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Shalini Gopalkrishnan

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How should two different groups communicate with each other?

When (say) a computer scientist needs to talk to a biologist, what modes of communication should they use to deliver their ideas and come to a common understanding? So far we have identified Metaphors, analogies,stories , drawings , models, artifacts? what other ways could one communicate ideas ?


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    Nov 8 2011: To start with, one has to listen carefully to the audience. Then comes 'Generalization' of 'your' subject. Listening is important here as it helps double check how well one can generalize concepts. Once common grounds are found, you can build the castle how you see it and others will see it too. I think generalizing and de-generalizing in cyclic way is how concepts are shared and ideas propagate until the other person 'owns' your ideas as his or her and would transmit it same way.

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