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Unflattening — Nick Sousanis | Harvard University Press
"The primacy of words over images has deep roots in Western culture. But what if the two are inextricably linked, equal partners in meaning-making? Written and drawn entirely as comics, Unflattening is an experiment in visual thinking. Nick Sousanis defies conventional forms of scholarly discourse to offer readers both a stunning work of graphic art and a serious inquiry into the ways humans construct knowledge."
book  publisher  visual  visual-thinking  perspective  philosophy 
july 2015 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: How things work
"But think about the challenge of understanding society from the other end of the stick -- the perspective of the ordinary participant. From the participant's perspective the situation often looks more like an environment of black boxes: how will the world respond if I do X, Y, or Z? And for a significant part of society, how the boxes work is a life-affecting mystery."
social-epistemology  explanation  perspective  science  ordinary  expertise  poverty 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Beware Commitment
"Speechifiers through the ages, including policy makers today, usually talk as if they want decisions to be made in far mode. We should try to live up to our ideals, they preach, at least regarding far-away decisions. But our reluctance to use contracts to enable more far mode control over our actions suggests that while we tend to talk as if we want more far mode control, we usually act to achieve more near mode control. "
psychology  choice  rationality  rational  decision-making  perspective  near-far 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Does Falling in Love Make Us More Creative?: Scientific American
The clever experiments demonstrated that love makes us think differently in that it triggers global processing, which in turn promotes creative thinking and interferes with analytic thinking. Thinking about sex, however, has the opposite effect: it triggers local processing, which in turn promotes analytic thinking and interferes with creativity.
psychology  creativity  innovation  love  sex  construal-level-theory  perspective  scale  distance  art 
october 2009 by tsuomela
The world economy is tracking or doing worse than during the Great Depression | vox - Research-based policy analysis and commentary from leading economists
Often cited comparisons – which look only at the US – find that today’s crisis is milder than the Great Depression. In this column, two leading economic historians show that the world economy is now plummeting in a Great-Depression-like manner. Indeed, world industrial production, trade, and stock markets are diving faster now than during 1929-30. Fortunately, the policy response to date is much better.
depression  economics  crisis  world  scale  perspective  gloom-and-doom 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Introduction - Projective Geometry
Euclidean geometry is actually a subset of what is known as projective geometry. In fact, there are two geometries between them: similarity and affine... Projective geometry models well the imaging process of a camera because it allows a much larger class of transformations than just translations and rotations, a class which includes perspective projections.
geometry  mathematics  projection  perspective  vision 
march 2009 by tsuomela
Lecture notes by Nigel Hitchin
notes on Projective Geometry, Geometry of Surfaces, and Differentiable Manifolds.
geometry  mathematics  projection  perspective  vision  undergraduate 
march 2009 by tsuomela

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