Johnnie Moore links to an article on embodied thinking, which I recently wrote about in the context of making. We know more than we can tell. Moore is a professional facilitator and improv performer, and his post made me think about how this new understanding of thought and its embodied source is not just applicable to areas like artificial intelligence and philosophy, but has spread to other disciplines as well. Our bodies aren't there just to transport our heads.
On to the links:
- How are the Occupy Wall Street protests like a business meeting?
- Humans exhibit the kind of synchronized behavior of cicadas, which suggests why some successes are a matter of timing.
- Financial and other advisers are more motivated to offer unbiased advice when they are talking to one known person.
- According to the foresight paradox, you can be completely accurate or completely engaging. You can't be both.
- Watson wowed us at Thrivals, but "this brainy robot gets and A in biology."
- Here is another spectacular picture of the fountains of the Saturn moon Enceladus snapped by the robotic explorer Cassini. This moon's organics and water ice provide the raw material for Saturn's E ring, and planetary scientists believe a relatively warm ocean below may supply those geysers with their raw material.
- A small fold in the front of the brain may be responsible for making us aware of the boundary between real and imagined. The finding may eventually help sufferers from schizophrenia.
- Sigh. Does it pay, literally, to be a jerk? Do nice actually finish last?
- Using the Apollo program as a guide, Paul Gilster veers into management with this post on "premature choice."
- Putting People First links to an article on the death of market research. Long live design research.
- The Long Now Foundation has a blog post on the Museum of Post-Natural History, which you would have heard about at IdeaFestival 2011. You were there, right?
- Is humanity becoming less violent? Steven Pinker makes just that argument in his new book.