The following documentation is an attempt to recollect the tracks of the
past 6 months. This documentation will continue through the completion
of this project.
It may resolve as a series of parables about a little boy, a teenager, and an old man; a computer, a fish, and a house
It may resolve as a sacred text generated by this journey as interpreted by google
It may resolve as a polished one of a kind illustrated volume
It may resolve as an interactive customizable quest for enlightment
It may resolve like this...
AUTOMATIC BOOK GENERATOR?
teacher: So you don't agree with me that computers are natural? student: No, they are man made. teacher: What about dogs? Dogs are man made variations on the wolf. student: Well then dogs arent natural. teacher: evolutionary products then? student: I will give you that. symantics. teacher: symantics
-disciple: ...so what I want to do, basically, is to use technology to aid in traditional spiritual and religious practices and goals. -sifu: and how are you going to do that? -disciple: I'm not quite sure... I'm thinking of playing with the senses.... Like gestalt psychology... they say that all of your thoughts are derived from your senses. So I was thinking of like mantras and stuff, and how they might be effecting your brain by only allowing it to operate on a single specific piece of data and this is perceived as an altered state of consciousness, because your brain is working with only a limited amount of information to create thought. So I was thinking about making people's brains function differently through little devices that play with sound and light; to kind of give them a hint, you know. -sifu: It sounds like you have no clue what you want to do. -disciple: :\ -sifu: you should make a guilt sensor...
First contact: so I find this really interesting...how are you going to accomplish this? prospective: I have no idea... First contact: that's ok.
hungry, alone, isolated by inability and fear of communication, tired from walking miles and miles in poor shoes with no where to go, thirsty. guilt for being american....
First Contact: hello, it's good to meet you. gas: good to meet you too. (so hungry). First Contact: Let's order something and then talk. liquid: sounds good. (so hungry). First Contact: I will just get some coffee from this place. gas: oh, ok....I'll look around.(so hungry)
liquid: uhhhmmm....apfel und uhmmmm....nutella unt cafe......unt vassa... provider: blahblahblah-german. liquid: yah.
solid: oh this is so good. First Contact: so tell me about your self...
INSERT TI PROPOSAL.... My interest in art began with an intense pursuit of personal growth. In the beginning of my career as an artist, I quickly became fascinated by the concepts that arose naturally out of spontaneous creation: cause and effect, infinity, and whittling away of the ego, etc. These concepts arose from my attempts to create work without consciously dictating an outcome, and eventually, layered into new understanding of art, myself, and the world. Lately, I find myself thinking about some of these past epiphanies and relating them to my students as potential catalysts for ideas to grow within them and drive their own work. I currently teach a class in New Media at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI and was inspired, through our discussions, to attempt to elucidate some of these ideas through a series of New Media projects. In particular, the main idea that I intend to explore, began a few years ago. After gaining an intimate understanding of cause and effect through my process of creating, I had a musing that Nature is in a perpetual pursuit of unattainable perfection. The thought quickly followed that we are nature. We are a product of of Nature's entropic evolutionary pursuit. As a way-point on this path, we are an experiment in consciousness. As a species, we have the unique ability to supersede the slow process of traditional evolution and create change for ourselves. The domestic dog, a product of our consciousness meddling with the evolution of the wolf, is a clear example of this evolutionary take-over. It is not a difficult to find individuals to agree that a dog is a product of evolution, however, it is much harder to convince them that a computer is as well. The computer is as natural as a dog. Humans have been given the task, through the process of evolution, of taking over and speeding up evolution itself. With technology expanding upon itself exponentially, it is only a matter of time before humans and the computer become a seamless whole. Will there be a new subspecies born from this merger? As Canis lupus gave Canis lupus familiaris will Homo sapiens create a Homo sapien cyberis? Perhaps this hyper-advancement in technology is an evolutionary dead end? If so, then is consciousness? Or have we, as a whole, been making ill-use of this evolutionary gift? Perhaps, we are too focused on the the external products of our efforts. What if we turned this pursuit inward and strove to drive the evolution of consciousness itself? This is not a new idea. It is found in almost every world religion and spiritual practice. I wish to explore this "alternative" use of consciousness; the developing of the spirit as described in the common thread found in the world's philosophies and religions and how these pursuits are effected by our current technology driven direction. I intend to make multi user interactive works using Flash, Android, Processing, and the iPhone to explore technology's role, as a help or hindrance, in the pursuit of traditional spiritual and religious goals and practices. In practice, I view art as akin to good journalism. In proper reporting, facts are shown, opinions are not, questions are raised, and, by the viewer's active participation in processing these facts against their own prior experience, is enlightened. The technologies that I intend to explore have a unique potential to supersede, as well as take advantage of, barriers such as location and language in order to evoke universal questions, that, when posed precisely, can be related directly back to the media which carries them, thereby coercing the viewer into questioning the very technology that brought them the experience.
