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g-f(2)473 THE BIG PICTURE OF THE DIGITAL AGE (9/5/2021), NYT, You Are Not Who You Think You Are

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Opportunity, You Are Not Who You Think You Are, NYT
  • Over the centuries, humans have come up with all sorts of concepts to describe different thinking activities: memory, perception, emotion, attention, decision-making. 
  • But now, as scientists develop greater abilities to look at the brain doing its thing, they often find that the activity they observe does not fit the neat categories our culture has created, and which we rely on to understand ourselves.
            Alert, How we think about thinking need to be radically revised, NYT
            • Jordana Cepelewicz recently had an excellent essay on this broad conceptual challenge in Quanta Magazine. “You realize that neither the term ‘decision-making’ nor the term ‘attention’ actually corresponds to a thing in the brain,” the University of Montreal neuroscientist Paul Cisek told her. 
            • She also reported that some in the field believe that the concepts at the core of how we think about thinking need to be radically revised.
                                      Opportunity, How holistic is the research drift, NYT
                                      • For a while, neuroscientists spent a lot of time trying to figure out what region of the brain did what function. (Fear is in the amygdala!) Today they also look at the ways vast networks across the brain, body and environment work together to create comprehensive mental states. Now there is much more emphasis on how people and groups creatively construct their own realities, and live within their own constructions.
                                                  Alert, The amazing reality of our reality, NYT
                                                  • “It turns out, reality and imagination are completely intermixed in our brain,” Nadine Dijkstra writes in Nautilus, “which means that the separation between our inner world and the outside world is not as clear as we might like to think.”
                                                  • Emotions assign value to things, so they are instrumental to reason, not separate from or opposed to it.
                                                  • Your memory profoundly influences what you see. “Perceptions come from the inside out just as much, if not more, than from the outside in,” the University of Sussex neuroscientist Anil Seth has observed. 

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                                                    Alert, The amazing reality of our reality, NYT
                                                    • We grew up believing that “imagining” and “seeing” describe different mental faculties. But as we learn more about what’s going on in the mind, these concepts get really blurry really fast.

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                                                    David Brooks

                                                    David Brooks (@nytdavidbrooks) became an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times in September 2003. He is currently a commentator on “PBS NewsHour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

                                                    He is the author of “Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There” and “On Paradise Drive: How We Live Now (And Always Have) in the Future Tense.” In March 2011 he came out with his third book, “The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement,” which was a No. 1 New York Times best seller. His most recent book is “The Second Mountain.”

                                                    Mr. Brooks also teaches at Yale University, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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