Harvard art historian Jennifer Roberts teaches the value of immersive attention | Harvard Magazine Nov-Dec 2013

Posted: December 16, 2013 in cognition/consciousness, culture, Ideas, learning

The art historian David Joselit has described paintings as deep reservoirs of temporal experience—“time batteries”—“exorbitant stockpiles” of experience and information. I would suggest that the same holds true for anything a student might want to study at Harvard University—a star, a sonnet, a chromosome. There are infinite depths of information at any point in the students’ education. They just need to take the time to unlock that wealth.

via Harvard art historian Jennifer Roberts teaches the value of immersive attention | Harvard Magazine Nov-Dec 2013.

 

This is a great counterpoint to the “Present Shock” book, which reflects on the compression of time that is needed to pass past generation-gleaned knowledge to later generations.
In our fast-paced world, time for reflection will not occur unless it is acknowledged as a priority, and deliberately planned.
Time for reflection is required to learn, and as noted in the essay, required even for perception of deeper meaning. It also requires wise choices of the focus of our deliberation. Reading for the gist of an article, or glancing at a painting can only convey a fraction of its meaning. Patience is an essential skill for development of understanding and meaning – and one that can be honed by practice. 

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