Gisting is absorbing the gist of what you read. Downside: you rarely retain the specifics. And later, if you want to mull over a detail, you have to be able to refind a book, a passage, a quote, an article, a concept.
‘Ultimately, however, Thompson points out that Socrates was both right and wrong: It’s true that, with some deliberately cultivated exceptions and neurological outliers, few thinkers today rely on pure memorization and can recite extensive passages of text from memory. But what Socrates failed to see was the extraordinary dot-connecting enabled by access to knowledge beyond what our own heads can hold – because, as Amanda Palmer poignantly put it, “we can only connect the dots that we collect,” and the outsourcing of memory has exponentially enlarged our dot-collections…’
The Roots of Creativity in the Brain
‘Schlegel and his colleagues asked participants to imagine certain shapes, and sometimes manipulate them by either combining them with other shapes or mentally breaking the shapes apart. They put people in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to measure their brain activity during the task.
‘The scans showed that a broad network of brain areas were involved in the imagination task, and they appeared to be working in concert. In particular, manipulating the images involved a network of four core brain areas – the occipital cortex, the posterior parietal cortex (PPC), the posterior precuneus and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) – which are involved in visual processing, attention and executive functions.
‘In addition, several other brain regions were active during the task, suggesting the brain’s mental workspace involves a more extended network…’
The Streisand Effect
A Florida journalist’s smear and censor campaign backfires
‘…Journalists report on the existence of an investigation all the time. Done professionally, it doesn’t threaten any resulting prosecution. The only thing likely to taint any case here is Boca News Now’s bizarre decision to run a gratuitous profile of a victim’s criminal record, details that would not be admissible in any prosecution of the driver.
‘Boca News Now takes childish swipes at Reddit. I’ve noticed something: sooner or later born censors inevitably go to the “you have too much time on your hands” line.
In the “Biker” community on Reddit.com, an online forum where it seems many have little else to do than comment on news articles involving bikes, we were chastised.
‘Boca News Now claims it is being smeared:
What isn’t fine is that one poster published false and defamatory claims about BocaNewsNow.com. Specifically, that the news site is paid by attorneys to “smear” opposing parties in litigation. It’s just not true.
‘But look again, Boca News Now. That’s not what the poster said. Once again, he said:…’
Why, How, And Where You Should Start Eating Bugs
People in 80 percent of the world’s countries-roughly two billion in all-already eat more than 1,400 different species of arthropod. When my cousins and I spend our childhood vacations in the province, our elders used to give us roasted beetles for snacks. Eating insects is good
‘With a rapidly growing population already nearing seven billion humans, our current methods of farming large livestock (read: cattle) are simply insufficient to feed us all. Instead, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization has begun advocating an interesting solution. In an exhaustive report published this past May, the report states, “It is widely accepted that by 2050 the world will host 9 billion people. To accommodate this number, current food production will need to almost double. We need to find new ways of growing food.” That new way is entomophagy, the practice of raising insects as food…’