I thought maybe that post title would grab your attention off the interwebs–a place long on information and not so long on synthesis.
And yet, from those same web-deeps from time to time comes a thread of woven thought that leaves us more “together” having both read and comprehended its message.
Such is the case for this Brain Pickings extraction from a collection of “explanations” from 192 thinkers called This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works.
You know a read page has had impact when few lines remain NOT underlined or marginally annotated in some way. This was that kind of longer-than-blog-normal article. Below I offer an especially provocative excerpt from this longer sampler of interesting thought that purports to contribute toward a partial answer to the grand question “What scientific concept will improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?”
I like the notion given by Sherry Turkle, the author of Together, Alone. (See links below this post for more about her ideas and her book.) She speaks in this Brain Pickings excerpt from This Explains Everything about the notion of “transitional objects.”
If you’re the rare Friday blog reader, you can click here for my annotations from Turkle’s passage about those cherished objects that form the bridge between self and other. (Scroll down to the 5th image and excerpt, my highlights are in yellow.)
She considers the computer as a special kind of adult transitional object–that provides both comfort and connection (for some but not all adults). Herein may lie a partial explanation for the vast difference between me (who sees the computer as more than a tool and as a transitional object by Turkle’s use of the phrase) and my wife (who sees computer as a necessary evil and nothing but a tool, and a loathsome one at that.)
There is much to chew on from this Brain Picking. You have all weekend. Prepare to give an account of yourself come Monday. There will be a pop test.