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Improvisation Blog: What Does Creativity Do? - a Speculation using Positioning Theory

Improvisation Blog: What Does Creativity Do? - a Speculation using Positioning Theory | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
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Positioning Theory articulates a triadic relation between Normative Positions, Individual Storylines and Speech Acts (or more broadly I guess, agency):


Positions condition the thoughts and ideas of individuals. Those thoughts and ideas take the form of a 'storyline' - the way individuals see the world. From the storyline, agency emerges through speech acts which reproduce and transform the normative situation.

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The Embodied Brain: Towards a Radical Embodied Cognitive Neuroscience

The Embodied Brain: Towards a Radical Embodied Cognitive Neuroscience | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Provisional publication freely available here.

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Hear a “DNA-Based Prediction of Nietzsche’s Voice:” First Attempt at Simulating Voice of a Dead Person

Hear a “DNA-Based Prediction of Nietzsche’s Voice:” First Attempt at Simulating Voice of a Dead Person | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Whether they submit to his mighty philosophical influence, resist it with all their own might, or fall somewhere in between, everyone who's read the pronouncements of Friedrich Nietzsche (find his ebooks here) recognizes his voice — well, his textual voice, that is.
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How Clocks Changed Humanity Forever, Making Us Masters and Slaves of Time

How Clocks Changed Humanity Forever, Making Us Masters and Slaves of Time | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
In 1983, the Harvard economic historian David Landes wrote an influential book called Revolution in Time:
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Crafting the Ultimate Post-Industrial Design Brief Using Biomimicry

Crafting the Ultimate Post-Industrial Design Brief Using Biomimicry | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
By Adiel Gavish "What the industrial age has done is take life away from the planet and turn it into goods and services," Paul Hawken stated at the 2014 VERGE Conference in San Francisco this past December. The annual event put on by Joel Makower, a former Biomimicry 3.8 Board Member and GreenBiz.com brings corporations…
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Cosmic Evolution and the Meaning of Life - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Cosmic Evolution and the Meaning of Life - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Are there trends in evolution — cosmic, biological, and cultural — that support the claim that life is meaningful, or is becoming meaningful, or is becoming increasingly meaningful?

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Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? | Oliver Burkeman

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? | Oliver Burkeman | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
The long read: Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots
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Complexity Theory: A short film - YouTube

A short film about complexity theory and the shift in paradigm from the Newtonian clockwork universe to complex systems. Enjoy : ) From http://www.fotonlabs.com
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Emergence: A unifying theme for 21st century science

Emergence: A unifying theme for 21st century science | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it

When electrons or atoms or individuals or societies interact with one another or their environment, the collective behavior of the whole is different from that of its parts. We call this resulting behavior emergent. Emergence thus refers to collective phenomena or behaviors in complex adaptive systems that are not present in their individual parts.

 

By David Pines, Co-Founder in Residence, Santa Fe Institute

https://medium.com/sfi-30-foundations-frontiers/emergence-a-unifying-theme-for-21st-century-science-4324ac0f951e


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Frontiers | Embodied Cognition is Not What you Think it is | Cognitive Science

Frontiers | Embodied Cognition is Not What you Think it is | Cognitive Science | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
The most exciting hypothesis in cognitive science right now is the theory that cognition is embodied. Like all good ideas in cognitive science, however, embodiment immediately came to mean six different things. The most common definitions involve the straightforward claim that ‘states of the body modify states of the mind’. However, the implications of embodiment are actually much more radical than this. If cognition can span the brain, body and the environment, then the ‘states of mind’ of disembodied cognitive science won’t exist to be modified. Cognition will instead be an extended system assembled from a broad array of resources. Taking embodiment seriously therefore requires both new methods and theory. Here we outline four key steps that research programmes should follow in order to fully engage with the implications of embodiment. The first step is to conduct a task analysis, which characterises from a first person perspective the specific task that a perceiving-acting cognitive agent is faced with. The second step is to identify the task-relevant resources the agent has access to in order to solve the task. These resources can span brain, body and environment. The third step is to identify how the agent can assemble these resources into a system capable of solving the problem at hand. The last step is to test the agent’s performance to confirm that agent is actually using the solution identified in step 3. We explore these steps in more detail with reference to two useful examples (the outfielder problem and the A-not-B error), and introduce how to apply this analysis to the thorny question of language use. Embodied cognition is more than we think it is, and we have the tools we need to realise its full potential.
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Jack Kerouac on Kindness, the Self Illusion, and the “Golden Eternity”

Jack Kerouac on Kindness, the Self Illusion, and the “Golden Eternity” | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
"Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you're already in heaven now."

