the development of our psyches, and our psyches impact our biology(for example relations between excess cortisol and ill health effects)

-Our biology is a component in creating social systems, and our social systems are components that impact our biology

-Our biology is a component in the technology(applied knowledge) we create, and our technology is a component in how we adapt biologically

-Our social systems impact our psyches, and our psyches impact our social systems

-Our social systems impact our technology(applied knowledge), and our technology impacts our social systems

-Our psyches impact technology, and our technology impacts our psyches

-Our psyches are components in effecting our ecosystem, and our ecosystem is a component in effecting our psyches

-Our ecosystems are a component in regards to what technology is made, and our technology has an impact on the ecosystems