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The Supernatural as Natural, Healthy, and Banal - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Supernatural: Death, Meaning, and the Power of the Invisible World By Clay Routledge Published 07.02.2018 Oxford University press 240 Pages"
book  review  religion  supernatural  experience  meaning 
november 2018 by tsuomela
Is Your Job a Bunch of B.S.? - Los Angeles Review of Books
"Bullshit Jobs A Theory By David Graeber Published 05.15.2018 Simon & Schuster 368 Pages"
book  review  work  labor  jobs  bullshit  purpose  meaning  economics 
may 2018 by tsuomela
Meaningful Work // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame
"Meaningful Work Andrea Veltman, Meaningful Work, Oxford University Press, 2016, 237pp.,"
book  review  philosophy  work  labor  meaning 
february 2018 by tsuomela
What Algorithms Want | The MIT Press
"We depend on—we believe in—algorithms to help us get a ride, choose which book to buy, execute a mathematical proof. It’s as if we think of code as a magic spell, an incantation to reveal what we need to know and even what we want. Humans have always believed that certain invocations—the marriage vow, the shaman’s curse—do not merely describe the world but make it. Computation casts a cultural shadow that is shaped by this long tradition of magical thinking. In this book, Ed Finn considers how the algorithm—in practical terms, “a method for solving a problem”—has its roots not only in mathematical logic but also in cybernetics, philosophy, and magical thinking. Finn argues that the algorithm deploys concepts from the idealized space of computation in a messy reality, with unpredictable and sometimes fascinating results. Drawing on sources that range from Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash to Diderot’s Encyclopédie, from Adam Smith to the Star Trek computer, Finn explores the gap between theoretical ideas and pragmatic instructions. He examines the development of intelligent assistants like Siri, the rise of algorithmic aesthetics at Netflix, Ian Bogost’s satiric Facebook game Cow Clicker, and the revolutionary economics of Bitcoin. He describes Google’s goal of anticipating our questions, Uber’s cartoon maps and black box accounting, and what Facebook tells us about programmable value, among other things. If we want to understand the gap between abstraction and messy reality, Finn argues, we need to build a model of “algorithmic reading” and scholarship that attends to process, spearheading a new experimental humanities."
book  publisher  algorithms  meaning  desire  technology  sts 
march 2017 by tsuomela
[1406.5688] Information, Meaning, and Intellectual Organization in Networks of Inter-Human Communication
"The Shannon-Weaver model of linear information transmission is extended with two loops potentially generating redundancies: (i) meaning is provided locally to the information from the perspective of hindsight, and (ii) meanings can be codified differently and then refer to other horizons of meaning. Thus, three layers are distinguished: variations in the communications, historical organization at each moment of time, and evolutionary self-organization of the codes of communication over time. Furthermore, the codes of communication can functionally be different and then the system is both horizontally and vertically differentiated. All these subdynamics operate in parallel and necessarily generate uncertainty. However, meaningful information can be considered as the specific selection of a signal from the noise; the codes of communication are social constructs that can generate redundancy by giving different meanings to the same information. Reflexively, one can translate among codes in more elaborate discourses. The second (instantiating) layer can be operationalized in terms of semantic maps using the vector space model; the third in terms of mutual redundancy among the latent dimensions of the vector space. Using Blaise Cronin's {\oe}uvre, the different operations of the three layers are demonstrated empirically. "
research  paper  bibliometrics  information-theory  communication  meaning 
june 2014 by tsuomela
Why does social science have such a hard job explaining itself? | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional
"A social scientific scrutiny of the human, rather than natural, world doesn't easily lend itself to generalisable laws, cast-iron predictions, nor can it always preserve a distinction between fact and value. Defenders of social science need to say that, and to argue that careful, theoretically and methodologically rigorous exploration of these subjects are fundamental to a healthy society even if finding unarguable evidence is extremely difficult."
nsf  funding  social-science  politicians  politics  research  science  government  meaning 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Home away from Home | ROUGH TYPE
"Has another company ever come out with a high-concept, big-production “brand ad” and then, just a few months later, turned around and utterly trashed it? I don’t think so. What we learn from this is not just that Zuckerberg is a bullshit artist who’s most insincere when he’s sounding most sincere — we already knew that — but that for Zuckerberg, and for Facebook, “sincere” and “insincere” are equally meaningless terms. Everything is bullshit. A chair levitating in a forest and a ballerina dancing on a dinner table are equally fake. They’re fabrications, as are the emotions that they conjure up in us. It’s all advertising. Despite their glaring differences, “The Things That Connect Us” and “Dinner” actually draw from the same source: the well of nihilism. I’m sure Zuckerberg never gave a thought to the fact that two ads were contradictory. He knew it was all bullshit, and he knew everyone else knew it was all bullshit."
facebook  social-networking  advertising  image  home  meaning  symbols  business 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Doc Searls Weblog · What and who are we?
