Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 214. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2018-11-22 06:36:53+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: the psychoanalysis of everyday computing Jamieson Webster's fine essay, "The Psychopharmacology of Everyday Life"*, in the latest New York Review of Books, is (in my psychoanalytically untutored view) well worth reading -- troubling reading, of course. It has led me to wonder where and how computing in general, and computationally aided enquiry specifically, fit into our psychic lives and vice versa. As the 'intuitive' interface is naturalised and so becomes intuitive, we let it (the right one) in, and it becomes our intimate familiar. These days, thanks to the loosening of strictures on rationality and the hugely increased attention to intuition, with Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow on the one hand and Gigerenzer's Gut Feelings on the other, it would seem time to look into the channel between the digital, combinatorial machine and our wetware's psyche. So my usual question: has anyone thought about this, looked into it, written about it? I don't mean (although the subject is interesting) the worries that appear in print about the dangers of 'screen time'. I mean what is happening to our ways of reasoning and to other cognitive processes through the unguarded (if it is) back door. Would not a better understanding of this help us understand so much more about what we computing humanists are doing -- or not doing, and should? Yours, WM *See http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/11/19/the-psychopharmacology-of-everyday-life/ -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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