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Pretentious? It's a compliment - Telegraph
I'm interested in trying to demystify as many things as possible. There's a prejudice against this in the arts community, the idea that if you poke around too much you'll burst the balloon and all the magic will be gone. My feeling is that if you can make the magic disappear, you should. It'll appear somewhere else - you can't get rid of it.
"So when I'm working I'm always alternating between two frames of mind, and they are quite different. One is the delighted child wandering around gasping with pleasure, and the second one is the reflective person saying, 'Why am I excited by that?'
"I don't just want to be the reactive child, which was so much the history of early rock'n'roll. It was so frightened of losing that feeling of delight and wonder that it just looked the other way when it came to adulthood."
attention  uk  writing  thinking 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
A Conversation With Aniruddh D. Patel - Exploring Music’s Hold on the Mind - Question -
What do humans have in common with parrots? Both species are vocal learners, with the ability to imitate sounds. We share that rare skill with parrots. In that one respect, our brains are more like those of parrots than chimpanzees. Since vocal learning creates links between the hearing and movement centers of the brain, I hypothesized that this is what you need to be able to move to beat of music.
interviews  music  brain  science  nytimes  medicine  language  thinking 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Shortcuts - In Talent, Determination Outweighs Nature and Nurture -
“Most of us are far from our potential,” said Angela Duckworth, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. “The prevailing wisdom, for much of the last century, has been that talent is the most important determinant of achievement. Our focus in the next millennium is turning to all those things that unlock talent, including grit, self-discipline and confidence.”
behavior  health  thinking  attention  identity  creativity  work  psychology  achievement 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
It’s Not You, it’s Me: Detecting Flirting and its Misperception in Speed-Dates
"Our flirtation-detection system uses prosodic, dialogue, and lexical features to detect a speaker’s intent to flirt with up to 71.5% accuracy, significantly outperforming the baseline, but also outperforming the human interlocuters. [...] Our analysis shows that humans are very poor perceivers of intended flirtatiousness, instead often projecting their own intended behavior onto their interlocutors."
love  language  relationships  men  women  sex  pdf  attention  dating  science  thinking  data  information  filetype:pdf  media:document 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The key to his genius - Books, Canada -
One can speculate endlessly about the causes of Gould’s late-career breakdown; everything from the recent death of his perfectionist mother to the routine pressures of middle age has been cited. And it is surely the case that his hypochondria, combined with the cycles of self-medication, anxiety, and (importantly) the means to indulge these, created its own toxic energy. But I think the simplest explanation is both the best and the most frightening. Gould was caught in a control freak’s nightmare. Even as he struggled to fix something he felt was broken, he was attacked by new waves of misgiving about whether the steps he was taking to solution were actually making the problem worse. Not only was his playing stalled by thought—in other words, he had become the centipede—but, far worse, the thought itself had become stalled, recursive and self-negating at every moment. This is the energy of consciousness bent back upon its bearer.
music  philosophy  behavior  thinking  health  psychology  classical  classicalmusic  canada  books 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Revolutionary choreographer Merce Cunningham dies at 90 - Los Angeles Times
"When you work on something that you don't know about, how do you figure out what's right for that moment?" he asked rhetorically in the 2005 Times interview. "Using chance can be a way of looking at what you do in another way without depending always on your memory. It helps something else to come out that otherwise you wouldn't have known about." [...] "Very often you discover something that you think is impossible. You do it, you try it out -- and it is impossible. But while you're doing it, you discover something else you didn't know about. I always think there's something else -- not necessarily that I'm going to find it, but I know there's always something else."
dance  art  creativity  work  improvisation  music  dancing  thinking 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Baby Names Quantify the Faddishness of Fads | Wired Science |
Take Tricia. Back in the 1950s, almost nobody named their baby girls Tricia. By the 1970s, the name had skyrocketed to the 144th most popular girl’s name and then just as quickly, Tricia fell back into disuse. It’s no longer in the top 1,000 names for girls. Literally hundreds of other names have followed similar trajectories.

It turns out that a name’s sad tumble into obscurity is tightly correlated with the speed of its rise. And that principle — what goes up quickly, must come down quickly — could be applicable to a broader set of memes.
names  identity  usa  beauty  children  parenting  science  thinking 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Last Professor - Stanley Fish Blog -
The other night, my son asked me why he couldn’t just “enjoy his life,” without the bother of schools or teachers. I answered by dropping a spoon into a glass of water, “Is the spoon straight or crooked?,” I asked. “It’s straight,” he replied. “Look again,” I said. “It looks crooked,” he told me, “but I know that it’s straight. ” “Your eyes tell you that it’s crooked,” I told him, “but your mind knows that the water is distorting what you see. That’s why your mind is important, and that’s why you have to learn to think.”

