Archive for April, 2012

The Next Time Someone Says the Internet Ruined Literature, Show Them This Chart | LinkedIn.



Remember the good old days when everyone read really good books, like, maybe in the post-war years when everyone appreciated a good use of the semi-colon? Everyone’s favorite book was by Faulkner or Woolf or Roth. We were a civilized civilization. This was before the Internet and cable television, and so people had these, like, wholly different desires and attention spans. They just craved, craved, craved the erudition and cultivation of our literary kings and queens.

Well, that time never existed. Check out these stats from Gallup surveys. In 1957, not even a quarter of Americans were reading a book or novel. By 2005, that number had shot up to 47 percent. I couldn’t find a more recent number, but I think it’s fair to say that reading probably hasn’t declined to the horrific levels of the 1950s.


Where does the mind stop and the rest of the world begin? Some philosophers are now arguing that thoughts are not all in the head. The environment has an active role in driving cognition; cognition is sometimes made up of neural, bodily, and environmental processes. Their argument has excited a vigorous debate among philosophers and this week we discover what the fuss is about. We hear from two proponents of the extended mind thesis from one of its critics, Robert Rupert, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

via Extending the mind – The Philosophers Zone – ABC Radio National Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Shaun Gallagher: Enactively extended intentionality

Shaun Gallagher talk:

I argue that the extended mind hypothesis requires an enactive, neo-pragmatic concept of intentionality if it is to develop proper responses to a variety of objections. This enactive concept of intentionality is based on the phenomenological concept of a bodily (or motor or operative) intentionality outlined by Husserl and Merleau-Ponty. I explore the connections between this concept and recent embodied approaches to social cognition.

via Shaun Gallagher: Enactively extended intentionality | manwithoutqualities.

Could Many Universities Follow Borders Bookstores Into Oblivion? – Wired Campus – The Chronicle of Higher Education.  This is a great discussion of what kinds of teaching and learning are coming our way. We will need to change to adapt to these shifts – and keep faculty engaged so we can ensure quality and rigor. It is going to be interesting!  linda.wright

60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom | Online Universities. Great list of ideas for extending class time. – linda.wright