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The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit Writer, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit is the mind behind Men Explain Things to Me, hailed as the “antidote to mansplaining.” The Mother of All Questions has been ambiguously described as the former’s follow-up, involving ― as you might have guessed ― new essays on feminism. All we can say at this point is that Solnit knows how to write an intriguing book title. ― KB Available on Amazon or at your local bookstore March 14.

Source: 27 Nonfiction Books By Women Everyone Should Read This Year | The Huffington Post


Seven Basic Plots proposed by journalist Christopher Booker. Briefly, these plots are: the Quest (think Lord of the Rings), Voyage and Return (Ulysses), Rags to Riches (Cinderella), Tragedy (King Lear), Comedy (Will Ferrell movie), Rebirth (The Ugly duckling, Shrek), and Overcoming the Monster (Star Wars’ Darth Vader).

Generally, all of the family story plots contribute to a sense of history and resilience in families. But when dealing with difficult times, families tell the “voyage and return” and “overcoming the monster” stories.

Source: What stories should you be telling kids this holiday season?

Scientists at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have discovered how cancer cells latch onto blood vessels and invade tissues to form new tumors — a finding that could help them develop drugs that inhibit this process and prevent cancers from metastasizing.

The researchers first spotted tiny bridges between cancer cells and endothelial cells while using electron microscopy to study the interactions between those cell types. They speculated that the cancer cells might be sending some kind of signal to the endothelial cells.

“Once we saw that these structures allowed for a ubiquitous transfer of a lot of different materials, microRNAs were an obvious interesting molecule because they’re able to very broadly control the genome of a cell in ways that we don’t really understand,” Connor says.

Source: Scientists discover how cancer cells escape blood vessels | MIT News

Carson’s and Ted Cruz’s stump stories may not be true, but they paint a portrait that helps listeners understand how the presidential hopefuls view themselves

Source: Ben Carson’s lies reveal a fundamental truth about candidates’ tall tales | Mike Daisey | Comment is free | The Guardian

The problem with stories provided as myth is that they are frequently presented as fact. They reflect a willingness of candidates to accept mythical storytelling to support beliefs/positions that are without merit. When myths are presented as fact, they hinder uncovering of deeper truths more difficult to accept. In an election season, a lack of distinction between truth and myth is crucial, as it indicates how much myth-telling candidates are willing to spin as truth to tell the story they want to tell.


The Conversation: In-depth analysis, research, news and ideas from leading academics and researchers.

A wonderful project!  I wonder what would happen if we took a similar approach to government – actually listening to the people who knew what they were talking about as they make policy for our health, economy, environment, research, culture.

After years of promotion and reviews of documentaries devoted to social change, the site Films for Action released a list of what they consider to be the 100 most influencial and provocative. From critiques to manistream media to the corporate world, passing through the ideas and solutions proposed in and by the majority world, this list of films present a wide view of ideas that many consider crucial to discuss.

The list includes documentaries like The Economics of Happiness (2011), which will be available for free in August, and The Crisis of Civilization (2011), based on the Book by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed.

via ‘Films for Action’ Website Shares List of Top 100 Documentaries ‘We Can Use to Change the World’ · Global Voices.

minding your mind

Posted: December 3, 2014 in Uncategorized




How can the mind study itself?


How can it not?

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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.

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“Embodied cognitive science appeals to the idea that cognition deeply depends on aspects of the agent’s body other than the brain. Without the involvement of the body in both sensing and acting, thoughts would be empty, and mental affairs would not exhibit the characteristics and properties they do. Work on embedded cognition, by contrast, draws on the view that cognition deeply depends on the natural and social environment. By focusing on the strategies organisms use to off-load cognitive processing onto the environment, this work places particular emphasis on the ways in which cognitive activity is distributed across the agent and her physical, social, and cultural environment (Suchman 1987, Hutchins 1995). The thesis of extended cognition is the claim that cognitive systems themselves extend beyond the boundary of the individual organism. On this view, features of an agent’s physical, social, and cultural environment can do more than distribute cognitive processing: they may well partially constitute that agent’s cognitive system. (Clark and Chalmers 1998, R. Wilson 2004; A. Clark 2008, Menary 2010).”

Wilson, Robert A. and Foglia, Lucia, “Embodied Cognition”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2011 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <;.

via Embodied Cognition (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).