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The importance of books and the complete experience

January 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Being a purist in many ways, I have resisted the convenience of e-readers and tablets as the medium I prefer to consume books.  Certainly toting around Ken Follett’s latest tome Winter of the World around has its downsides–falling asleep being crushed beneath a massive hard cover is not a pleasurable experience.  However, reading an a book and the whole tactile experience that goes along with it is something not matched in screen form.

While reading a recent post on Mindful Stew, I was reminded of a The Globe and Mail article I read which recounted Margaret Atwood having defended the internet and social media as “a great driver of literacy” as it caused people to read and thereby stimulate their brain in a variety of ways.  The point of the article, however, was that the brain of screen readers develops in a vastly different way; the neurological networks of an “expert reader” are vastly different and more developed than those of an over stimulated screen reader.  The article went on to say that the kind of reading done in a hyper linked, hyper stimulating environment fosters a brain that is unable to focus in a deep and meaningful way, something that they termed “Twitter brain”, causing the mind to work in an infantilized mode.

Likewise, a recent article in The Toronto Star points out that old fashioned text books are more effective at conveying information than e-books.  It points out that the physical cues that trigger links to memories and information simply aren’t the same in the e-reader, and thus the pathway to those memories is less likely to be located.  Also the ability to fan through pages of a textbook to find the information you’re looking for is no longer possible.  Now one must laboriously scroll to find their spot.

There are lots of students who would gladly not lug their back breaking Science and Math textbooks home at the end of the day, but it seems that replacing books with virtual copies has its drawbacks too.

Certainly a book has never run out of batteries in the middle of a canoe trip, and for that I will gladly haul them over many portages on my back.

Life’s little paradox…

December 6, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Too much of a good thing isn’t. a good thing.

 

 

 


Poetic Bloodlines

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

While a little bit thuggish at first, this is a great piece. Quite moving.

Cerebral Recipes [03]

February 11, 2009 Leave a comment

**Author: Mandeep–Originally posted on Mourningbell.com**

 

My gym plays bad music.  Very bad dance music… it’s just plods along at the same synthy tempo… every single song.  It’s like listening to a metronome on speed, in hell.  The following playlist resolved the pain this morning on the way to work…

Recipe to De-dancify the Music in Your Head on a Wednesday Morning Commute:

Doves – Firesuite
My Bloody Valentine – Soon
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Straight Up and Down
Mark Ronson – Inversion
Elbow – Forget Myself
And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – Will You Smile Again
PJ Harvey – Kamikaze
Cat Power – Love & Communication

Listen here:
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Categories: Cerebral Recipes, Music

Cerebral Recipes [02]

January 19, 2009 Leave a comment

**Author: Mandeep–Originally posted on Mourningbell.com**


Recipe for an (un)dreary Monday morning commute (now in playlist form!)

M.I.A. – Paper Planes
Animal Collective – Leaf House
Mark Ronson – L.S.F.
Klaxons – Golden Skans
Deerhunter – Nothing Ever Happened
King Biscuit Time – Izzum
Ratatat – Falcon Jab
ESG – UFO
The Kooks – Stormy Weather
Soulwax – Krack
Les Savy Fav – The Sweat Descends
Fucked Up – No Epiphany

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