Disposable experience: a celebration | ROUGH TYPE
1. To be replenished, experience must be disposable…
2. The evanescence of experience is a joy. Beauty is pied and fleeting, fickle and freckled. Vitality is motion. But in that ever-turning cycle of disposal and replenishment lies melancholy, too, a foretaste of our final leave-taking.
3. There’s a part of the mind that rebels, that wants to save everything, to pile up experience’s goods as a kind of barricade against mortality. It doesn’t work. The record of experience becomes a record of loss and of decay. Every memento turns into a memento mori. Around the hoarder sadness thickens.
4. Our newfound ability to turn everyday experience into data gives another turn to the old screw. It ratchets up the tension between the natural and necessary disposability of experience and the vain but understandable desire to make experience permanent, to never let it go. The egoist and the solipsist outfit themselves with cameras and microphones and scanners, spend their days recording everything…
5. The fact is, most of us are happy that experience is disposable. We want the next experience, not the last one. Even for those who are always pulling out their phones to snap pictures or to shoot videos, to text or tweet or otherwise share their thoughts and perceptions, the pleasure lies mainly in the recording, not in the record. The act of recording is itself a disposable experience. The tools for recording and sharing are disposable as well. They get old fast…
6. They want nothing more than to turn us all into sad hoarders, to have us care as much about the record of the experience as about the experience itself. They want us to live retrospectively, to think about our lives as a Timeline. But we frustrate them. We get bored with the record…
Thinking and Its Rhetorical Enemies | The Frailest Thing
Michael Sacasas: ” when living memory of a lost state of affairs also perishes, so to does the existential force of the loss and its plausibility. What we know is that life went on – here we are after all – and that seems to be the only bright line of consequence. All that is established by this, of course, is that we eventually acclimated to the new state of affairs. That we eventually get used to a state of affairs tells us nothing about its quality or desirability, nor that of the state of affairs that was displaced. To assume that it does is a future-tense extension of the naturalistic fallacy: simply because something comes to be the case, it does not follow that it ought to be the case…
As I’ve written before, the tale of the boy who cried wolf serves better. Even if earlier alarms proved false, it does not follow that the wolf never comes.”
What Our Ancestors Worried About | The American Conservative
Alan Jacobs: “… even if people were wrong to fear certain technologies in the past, that says absolutely nothing about whether people who fear certain other technologies today are right or wrong. It’s an irrelevant datum.”
Steve Wozniak: ‘I felt about Edward Snowden the way I felt about Daniel Ellsberg’ | World news | guardian.co.uk
Profits Without Production – NYTimes.com
“So what’s really different about America in the 21st century?
The most significant answer, I’d suggest, is the growing importance of monopoly rents: profits that don’t represent returns on investment, but instead reflect the value of market dominance…
whether corporations deserve their privileged status or not, the economy is affected, and not in a good way, when profits increasingly reflect market power rather than production… rising monopoly rents can and arguably have had the effect of simultaneously depressing both wages and the perceived return on investment.”
How the U.S. Got Broadband Right – NYTimes.com
Is Your Child Ungifted? | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network
Neural connectivity associated with intellectual functioning is particularly receptive to enriching intellectual experiences in childhood and early adolescence, but neural wiring is still receptive to training and experience throughout the lifespan. With greater intellectual enrichment and motivation, it’s quite possible that your child’s IQ score will reach that arbitrary gifted cut-off if tested again in the future…
What’s far more helpful in terms of addressing the actual need of your individual child– especially if he or she has a learning disability– is to look at your child’s pattern of strengths and weaknesses…
Joseph Renzulli concluded that those who achieve greatness in any field tend to not only display high ability in a particular domain and high levels of creative-productive giftedness (as opposed to “schoolhouse giftedness”), but they also tend to have extremely high task commitment… “
What the Digital Brains of the Future Might Be Like – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic
Jeff Hawkins: “When I ask myself, What’s the purpose of life?, I think a lot of it is figuring out how the world works. These machines will help us do that. Many, many years from now, we’ll be able to build machines that are super-physicists and super-mathematicians, and explore the universe. The idea that we could accelerate our accretion of knowledge is very exciting.”