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The foundations of novelty

Yesterday, I was leafing through the journalist Charles Duhigg’s recent book Smarter, Faster, Better when my eye was caught by a discussion of a study conducted several years ago by two professors at Northwestern University. 1,330 more words


From Elephans Photographicus to the Hybronaut

Laura Beloff, ‘From Elephans Photographicus to the Hybronaut: An Artistic Approach to Human Enhancement’, pp.51-66, in:

Elo, M., Luoto, M., 2014. Senses of Embodiment: Art, Technics, Media. 840 more words


An ecology of mind: Gregory Bateson — iSustainability Project

I love this post by Carole – about human purpose and consciousness and what guides our decision making …. I hope you do too.

Sometimes it’s good to pause, and consider what makes us think the way we do.

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getting past stochastic

In Mind and Nature: a Necessary Unity (1979), [Gregory Bateson] argues that human learning and biological evolution are processes of the same basic kind: “stochastic” processes, in which a non-random selective element combines with randomly generated variation, a kind of filtered “trial-and-error” approach. 1,416 more words


Blurry Mental States

Here’s a little ponder I did a while back, which I came across recently while poking around in my files.

Zadie Smith in NYRB, reviewing… 408 more words


Quote of the Day

The hardest saying in the bible is that of St. Paul, addressing the Galatians: “God is not mocked,” and this saying applies to the relationship between man and his ecology.

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Quote Of The Day

Assay Interviews Anthony Bart Chaney

“The double bind, stated briefly, was an inescapable paradox in which a message was refuted by its context. ‘Don’t be so obedient’ was one such message.

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