right thinking

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

@ActivateLearn: “I see the internet as one massive table with different people talking, sharing, learning, laughing, connecting, engaging. Unfortunately, my mum can’t cook for them all …”

“Experience by itself teaches nothing. Without theory, experience has no meaning. Without theory, one has no questions to ask. Hence, without theory, there is no learning.” —W. Edwards Deming, via @StudioRed42

“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs … This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking …” —Leo Tolstoy, via @DailyZen

‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment

“Reason is non-negotiable. As soon as you show up to discuss the question of what we should believe (or any other question), as long as you insist that your answers, whatever they are, are reasonable or justified or true and that therefore other people ought to believe them too, then you have committed yourself to reason, and to holding your beliefs accountable to objective standards.

If there’s anything the Enlightenment thinkers had in common, it was an insistence that we energetically apply the standard of reason to understanding our world, and not fall back on generators of delusion like faith, dogma, revelation, authority, charisma, mysticism, divination, visions, gut feelings or the hermeneutic parsing of sacred texts.”

We are not addicted to smartphones, we are addicted to social interaction, via @EskoKilpi

“Could smartphone addiction be hyper-social, not anti-social? … Humans evolved to be a uniquely social species and require constant input from others to seek a guide for culturally appropriate behavior. This is also a way for them to find meaning, goals, and a sense of identity … The researchers found that the most addictive smartphone functions all shared a common theme: they tap into the human desire to connect with other people.”

Interface Innovation: From MashUps to McLuhan-esque Metacognition, by @amyburvall

What does the medium enhance / amplify / intensify?
What does the medium make obsolete or drive out of prominence?
What does the medium retrieve or recover that had been lost or been obsolesced earlier?
What does the medium reverse or “flip into” when pushed to its extremes?

Marshall McLuhan’s Media Tetrad by Amy Burvall

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