Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

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 75

Edusemiotics, the Divided Brain and Connectivism

Jenny Connected

Semiotics is the study of signs, such as in body language, rituals, linguistics, media and advertising. Semiotics, edusemiotics and the culture of education. I have recently been exploring Iain McGilchrist’s ground-breaking work on the divided brain (see The Master and his Emissary.

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The Language of our Eyes

How to Save the World

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. But it’s a language worth (re-)learning, don’t you think? Our Culture / Ourselvesimage from pixabay CC0.

2018 42

The Quantified, Qualified and Connected Self

Jenny Connected

The “quantified self” will give way to the “qualified self” and ultimately to the “connected self” as we begin to define ourselves not merely by simple measures of ethnicity, language, religion and culture, but through thousands of shared experiences, affinities, and inclinations.

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

How to Save the World

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

Staff Persona Avatars: Social Media, Big Data and Employer Branding

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Would you use big data tools that analyse social media to identify your perfect job and ditch unsuitale jobs? Should organisations use big data tools to analyse social media to identify perfect candidates and ditch less than ideal ones? Employer Branding and Social Media profiling.

2018 157

Bookreviews Kevin Kelly: mind artificial intelligence, attention and quantified self

Joitske Hulsebosch

I was more skeptic because I saw how great the influence of culture and the way people react to technology is. Another phase change from the past was the invention of the language. The people before the invention of language could not imagine the world with language either.

2018 141

Iain McGilchrist and the divided brain

Jenny Connected

He believes that signs of this are in a loss of sight of the natural world and embodied culture, treating our bodies like machines, creating art, music and poetry that is too explicit, and religion becoming important or unimportant for the wrong reasons.

2018 130

Hierarchy is the Enemy of Learning

How to Save the World

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 88

Mother tongue and identity


The article, Can you lose your native language? , is about language attrition, but my brain picks up this piece, because it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot recently. Across cultures language learning NLStill, for many of us, our mother tongue is bound up with our deeper identity, our memories and sense of self.

2018 89

Conversation and Silence, Part One

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Our Culture / OurselvesThis is the first part of a two-part article. photo by Maren Yumi on flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. I t’s been a few years since I last wrote about conversation. I don’t see nearly the value in conversation that I used to.

2018 73

Conversation and Silence, Part Two

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But only a tiny proportion of the massive firehose of talk that pervades our dying culture has anything to do with calling to account, or with real conversation as I defined it in part one of this article. Our Culture / Ourselves

2018 53

From the feed: More complexity

Chris Corrigan

Back in 2015, Dave Snowden took on 12 aspects of organizational and corporate culture that were basically enemies of complexity thinking. I’m moving these posts to Monday morning and will try to provide a theme each week to connect the five links. Enjoy.

2018 55

Love Story

How to Save the World

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 52

Michael Pollan Has Lost His Mind

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Our Culture / OurselvesPainting by Cristobal Ortega Maila CC0 from M ichael Pollan, famous for his books on cooking, food and nutrition (“Eat food. Not too much.

2018 55

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. Do you think tribal cultures at some point were free of selves? image from Pixabay, CC0. Scene One: Mid-afternoon, summer.

2018 57

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

How to Save the World

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 48


How to Save the World

That the way we live (in our now-global culture, and in our various local micro-cultures) is, though it may need a bit or a lot of tweaking, the only possible sane way to live. Our Culture / Ourselves

2018 48

How Would We Behave Without ‘Selves’?

How to Save the World

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 48

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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