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Links of the Quarter: December 2018

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And my self continues to write about collapse, and about living better, and about human nature and culture and how the world seemingly works, and about whatever else comes into my mind that seems, to my weary and bewildered and lost and scared self, worth writing down.

2018 76

Edusemiotics, the Divided Brain and Connectivism

Jenny Connected

Semiotics is the study of signs, such as in body language, rituals, linguistics, media and advertising. Knowledge and perception and therefore experience, exist only in the relations ‘between’ things, i.e. in the knowledge of distinction and the experience of difference.’ (p.

2018 217

The Language of our Eyes

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I ’ve written about body language before. But it can be dangerous (and not only to poker players): these messages vary enormously by individual, and between genders and cultures, and it’s not uncommon for people to send ‘fake tells’ — false messages to fool us — sometimes quite unconsciously. Staring, in any culture, is just rude. It’s about gazing, which is very different from staring. But it’s a language worth (re-)learning, don’t you think?

2018 44

The Quantified, Qualified and Connected Self

Jenny Connected

For me there remains a topic which perhaps needs further discussion, and that is, what do we mean by quantified self, qualified self and connected self, what is the difference between them and why do we need to know? This week the topic on the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC has been Identity.

2018 148

‘Betweenness’ : a way of being in the world

Jenny Connected

This examination leads us to conclude that language online is subject to a dialectical tension that both includes and excludes. At the beginning of this year my colleague Mariana Funes and I published a paper in which we argued for ‘both/and’ thinking, as opposed to ‘either/or’.

2018 148

Links of the Quarter: June 2018

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photo by Ian Nelson of Hanalei Bay, Kaua’i after the April 2018 floods, which swept away some livestock fences and introduced some species to some novel ecosystems. The musical duo Anna and Elizabeth do a bit of cultural anthropology, in two-part harmony.

2018 46

Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

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All civilizations end, and a study of them shows that there are usually two precursors to their collapse: widespread cultural acedia , and then a period of chaos. This is cultural acedia. Our Culture / Ourselves Preparing for Civilization's End

2018 74

Hierarchy is the Enemy of Learning

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The stupidity that created and sustained such hierarchical systems probably stems back to the origins of human organization and even human language. Our Culture / Ourselvesdrawing by hugh macleod at gaping void .

2018 92

Iain McGilchrist and the divided brain

Jenny Connected

For further information about the differences between the left and right hemispheres, see these three posts, and of course Iain’s book. Each hemisphere not only communicates more with itself than with the other, but also attends to the world differently.

2018 130

Conversation and Silence, Part One

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I think real conversation can serve four purposes: to surface insights , to see different perspectives , to achieve consensus on decisions , and to resolve conflicts. Our Culture / OurselvesThis is the first part of a two-part article. photo by Maren Yumi on flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

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Conversation and Silence, Part Two

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C onversation, in the rare cases when it brings to the table the attributes I described in the first part of this article, can at least succeed at surfacing insights, helping us see different perspectives, attaining consensus on decisions, and helping to resolve conflicts.

2018 55

Love Story

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Our cultures are mostly about the shared stories we have come to believe. It’s a complex cocktail, but it’s evolved to work really well — no language or conversation or thinking or rationalization needed. Our Culture / OurselvesH umans are obsessed with stories.

2018 56

Michael Pollan Has Lost His Mind

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We are complex creatures, we humans, and every body is different. Our Culture / OurselvesPainting by Cristobal Ortega Maila CC0 from pxhere.com. M ichael Pollan, famous for his books on cooking, food and nutrition (“Eat food. Not too much.

2018 60

Non-Duality Dude: A One-Act Play

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The apparent character or body continues to behave seemingly exactly as it did before, based on its embodied and cultural conditioning. But it’s what just about everyone who claims to be ‘enlightened’ or ‘liberated’ is clearly describing, in different ways. image from Pixabay, CC0.

2018 57

How Our Bodies Sense the World, and How ‘We’ Misinterpret It

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And all this conceptual stuff had to be coordinated with other now-apparently-separate selves in the tribe, and the only way to do this was to invent complicated languages capable of the kind of abstraction and labeling the newly-emerged self was now preoccupied with.

2018 50

How Would We Behave Without ‘Selves’?

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To our surprise, they don’t look or act at all like the vestigial 20th century indigenous communities untouched by civilization culture that we have studied. True, they do have extensive ornamentation over their bodies and in their hair, which is likely a way of expressing their culture.

2018 50

What Happens in Vagus…

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The three dogs (brilliantly, using body language signals that no human language could ever match) chased and cornered the squirrel, which at first fled, and then, knowing it was lost, lay down and played dead. Our Culture / OurselvesE volution is a precarious process.

2018 46

RBS Embraces Facebook at Work: My Reflections and Questions, and the Challenge Ahead

Michael Sampson - Currents

It talks about the use of IBM Connections at RBS, and uses the following language to describe what was going on at the time: – it’s an “internal collaboration service to encourage innovation and cultural change.”

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Links of the Quarter: March 2017

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Will the Crash of 2018 Be the First Stage of Civilization’s Collapse?: When we live in an insane culture, we should not be surprised at what it wreaks.

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