#CritLit2010 | Serendipity, a way of thinking?

I would like to reflect about the concept of serendipity phenomena in a not scientific way. That is because there is a neuroscience matter and it is out of my domain. Here is a
project “Serendip” which is more connected to scientific resarch.

Is it a way of thinking?.
I think it is a way of “thin slicing“.

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#CritLit2010 | Moebius connectivity

On the story that came from a book ( a university student  once lend to me)  called “Subway Named Moebius,by A.J. Deutsch ”  I found an interesting relationship on the bases on connectivity (S. Downes):

“The principles of connectivity state that as a system makes more connections to other parts of itself, the connectivity of that system increases in an exponential fashion to staggering levels.(1)”

Moebius strip by warwick

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#CritLit2010 final reflections

At the end of the course, I would like to return and close the matter of  semantic language, the cultural dimension as a matter of “linguistic relativity”.

Different in interpretation of the world are based on linguistic differences, but rather in a particular way of seeing the world, which depends on the conditions under which life develops and culture of a community.

Do we only see the world that which is distinctly reflected in the syntactic and semantic categories of language?
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#CritLit2010 reflections – Semantics on debate | sixth week

This week 6, Semantic learning objectives are:

The ability to connect communicative elements to underlying purposes, goals, objectives, theories or meaning, denotation, reference, truth and understanding. Including new ways of interpreting information and evaluating media, through aggregation and filtering for instance.

Following this, I would like to reflect about the exchange between John, Ulop, Stephen and Ruth on Suifaijohnmak’s Weblog. That is because I find a group treatment of  different contents (their messages or comments posted) of their thoughts. This experience is  complex and that the group communication problems are different possibilities of expression, interpretation, perception or reception to interpret the meaning or the semantic dimension of the messages.  So, this is the point in which this experience is connected with the challenge suggested on this week.
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#CritLit2010 reflections – Signals of Collective Intelligence fifth week

Connectivism, ¿the next social revolution?

Howard Rheingold in his book “Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution” explains that  there are some signs of collective intelligence in the use of technology. He considers that there might be a power on the technology collective interaction. The ability the people has power on their collective actions.  He said that people will have power on their pocket in the few years. An example was in Philippines (2001) when President Estrada had dismissed because a smart mob organized by the citizens. Examples of  Technology in collective action:

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#CritLit2010 reflections – fifth week


“We live in a complex and fast time in a hundred new and different in the beginning of a time you will see the biggest changes in the history of mankind”.

This is the way Manuel Castells interprets the actual era in an interview conducted by journalist Mayte Pascual entitled, What world do we live?

I am  interested to start to the topic of this week “Context” with the concept of “complexity” which is a sign of our times. Castells says we are at a crucial time transformation in multiple dimensions. Everywhere we see and experience fluctuations, evolution, diversification, changes. It seems that the ICT has accelerated exponentially our perception of this process. Unlike other times, humankind is hyper connected, in an evolutionary stage privileged. The conversion technology has led to a progressive process of abandonment of specific physical labor of the eighteenth century to open happened to intellectual work, forming a new subjectivity.

This change is happening a major transformation in the ways in which we constituted as subjects: our ways of being and being in the world are distancing themselves from typically modern modalities of being and being in the world. (Paula Sibilia, Postorganic Humankind, 2002)

Regarding this, as raised in the article “Streams of Content,Limited Attention: The Flow of Information through Social Media” Danah Boyd. In the article, Boyd express this way of being  with the stream metaphor.

There is a mode of being “connected” or as she called to be “in flow” in an information  landscape defined by networked media. She said that it is possible because there is a channel of  distribution available to everyone and between everyone.

On the contrary, is the moment of human history in which we are more connected and the lower the social distribution of wealth.

There are some particular topics that I found among the articles suggested this week that let me characterized the actual complex context:

  • Digital Culture
  • Economy: pro commons
  • Platform & Control
  • Sustainability

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