My water trick was taken from Plato’s “Republic,” and as some academic once wrote, “QED.”
thinking  education  academia  nytimes  attention  brain 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
What your loneliness is telling you | Salon
"Solitude is a healthy way of being alone with oneself. One engages in an inner dialogue," Dumm says. "One of the things that our culture really tries to discourage is thinking, reflection, seriousness. I think that we have to have more confidence in our ability to be thoughtful people. We spend an enormous amount of time worrying about ourselves, but not an awful lot of time caring for ourselves. Caring for ourselves means thinking very seriously and carefully about the conditions under which we're living our lives, and how others are living theirs, and taking instruction from the way that others have lived their lives."
happiness  identity  social  psychology  holiday  christmas  thinking  health 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
IMDB: Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) - Memorable quotes
A-I-D-A. Attention, Interest, Decision, Action. Attention - Do I have you attention? Interest - Are you interested? I know you are, because it's fuck or walk. You close or you hit the bricks. Decision - Have you made your decision for Christ? And Action. [...] A-I-D-A. Get out there - you got the prospects coming in. You think they came in to get out of the rain? A guy don't walk on the lot lest he wants to buy. They're sitting out there waiting to give you their money. Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it?
quotes  comedy  writing  thinking  psychology  attention  marketing  business  corporations  money 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
4GW Meets Campaign '08 - James Fallows
(OODA stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act. To react to changing reality faster than the opponent can, or to interfere with the opponent's ability to perceive realistically what is happening to him, is to "get inside his OODA loop."
politics  democrats  obama  clinton  behavior  thinking  attention  psychology 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Op-Ed Columnist - The Behavioral Revolution -
Roughly speaking, there are four steps to every decision. First, you perceive a situation. Then you think of possible courses of action. Then you calculate which course is in your best interest. Then you take the action. [...]
nytimes  economics  psychology  social  thinking  behavior  attention  reputation 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - Art Spiegelman
When you look at someone who's already gotten a clue about something, you say, "Yes! That's right! And then you could do this..."

But if one thinks about art-making in terms of its forms, giving form to your thoughts and feelings, it gets you to look for the secret language that's inside all art. Aside from cubism and certain kinds of art like that, you're not looking at the form. You're looking at figures strolling in a park, and only when you've learned to look at a painting do you realize that all these geometric forms are placed in such a way that every space is locked into jigsaw puzzle pieces on a rectangle. It lets you see the bones under the skin.
comics  art  creativity  thinking  aesthetics  language 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Health | Declaring love boosts sex appeal
"Combining information about others' physical beauty with information about how attracted they appear to be to you allows you to allocate your social effort efficiently."
love  relationships  beauty  men  women  sex  communication  thinking  information  social  dating  behavior  health  science  research  psychology 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Salon TV Week: Alan Ball on his new HBO show, "True Blood" | Salon Arts & Entertainment
"I don't want to just sit there and let something that is predigested wash over me and not really think about all of the weird, ambiguous and scary parts of life. I think trying to avoid those is ultimately self-destructive and also destructive in a global sense, because as a race we face a lot of really, really terrifying problems, and we live in a violent, irrational world."
television  cable  writing  creativity  thinking  world  entertainment  sex  death 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
5 Ways to learn a new language (and 5 reasons why you should) :: 10,000 Words :: multimedia, online journalism news and reviews
"There are many language courses offered on the web, but the following teach the language the multimedia way and they are all free."
language  travel  media  journalism  thinking  education  diy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Well - Learning to Be Your Own Best Defense in a Disaster -
“Your brain works by pattern recognition, and when it’s in an extremely frightening situation it sorts through a database for a script. It’s important to get into the stairs and actually go down them. Your brain relies on that memory and responds to it much more quickly and fully than words.”
design  safety  disaster  thinking  diy  earthquake  fire 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Trrill | Luomo - Tessio
"Those words that you can recite over and over in your head, but when the moment comes—when your heart starts beating and the music swells—all you can muster are echos and portions of those words. It's a beautifully jumbled stammer of apologies, confessions, and idol worship."
music  writing  songwriting  relationships  beauty  dance  thinking  love 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Randall Kennedy's "A Note On The Word 'Nigger'" - NPS Ethnography: African American Heritage & Ethnography
"To paper over that term or to constantly obscure it by euphemism is to flinch from coming to grips with racial prejudice that continues to haunt the American social landscape."
language  black  usa  history  culture  thinking  race  racism 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Saffo on why he’s leaving the Institute for the Future | Chris O’Brien
“It’s the forecasters disease. I’m constantly thinking about the implication of what I was seeing on the horizon of my work. Fundamentally, many of those things were outside the scope of what my clients were willing to fund."
futurism  thinking  attention  science  cities  urban  environment 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - Howard Jacobson
"When the logic of your thinking leads you to take your life, you may win the admiration of other men, but you do not help them existentially."
thinking  writing  judaism  religion  israel  uk  novels  fiction  psychology  death 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Anatomy of a Stump Speech -
"Following is a partial transcript of a representative speech given in Boise, Idaho, on Feb. 2 to a crowd of about 14,000 in the Boise State basketball arena."