Comment from admin Posted at: May 17, 2010 at 2:44 am just had a thought�€�.Over the course of these 2 years, I could potentially see my projects unfolding like a book. With each project, conceptually and sequentially, leading to the next; bringing the viewer through a step-by-step exploration of consciousness�€� we shall se�€� Posted at: May 17, 2010 at 7:19 pm Awesome! Looking forward to the journey. Craig Posted at: June 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm I really appreciate this unfolding of your thoughts Dan. How ironic it is that you transform from this person who could care less about art let alone its purpose and discourse into someone whom I truly believe will contribute in infinitum to our future understanding of life and its unique connection to visual and theoretical imagery. I want to collaborate. I have an idea I'm emailing to you now. Let me know if you're interested and when you can get started.
solid: I'm not sure what I will do for my research component. First contact: I want you to think more expansively. Like watch all the episodes of star trek. Especially the ones where spoke breaks down and shows emotion. The vulcan race is the ultimate example of the control of emotion. Take your research in that direction. Pull from anywhere that you can... (((SEEE NOTES))) solid: :) - (yum).
RESEARCH DRAFT 1 Working title : Emotion as indicator Topic of Interest : My research will explore the idea of emotion as a sense which can guide action. By providing feedback from the subconscious, emotion can assist in decision making without distorting our mental state. This may be the next major step in the development of artificial intellegence. Summery: The individual constitutions of the general public are, no doubt, in constant fluctuation in response to their immediate emotional reactions to everyday situations and their surroundings. However, a person's mental state should, ideally, remain constant. Emotions should register with the conscious mind, be acknowledged, processed, and allowed to pass, essentialy providing a unique quality of feedback, without changing the ability of the individual to think and act in an uncompromised mental state. The idea of having control over one's emotions is illustrated in Taoism, as it is the "superior man" who can act independently of his emotions in order to make decisions for the greater good. It is also found in Christianity in the well known phrase "turn the other cheek." It describes, in a simple allegory, not allowing hurt or anger to cause one to act in a negative way. This is not to say, however, that one should not feel emotions. They should be allowed to play a role in shaping the individual and their decisions. Unlike the Vulcans from Star Trek, emotions are not something to be repressed and ignored, but rather to be used for insight into how the world takes shape in relation to you. In this paper, I will be exploring experiments performed by researchers of emotion, as well as creating my own experiments. I will also be referencing religious and spiritual texts, which aim to describe the actions of ideal human behavior. I wish for this research to inform my work in providing a justifiable context for creating a device that aims to assist in identifying and thereby, hopefully, guiding the user toward positive action. OUTLINE : I. Preface : 'motivation' 1.Experiences from art-making 2.Books 3.Practices II. Introduction : 'how and why' 1.Hypothesis a. stress as debilitator b. emotional response as cause of stress c. training emotional response faculties 2.Research Question 3.Methodology a. previous experiments b. unique experiments c. examples from popular culture d. examples from world religions e. thought experiments III. Argument IV.Body 1. A society under emotion a. famous/ pertinent examples of emotion dictating action b. examples in research of emotion's link to action 2. Removing emotion a. the development of artificial emotions b. how AI can inform us about ourselves c. the Vulcans 3. Guides to life a. the use of emotion in traditional spiritual and religious texts b. responsibility for actions 4. Assisted emotion a. biofeedback b. retraining the brain c. unique experiments V. Conclusion
student: Your lecture was great. And I think based off of what I saw, that you would be a perfect fit to be my project advisor. faculty: excellent. so how do you want to use your time with me here today? student: I'm not sure, how about I tell you about my project.
lunch with new friends boy : so why did you come to TI? sure : It was the only school that was still accepting applications boy : same here. indifferent : and I wanted a low res program so I could keep my job and stuff.
