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Cognisphere

artilects and the new human

So I’m showing this video to my Cyberpunk Literature summer class. It’s a BBC show dealing with cognitive science and developments of artificial intelligence. It looks at some particular activities and explores some of the ethical and political concerns around them. http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=2160815834239891699&hl=en&fs=true It’s an interesting video, and I think it will spur some good conversation […]

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Cognisphere Teaching

packs roaming distributed learning environments

Read Gardner Campbell’s recent post on Company Sense, by which he means a theatrical company or troupe and the type of relationships that can be built there. I’ve never been in a theater company, but I’ve been in a band and so I think I can understand the idea here of the kinds of connections […]

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Cognisphere Current Affairs

googled brains

As Jeff notes, many will write about Nick Carr’s Atlantic Monthly piece. The article’s title suggested more trolling than actually goes on, which is good (that said, it’s a little sad that so many "respectable" publications feel like they need to troll to get attention). Then again, maybe I’m missing something. Carr makes some cogent […]

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Cognisphere Teaching

distributed learning environments

Following up on Charles’ questions, I wanted to delve further into this term. In a way it’s an old term. You can find people using it more than a decade ago in reference to online education. Here’s a definition from 1995 in Syllabus (via): Distributed learning is not just a new term to payday loans […]

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Cognisphere digital rhetoric Mobile Technology Rhetoric/Composition Web/Tech

microblog compositions

Following up on my earlier post on microblogging, I saw a thread on the TechRhet listserv regarding this subject: essentially how might one use Twitter in the writing classroom? The general consensus in the thread was that there was a potential to teach concision in the 140 character limitation of the tweet. There was also […]

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Cognisphere cyberspace digital rhetoric Mobile Technology

Jay Bolter, locative rhetoric, and eversion

Final post catching up on Computers and Writing on Bolter’s keynote speech. The bottom line is that Bolter offers a vision of inscription (of writing/composition) that lies far beyond what any but a very small group of rhet/comp faculty, even within computers and writing, are able to engage. I think it shows us a world […]

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Cognisphere Higher Education

open source and software ecologies

Continuing with the catch up on the Computers and Writing 2008 conference. I sat in on the town hall meeting issues of open source, particularly on the issue of standards for Open Office XML. There’s a lot of interesting debate around this issue, including: Microsoft makes a boat load of money with proprietary office products […]

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Cognisphere

Chomsky, universal grammar, and the cognisphere

In this Google Talk, Chomsky addresses a range of issues as he responds to questions. My interest here is in his discussion of the first question regarding his changing perspective on the concept of universal grammar. Chomsky explains that the current theory is that language developed 50K-100K years ago and that as such, whatever genetic […]