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What do you want on your tombstone?
"I've come across a few mathematicians or scientists who have been so proud of their scholarly achievements that they've asked for them to be put on their headstone when they die (or have had their achievements placed on their headstones by someone else)."
history  obituary  physics  memory 
july 2019 by pierredv
In Search of Lost Time on YouTube - The New Atlantis, Laurence Scott, Summer 2019
"But while there are few things more clearly of-the-moment than our biggest video-sharing site, YouTube is also the closest thing we have invented to a time machine: Its channels open new routes back to the past. Over these years I’ve come to understand that my YouTube, what I make of it, is one of the most melancholy places I’ve ever visited"

"The French theorist Roland Barthes was sensitive to both the melancholy and the spectrality of images from the past. His concept of “the punctum,” which he formulated in his meditation on photography, Camera Lucida (1980), predicts some of the angst of inhabiting YouTube’s emotional landscape, its world of resurrected moments. The punctum is a detail in a photographic image that pierces the viewer’s imagination. For Barthes, it is “that accident which pricks me (but also bruises me, is poignant to me).” The punctum is never part of an image’s intended meaning, never a planned, conscious detail but rather an accidental, tiny storehouse of emotion. Watching old YouTube videos originating from my childhood years is guaranteed to leave me feeling like a pincushion. The puncta are everywhere."

"Much of my YouTube nostalgia is explicitly, tenaciously sought. With eyes wide open, I’ve gone in search of a specific scene from the 1980s cartoon Ulysses 31, a sci-fi retelling of Homer’s Odyssey."

' “What are you doing here?” carries with it an air of trespass that can accompany any journey into the YouTube Time Machine. The controversial Article 13 of the new digital copyright law, just passed in the European Parliament, seeks to make YouTube and other platforms responsible for policing the illegal use of copyrighted content. '

"The digital, unbloody ease with which YouTube revives the past, so much more nimbly than its DVD and VCR predecessors, invites us to become re-watchers of the same content. Indeed, quick repetition is a main feature of our new digital aesthetics. Whereas we use GIFs — those twitchy, looping clips — as public illustrations of our feelings or responses to events, an oft-repeated YouTube video is the GIF’s private counterpart. Re-watching familiar videos can be a kind of secular prayer. There is comfort in the repetition, and the videos to which we give this repeated attention can feel deeply personal."

"The way cameras capture sunlight — how sharp or powdery or white or golden — or the subtle changes in tone that microphones give to voices, are historically specific."

"For Freud, melancholia and mourning are both connected to a loss, but differ in how the loss is perceived. While a mourner is vividly aware of why he despairs, the source of a melancholic’s lamentation can be harder to identify."
writing  YouTube  remembering  memory  *  RolandBarthes  copyright  time  SigmundFreud  melancholy 
june 2019 by pierredv
Sleep and dreaming: Where do our minds go at night? | New Scientist Jan 2013
"dreams tend to be silent movies – with just half containing traces of sounds. It is even more unusual to enjoy a meal or feel damp grass beneath your feet – taste, smell and touch appearing only very rarely. Similar studies have tried to pin down some of the factors that might influence what we dream about, though they have struggled to find anything reliable."

"the idea that sleep helps to cement our memories for future recall "

[Mark Blagrove at Swansea University]'s "team has found that memories enter our dreams in two separate stages. They first float into our consciousness on the night after the event itself, which might reflect the initial recording of the memory, and then they reappear between five and seven days later, which may be a sign of consolidation"

"the sleeping brain also forges links to other parts of your mental autobiography, allowing you to see associations between different events"

"Perhaps the intense images are an indication of what a difficult process it is integrating a traumatic event with the rest of our autobiography."

"Despite these advances, many, many mysteries remain. Top of the list is the question of the purpose of our dreams: are they essential for preservation of our memories, for instance – or could we manage to store our life’s events without them? “There’s no consensus,” says [Patrick McNamara at Northcentral University]."

