The Shallows: Reading One

An assortment of things relating to Reading One.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
2001-a-space-odyssey-original

On The Simpsons

On
Family Guy 

General cartoon appropriations of the film

The Space Odyssey explained

Roger Ebert’s (film critic) thoughts

Connections to other Sci-fi films 

TIFF recently hosted a retrospective of Kubrick’s films and art inspired by them

How much of Kubrick’s vision was scientifically accurate? (Engineering and Technology Magazine)

Internet Resource Archive on 2001

When computers say stuff with feelings

Articles/essays on Google Scholar

 

And now, on to SEA SLUGS

*aplysia2

Above, Aplysia. This image is from the Thornton Lab at the University of Oregon. (Are you recoiling? Are you not? What does that say about your neuroplasticity?)

PRINTING and READING
• Educational clip about the history of printing and reading
• Gutenberg then vs Gutenberg now: Project Gutenberg

Your Outboard Brain Knows All, Clive Thompson.

And…sigh…yet another indication that the internet/smart phones are rewiring our brains: Phantom Phone Vibrations.

NIETZSCHE’S TYPEWRITER
88229077f2writing-ball1
Read
about this machine and how it changed Nietzsche’s writing

 

MULTITASKING
Multi-tasking is a lie
. (That’s my summary)
Full academic article.
Summary of new human-information processing skills

 

GOOGLE and THE SHALLOWS
How Google is Changing Your Information-Seeking Behavior, Lab Soft News Blog.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? Nope!, Philip Davis

The above (Davis essay) is a response to this article in The Atlantic.

And, another anti-Carr response to the question about Google and our collective stupidity.

And, if you’re going to use Google, learn to really use it.

Nicholas Carr’s book site | blog


MIRROR NEURONS

VS Ramachandran: Mirror Neurons

 

NORMAN MAILER vs MARSHAL McLUHAN!
• Watch the video of Norman Mailer arguing with Marshal McLuhan

• Marshall McLuhan: talking about the medium is the message.

Just Remember This, by Michael Greenberg

 

The Shallows, Reading One

A great find by former student, Mary. Hi Mary!

The End of Cursive?

“It’s just not being assessed. That’s the biggie,” she says. “If it’s not assessed, it tends to fall by a little because people are teaching to the test.”

—–

Anne Mangen at the University of Stavanger’s Reading Centre. “But handwriting seems, based on empirical evidence from neuroscience, to play a larger role in the visual recognition and learning of letters.

“This is something one should be aware of in an educational context,” she stresses.

In other words, those who learn to write by hand learn better.

—–

The End of Cursive? – Article

*

aplysia2

Above, a sea slug, Aplysia. This image is from the Thornton Lab at the University of Oregon. (Are you recoiling? Are you not? What does that say about your neuroplasticity?)

• Educational clip about the history of printing and reading
• Gutenberg then vs Gutenberg now: Project Gutenberg

Your Outboard Brain Knows All, Clive Thompson.

And…sigh…yet another indication that the internet/smart phones are rewiring our brains: Phantom Phone Vibrations.

MULTITASKING
Multi-tasking is a lie
. Summary of article. Link to full academic article. (Good to read this in context with the findings about multi-tasking posted in the Weekly Roundup)

Summary of new human-information processing skills

GOOGLE
How Google is Changing Your Information-Seeking Behavior, Lab Soft News Blog.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? Nope!, Philip Davis

The above (Davis essay) is a response to this article in The Atlantic.

And, another anti-Carr response to the question about Google and our collective stupidity.

And, if you’re going to use Google, learn to really use it.

MIRROR NEURONS
VS Ramachandran: Mirror Neurons

Norman Mailer vs Marshal McLuhan!
• Watch the video of Norman Mailer arguing with Marshal McLuhan

• Marshall McLuhan: talking about the medium is the message.

Just Remember This, by Michael Greenberg

More extensive links about neuroplasticity to come

How brain works. Makram, Bayes, Friston, deCharms, Ramachandran.

In the next link you will find the work of Henry Markram, who is building (with the help of 10.000 IBM laptops) a brain. Each of the laptops simulates the way one single neuron works.

Jeff Hawkins explains how neuroscience cannot be studied the way other areas are studied, and that there is no theory about how brain works. And that’s what he’s investigating.

…But the truth is that there is a theory, based on Thomas Bayes’ theories (release after he died… in 1761!!!) that are currently used for stadistic areas. This theories are trying to PREDICT the thinking of the brain, by introducing stadistic rules (based on our experience) and perception data (based on our senses). Karl Friston is working on that (http://www.fil.ion.ucl.ac.uk/Friston/).

Christopher deCharms is developing a technique so they can explore what happens into our heads. This way, they can stop chronic pain by controlling  the brain.  It’s an investigational technology, but they have been successful in 44% to 64%. They hope that they will be able to do this with another areas (anger, addiction, depression…).

And… saving the best for last… Mr. Ramachandran (named in The Shallows, page 29, about the guy with the phantom limb) gives us 3 examples of how brain works (or doesn’t work).