Archive for the ‘culture’ Category

Letting go of ideas can be difficult, because of the well-established neural pathways we have constructed with them – they become part of the fabric. Recognizing that they are not fruitful or not supported is crucial to opening to new ideas.


VISION OF THE FUTURE – MARSHALL ROSENBERG – YouTube. Workshops also available on YouTube! More of this, please!

Immersive journalism: What if you could experience a news event in 3D by using an Oculus Rift?by Mathew Ingram AUG. 21, 2014 – 3:16 PM PDT 4 CommentsA Aphoto: Oculus RiftSUMMARY:Journalist and documentary film-maker Nonny de la Pena is using the three-dimensional virtual world technology behind the Oculus Rift headset to create immersive journalistic experiences based on major news events

via Immersive journalism: What if you could experience a news event in 3D by using an Oculus Rift? — Tech News and Analysis.

//A successful consilience, bringing an ideal mindset described in ancient literature into the light of contemporary humanities and cognitive sciences. //

EDWARD SLINGERLAND is Professor of Asian Studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia and the author of Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity.

“The way we’re doing it at UBC is problem-based consilience. We bring together people who all care about the same issue, you know, “what’s the role of religion in human cooperation?” Coming from different disciplines and they want to answer more or less the same questions. They just have different tools. And if you give people a shared problem, it’s a much more productive interaction.”

The other way in which engaging with science helps on this particular issue is, I’ve been trying to pioneer these new approaches to studying texts. So instead of just picking passages that happen to support your position, we did a study where we actually pulled out every single passage. The nice thing is that the early China stuff is all online and searchable. It’s all in electronic form. We pulled out every single passage that had the word “xin” in it, which if anything means “mind,” it’s this word. It literally refers to the heart, sometimes translated as heart-mind. We pulled out every passage that had this word in it, and then we had teams of coders who were applying our hypothesis go and code how “xin” was being characterized in the passage.We developed this website where they’d click on radio buttons.”

via The Paradox of Wu-Wei |

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“The organization of the brain is affected by experience, and therefore, it has to be exercised, experimented, and because of this nature of our brain, we are constantly rewired and reorganized. It becomes clear that we henceforth cannot think of our relationships with objects, with the other or with ourselves without interrogating this self-transformable basis of our subjectivity.

We cannot understand the becoming empirical of the transcendental without exploring the space opened by neural plasticity. This means that the « outside » of the humanities loses its monstrosity to become the material exteriority without which criticism is reduced to the relativism and polymorphism of cultural studies. Reciprocally, the « inside » of the Humanities may renew their old conception of the plasticity of all frontiers.”

via >>> TRANSEUROPEENNES ::The future of Humanities.

//A move of humanities toward an openness to the humanity of the quest to understand, perhaps.

What distinguishes Rheingold’s work here is the attention to, well, attention. He’s talking about metacognition, or making ourselves more aware of what we’re doing online. We often divide our attention online, but at any given moment make “micro decisions” about what we’re going to do — write emails for work, watch a YouTube video, get lost in Twitter. Rheingold says we have to connect our attention to our intention and be more aware of how what we’re actively doing relates (or often doesn’t) to what we need.

via Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills » Nieman Journalism Lab.

////Our focus needs to be on developing new literacies, new competences, to effectively use technology. The techniques of mind training in Buddhist meditation are quite helpful in reducing the tendency to get lost in media (monkey-mind on steroids). Owning our attention, practice honing our attention, is essential now more than ever. -lw

  • Bridging the “Two Cultures”: Merleau-Ponty and the Crisis in Modern PhysicsGraduate studies at Western Steven M. RosenCosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 9 2:1-12 2013Abstract This paper brings to light the significance of Merleau-Ponty’s thinking for contemporary physics. The point of departure is his 1956–57 Collège de France lectures on Nature, coupled with his reflections on the crisis in modern physics appearing in THE VISIBLE AND THE INVISIBLE. Developments in theoretical physics after his death are then explored and a deepening of the crisis is disclosed. The upshot is that physics’ intractable problems of uncertainty and subject-object interaction can only be addressed by shifting its philosophical base from objectivism to phenomenology, as Merleau-Ponty suggested. Merleau-Ponty’s allusion to “topological space” in THE VISIBLE AND THE INVISIBLE provides a clue for bridging the gap between “hard science” and “soft philosophy.” This lead is pursued in the present paper by employing the paradoxical topology of the Klein bottle. The hope is that, by “softening” physics and “hardening” phenomenology, the “two cultures” cf. C. P. Snow can be wed and a new kind of science be born.”

via Steven M. Rosen, Bridging the “Two Cultures”: Merleau-Ponty and the Crisis in Modern Physics – PhilPapers.

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. 

Reinstalling Eden

Eric Schwitzgebel & R. Scott Bakker

Nature 503, 562 (28 November 2013) doi:10.1038/503562a

Published online 27 November 2013

via Reinstalling Eden : Nature : Nature Publishing Group.

//lw: This is an amazing short story on the virtuality of reality.