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B. F. Skinner: The Most Important Theorist of the 21st Century
Audrey guides a re-visit to PSY 2100: Behaviorism (aka Rat Lab) c 1977. Thorndyke, Dewey, Skinner, and Walden 2. Classical SR and the learning curve. Meanwhile, Englebart and PARC Xerox are in the background. I trashed my undergrad notes after finishing my Master’s. My lessons learned.

> I would argue, in total seriousness, that one of the places that Skinnerism thrives today is in computing technologies, particularly in “social” technologies. This, despite the field’s insistence that its development is a result, in part, of the cognitive turn that supposedly displaced behaviorism.

Add to this the LMS, education design, the modern nation state. Cog science never replaced the Skinner box.
education  behaviorism  history  design 
october 2018 by mcmorgan
Fake news has a long history. Beware the state being keeper of ‘the truth’ | Kenan Malik | Opinion | The Guardian
The fear isn’t Trump’s proclamation but the government’s endorsement. I blame the coffee houses.
history  socialmedia  freespeech 
february 2018 by mcmorgan
In 1939, I didn’t hear war coming. Now its thundering approach can’t be ignored | Harry Leslie Smith | Opinion | The Guardian
Specters. Not to be taken lightly.

> I recognise these omens of doom. Chilling signs are everywhere, perhaps the biggest being that the US allows itself to be led by Donald Trump, a man deficient in honour, wisdom and just simple human kindness. It is as foolish for Americans to believe that their generals will save them from Trump as it was for liberal Germans to believe the military would protect the nation from Hitler’s excesses.
history  politics  trump 
august 2017 by mcmorgan
Getting it Straight in Notting Hill Gate HISTORYtalk
Local history of Notting Hill and Portobello Rd by London music journalist. Good read.
history  London  punk 
february 2012 by mcmorgan
A History of the London Tube Maps
One for the anoraks from clivebillson. Thanks, Clive.
design  london_underground  map  history 
march 2011 by mcmorgan
Dear Michael: An Open Letter From The Present About The Future Of Your Past
A brief article on giving up social media for blogging and letter writing as one way of making the trace of an online life coherent. Places the blog as a space to collect one's thoughts.
history  en3177  socialmedia  identity  fragmentation 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Licklider - Man-Computer Symbiosis 1960
"The main aims are 1) to let computers facilitate formulative thinking as they now facilitate the solution of formulated problems, and 2) to enable men and computers to cooperate in making decisions and controlling complex situations without inflexible dependence on predetermined programs."
history  internet  augmentation 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Engelbart: Augmenting Human Intellect (1962)
Invented the mouse, windows, much of the GUI, implemented hypertext and collaborative computing. Early thinking about how computers can help us learn and do.
newmedia  history  internet  augmentation 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
V Bush - As We May Think - The Atlantic
Classic for history of new and social media, hypertext, internet. The only good use of microfilm ever created. 1945
history  internet  augmentation  newmedia  notetaking  scholarship2.0  writing 
january 2011 by mcmorgan
Long Live the Web: Tim Berners-Lee Scientific American
TB-L is back with his continuing arguments for an open, net neural web. "Why should you care? Because the Web is yours. It is a public resource on which you, your business, your community and your government depend. The Web is also vital to democracy, a communications channel that makes possible a continuous worldwide conversation. The Web is now more critical to free speech than any other medium. It brings principles established in the U.S. Constitution, the British Magna Carta and other important documents into the network age: freedom from being snooped on, filtered, censored and disconnected."
facebook  history  internet  web  berners-lee  netneutrality  openaccess  #plenk2010 
november 2010 by mcmorgan
if:book: the truth is in the back and forth
A complete history of the Wikipedia article on the Iraq War (the second one) in XII volumes, printed. We *so* need a semiotics of writing. "Four years later, we don't yet have the tools that would let people read Wikipedia articles in "a new way" but hopefully Bridle's very impressive experiment with this one article will spur efforts to develop new tools for reading online works which are constantly being changed and edited."
wikipedia  collaborativewriting  history  socialpractices  reading 
september 2010 by mcmorgan
The origins of abc | I love typography, the typography and fonts blog
via techrhet: Dead on intro to development of the western alphabet and writing.
typography  printing  history  the_page  writing  fyc 
august 2010 by mcmorgan
Whatever happened to Second Life?
Reentering SL, writer finds it pretty vacant now that gambling's been banned and the adult interactions have been moved to another space. Comments suggest that there are still events going on in academic spaces.
sl  de  secondlife  history  socialmedia 
january 2010 by mcmorgan

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