3< An open Letter to my peers...performed with nervous vibrato: Hello, I just had a few things that I wanted to get off my chest. I really hate art. (feedback) I mean, I love to create things, but capital A art is just infuriating. .. (feedback) I mean, I could love everyone of you Im sure. But the closed circuit circle jerk of a community that we call the art world just has to go. I don't really care about other artist's work. I mean, some of it is nice, sometimes it is beautiful and moving, but why should other peoples interpretation of the world inform my work. and the only people that will get the reference are other artists and they dont need this info... they are the critical thinkers they are the generators of new ideas Share Them I want to bring my experience, my knowledge, and my sensibilities that I have gathered over the course of my 28 years to the table. I don't care how they thought about things in the 60s or the 80s or even the 90s. What is relevent is now. And I am now. We are now, so I look forward to discussions with all of you, that will change us as people, and as a bonus, assist in the evolution of our work and lives. Thank you love daniel head spin.
late for coffee
student:so I am building an electronic conscience...
student: ...and the data being collected will be stored in a data base for use in future projects...
faculty: that is very interesting. If you need anything in the future, let me know
project proposal : 2nd draft by Daniel Marchwinski - Friday, 6 August 2010, 11:56 am Anyone on this site art project proposal daniel marchwinski draft 1 working title : the electronic conscience This project will be my first attempt to create a bridge between technology and traditional spiritual practices and goals. It will attempt to create an interface with which to explore the idea of a quantifiable, subjective experience of right and wrong, based on an individual's immediate autonomous response to thought and action. This project will challenge the traditional western paradigm of a set of rules that define right and wrong. The electronic conscience will consist of a ring, bracelet, and an android application. Within the bracelet and ring will be multiple sensors, a lily-pad arduino (microprocessor), and a bluetooth module. These sensors will collect, from the user: heart rate, galvanic skin response, and blood oxygen levels. The data collected, by the arduino, will be sent, via bluetooth, to the user's android powered device. The application running on the android device will process the incoming information, as well as play the role of intervening by way of a customizable alarm system. The user experience will begin with a set of tasks that will serve as control tests with which the program can learn the user's individual autonomous response system. This data will then be used by the software in order to differentiate between autonomous responses to guilt, from response to excitement or other stress. The project will resolve in multiple spaces. Detailed instructions on how to create the electronic conscience will created and sent back into the network, from which it ultimately came, in as many places as possible. (ex. makezine.com, instructables.com, gizmodo.com). The android application will also store the data from each device's sensors, as well as location, in an open database. I will then use this data to extend the work into other spheres. I must admit that I am not sure exactly where it is headed. It may end up being a static graphical representation of the data, based on location of each and every user of the electronic conscience; the database may provide the numerical data for an animated visualizer; or there may be another device, which allows a new viewer to experience the totality of the electronic conscience users' fluctuating mental states. One of the outcomes that I hope will result from this project, is that as someone continues to utilize the electronic conscience, their readings will level out as a result of this unique biofeedback. http://arduino.cc http://www.android.com/ September - November : R&D -research biological responses to guilt, excitement, and stress -research sensors -research amplification circuits -develop simple prototypes for individual components -develop arduino program to collect data -design temporary wearable device -create complete hardware solution November - December : Android -create app to interpret incoming data January - February : Android part 2 -setup app to send data to external database -design and implement user interface for Android app -final wearable device completion March : How-To -create detailed instructions on the creation of the electronic conscience -get project placed in various pertinent locations on the web -recruit as many 'test subjects' as possible -begin writing data visualization software in Processing April : External Visualization -continue writing data visualization software in Processing May - June : -develop method of displaying visualization
solid : So I really hate art. I came here to get my degree so that I can teach. I stopped calling myself an artist even :)
crisis on a bicycle.
student: so I am building an electronic conscience faculty: I don't think you can do this. student: i do. faculty: this is the type of project that a team of researchers and scientists would spend years on. student: shrug* faculty: what happens if you fail? student: well then the project will just change. I will have to work with what I am able to. faculty: you must simplify your research. student: alright.
member: so I am building an electronic conscience... leader: interesting.
kit kat klub 08/03/10 dominique, migdalia, magda and myself are planning to go here this weekend... not certain which night yet. we are all researching as we all have layers to sexuality in our work. but we are looking for willing male accomplices that are reflective. not the fraternity sorts. the four of us are in critiques at our flat at the moment and will have more specifics by tomorrow. let me know if interested. should be fun and trust building. ;) -- rori knudtson (001) 303 552 1939 http://rknudtson.com http://rknudtson.wordpress.com http://imagingthecity.wordpress.com http://ouiwe.org http://transmediale.de/en/node/11513
group: why guilt?
Inspiration hits from admirable women and a man.
Oh Happy Day! I am an artist again!
daniel alex to jean show details Aug 9 sorry about the delay David dunn Deborah Aschheim Derek Holzer David dunn jean marie geoff cox
Fuck tai chi!
