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Opinion | The Pianist and the Lobster - The New York Times
"..."there is no parallel here. Richter was a genius. He worked tirelessly for many years to perfect his piano playing. The lobster was some aberration. But what if it was not? What if the lobster was *essential*? What if every pianist needs a lobster? What if everyone needs a lobster for something?"

So much in this huge essay by Errol Morris - on anxiety, on performance, on the piano, on consciousness, and how we offload our consciousness to small advisors - what a programmer knows as rubberducking. There is so much in here to love, and I probably need to reread it at least once.
piano  music  classical  errolmorris  sviatoslavrichter  anxiety  consciousness 
26 days ago by infovore
Review: The User Illusion
"“The User Illusion” is what Alan Kay and the PARC designers called “the simplified myth everyone builds to explain (and make guesses about) the system’s actions and what should be done next.” Nørretranders says the user illusion is “a good metaphor for consciousness. Our consciousness is our user illusion for ourselves and our world.” The world we experience is really an illusion; colors, sounds, smells, tastes, etc. are interpretation made by our brain." This sounds interesting, if a challenging read.
interaction  experience  psychology  behaviour  senses  consciousness  brain 
february 2009 by infovore

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