In the mid-1950s, literary iconoclast and bea
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Donna Haraway, "Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble", 5/9/14

Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: Staying with the Trouble Sympoiesis, not autopoiesis, threads the string figure game played by Terran critters. Always…
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How flexible is gender? What about sexual orientation? — Gender and Sexual Orientation as Aesthetic Expressions by Crispin Sartwell — Aeon Ideas

How flexible is gender? What about sexual orientation? — Gender and Sexual Orientation as Aesthetic Expressions by Crispin Sartwell — Aeon Ideas | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
 
There are few things we know as intimately, and few things that are as mysterious to us, as gender and sexual orientation. At the moment, the fashion seems to be to treat them as biological or genetic facts, baseline immovable features of h...
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Hear Michel Foucault’s Lecture “The Culture of the Self,” Presented in English at UC Berkeley (1983)

Hear Michel Foucault’s Lecture “The Culture of the Self,” Presented in English at UC Berkeley (1983) | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
United States in the last years of his life, particularly his time as a lecturer at UC Berkeley, proved to be extraordinarily productive in the development of his theoretical understanding of what he saw as the central question facing the contemporary West: the question of the self.
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"The technique of confession, central even to secular psychoanalysis, informs a subjectivity that, for Foucault, always develops under the ever-watchful eyes of normalizing institutions. But in “The Culture of the Self,” Foucault reaches back to ancient Greek conceptions of “care of the self” (epimelieia beautou) to locate a subjectivity derived from a different tradition—a counterpoint to religious confessional and Freudian subjectivities and one he has discussed in terms of the technique of “self writing.” (The Care of the Self also happens to be the subtitle of the third volume of Foucault’s History of Sexuality, and “The Culture of the Self” the title of its second chapter.)"

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Read Chez Foucault, the 1978 Fanzine That Introduced Students to the Radical French Philosopher

Read Chez Foucault, the 1978 Fanzine That Introduced Students to the Radical French Philosopher | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
The recent “adjunct walk out day” has reminded people outside academia—at least those who paid any attention—of the decaying state of American higher education, a condition driven in part by a searing undercurrent of anti-intellectualism in U.S. political culture.
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Interview: Bruce Sterling on the Convergence of Humans and Machines « NextNature.net

Interview: Bruce Sterling on the Convergence of Humans and Machines « NextNature.net | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
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Bacterial Stigmergy: An Organising Principle of Multicellular Collective Behaviours of Bacteria

The self-organisation of collective behaviours often manifests as dramatic patterns of emergent large-scale order. This is true for relatively “simple” entities such as microbial communities and robot “swarms,” through to more complex self-organised systems such as those displayed by social insects, migrating herds, and many human activities. The principle of stigmergy describes those self-organised phenomena that emerge as a consequence of indirect communication between individuals of the group through the generation of persistent cues in the environment. Interestingly, despite numerous examples of multicellular behaviours of bacteria, the principle of stigmergy has yet to become an accepted theoretical framework that describes how bacterial collectives self-organise. Here we review some examples of multicellular bacterial behaviours in the context of stigmergy with the aim of bringing this powerful and elegant self-organisation principle to the attention of the microbial research community.

 

Bacterial Stigmergy: An Organising Principle of Multicellular Collective Behaviours of Bacteria
Erin S. Gloag, Lynne Turnbull, and Cynthia B. Whitchurch

Scientifica
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 387342, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/387342


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Why animals eat psychoactive plants

Why animals eat psychoactive plants | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, learns about drunk elephants, the stoned water buffalo, and the grieving mongoose.
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The Wisdom of Alan Watts in Four Thought-Provoking Animations

The Wisdom of Alan Watts in Four Thought-Provoking Animations | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Perhaps no single person did more to popularize Zen Buddhism in the West than Alan Watts. In a sense, Watts prepared U.S. culture for more traditionally Zen teachers like Soto priest Suzuki Roshi, whose lineage continues today, but Watts did not consider himself a Zen Buddhist.
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God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified

God is on the ropes: The brilliant new science that has creationists and the Christian right terrified | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
A young MIT professor is finishing Darwin's task — and threatening to undo everything the wacky right holds dear
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What is Given in Experience ? A Review of Isabelle Stengers "Penser avec Whitehead" | bruno-latour.fr

What is Given in Experience ? A Review of Isabelle Stengers "Penser avec Whitehead" | bruno-latour.fr | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
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Graham Harman - Art and Paradox 01 - YouTube

Le Centre international d'art et du paysage de l'île de Vassivière, 9 September, 2012. The Matter of Contradiction/Ungrounding the Object is the second event...
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How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination

How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination | Wisdom 1.0 | Scoop.it
Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that's inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine -- from toys to satellite gear. Because, as he says, "You don't need anyone's permission to make something great."
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