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Personal Dynamic Nugget

“For most of recorded history, the interactions of humans
with their media have been primarily nonconversational and
passive in the sense that marks on paper, paint on walls, even
“motion” pictures and television, do not change in response
to the viewer’s wishes. A mathematical formulation—which
may symbolize the essence of an entire universe—once put
down on paper, remains static and requires the reader to
expand its possibilities.”

This quote interesting because I disagree with the quote, and I usually agree with the nuggets I chose. Personally, I do think “marks on paper, paint on walls, and motion pictures and television” aren’t nonconversational and passive. I have read many books that resonate with me, TV shows that I wish would never end (Breaking Bad, come on), and brilliant movies that leave me awestruck.  I do understand what the author is trying to say though. That once something is put down, it’s like it’s there forever, unchanging but I don’t see it that way.

I think it is up to personal interpretation whether things put down on paper is static because everyone experiences things differently. This connects to my digital text in a way that tweets are kind of like writing down what you want to say, but instead of putting it on paper, you put it into cyberspace. My interpretation is important because maybe someone else reading this will be able to see my side of interpretation and make an interpretation of their own.


N30nRainbow and I had similar mindsets by choosing the same quote, which means it must ave been a pretty good quote. I like the way they were able to connect their quote with their primary text.

Ewingjm2 chose a good quote that went well with their primary text and was able to use that to their advantage to explain why their primary text was important.

yusr4 chose the same quote as ewingjm2, so there seems to be a bit of a pattern in quote selection. Again, they were able to use this article as a stepping stone to further explain their primary text.

Computer Lib/Dream Machines Nugget

“Computers are simply a necessary and enjoyable part of life, like food and books. Computers are not everything, they are just an aspect of everything, and not to know this is computer illiteracy, a silly and dangerous ignorance.”
-Computer Lib

“Technology is an expression of man’s dreams. If man did not indulge his fantasies, his thoughts alone would inhibit the development of technology itself”
-Dream Machines

I chose one quote from the computer lib section and one from the dream machines section to get a feel for both of them, because they are “bound together.” I enjoyed the first quote because computers are really  being a part of our everyday lives. We’ve all got tiny computer (cellphones) in our pockets that  we are never really too far away. I find the “computers are not everything, they are an aspect of everything” a curious and sort of mind boggling statement. Will we ever get to a point wear we as human won’t depend of technology so much, or will it continue to expand? I really loved the second quote because it conveyed exactly what I had wanted my inquiry project to be about before I modified it. When thoughts or actions are repressed, they have to manifest in some way. Was that the birth of computers/technology?

This nugget connects to my topic because I could definitely blend this article with the culmination of twitter, how it has changed, and where it might be going. My interpretation of this nugget is important because, like I’ve said before, I can refer back to this and maybe come up with some new ideas and spark my imagination.


I like the way LivingTheDream chose a similar quote to me and thought about it the same way I did. I agree when he mentions that we don’t need computers but since they are here, they are here to stay. Ewingjm2’s post caught my attention because of their interpretation of the quote they chose. “Our lives are bound only by our dreams,” really solidifies how far we can go in life and how far we are willing to go. Helenakim’s post sparked my interest because of her dedication to her posts and the depth she takes with the posts.

Concept Experience /Nugget Review

Going through Diigo made it obvious that I wasn’t alone in my efforts in searching for articles and interesting stuff to talk about. I was pleased to see all the different topics floating around. Meredith from section two’s approach was understandable and made me question why I hadn’t thought the way she did. I liked that she used a real life example to compare to “Augmenting Human Intellect.” The comparing of medicine to human intelligence clicked with me. Whatsfordinher, from section six kept their nugget post short and sweet, which I appreciate. They were able to read between the line and interpret what they thought Mr. Engelbart was trying to get across. Caroline, from section nine, has a very similar thought process to mine, which lead me to linking to her blog post. Her post was orderly and easy to comprehend, so it made me want to continue reading.

Looking back on my original post, I would have included, maybe a more complex quote that made me work a little harder to make meaningful. But everything is for a reason and I will just have to work a little harder next time to one-up myself.

Augmenting Human Intellect Nugget

“Pervading all of the augmentation means is a particular structure or organization. While an untrained aborigine cannot drive a car through traffic, because he cannot leap the gap between his cultural background and the kind of world that contains cars and traffic, it is possible to move step by step through an organized training program that will enable him to drive effectively and safely. In other words, the human mind neither learns nor acts by large leaps, but by steps organized or structured so that each one depends upon previous steps.”

This quote resonated with me because it makes so much sense in my mind. Whenever I see a piece that I don’t understand, most of the time I just move on because if I don’t understand right away, I probably never will. This quote clicked in my mind very fast, which is why it resonated with me. I very much agree with this quote. Nothing just spontaneously starts existing, except for maybe the big bang I suppose. But most things generate from other things, just like a train of thoughts or learned actions. Everything is a step-by-step process, and we become better and more knowledgeable about things as we become more accustomed to them.

