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The Hazards of Going on Autopilot - The New Yorker
"We assume that more automation is better—that a driverless car or a drone-delivered package is progress, no matter the guise it takes—but the experience we’ve had in aviation teaches us to be suspicious of that assumption. “Don’t just automate something because you can,” Casner said. “Automate it because you should.”"
automation  psychology  awareness  hci  attention  risk  accidents  flying 
september 2014 by tsuomela
On Security Awareness Training - Dark Reading
"The whole concept of security awareness training demonstrates how the computer industry has failed. We should be designing systems that won't let users choose lousy passwords and don't care what links a user clicks on. We should be designing systems that conform to their folk beliefs of security, rather than forcing them to learn new ones. "
computer  education  security  training  expertise  novice  awareness 
march 2013 by tsuomela - Journal of Experimental Social Psychology - Foxhole atheism, revisited: The effects of mortality salience on explicit and implicit religious belief
Although fear of death features prominently in many historical and contemporary theories as a major motivational factor in religious belief, the empirical evidence available is ambivalent, and limited, we argue, by imprecise measures of belief and insufficient attention to the distinction between implicit and explicit aspects of cognition. The present research used both explicit (questionnaire) and implicit (single-target implicit association test
psychology  death  awareness  religion  spirituality  god  belief  terror 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Exploring the Existential Function of Religion and Supernatural Agent Beliefs Among Christians, Muslims, Atheists, and Agnostics
Building on research suggesting one primary function of religion is the management of death awareness, the present research explored how supernatural beliefs are influenced by the awareness of death, for whom, and how individuals’ extant beliefs determine which god(s), if any, are eligible to fulfill that function. In Study 1, death reminders had no effect among Atheists, but enhanced Christians’ religiosity, belief in a higher power, and belief in God/Jesus and enhanced denial of Allah and Buddha. Similarly, death reminders increased Muslims’ religiosity and belief in a higher power, and led to greater belief in Allah and denial of God/Jesus and Buddha (Study 2). Finally, in Study 3, death reminders motivated Agnostics to increase their religiosity, belief in a higher power, and their faith in God/Jesus, Buddha, and Allah. The studies tested three potential theoretical explanations and were consistent with terror management theory’s worldview defense hypothesis. Theoretical implications are discussed.
psychology  death  awareness  religion  spirituality  god  belief 
july 2012 by tsuomela
The museographer and the object
"the room also reminded me of the degree to which being in a house filled with things makes me think differently about the history of medicine. This might not exactly be a groundbreaking insight, but is bears repeating often. The material environment we occupy is foundational for our cognitive states."
museum  objects  curation  material  culture  history  awareness 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The Book Bench: The Exchange: Tony Hiss on Deep Travel : The New Yorker
So Deep Travel can work in a familiar setting?

No place, however well we know it, stays exactly the same from day to day, or even from hour to hour—there are always different combinations of people present, or different plays of light and shadow. The most famous examples of this are the more than thirty canvases Monet painted of the facade of Rouen cathedral in the eighteen-nineties.
travel  awareness  experience 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Open Data for the Arts – Human Scale Data and Synecdoche – Blog – BERG
Synecdoche’s a term from literature, best explained as “the part representing a whole“. That’s a terrible explanation. It’s better explained with some examples:

“A hundred keels cut the ocean“; “keel” stands for “ship“. “The herd was a hundred head strong“; “head” stands for “cow“.

So: for me, Tower Bridge is synecdoche, for the Thames, for London, for the city, for home. Low Flying Rocks is synecdoche not only for the scale of the universe, all the activity in the solar system, the earth’s place in that – but also for NASA, for science, for discovery.

Synecdoche allows you to make big, terrifying data, human-scale.
twitter  horizon  awareness  social-media  scale  big-data 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Twitter Strangers : The Frontal Cortex
And this is why we should all follow strangers on Twitter. We naturally lead manicured lives, so that our favorite blogs and writers and friends all look and think and sound a lot like us.
experience  strangers  social  horizon  awareness 
july 2010 by tsuomela
The Anosognosic’s Dilemma: Something’s Wrong but You’ll Never Know What It Is (Part 1) - Opinionator Blog -
David Dunning, in his book “Self-Insight,” calls the Dunning-Kruger Effect “the anosognosia of everyday life.”[10] When I first heard the word “anosognosia,” I had to look it up.  Here’s one definition:

Anosognosia is a condition in which a person who suffers from a disability seems unaware of or denies the existence of his or her disability
knowledge  self-knowledge  self-perception  ignorance  awareness  anosognosia  dunning-kruger-effect 
june 2010 by tsuomela
Is your subconscious communist? « Meteuphoric
Links and summaries of a few studies that show how emotions, pain, and perceptions can be altered or confused by having other people present.
psychology  altruism  other  awareness  perception 
august 2009 by tsuomela
apophenia: Twitter: "pointless babble" or peripheral awareness + social grooming?
Defends Twitter even with "pointless babble" - Phatic expressions do social work rather than conveying information... think "Hi" or "Thank you".
twitter  social-media  online  behavior  culture  communication  technology-effects  social  awareness  attention  periphery 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Green Chameleon » The War Between Awareness and Memory
A pace layering view helps to sort out a spectrum of possibilities, from looking after awareness needs (which faster, more fragmented, more context-bound tools provide) through to socialisation tools (thanks Olivier) which strengthen inter-personal connections, trust-warrants for where is good to pay attention to, and knowledge flows
awareness  memory  computer  cscw  knowledge-management  knowledge-work 
july 2009 by tsuomela
The limits of self-knowledge | Psychology Today Blogs
Summary of some arguments against accurate self-perception from philosophers Dan Haybron and Eric Schwitzgebel.
self-knowledge  self-perception  philosophy  psychology  awareness  perception  self 
may 2009 by tsuomela
OnFiction: Folk Psychology and Narrative
Daniel Hutto has written Folk psychological narratives (2008) to argue against the idea that we each use a theory-of-mind to understand other people.
psychology  cognition  awareness  other  folk-psychology  mental  model 
april 2009 by tsuomela

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