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The Crisis of Intimacy in the Age of Digital Connectivity - Los Angeles Review of Books
The basic contradiction is as simple as it is desperate: the sharing of private experience has never been more widespread while empathy, the ability to recognize the meaning of another’s private experience, has never been more rare. In Philosophical Investigations, Wittgenstein confronted exactly this problem, of the meaning of intimacy and the intimacy of meaning. “The essential thing about private experience is really not that each person possesses his own exemplar, but that nobody knows whether other people also have this or something else,” he wrote. “The assumption would thus be possible — though unverifiable — that one section of mankind had one sensation of red and another section another.” Wittgenstein thought it was unverifiable, but the internet has verified it. Is the dress blue or gold? Do you hear Yanni or Laurel?

The connection of the TCP/IP promises universality of reference; it does not promise shared sensation. And shared sensation is the essence of intimacy — the conviction that I feel what another or others are feeling, and another or others feel what I’m feeling. It’s the desperate human question: Do you feel what I feel? Is the little tremor in my heart meaningful to others? Wittgenstein posed this pathetically needy, essentially human question in his famous parable of the beetle in the box...
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4 hours ago by ayjay
Sabine Kastner: "Unsere Vorstellung von Aufmerksamkeit ist eine große Illusion" | ZEIT ONLINE
Sie glauben, Sie schauen konzentriert auf Ihren Bildschirm? Tun Sie nicht: Ihr Gehirn schweift dauernd ab. Neurowissenschaftlerin Sabine Kastner erklärt das Phänomen.
psychology  brain  neuroscience 
5 hours ago by cito
What You Can't Say
Discusses moral fashions that come and go. These can often by identified by being things you cannot say.

Very good example is this: most, if not all, of your ideas are something most other contemporary people agree with. This is too much to be a coincidence; you have not arrived at these same ideas independently. Many of the ideas are very likely to be wrong.

The article discussed multiple methods for identifying moral fashions:
- Conformist test: what ideas would you be reluctant to express ...
culture  history  paulgraham  psychology  essay  taboo  society 
6 hours ago by lkovanen
Technology Myths and Urban Legends
"A different Chinese participant told us that products are cheaper on Taobao’s mobile channels than on its desktop website. (She proved that her theory was actually true by searching for the same products on both desktop and mobile, and finding lower prices on mobile.)"

Not a good example of a myth then is it?
11 hours ago by danny.hope

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