Yes And . . . Learning to Grab a Whale By The Tail: More Metaphors from a Systems Biologist

This blog describes a crucial shift that sets clicker training apart from many other training systems. The ability to accept what your animal CAN do, and go from there; rather than the more traditional response of “no, that’s wrong”. This shift opens up a world of possibilities.

The Clicker Center Blog

Getting Out Of The Cloud
Systems biologist, Uri Alon has given us the image of the cloud.  As a young graduate student studying physics, he found himself in despair over his research.  Assumption after assumption had failed.  What he thought was a reasonable hypothesis led him nowhere.  The cloud became his metaphor for the state of confusion that sits at the boundary between the known and the unknown. When you are in the cloud, you know you are getting closer to discovering something truly new.

When one of his graduate students tells him that he is in the cloud, Alon understands that this is a normal part of the research process.  Knowing about the process doesn’t take away the negative feelings, but it does tell him how to help that student.

Alon: “Just knowing that the cloud is normal, that it’s essential, and in fact beautiful, means we can join…

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