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Honing My Tools

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Nugget Curation 2: Curating your research process

“For mature thought there is no mechanical substitute. But creative thought and essentially repetitive thought are very different things. For the latter there are, and may be, powerful mechanical aids.”

“The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today.”

“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.”

“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.”

Our brains have been the most advanced piece of technology we have had since the beginning of time. Since the new era of advanced physical technology came about, I believe we have neglected the best piece of equipment we have always had – the brain. Every single one of these nuggets talks about machines and technology. In today’s world all you hear about is technology. The newest this, the latest that. Every one wants the latest best thing with the most capabilities. But what about the oldest, greatest thing that has an infinite realm of capability? Our brains are so incredible, these babies are geared to rewire themselves even! They can endure surgeries and separation of parts, and they can still recover and relearn and fix themselves. They power entire human bodies. They control the outside and the inside and they compute and they problem solve, they remember and they create, they are the piece of technology we should be the most concerned about, not the latest smartphone.

We should do our best to keep our brains at optimal performance, with lots of rest time and training. With our continuous, day and night use of various forms of technology, our brains need rest and they need time to recover in areas that are not receiving the attention they need. We should be working on improving our brains so that we can continue to develop and improve these masterpieces of technology we are working on every day. The brain and its vast capabilities are forgotten under the shadow of surgical machines and computer screens. The real tune up we need is for our noggins.

Nugget Curation 1: New Media Dreaming

“For mature thought there is no mechanical substitute. But creative thought and essentially repetitive thought are very different things. For the latter there are, and may be, powerful mechanical aids.”

“The hope is that, in not too many years, human brains and computing machines will be coupled together very tightly, and that the resulting partnership will think as no human brain has ever thought and process data in a way not approached by the information-handling machines we know today.”

“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.”

“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.”

#mechanicalaids – The foundation of my inquiry project started right here, with mechanical aids as the base. We now use technology that can range from a spork to a touch screen laptop.

#man-machine – My fear has always been that we will let all this technology get ahead of us, or actually in us. Thinking about putting your computer into your brain is a cool idea at first, but down the line this could possibly pose a very big problem between human and machine which can be avoided if we keep the brain optimized itself, and continue to develop and improve technology separate from the human brain.

#brainfunction – The brain is a computer in itself. Just like a computer needs time and needs to download software bit by bit, brains learn in steps, bit by bit as well. In order to keep our brains at optimal performance throughout the extensive use of technology that, frankly, isn’t doing it much good, we need to utilize the best way of learning for the brain.

#techworld – Obviously I’m not saying we should completely get rid of all our cool technology that we depend on every day of our lives because of the fact that we depend on it every day of our lives in this era. So use computers, but also keep up the brain game.

All these tags connect together in the sense that they bring the readings back to our use of technology. How we use it, where we use it, how it effects our everyday lives, how we cannot get rid of it. And because of the how, where, and why, it is imperative that we do not let these machines run over our greatest asset – the brain. We need to keep our brain functions relevant and prominent, we should not be dependent on these machines all the time. We should be always working to strengthen what we already have.