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Notes class 9th March 2016

Repeat the basic of the class: what happens in class stays in class

picking a practice publishing

Noticing one new thing a day

  • can become uncomfortable, and make relationship with object we notice strange
  • much more comfortable to write on first language and pen and paper, memory of details more than of experience.
  • notice much more aggressively branded things, everything is perversely designed to be branded, also things that are not branded are so plain and boring. The intention for the designer or the fact that it is being designed, —> deception « it makes me want less stuff » Link to a thought from His Holiness the Dalai Lama,: even if it is the same thing, designed simply because the designer is simple, or designed it simple because it is a designed choice: it is different!! -> it depends of the intend of the scientist in the US the opposite is often considered true: action speaks more than intend craft vs design: turn the world around in something that is better, participate design hijack words with words at the media lab being part of the traffic
  • At the Media Lab « we » some observation for a statistical, rules that are commonly followed WE are diverse, everyone should feel confortable or having a different opinion and no one should speak on behalf of the lab the initiative we have around worlds; suite case worlds: means nothing because it means so many things that provides us a challenge to attends Being disagreement robust, and not reinforce a monolithic culture J curve types or S curve types
    Hegel: phenomenology of spirit, the I that is we and the we that is I, We is not only about homogeneity or path language is the greatest thing that biases us,
  • Making people nervous, facial expression. apathy


When you are noticing something outside of yourself: pay attention of different of first moment of cognitive perception and then successive moment when biases, feelings, emotions first occurs. Layers of attribute you start putting on top of the object, take mental note of how quickly or how slowly it appears

Course on awareness, start with notion of self-awareness

  • relationship to the world starting with childhood, realizing that we are not our goals, that other people have goals too, dis-identification.
  • other part that is more practical, awakening. I take my existence seriously, I take relationship with others seriously.
  • recognition that I am grateful when I can be useful to others, why do i deprive others form the joy of helping me
  • getting rid of my conception of self, being able to just trust that i still exist without all those things. slowing down the time from me thinking something to me acting
  • something much more sensory or basic, journey pealing out all the layers to understand what is the source on top of which I build all the other things
  • second thing: being able to understand how someone else is perceiving me
  • I relate to the slowing down: having a stop and realizing what i feel and why i am feeling.
  • slowing down
  • how other people perceive you, but also why I think I am, if I want to do something, in reality I don’t try as hard as I could to be what I think I should be
  • i had the opposite experience, becoming aware of how slow things are and that I am wasting my time.
  • distinction between procrastination and slowing down: weather you are actually aware and have your intention focus.
  • Qi Gong: distinction between intention and attention
  • depend of your natural state, if it is being slow then you have to accelerate
  • being my own refuge in moment of misery
  • sometimes it can be tiring
  • dwelling vs self-awareness, neuroscience around reminiscence. thinking about SA like a flashlight (poem to describe the work of the artist)
  • suppressing things is it good? shininess or pride. there is the suppress that you are aware of, and the suppress that you are not aware of.
  • everything that your mind can not bear it goes on your body.
Divide between noticing internal and external things:

How do you understand attention?

  • memory
  • being absolutely focused on the moment, not being diverted
  • looking into a pipe, tune vision
  • differential resolution: attention deficit.
  • Turing machine model: your mind is constantly tones of signals all the time: present conscious of what the process is right now: put the right filter and right bias on the signals you want.
  • Martin Buber: engaging with it or engaging with you, paying attention as a you: lack of a boundary, the attention is in the relationship and the engagement.
  • pay attention in Hebrew = put your heart: don’t just watch don’t just observe.
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