We held a great discussion conference in Paris in May 2013. At its end we knew we needed to tell this story.

We brought together cognitive scientists, complexity scientists, humanists, philosophers, and systems people.  We explored the question of what makes an explanation an explanation.

What all of us had in common was the notion that explanations serve as affordances for something next.  Sometimes that next is an action; sometimes it is a prediction.  We learned that our underlying perspectives make a huge difference in our acceptance of an explanation as explanatory.