Tagged: Presence

One Week Later: My Favorite Reads This Week

See What Times Square And Wall Street Looked Like 100 Years Ago: “Software engineer Dan Vanderkam has embedded a collection of historical photos from the New York Public Library into an awesome interactive map of old New York.” Read more…

Pushing Pixels: “Rover scientists knew not to fetishize the raw, unmediated image: they accepted that seeing on Mars could only be digitally mediated seeing, and so they regarded the judicious use of color correction as an indispensable part of producing visual knowledge.” Read more…

A Brief History of the Wristwatch: “On July 9, 1916, The New York Times puzzled over a fashion trend: Europeans were starting to wear bracelets with clocks on them. Time had migrated to the human wrist, and the development required some explaining. ‘Until recently,’ the paper observed, ‘the bracelet watch has been looked upon by Americans as more or less of a joke. Vaudeville artists and moving-picture actors have utilized it as a funmaker, as a “silly ass” fad.’” Read more…

How to Change Minds: Blaise Pascal on the Art of Persuasion: “‘People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.’ […] Pascal frames persuasion not as a factor of control but as something predicated first and foremost on empathy—on empathic insight into the context and concerns that animate the other person’s mind.” Read more…

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.: “Despite its obvious problems, the open-office model has continued to encroach on workers across the country. Now, about 70 percent of U.S. offices have no or low partitions, according to the International Facility Management Association. […] As the new space intended, I’ve formed interesting, unexpected bonds with my cohorts. But my personal performance at work has hit an all-time low.” Read more…

René Magritte’s Guide to Personality, Literacy, and the Uncanny Valley

Attending the René Magritte exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art last month, several pieces struck me as strong illustrations of principles that became widely recognized long after he produced his works.

Portrait of Paul Nougé (1927) by René Magritte with commentary by exhibit curator, Anne Umland


Trait Theory vs. Social Psychology

When Magritte painted Paul Nougé, he doubled the image, reproducing his own image of his friend while subtly changing it. In doing so, he broke from the tradition that portraiture should “represent a singular self.” Rather, Magritte is saying, all representations are just that, a record of one view of a person, one facet of their personality.

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