epistemological shift

 

To "revers[e] the habitual superimposition of the conceptual over the perceptual" requires "changing not only the content of perception but the very modality of perception" (Bai, 2009, p. 136).

 

This reversal can enable an epistemological shift, one that engages in knowing at a different levels of awareness, or as some argue, consciousness (see for example, Harner & Doore, 1987; Buhner, 2006). Making such an epistemological shift can then open up the possibility of communication with other-than-human persons in ways that few educational researchers seem able (or willing) to acknowledge (see Harvey, 2003). Perhaps, as Harvey (2006b) suggests, we do need to reconfigure academic protocols in order to make more room for these kinds of conversations.