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Brilliant Rappers Educate Intelligent Students – new publication from Breis, emcee and educator… http://bit.ly/r6VqNX

Brilliant Rappers Educate Intelligent Students - new publication from Breis, emcee and educator... http://bit.ly/r6VqNX
Aug 3

"Brooks’ core argument is that the vast majority of us have very little understanding of why we…"

Brooks’ core argument is that the vast majority of us have very little understanding of why we make the choices we do, and that we’re influenced instead by peer pressure; impulsive and reactive emotions; a deep and bottomless need for admiration and status; overconfidence in the present; excessive worry about the future; the evolutionary instinct to avoid pain and move towards pleasure; and precious little capacity to delay gratification.

“The unconscious parts of the mind are most of the mind,” Brooks writes. “[They have] a processing capacity 200,000 times greater than the conscious mind.” Tragically, this interior domain remains largely terra incognita, a vast unexplored territory full of resources and potentials we haven’t begun to tame or to tap.



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We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know - Tony Schwartz

Sounds like a text I need to read. Also, from the same write-up:

“What Brooks argues for, and embodies in his writing, is something he calls “epistemological modesty” — substituting humility for hubris. Epistemology is the study of how we know what we know. Modesty is warranted, Brooks argues, because there is so much of ourselves we don’t and can’t know. “People with this disposition believe that wisdom begins with an awareness of our own ignorance,” he explains.”

Jul 29

Poets from Corfe Hills, Reading BlueCoats and the Barbican who came together for the day at the Courtald (4th July): gravity poems, please?

Poets from Corfe Hills, Reading BlueCoats and the Barbican who came together for the day at the Courtald (4th July): gravity poems, please?
Jul 29

RT @eireannmor: @jsamlarose YES. lately I’ve been thinking in terms of vocation, even, rather than work. make the work, perform the voca …

RT @eireannmor: @jsamlarose YES. lately I've been thinking in terms of vocation, even, rather than work. make the work, perform the voca ...
Jul 28

Are you making the kind of work that’s deeply mandatory? http://bit.ly/q7NZ9K

Are you making the kind of work that's deeply mandatory? http://bit.ly/q7NZ9K
Jul 28

startupquote: Ideas that most people derided as ridiculous have…



startupquote:

Ideas that most people derided as ridiculous have produced the best outcomes. Don’t do the obvious thing.

- Fred Wilson

Day three of If Not You Who Else? today. One of the beautiful things about the project is that just about everyone in the room (20+) already appreciates the above…

Jul 28

Been pulled in so many different directions recently that I almost forgot: I’m reading poems for Radio 3 after the proms, August 20th…

Been pulled in so many different directions recently that I almost forgot: I'm reading poems for Radio 3 after the proms, August 20th...
Jul 27

Memory for the day: Byron Wallen walking through the streets of Lambeth, barefoot, to challenge notions of comfort, security, protection…

Memory for the day: Byron Wallen walking through the streets of Lambeth, barefoot, to challenge notions of comfort, security, protection...
Jul 27

"And I understand we have to walk a fine line. We have to keep taking other people’s pictures in…"

And I understand we have to walk a fine line. We have to keep taking other people’s pictures in order to pay the bills and earn the time to do personal work. And this is where it becomes so easy to lose touch with who we are and what really matters. We often think that if we work hard enough on personal projects it will eventually lead to and fuse with paid work. But I would ask, what kind of personal work is the kind you make under those conditions? And I would argue that if you work hard taking other people’s pictures long enough, you’re likely to keep taking their photos without even realizing it (isn’t Beauty empty without truth?).

When I’m at the end of my life and thinking about what I’ve given back, the last thing I’m going to care about is the magazines I shot for, the museum I was in, or the recognition I received. The only thing that will matter is how honest I was, how fully I lived my life, and whether I made the kind of photographs that were deeply mandatory.



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Peter Earl McCollough

In the midst of all my current activity, there’s a thread of thought at the back of my mind that’s evaluating the value of the work I’m doing. McCollough’s thinking pulls on that thread and resonates. Am I making the kind of work that’s deeply mandatory? It’s the kind of question that should be a whetstone, constantly returned to, to sharpen the blade of purpose and intent…

Jul 27

Whoa donkey! CSI Steel Band are currently mashing up the Southbank ballroom floor. Bacchanal soon come. Must go home and rest, but…

Whoa donkey! CSI Steel Band are currently mashing up the Southbank ballroom floor. Bacchanal soon come. Must go home and rest, but...
Jul 26

Dear all (London peeps): I’d like to provisionally book you for the evening of the 7th of November. Keep it free, yeah?

Dear all (London peeps): I'd like to provisionally book you for the evening of the 7th of November. Keep it free, yeah?
Jul 26

First day of ‘If Not You Who Else?': Franklyn Rodgers is a don. Delivered a sermon on commitment to craft today. Preach, brother, preach.

First day of 'If Not You Who Else?': Franklyn Rodgers is a don. Delivered a sermon on commitment to craft today. Preach, brother, preach.
Jul 26

My love/hate relationship with email is definitely pushing deep into hate territory today…

My love/hate relationship with email is definitely pushing deep into hate territory today...
Jul 25

Dragon Dictation on the iPad. I’ve had it for a while, but still, absolute genius. http://bit.ly/oWtonS

Dragon Dictation on the iPad. I've had it for a while, but still, absolute genius. http://bit.ly/oWtonS
Jul 25

Mmm. Stellar cartography. Uranography just doesn’t sound right.

Mmm. Stellar cartography. Uranography just doesn't sound right.
Jul 25

In other news, I’m building a spaceship. Having one of those "need to quit the planet" days. Any good engineers out there? Astro-physicists?

In other news, I'm building a spaceship. Having one of those "need to quit the planet" days. Any good engineers out there? Astro-physicists?
Jul 25

RT @CathyBereznicki: Just one place left on 10-day IF NOT YOU, WHO ELSE? Lab starting tomorrow at Studios. Must be under 30. Call quick! …

RT @CathyBereznicki: Just one place left on 10-day IF NOT YOU, WHO ELSE? Lab starting tomorrow at Studios. Must be under 30. Call quick! ...
Jul 25

Better yet, I need to find the Ren & Stimpy meets Dillinja ol’ school junglist remix. Bet you didn’t know that existed…

Better yet, I need to find the Ren & Stimpy meets Dillinja ol' school junglist remix. Bet you didn't know that existed...
Jul 25

That’s it. I’m sticking the Happy Happy Joy Joy song on loudspeaker for the rest of the afternoon. Grin maniacally and carry on.

That's it. I'm sticking the Happy Happy Joy Joy song on loudspeaker for the rest of the afternoon. Grin maniacally and carry on.
Jul 25

Afaa M Weaver on Prosody, 2010, as requested by @Malikabooker – enjoy! http://bit.ly/qL6pVw

Afaa M Weaver on Prosody, 2010, as requested by @Malikabooker - enjoy! http://bit.ly/qL6pVw
Jul 24