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How to Pay Attention
"This course is an advanced seminar in the anthropology of attention. What makes the
anthropology of attention different from other ways of studying attention (e.g.
psychology) is that we study it as a social and cultural phenomenon: attention is not just a matter of individual minds selecting objects from environments. Rather, attention is collectively organized and valued. We learn how to pay attention and what to pay
attention to from other people; other people make technological and media systems to
intentionally organize collective attention. We learn to value certain kinds of attention
(e.g. intense focus on work, mindfulness, or multi-tasking) and to criticize others (e.g.
absent-mindedness, distraction, intense focus on entertainment) in cultural contexts. So, while we will be experimenting with our own attentions throughout this course, we will remember that our attentions are not really our own. No one pays attention alone." This paper sounds brilliant.
anthropology  attention  thought  thinking  writing  study 
17 days ago by infovore
.CSV » group think
"...the same topic kept coming up, over and over... you can think of it as an amalgamation of crowd theory, human terrain mapping, and social simulation. It is the science of groups; it is a new kind of quantitative political science."
groups  society  social  dyanmics  study  modelling  behaviour  networks  simulation  pernicious 
april 2008 by infovore
Introduction to Social Network Methods: Table of Contents
"This on-line textbook introduces many of the basics of formal approaches to the analysis of social networks."
socialnetworking  book  textbook  study  academic 
july 2007 by infovore
Writers' rooms | Special Reports | Guardian Unlimited Books
Photographs of the rooms writers work in, accompanied with short editorials.
writing  howwework  process  writers  work  desk  office  study  photography 
april 2007 by infovore

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