But of course, not everything is that way. Some people are naturally gifted at music or art, so this concept isn’t suitable for every action or trait.

“The human mind does not work that way. It operates by association. With one item in its grasp, it snaps instantly to the next that is suggested by the association of thoughts, in accordance with some intricate web of trails carried by the cells of the brain,”

this quote came from my first  nugget in “As We May Think” by Vannevar Bush. This excerpt from the full quote fits in with the quote I published up top. Nothing comes from nothing, so thoughts have to originate from other thoughts. I think of this approach like a game of leap frog. You cant move on until your partner has jumped over you. And if you do, you’ve skipped a crucial step. I hope this post has made sense. My brain seems to being doing things without my consent. Anyways I enjoyed making this post! It got my mind going.


UnicornBlake’s post caught my action by using the same quote from “As We May Think,” so that makes me think that we may think alike. I liked that the quote they chose were different yet could still be connected while I chose two quotes that I found similar and chose to do my post that way.

I enjoyed reading helenakim’s post because I can relate it to my topic a bit. She mentions that humans are always seeking out the newest system, which I believe to be very true. My topic is how twitter has changed the way people communicate and it is sort of like Twitter is an easier way to talk because you only have 140 characters. It forces you to be blunt and quick, and isn’t that what we were striving for nowadays?

M1chael’s post was very similar to mine in that we chose the same quote basically.  I’ve noticed that this quote has been mentioned a lot because it  is easy to connect with and understand. It’s about learning by steps and that nothing can be achieved unless you move incrementally. It is such a good quote.

Nugget #2- Man-Computer Symbiosis

“In one sense of course, any man-made system is intended to help man, to help a man or men outside the system. If we focus upon the human operator within the system, however, we see that, in some areas of technology, a fantastic change has taken place during the last few years. “Mechanical extension” has given way to replacement of men, to automation, and the men who remain are there more to help than to be helped. In some instances, particularly in large computer-centered information and control systems, the human operators are responsible mainly for functions that it proved infeasible to automate. Such systems (“humanly extended machines,” North might call them) are not symbiotic systems. They are “semi-automatic” systems, systems that started out to be fully automatic but fell short of the goal.

This passage intrigued me because it makes such sense in my head and I completely agree with it. Like, of course a man-made system was intended to help humans, we were the ones who made it! It sort of makes me think that we made this technology to take a little of the burden we had on ourselves, off, before we had this technology. I like that the article calls this “man-computer symbiosis” a “mechanically extended man.” Google Glass is a great example of the extension of the human body, just like microscopes.

Going back to my nugget from Week 1, I talked about mental processes and the human brain. These two nuggets sort of intersect, or well they do to me. Sometime in the near future, we will have made some kind of extension of the brain. I can’t really comprehend what it will be like, but I feel it is possible. My inquiry project will be about Twitter, which is sort of like an extension of the mind in a way. It allows for thoughts and ideas to be born and witnessed. My interpretation is important because this will help with inquiry project in the long run.


I like taheripf’s post because she mentioned web.md and that you can diagnose yourself with a disease with even seeing a computer, just by going on the computer.

“How our experiences are read-only to others!” This quote from ewingjm2 was totally interesting to me. I never thought of memories in that way and I liked how they connected it to computers.

Just as Mirna found her nodding along with the article, I was nodding along with the post. I agree that it is very cool to know that technology is so advanced that paraplegic people can have more freedom.



“As We May Think” Nugget

“The human mind does not work that way. It operates by association. With one item in its grasp, it snaps instantly to the next that is suggested by the association of thoughts, in accordance with some intricate web of trails carried by the cells of the brain. It has other characteristics, of course; trails that are not frequently followed are prone to fade, items are not fully permanent, memory is transitory. Yet the speed of action, the intricacy of trails, the detail of mental pictures, is awe-inspiring beyond all else in nature.

Man cannot hope fully to duplicate this mental process artificially, but he certainly ought to be able to learn from it. In minor ways he may even improve, for his records have relative permanency. The first idea, however, to be drawn from the analogy concerns selection. Selection by association, rather than indexing, may yet be mechanized. One cannot hope thus to equal the speed and flexibility with which the mind follows an associative trail, but it should be possible to beat the mind decisively in regard to the permanence and clarity of the items resurrected from storage.”

Anything that has to do with human body and mind has always intrigued me. And I find it very true what the author is trying to tell us. The mind is such an amazing organ, it controls everything. So many things are rushing through it and we don’t even realize it. It almost relates to the first post about how we think, when the article says the mind operates by association. So one thought leads to another, better more abstract thought and on and on.

I like that the author gives hope that we can maybe train our minds to be better and pick out to specific things you want. I found my interpretation important because typing it out is beneficial to myself and maybe other people that didn’t catch what I did and can learn from different perspectives.