Truth in Society

April 4, 1995

Prompt #67

Revising, expanding, polishing . . .

Today you'll work with the draft of your chapter, making whatever changes seem necessary or appropriate, given the responses you received from your readers.

Aim to have a final version in your focus group's subdirectory in Q: by 5:00 this afternoon. You may want to work with your file separately from the cumulated one in P:; if you want to copy just that section of the file to your H: drive, the easy way to do it is to copy the whole works, and then use and to mark and delete everything that isn't your chapter (the same way Michelangelo took away all the marble that didn't look like David).

Thom, Russ and John will be available at various times throughout the day to meet with individuals, working groups, and focus groups. We think it would be a really good idea for you to talk with us about using your feedback, strategies for revising and improving, etc., so don't hesitate to sign up. Available slots are posted on the front board; we'll check periodically throughout the day.

Reviewing your focus group's compilation . . .

Between the end of the day today (when revised chapters should be available in Q:) and our opening meeting at 8:30 on Thursday, make it a point to read with care all of the chapters composed by members of your own focus group.

As you read, take the kind of notes that will help you write something that will be useful when, on Thursday, all the members of each focus group will be creating a collaborative introduction to your collection of chapters. You should be on the lookout for patterns that are becoming apparent, problems or puzzles that crop up, gaps that become visible, etc.

When you've finished reading all the chapters, sit down and write from your notes a substantial reflection about what can be learned about "truth" from reading them. Focus your reflection on how people come to believe things, as gleaned from your group's collection of chapters. Refer specifically to the chapters and to details and examples: think of it as your own introduction (or conclusion) to the book. What you produce should be at least a couple of pages long (probably more). We'll begin the process of writing an introduction by reading these reflections on Thursday morning, so bring a couple of copies with you.

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