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False memories, or why we’re so sure of things we’re wrong about | Hacker News
"The interesting thing is that society really strongly rewards confidence, even when you are wrong... but having a certain amount of self-doubt, I think, is fundamental to sanity for all the reasons in the article; sometimes, even when I'm really sure, it turns out that I'm just... wrong."
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4 days ago by MarcK
What are they after? William Davies writes about the Tory Brexiteers
If professional politicians have an unearned advantage over others when it comes to attracting public attention, there is a danger that politics comes to attract people who only want public attention – such as Johnson – and others who only know how to exploit it, such as Rees-Mogg.
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4 days ago by max_read
Busting the attention span myth - BBC News
All those references lead back to a 2015 report by the Consumer Insights team of Microsoft Canada, who surveyed 2,000 Canadians and also studied the brain activity of 112 people as they carried out various tasks.

However, the figure that everyone picked up on - about our shrinking attention spans - did not actually come from Microsoft's research. It appears in the report, but with a citation for another source called Statistic Brain.
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5 days ago by holden
Attention and distraction, prayer and poetry
I dwell on this poem because it demonstrates how the operation of imagination is itself, or at least can be, a mark of attention. My worry is that Marno’s emphasis on what he often calls “pure attention,” drawing on the Evagrian tradition of pure prayer, posits the imagination as itself distracting. Yet a quick comparison of the Donne sermon and poem cited here shows that it is the attitude toward and end of the imagination that matters: distractions pull us constantly from one thing to another with no order and aim; holy attention focuses us and draws us in and up toward God. Poetry in the secular realm is unlikely to have the divine as its object—although it may; it might even dwell happily in distraction—but the focusing of attention does seem important to much modern poetry in English. In that, I think, we are heirs of the Christian tradition of meditative and prayerful engagement with the Psalms, as it runs through, repeats, re-crafts, reimagines, and unsays the images, relations, words, concepts, and things found within the Psalms, and other sacred songs and realities, in order to transform the speaker and the reader so that they might better understand themselves, their worlds, and the relationships that hold them together and tear them apart.
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7 days ago by ayjay
Prayer to no end
Sightings of a bridge between philosophy and religion by way of cognitive technē are among this book’s most exciting contributions. At the same time, in the context of Donne’s work in particular, this emphasis on cognitive technē may too starkly delimit the boundaries between feeling and thinking, and between process and end, ultimately prioritizing the latter. To be sure, Marno qualifies his use of technē as unusual in the way it approaches devotion’s uncontrollable variables. Unlike a technology with a strictly defined, concrete end and means, prayer’s “end” can be obscure because it is numinous and shrouded in divinity. The means to secure it are intractable. (Perhaps for this reason, Marno also helpfully proposes we read prayer/poetry as “thought experiments,” which attempt to hit upon the means for their devotional end without always succeeding.)

Nonetheless, the unique nature of devotional technē is still defined in terms of the rift between cognitive ends and emotional means. This stands in some tension with Donne’s reputation as a consummate unifier of thinking and feeling. Indeed, arguing that “the affect [Donne’s] poems seek to produce has less to do with emotion and more with intellection,” strains against the ethos of the poet-preacher’s work at large; one that tends toward an intermixing of body, thought, and feeling, just as it intermingles life’s ongoing endings, middles, and beginnings.
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7 days ago by ayjay

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