I'm sharing the other two +Jason Silva videos…

I'm sharing the other two +Jason Silva videos below:

To understand is to perceive patterns


The pattern video is amazing. I like the RCVR video less because I think the idea is less clearly thought through. We aren't just receivers, which implies the same kind of passivity as consumers. We also act on the information we receive; this is part of the massive feedback loop that is allowing us to self-organize, and characterizing ourselves as mere receivers threatens to miss the cybernetic dimension of this organization.

In the #attentioneconomy , I describe the nodes not just as receivers but as attenders to try and capture this dynamic activity as more than mere receptivity. If you like the Web 2.0 schtick, call us ATNDRS, or better yet @ndrs, which lends itself nicely to words like @ndroid and the like.


On a separate note, if this tiny burst of activity is enough to summon +Jason Silva back to G+, I would very much like to get in contact and talk more. For the past 6 years I've taught a summer course called "Human Nature and Technology" at Princeton to gifted high school students through Johns Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth program. We basically cover exactly these themes in a wide-ranging discussion of the philosophy of technology, covering everyone from Aristotle and Heidegger to Andy Clark, Larry Lessig, and Clay Shirky.

If you are in the area, I'll be teaching the course again this summer and I'd love to arrange for you to come talk to the class. It would be fascinating to brainstorm ideas for using your philosophical approach in the classroom, and for getting students interested in the realities and implications of human technological change, from a humanistic (and not merely engineering) perspective.

If you are interested, please get in touch!

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