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Contemplation / Inquiry

  "If we don't  take the time,or are not allowed the Time for Contemplation and  Inquiry..the chances of learning anything New is greatly hindered" - me

A R T and the C R E A T I V E process = great "Contemplation" and "Comprehension"


Definition of Contemplation

a :concentration on spiritual things as a form of private devotion
b :a state of mystical awareness of God's being
2 :an act of considering with attention :study
  • made the decision after much,contemplation
3 :the act of regarding steadily
  • was lost in quiet contemplation of the scene

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To a degree...all Learn is a behavior change

In our modern busy world,we must slow down in order to Pay Attention

Attention is an intentional, unapologetic discriminator. It asks what is relevant right now, and gears us up to notice only that.”

Attention … is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought, localization, concentration, of consciousness are of its essence. It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others, and is a condition which has a real opposite in the confused, dazed, scatter brained state which in French is called distraction, and Zerstreutheit in German.

Millions of items of the outward order are present to my senses which never properly enter into my experience. Why? Because they have no interest for me. My experience is what I agree to attend to. Only those items which I notice shape my mind — without selective interest, experience is an utter chaos. Interest alone gives accent and emphasis, light and shade, background and foreground intelligible perspective, in a word. It varies in every creature, but without it the consciousness of every creature would be a gray chaotic indiscriminateness, impossible for us even to conceive.

.-William James

I highly recommend to anyone whom is truly interesting in H I G H E R learning ,download the mp3 of this video and listen to it routinely

Enemies of Contemplation

The faster we surf across the surface of the Web—the more links we click and pages we view—the more opportunities Google gains to collect information about us and to feed us advertisements. Its advertising system, moreover, is explicitly designed to figure out which messages are most likely to grab our attention and then to place those messages in our field of view. Every click we make on the Web marks a break in our concentration, a bottom-up disruption of our attention—and it’s in Google’s economic interest to make sure we click as often as possible.”  Nicholas Carr

“The Web provides a convenient and compelling supplement to personal memory, but when we start using the Web as a substitute for personal memory, bypassing the inner processes of consolidation, we risk emptying our minds of their riches.”  Nicholas Carr

“Experiments show that just as the brain can build new or stronger circuits through physical or mental practice, those circuits can weaken or dissolve with neglect.”  Nicholas Carr

“Another experiment, conducted by Pascual-Leone when he was a researcher at the National Institutes of Health, provides even more remarkable evidence of the way our patterns of thought affect the anatomy of our brains. Pascual-Leone recruited people who had no experience playing a piano, and he taught them how to play a simple melody consisting of a short series of notes. He then split the participants into two groups. He had the members of one group practice the melody on a keyboard for two hours a day over the next five days. he had the members of the other group sit in front of a keyboard for the same amount of time but only imagine playing the song--without ever touching the keys. Using a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, Pascual-Leone mapped the brain activity of all the participants before, during, and after the test. he found that the people who had only imagined playing the notes exhibited precisely the same changes in their brains as those who had actually pressed the keys. Their brains had changed in response to actions that took place purely in their imaginations--in response, that is, to their thoughts. Descartes may have been wrong about dualism, but he appears to have been correct in believing that our thoughts can exert a physical influence on, or at least cause a physical reaction in, our brains. We become, neurologically, what we think. (p33)” Nicholas Carr     My analogy then is through our imagining,(taking the time to contemplate)...our brains retain the needed memory

“To remain vital, culture must be renewed in the minds of the members of every generation. Outsource memory, and culture withers.” Nicholas G. Carr

“In a talk at a recent Phi Beta Kappa meeting, Duke University professor Katherine Hayles confessed, “I can’t get my students to read whole books anymore.”10 Hayles teaches English; the students she’s talking about are students of literature.”  The Shallows-Nicholas Carr

 

“Quite a few people still listen to vinyl records, use film cameras to take photographs, and look up phone numbers in the printed Yellow Pages. But the old technologies lose their economic and cultural force. They become progress’s dead ends. It’s the new technologies that govern production and consumption, that guide people’s behavior and shape their perceptions. That’s why the future of knowledge and culture no longer lies in books or newspapers or TV shows or radio programs or records or CDs. It lies in digital files shot through our universal medium at the speed of light.” Nicholas Carr

"Ads represent the main channel of intellectual and artistic effort in the modern world" Marshall McLuhan

           "If we do take the time,or are not allowed the Time for Contemplation and  Inquiry..the chances of learning anything New is greatly hindered" - me