"some research suggesting that TV may have caused a major shift in the form and content of our dreams"
NewScientist  sleep  dreaming  neuroscience  psychology  dreams  memory 
august 2018 by pierredv
Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory | TED Talk |
Via Linda Change

Three cognitive traps around "happiness":

1. Complexity: too many possible meanings, "happiness" not a useful word anymore, will have to give up use of the word

2. confusion between experience and memory: i.e. being happy in your life vs. being happy about/with your life

3. focusing illusion: we cant' think about anything related to well-being without distorting its importance

"The remembering self is a story-teller"

Colonoscopy example - important thing about a story is changes, significant moments, and (especially) how it ends (JP: raises hard questions about utilitarianism!)

"Time (duration) has very little impact on the story"

"WE don't choose between experiences, we choose between memories of experiences. ... We think of our future as anticipated memories"

Two selves (experiencing and remembering) --> two notions of happiness

"We really should not think of happiness as a substitute for well-being"

Gallup results on money vs. happiness:
= for experiencing self, correlates w/ income up to $60k, then flat line
= for remembering/reflective self, keeps growing
psychology  happiness  memory  experience  TED  * 
december 2017 by pierredv
The Science of Stress and How Our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease – Brain Pickings
"But no researcher has done more to illuminate the invisible threads that weave mind and body together than Dr. Esther Sternberg. Her groundbreaking work on the link between the central nervous system and the immune system, exploring how immune molecules made in the blood can trigger brain function that profoundly affects our emotions, has revolutionized our understanding of the integrated being we call a human self. In the immeasurably revelatory The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions (public library), Sternberg examines the interplay of our emotions and our physical health, mediated by that seemingly nebulous yet, it turns out, remarkably concrete experience called stress."

"Indeed, the relationship between memory, emotion, and stress is perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Sternberg’s work. She considers how we deal with the constant swirl of inputs and outputs as we move through the world, barraged by a stream of stimuli and sensations"

Sternberg quote: "Every minute of the day and night we feel thousands of sensations that might trigger a positive emotion such as happiness, or a negative emotion such as sadness, or no emotion at all: a trace of perfume, a light touch, a fleeting shadow, a strain of music. And there are thousands of physiological responses, such as palpitations or sweating, that can equally accompany positive emotions such as love, or negative emotions such as fear, or can happen without any emotional tinge at all. What makes these sensory inputs and physiological outputs emotions is the charge that gets added to them somehow, somewhere in our brains. Emotions in their fullest sense comprise all of these components. Each can lead into the black box and produce an emotional experience, or something in the black box can lead out to an emotional response that seems to come from nowhere."

"Rather than asking if depressing thoughts can cause an illness of the body, we need to ask what the molecules and nerve pathways are that cause depressing thoughts. And then we need to ask whether these affect the cells and molecules that cause disease."

"Memory, it turns out, is one of the major factors mediating the dialogue between sensation and emotional experience. Our memories of past experience become encoded into triggers that act as switchers on the rail of psychoemotional response, directing the incoming train of present experience in the direction of one emotional destination or another."

"But stress isn’t a direct causal function of the circumstances we’re in — what either amplifies or ameliorates our experience of stress is, once again, memory. "
Brainpickings  books  stress  emotion  feelings  memory  depression 
october 2016 by pierredv
I could have sworn… Why you can't trust your memory - Elizabeth Loftus interview - opinion - 30 August 2013 - New Scientist
Intro: "From repressed memories to faulty eye-witness testimony, psychologist Elizabeth Loftus has made her name working on false memory. She tells Alison George how recollections can be conjured up, and how this process could even be used in therapy"
law  justice  evidence  psychology  NewScientist  memory 
october 2013 by pierredv
The Hidden Damage From Waste Data (And How To Deal With It) - Technology Review
"Waste data needlessly burns power and degrades computer memory. That's why we need a coherent plan to reduce, reuse and recycle data that has been left to die, argue computer scientists "
computing  data  memory  waste  recycling  x:arXivBlog 
july 2011 by pierredv
72 Migrantes
memorial for 72 immigrants killed in Tamaulipas, by group of Mexican writers and journalists, for Day of the Dead 2010
Via BBC Mundo Noticias 29 Oct 2010
immigration  mexico  via:bbc  memory 
october 2010 by pierredv
Short-Term Memory and Web Usability (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)
The human brain is not optimized for the abstract thinking and data memorization that that websites often demand. Many usability guidelines are dictated by cognitive limitations.
usability  memory  design  hardintangibles  hardproblems  x:jakobnielsen 
december 2009 by pierredv

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