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In this sprightly talk (transcript and video)
Daniel Lieberman describes why our bodies are so good at running long distances, how our social intelligence developed and how modernity and capitalism require us to learn (or relearn) how to use our bodies. (May inspire tolerance for people who wear five-fingered shoes.) Prof. Lieberman studies human evolution at Harvard where he focuses on heads and feet
. (via Tyler Cowen
posted by noway
on Oct 20, 2012 -
"Systems thinking (PDF) is the process of understanding how things influence one another within a whole...Systems Thinking has been defined as an approach to problem solving, by viewing 'problems' as parts of an overall system, rather than reacting to specific part, outcomes or events and potentially contributing to further development of unintended consequences."
-Wikipedia [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007
on Apr 21, 2012 -
“There are no images and no representations in our minds,” he insisted. “Our visual experience of the world is a continuum between see-er and seen united in a shared process of seeing.”
I was curious, if only because, as a novelist I’d always supposed I was dealing in images, imagery. This stuff might have implications. So we had a beer together
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Apr 19, 2012 -
is a Dutch artist whose work often involves isolating unexamined elements of narrative. 745
is a collection of all of the exclamation points from a single copy of the weekly 'Donald Duck' comic book. Part One
is a book of 101 'Part One' pages from English-language books. Thinking in Pictures
is an ongoing project to gather moments in film when a character says 'What do you think?' or 'What are you thinking?'
posted by shakespeherian
on Dec 5, 2011 -
The Elusive Big Idea
"It is no secret, especially here in America, that we live in a post-Enlightenment age in which rationality, science, evidence, logical argument and debate have lost the battle in many sectors, and perhaps even in society generally, to superstition, faith, opinion and orthodoxy. While we continue to make giant technological advances, we may be the first generation to have turned back the epochal clock — to have gone backward intellectually from advanced modes of thinking into old modes of belief."
posted by bitmage
on Aug 16, 2011 -