"It’s a Google Ngram that plots the prevalence of two terms — consumer and customer — in books between 1770 and 2004."
consumer  customer  language  business  meaning  identity 
april 2012 by tsuomela
I cite: Wrong message: Dave Winer on #OccupyWallStreet
"Not everything is included. It's politically imperative not to let Occupy Wall Street become an omnibus container for any and all political sentiments. Not every position should be welcomed, encouraged, or tolerated. How this plays out in the General Assemblies is an effect of the local cultures, the activists involved, the patterns of interaction. In NY, the power dynamics are already reflected upon in discussions and working groups. I expect this is also the case already in the other sites. In the same way that racism, sexism, and homophobia have no place in the movement, it should also be the case that libertarian, capitalist, and financialist attempts to interpret and guide the movement are rejected"
wall-street  activism  protests  class  class-war  rhetoric  politics  social-movement  meaning 
october 2011 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Current issues in causation research
Three foci of current research: meaning in explanation, methods for support, ontology of causation.
philosophy  causation  sociology  social  societies  understanding  research  science  explanation  meaning 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Statistical Significance Is an Arbitrary Convention : Uncertain Principles
"As a result, arguments about whether a given result is just above or just below an arbitrary and conventional threshold seems foolish. Doing the calculations wrong is still a major mistake, but whether they're done correctly or not, we should stop pretending that "statistically significant" is some kind of magic guarantee of quality."
science  statistics  significance  meaning  research  results  positivism  methodology 
september 2011 by tsuomela
LRB · Jerry Fodor · A Science of Tuesdays
Jerry Fodor reviews the Threefold Cord by Hilary Putnam -- "It’s as close as Putnam’s book gets to having a saving grace that it almost sees the clash between meaning realists and Wittgensteinians as its real topic....Well, who’s right about meaning realism is a wide open question; among the deepest, I think, that philosophers have thus far learned how to ask."
book  review  philosophy  meaning  mental-process  mind  representation  cognitive-science  perception  psychology  theory 
february 2010 by tsuomela
Purpose-Driven Life: an article by Brian Boyd about how evolution creates meaning and creativity | The American Scholar
Evolution does not rob life of meaning, but creates meaning. It also makes possible our own capacity for creativity.
evolution  meaning  purpose  religion  creativity  philosophy  science  darwin  charles 
october 2009 by tsuomela
How to Save the World - A 'Finding the Sweet Spot' Workbook?
1. Explorers, whose work is study and research, and whose work-product is discovery and insight
2. Interpreters, whose work is mentoring and facilitation, and whose work-product is understanding
3. Inventors, whose work is imagining, and whose work-product is ideas
4. Designers, whose work is crafting, and whose work-product is models
5. Generators, whose work is creating and building, and whose work-product is 'goods' and services
6. Nurturers, whose work is cultivating, and whose work-product is well-being
7. Menders, whose work is sustaining, and whose work-product is regeneration
8. Actors, whose work is re-creating, and whose work-product is fun
9. Connectors, whose work is distributing, and whose work-product is cross-pollination
community  work  meaning  jobs  definition  taxonomy 
october 2009 by tsuomela
The M-Shaped Recovery - Umair Haque -
Under the rules of financial capitalism, corporations have become experts at extracting value — but not at creating it. Prosperity wasn't shared because 20th century organizations weren't built to share it. 20th century organizations were built to create value for shareholders, by acting "strategically" at anyone and everyone else's expense, by any means necessary: through lobbying, monopoly power, cost-shifting and hiding, or, most recently, trillions in bailouts.
recession  rant  economics  capitalism  business  recovery  meaning  crisis 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Sing your own lullaby: meaning theories
10 short sentences on different theories of meaning.
philosophy  meaning  theory 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Formal definitions are less useful than you think
In short, you do not need shared formal definitions to be productive as a group. A good research paper does not need to introduce formal definitions.
meaning  computer  computer-science  science  formal  definition  collaboration 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Shift Online - Home
he SHiFT network supports people in mid-life who seek greater meaning in life and work.
work  meaning  purpose  labor  age 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Understanding Privacy
by Daniel Solove, published by Harvard University Press
book  privacy  law  meaning 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Less Wrong: When Truth Isn't Enough
Analyze these sentences:
I am intelligent. You are clever. He's an egghead.
I am proud. You are arrogant. He's full of himself.
rationality  discussion  language  definition  connotation  denotation  meaning  metaphor 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The Human Meaning of Property | Front Porch Republic
Speculates on the human need for property in making the self, references Simone Weil, Richad M. Weaver
property  philosophy  meaning  metaphor  ethics  human-activity  rights  rhetoric  self-definition 
march 2009 by tsuomela

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