A more contemporary paradigm shift?

If you want to explore a more recent exploration about existent paradigms and possible shifts, then check this out.  It gets a little technical for us non-biology types, but I made it through and was greatly intrigued. Part of my fascination is from the suggestion that if “we are all multitudes” then what does that do to psychology and/or religion?

And, are paradigm shifts ever just in one discipline, or are they part of a larger shift in the “gestalt”? Enjoy.

via Microchimerism: how pregnancy changes the mother’s very DNA | Aeon Essays


How and when we begin to know others

This article explores research in children concerning when they begin to develop awareness that others have minds that are different from theirs which is fascinating enough. But when you consider (which is beyond what the researchers are after here) the role that culture plays in constructing the very ideas that are being used to evaluate the children – lies, imagination, reason, belief, deception – well, then it starts to sound a little like the Egginton pieces. All of which means that you are likely to be doing ToK for the rest of your life.

via When Children Begin To Lie It Shows Positive Brain Development : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

Schedule updates and other stuff

Just to get it all out – for Oct 5, 6 – the readings are the two pieces by W Egginton (p95/p99) AND the first two sections of Unflattening (“Flatness” and “Flatland”). Sorry A-day kids, I added that after seeing you yesterday.

And to think about how ideas of the Andy Clark pieces are engaged in current thought, here are a couple of examples I came across yesterday:

Ape Cognition studies

Spider Cognition

The one on apes is particularly fascinating in that it powerfully suggests that how we have studies and tested apes has affected what we have learned about them. The kicker is that we were not aware of that bias for a long time. It’s also worth noting that Andy Clark is referenced in both articles. Just saying.

Smartphone = crack pipe?

via Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones? – The New York Times

You could read this as “See Mr Whiteside, at least I’m not doing drugs”


“I am hooked, and I don’t even know on what – just whatever this device pushes on me.”

It does make me think about Marx’s line: “Religion is the opiate of the masses” and how completely he underestimated technology.