How language shapes thought – All In The Mind – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): “It’s been controversial for centuries but new empirical research suggests that language has a powerful influence over the way we think and perceive the world. Lera Boroditsky from Stanford University suggests that Japanese and Spanish speakers have a different sense of blame, and some Indigenous Australians have a different sense of space—all because of the language they speak.”
(it is on that link but takes a bit of perseverance to find it.)
I was intrigued by the ideas about couple therapy. Pre marital clarifications of expectations.
Loved this discussion:
Here is the book:
I will read the book. But as I listened I was burying to join in on the discussion. I have since my days studying under Prof. Robert Bigelow in the late 60s at Canterbury had an understanding of “gene pools”. The concept makes sense of how some things might benefit the survival of a species even when individuals do not have more babies.
Brian Boyd touched on this lightly in the interview, I’ll be interested to see if he does this more fully in the book.
The point is this: if lyrical poetry (or anything else) is useful to the group then only a few need to have a gene for it, and even if they individually don’t have more babies, the group as a whole might survive and a neighbouring group who does not have that gene in their pool might not.
I’ve been thinking about this in relationship to the purpose of monogamy. It seems that it has a special place in healing wounds from childhood. But this typically does not happen till after the crucial childbearing years, in the second reflective half of life. I think of the powerful impact even one or two healing couples can have in a group. They can foster relationship education as well. They might influence psychological health, and more robust grandchildren.
Bigelow’s book here: Amazon – The Dawn Warriors
I’ve been using Pocketcasts on the iPhone. First one I’ve liked in all these years. The iTunes one never satisfied and the way I used to do it – was clumsy. But it worked and was essentially what did on the Palm.
Casts (as it also gets called) has a sharing function so I can easily pop them inhere from time to time. — though not the full audio. So the links might no work. When there is one I really want I’ll post the whole thing. The pocket cast links work only on the iPhone (or Android?) if you have the app.
Are Computers Creative?
Studio 360 from PRI and WNYCEpisode:
I did follow this one up:
I liked this show. Why dpi these AI programs never use the Internet, Wolfram Alpgha etc? Siri creates its own search … I think the big breakthrough will come when they link all of these things – the music – art and writing and all search through some higher entity.
I just noticed the words “higher entity” I just mean a meta engine. Ha.
RNZ: Saturday MorningEpisode: Kim Hill
Chris Szekely – Rahui and libraries
I like this and I have the book!
Ways of Seeing: The Art Criticism of John Berger
All the talks at the Chicago socialist conference are here. I like some of them.
Listened to this just as I was given this book
RNZ: Saturday MorningEpisode: Kim Hill Saturday Morning 19 May 2012
Art with Mary Kisler – Angelica Garnett
I like stuff about the Bloomsbury group. Bohemians.
I now have the Kindle Sample”
Mac Power UsersEpisode:
Mac Power Users 56: Mail
Very long and a bit boring but what a resource if you want to understand Mail on the Mac.
I’ve been reading Kevin Kelly’s What Technology Wants. One of the central thesis of the book is that evolution is not only driven by adaptation. There are two other forces at work: structural forces, ie the laws of physics and contingency, luck. What if Beethoven did not have a piano?
I’ll post the picture that impressed me again:
This is a central idea (from the book):
The progression of inventions is in many ways the march toward forms dictated by physics and chemistry in a sequence determined by the rules of complexity. We might call this technology’s imperative.
What is stirring me to write this post is that I listened to a podcast today on Tech Nation, Moira Gunn interviewing Adrian Bejan – details
It is uncanny, and totally in line with the Kevin Kelly theory of what is inevitable that these tow come up with the same ideas. This is the time when we make a shift from classical darwinism, to incorporate something marx might have called dialectical materialism.
More about & by Adrian Bejan here:
His book on Amazon:
This theory, Bejan calls it “Constructal Law” governs everything. From his book:
The constructal law is revolutionary because it is a law of physics—and not just of biology, hydrology, geology, geophysics, or engineering. It governs any system, any time, anywhere, encompassing inanimate (rivers and lightning bolts), animate (trees, animals), and engineered (technology) phenomena, as well as the evolving flows of social constructs such as knowledge, language, and culture. All designs arise and evolve according to the same law.
What excites me is that the same law – or rules of complexity, a law about change really, governs the psyche too. I think Jung was onto this with archetypes. These structures hare universal across cultures.
It’s hit a new high. I see & hear & about 100 times the talk of self publishing books, and books on demand than even 6 months ago. (Later: checked out my hunch) And I buy self published books! Got the sample of this one, will buy it if I like it.
Kim Hill has a discussion with Kate De Goldie & Laura Kroetch on ebooks, (not much on self publishing though).
How to publish on Kindle:
The new Apple book Authoring initiative on iPad ( beautiful but locked down and sinister) Apple iBook Author
The rather wonderful LuLu. Heres one where I bought both the book AND the digital edition: Sociodrama
I’ve just bought a swag of Moreno books that have been republished from through Lulu as well: The First psychodramatic Family
Imago Gottman in dialogue. This Audio begins with the Gottmans explaining their methods, it is followed by a discussion with all four of them.
I’m interested mainly in the relationship between the two modalities, on the way I noted Gottman’s research on emotions and children. He mentions that towards the end of the Gottman talk before the discussion.
I found the book on children:
Its pretty basic, details follow, but it was nicely put in the audio, so worth a listen.
One of the clearest statements about the Imago method. Shows the originators are continuing to sharpen the method and theory.