communication  rhetoric  politics  obama  elections  campaigns  2008  story  thinking  writing  creativity 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge From the Author - The Logic of Life: Tim Harford
"[... E]conomists have discovered — through careful interview programs — that working girls will often leave the condom in the purse in exchange for a pay rise of about a quarter. [...]"
economics  money  jobs  work  sex  risk  power  health  hiv  aids  thinking 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
"Chris Matthews is right" - Glenn Greenwald - Political Blogs and Opinions - Salon
"For a rational person, it is actually possible to criticize negative media coverage directed at a candidate that one does not support. It's equally possible [...] to criticize positive media coverage being hed on a candidate one likes."
thinking  politics  media  journalism  elections  2008 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
New Year’s Eve - New York Times
"I remember the resolutions I made when I was younger. I find myself thinking that one way to describe nature is a realm where resolutions have no meaning."
ritual  brain  thinking  memory  aging  nature 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Alison Moyet: 'At times, I think I'm part-witch' - Telegraph
"You know something will hurt, you'll feel like s***, but you will see what's happening, deconstruct it and know you'll come through it. Emotion for women of a certain age becomes more of an academic exercise. I recommend it to you."
women  identity  relationships  uk  music  behavior  thinking 
november 2007 by allaboutgeorge
How Baboons Think (Yes, Think) - New York Times
“Stay loyal to your relatives (though perhaps at a distance, if they are an impediment), but also try to ingratiate yourself with the members of high-ranking families.”
fauna  animals  research  relationships  thinking 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
UT Austin College of Liberal Arts: Why Do People Have Sex? Scientists Explore 237 Reasons
"Why people have sex is extremely important, but rarely studied. Surprisingly, many scientists assume the answer is obvious, but people have different reasons for having sex, some of which are rather complex."
sex  thinking  love  relationships  gender 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Creativity Exchange: Why (and How) I Do What I Do
"I improvise a lot in my writing, drawing out riffs of examples, or stories or even trying to bring together new connections between subjects. And improvisation is the core of my speaking. I don't use any notes at all."
language  leadership  music  psychology  writing  thinking  cities  creativity  songwriting  aesthetics 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Gregarious Brain
"The conventional view is that language evolved to enable males to do things like coordinate hunts more effectively. . . . I am suggesting that language evolved to allow us to gossip."
language  evolution  science  health  behavior  relationships  social  thinking  memory 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
"Even if a newspaper were to analyze the differences, would you read the analysis? There's no human interest; there's no conflict and resolution. So are the media failing because they're not giving you stuff you wouldn't read anyway?"
newspapers  media  journalism  politics  elections  2008  thinking  aesthetics  story  identity 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Chain Reactions - Our Lives as Atoms - Times Select - New York Times Blog
"[T]he fragility of social outcome, its potential sensitivity to the actions of just one person, brings home the profound importance of individual responsibility. Everyone’s actions count."
behavior  psychology  ethics  power  identity  thinking  blogging  religion  relationships  society  yasns 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News: Why a Famous Counterfactual Historian Loves Making History With Games
"The power of counterfactual thinking is that forces us to step outside of our comfort zones. When we think about historical events, we have 20/20 hindsight -- so we forget how confusing and uncertain they were at the time."
history  games  technology  story  nonfiction  memory  information  thinking 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A messy desk can breed success: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Really, the argument is not to be a slob. The basic argument is people tend to overvalue order because they rarely look at the cost of generating that order."
jobs  work  memory  aesthetics  behavior  philosophy  thinking  time  social 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: A Game of Magical Thinking Leaves Reality on the Sidelines
"Rationally, you should not feel responsible at all for the outcome of the Super Bowl. But the more people perceived themselves as having thought about the game, the more they thought themselves responsible for the game's outcome."
memory  brain  public  sports  identity  psychology  health  sociology  thinking 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: So the Torah Is a Parenting Guide?
“Indulged, coddled, pressured and micromanaged on the outside, my young patients appeared to be inadvertently deprived of the opportunity to develop an inside. They lack the secure, reliable, welcoming internal structure that we call the ‘self.”’
judaism  children  education  parenting  families  criticism  psychology  thinking  teenagers 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge From the computer mouse to the newest Swiffer, IDEO is the firm behind the scenes
"Others [say] 'We have the smartest people in the world; therefore, we can think this through.' We [say] that the answer is out there, hidden in plain sight, so let's go observe human behavior and see where the opportunities are."
design  aesthetics  beauty  creativity  behavior  improvisation  thinking  minimalism 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Chalkboards? Try Using Chessboards
"A lot of times in education we try to teach kids the one right answer and that leads, in my opinion, to robotic thinking. Real life isn't like that. Is there ever one right answer? Generating alternatives for the sake of alternatives is a good thing."
education  chess  academia  games  thinking 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Think of a Number ... Come On, Think!
"We have a lot more transactions of different kinds, most of which have a very small memory component. But when you add up all of those small memory components, they turn into something big."
memory  technology  thinking  cellphones 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge

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