30 April 2016
Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.
the Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin
information and conscientious organization
Here we come upon two of the most compelling properties of the human brain and its design; richness and associative access. Richness refers to the theory that a large number of the things you’ve ever thought or experienced are still in there, somewhere. Associative access means that your thoughts can be accessed in a number of different ways by semantic or perceptual associations–memories can be triggered by related words, by category names, by a smell, an old song or photograph, or even seemingly random neural firings that bring them up to consciousness. Read the rest of this entry »
17 April 2016
Repost from the Decolonial Atlas – much excellent work
In Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland), the Inuit people are known for carving portable maps out of driftwood to be used while navigating coastal waters. These pieces, which are small enough to be carried in a mitten, represent coastlines in a continuous line, up one side of the wood and down the other. The maps are compact, buoyant, and can […]
via Inuit Cartography — The Decolonial Atlas
16 April 2016
Most excited I’ve been while reading a book in a while. I emphatically suggest you read it and think on it for yourself.
The Brain that Changes itself – Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. By Norman Doidge, M.D.
1 – A Woman Perpetually Falling…
“We see with our brains, not with our eyes,” [Paul Bach-y-rita] says.
This claim runs counter to the commonsensical notion that we see with our eyes, hear with our ears, taste with our tongues, smell with our noses, and feel with our skin. Who would challenge such fats? But for Bach-y-Rita, our eyes merely sense changes in light energy; it is our brains that perceive and hence see.
How a sensation enters the brain is not important to Bach-Rita. “When a blind man uses a cane, he sweeps it back and forth, and has only one point, the tip, feeding him information through the skin receptors in the hand. Yet this sweeping allows him to sort out where the doorjamb is, or the chair, or distinguish a foot when he hits it, because it will give a little. Then he uses this information to guide himself to the chair to sit down. Though his hand sensors are where he gets the information and where the cane ‘interfaces’ with him, what he subjectively perceives is not the cane’s pressure on his hand but the layout of the room: chairs, walls, feet, the three-dimensional space. The actual receptor surface in the hand becomes merely a relay for information, a data port. The receptor surface loses its identify in the process.” Read the rest of this entry »
1 April 2016
suspicious Minds – how Culture Shapes Madness
by Joel Gold and Ian Gold
Free Press, Toronto, 2014
PART I – the Sleep of Reason
1 a short history of madness
2 one hundred years of delusion
PART II – The Social Life of Madness
3 the Madding Crowd
…the health of a population isn’t correlated with the average income in that group but with the size of the gap between richest and poorest. The bigger the gap, the worse the overall health of the population. …longevity doesn’t depend on absolute wealth. more egalitarian countries, all things equal, are going to be healthier than those with large social inequalities. Read the rest of this entry »