Thing 11: Listening to the blinks of the eye

Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in the field of virtual reality (the term is credited to him), has commented before that the proliferation of computers is not going to stop people from moving or wanting to move. The more I read on embodied cognition and learning, movement plays a big part in evolution. This talk adds to the other perspectives that I have been thinking about. Movement in stillness and apotemnophilia. When you are standing still, you are actually countering the forces that are ready to put you off balance. Just look at the people doing yoga or pilates and how much they perspire from so little movement. Apotemnophilia is a body integrity disorder where the sufferers feel that some of their limbs do not belong to them and go to the extent of amputation to feel normal. The daughter describes how complete her father feels even paralysed and unable to move his limbs. It is through the blinks of his eyes that he communicates with others.

Why should the others read it? I might be assuming but all of us on #23research are teachers or valued contributors to the field of education. If we could encourage teachers and schools to take the time to listen to the blinks and ask the students to look for answers within, education would not feel locked in


Thing 10: Blog – the curated person

Before the weekend, I had already made up my mind to link to the following blog post but the body only synchronised to complete the thought now 🙂

I have heard Vicki in person during the Student Seminar where the audience applauded her on her clear explanations of abstract concepts. Her blog aggregates and elevates with ease by giving examples that are easy to understand. The blog post is an extension on the aspect of assemblages which is relevant to my thesis which is on embodied learning. Just like assemblages, embodied learning occurs through entanglements with the body. My thought accedes to the following statement from her blog post.

Learning can thus be seen the result of the impact of bodies affecting other bodies. In other words learning and knowing are seen to take place as one body immerses itself in another and is changed by the interaction.

A question strikes me as I complete my blog post. Aren’t blogs and the social media a curation of a person no matter how many photographs or video you put on it? It will never be able to be more complete than knowing the physical person. You understand the entanglements when you interact with the body, be it a conversation, handshake, hug or a kiss. That is why lately I take offence when the word ‘body’ is used in replacement of ‘dead body’. It is not normal to start a conversation with a (dead) body or even hug or kiss it. But then again there are different levels of eroticism which will not be curated in this blog.

Thing 8 : LinkedIn and ennobled by Academia but not looking for new clothes

I had set up a LinkedIn account a very long time ago and cannot remember the reasons now. I don’t use it at all and quite impressed that I actually have a photo on it. That reminds me that I need to get rid of the egg on my Twitter. Back to LinkedIn. This year, I had been thinking that the endorsement system is superficial and people don’t take it seriously. It also did not make sense to me because you have to choose the skills and expertise from a list and there is not facility to create your own (although I can imagine how it could be abused). On the other hand, I have gained a certain affinity towards after reading the weblinks on 23Things. The idea of Open Access and how it aims to link and free knowledge is noble.

Nonetheless both are self-advertisements. The users want to make sure that their contact list are people of credibility. This follows the adage “Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.” Lately, I have also realised that you can advertise what you read on LinkedIn too. Most of them are business related or productivity tips. Somehow I feel that if or when I have a successful ‘killer’ portfolio, I will only show the reading to links I want others to see because they would probably judge it back to my profile. Although the emperor realised that he was naked, he had to proudly complete the procession in his ‘new clothes’.

I prefer websites and sub-anonymity. For me sustaining this blog will be more important than LinkedIn or starting an Academia account.

Fed up and ready for a proper feed (Thing 5)

I use bookmarks to ‘organise’ my online reading. But it lacks routine.

Tonnes of bookmarks which I happily lose by formatting my harddisk, reinstalling software or changing the browser (without bringing over the bookmarks).

Maybe it is not ‘bookmarks’ when I use it because I never return to the website again after bookmarking. Many unfinished books on my non-virtual table too.

Thanks for introducing Feedly 🙂 I am going to begin with the new books at our uni library.

Oh man! I am going to need more bookmarks.

In search of a noogie (Thing 4)

Everything seems relevant. Everything I read seems to relate itself to my research.

It is not apparent to people when you say that because the links are not explicit and the implicit is difficult to explain.

So I search for a blog that unsettles me, challenges my thinking and rubs some sense into me. This was the noogie!

Their blog is an inspiration because it asks difficult questions of other academicians and searches empirical as well as philosophical answers. The field of embodied cognition is a young one and this blog was started in 2010.

Though I don’t understand why when I go to their different tabs, the web address keeps switching between and Well as I struggle with my thesis proposal and regretting not going to be able to meet the ethics deadline for 2014, this will remain unanswered for the time being.