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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 
11 weeks ago by infovore
Why I Write | Frieze
"I came back to writing as a way of thinking and of thinking through, of occupying the space between things, and opening them up again."

Writing is thinking is writing.
writing  thinking  jamesbridle  reading  art 
july 2016 by infovore
On “Learn to Code” by Linda Sandvik | Model View Culture
Yeah, this is important: just learning to Do Stuff without reflecting, or exploring the world it fits into, or prior art, isn't necessarily helpful. Papert, Papert: tools to think with, not just tools to program with.
lindasandvik  learntocode  education  thinking 
january 2015 by infovore
‘The Matt Ward Manoeuvre’ Part 2: Techniques and tips… exercises in drawing | SB129
"...drawing, even at a representational level, is the construction of ideas. Therefore the conscious manipulation of ideas through the act of drawing becomes highly fruitful for a designer." More from Matt on drawing, and particular approaches aimed at unlocking drawing-as-thinking. Excellent as ever. I continue to vaguely try drawing in all workshops and for myself, and am still amazed by the number of people who, in design workshops, illustrate what they mean with sentences. For reference: I am a truly appalling draughtsman who was the despair of many an art teacher.
mattward  drawing  thinking  design 
october 2013 by infovore
Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing - NYTimes.com
"Drawings are not just end products: they are part of the thought process of architectural design. Drawings express the interaction of our minds, eyes and hands. This last statement is absolutely crucial to the difference between those who draw to conceptualize architecture and those who use the computer." Not just true of architecture, either.
drawing  thinking 
march 2013 by infovore
The Top Idea in Your Mind
"I suspect a lot of people aren't sure what's the top idea in their mind at any given time. I'm often mistaken about it. I tend to think it's the idea I'd want to be the top one, rather than the one that is. But it's easy to figure this out: just take a shower. What topic do your thoughts keep returning to? If it's not what you want to be thinking about, you may want to change something."
paulgraham  ideas  creativity  thinking 
july 2010 by infovore

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