tsuomela + self-definition   20

Chris Hedges: The Myth of The New York Times, in Documentary Form - Film Review - Truthdig
"When you allow an institution to provide you with your identity and sense of self-worth you become an obsequious pawn, no matter how much talent you possess. You live in perpetual fear of what those in authority think of you and might do to you. This mechanism of internalized control—for you always need them more than they need you—is effective. "
media  journalism  norms  behavior  organization  institutions  self-definition  self 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Why anthropology is ‘true’ even if it is not ‘science’ | Savage Minds
"Throughout his career — for instance in his classic short piece ‘The Study of Geography’ — Boas made a distinction between not between the ‘natural sciences’ and the ‘interpretive sciences’ but rather between generalizing sciences (which study things that happen over and over again, like gravity) and the ‘historical sciences’ (which study things which happen just once in history, like the Battle of Hastings). "
science  anthropology  definition  boundary-policing  self-definition  controversy  academic  fields 
december 2010 by tsuomela
They call it Theory Monday — Crooked Timber
Michael Berube follows up his CHE essay on cultural studies. "I’m basically arguing like so: one, when cultural studies is seen as nothing more than the (celebratory) study of popular culture, it’s easy to dismiss—and two, the political economy crowd has long had a vested interest in doing so, because cultural studies posed a direct challenge to them." ... "At this point I’m touching on a large (and, for some people, sore) subject—namely, cultural studies’ ambivalence about its own institutionalization."
cultural-studies  definition  academic  institutions  methods  self-definition 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Surprising Power of Neighborly Advice -- Gilbert et al. 323 (5921): 1617 -- Science
Two experiments revealed that (i) people can more accurately predict their affective reactions to a future event when they know how a neighbor in their social network reacted to the event than when they know about the event itself and (ii) people do not believe this. Undergraduates made more accurate predictions about their affective reactions to a 5-minute speed date (n = 25) and to a peer evaluation (n = 88) when they knew only how another undergraduate had reacted to these events than when they had information about the events themselves. Both participants and independent judges mistakenly believed that predictions based on information about the event would be more accurate than predictions based on information about how another person had reacted to it.
psychology  philosophy  self-definition  mental  bias  perception  other 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias: I'll Be Different
People often wonder what it will be like for them to be old, or married, or with a successful career, etc. They usually conclude they just can't know, and must wait and see. Yet all around them are other folks who are old, married, etc. - why not just accept those experiences as a good predictions of such futures? People usually respond that they are too different from these other folks for their experiences to be a good guide.
philosophy  self-definition  perception  mental  bias  self 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The five dynamics. « Check Your Premises
Five expanding frameworks for the self - mind, body, relational being, social being, instantiation of mankind. Where is political intervention appropriate?
anarchism  self-definition  self-knowledge  framework  self  politics 
march 2009 by tsuomela
On Facebook Self-Portraits | varnelis.net
The Facebook self-portrait is a product of network culture that reveals how we construct our identities today. It satisfies the version of Andy Warhol's rule as modified by Momus: "In the future, everyone will be famous to fifteen people," except that it's not the future anymore (in fairness the article is 15 years old) and it's not 15 but rather 150 or 300 people, a typical number in a circle of friends on a social network site.
facebook  self-definition  self-presentation  privacy  culture 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The Human Meaning of Property | Front Porch Republic
Speculates on the human need for property in making the self, references Simone Weil, Richad M. Weaver
property  philosophy  meaning  metaphor  ethics  human-activity  rights  rhetoric  self-definition 
march 2009 by tsuomela
away from Joe=towards success? | The League of Ordinary Gentlemen
I confess I am consistently confused by this assumption, and by the great faith so many conservatives put in it. As I have said many times, Americans love the idea of small government. They just don’t seem to actually care about shrinking the government outside of rhetoric. Americans love their entitlements. They like having an FDA and a host of other regluatory bodies.
conservative  self-definition  small-government  rhetoric 
february 2009 by tsuomela

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