I wanna move somewhere warm!
daniel alex to jean show details Aug 11 on second thought, after talking to Jeff, I should probably pair down my research proposal before I send it to her. I will do this today. And if possible, run it by you and/or geoff first. dan
research proposal 2nd draft by Daniel Marchwinski - Wednesday, 11 August 2010, 12:59 pm Anyone on this site Working title : Autonomic responses to guilt Topic of Interest : My research will explore the autonomic response to stress and emotion, specifically the feeling of guilt. Summery: The body is constantly responding to the world surrounding it by means of information passed to the brain through the senses. From this information, we make choices that define our actions. In addition, from this information, our body also makes choices independently from our conscious mind. Autonomic nervous system are a control system that acts on the body without our conscious intervention. These functions, ranging from perspiration, to blinking, to changes in heart rate, are most often employed to prepare the body for a coming change like rest, action, or digestion. Many of these response systems go largely unnoticed by the conscious mind but are constantly there effecting our body. In gaining a greater understanding of what happens to the body, when specific emotions are triggered, perhaps these responses can be used to gain a greater awareness of how we are being effected by the world around us. For my research, I will be exploring the different responses that the body has to various types of stress and excitements. My goal is to single out how the body responds differently to the feeling of guilt then to other emotional states such as excitement, pleasure, fear, and anger. Edit | Delete | Permalink
daniel alex to leon show details Aug 22 Hello Leon, A bit about me.... I teach in foundations at CCS, a class called digital fundamentals. I also was asked to run an intro to new media class last semester, which I did....The students seemed to like it, but I think it was kind of a failure...live and learn. Speaking of learning, I just finished my first summer residency through Transart. I became friends with Rori and some others, and when they found out that I teach at CCS they said that we must meet... They told me a little bit about you, and I am kind of very excited. The CCS fine arts department needs some changes, as you no doubt know, and you sound like the right person for the job, plus I think I can help! I would like to put together some class proposals for the winter semester. So I was wondering if you wanted to meet sometime this week, introduce ourselves, maybe talk shop. looking forward to meeting you, daniel - Show quoted text -
daniel alex to ericka show details Aug 22 everything is basically good...feeling strange in the midst of my first full day in detroit...really strange... trying to power through it and just let things work themselves our...for the first time in a while....I have no clue what I want. cesta la vi
Michael Ashmore to Aimee, Ajay, Alex, Arlene, Barbara, Bill, Carole, Cathie, Cathie, Charles, Cliff, Connie, Connie, Cynthia, Blooming, Damon, me, Dan, David, Don, Don, Elaine, Eric, extradispersion, Gail, Jack show details Aug 22 There is a seminar this Saturday at the Madison Heights City Hall, 1-4:30PM, $40 suggested fee. As always, if things are tight, don't let the fee keep you at home. Immediately preceding the seminar, approx. 12:15PM, we will again have a nice informal potluck lunch. We have plates, glasses, napkins, etc., so bring something tasty to pass if you'd like. Cheers! Sifu M.A.
o yeah....this is why...
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Deborah Aschheim to me show details Aug 13 hi daniel thanks for your email, your work sounds very interesting and relevant to things i am working on, and i've had great experiences with the transart students i've worked with in the past, so i am interested- we should talk a bit about our expectations and goals for the year before we do anything official, just so we are on the same page. do you have a website or somewhere i can check out some of your works online? or that you could easily send? in terms of your project, i've been doing some interesting collaborations with greg siegle at the university of pittsburgh, i think you might be interested in some of the work he heads up at the program in cognitive and affective neuroscience - they do a lot of eyetracking, eeg and fmri to connect emotion and the brain/body http://www.pitt.edu/~gsiegle/ also, i have a 2 year fellowship as the inaugural hellman visiting artist at the memory and aging center in the neurology department at uc san francisco. one thing i get to do as visiting artist is observe at bob levenson's lab-the berkeley physiopsychology lab at the institute of personality and social research at uc berkeley. you may want to check out some of their research projects- they do really cool naturalistic studies of emotion that involve showing people emotion-inspiring movie clips and also having them discuss emotional subjects with their partners while hooked up to heart rate, motion, eye blink, temperature, skin conductance etc sensors. i think this could be a good resource for you, their work is really groundbreaking in terms of trying to study emotion (and emotion regulation) "outside the lab." http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~ucbpl/ anyhow- i know these are science resources, not art, but i have fruitful collaborations with both institutions, so have a look and see if anything is of interest. i am actually headed to hamburg and berlin on monday- i think transart is over by then, though? i'll be back in california on august 27, let's set up a time to talk. i have some plans to be in milwaukee and chicago in the coming months but not detroit unfortunately. best, deborah
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daniel alex to Deborah show details Aug 15 This sounds great! I actually appreciate the science references more then the art references. I will be in Berlin until Friday the 20th. It would be fantastic if we could meet up while we are both on the other side of the world. I do not really have any relevant work to show, as this is a new direction for me, but it does, in a round about way, tie into what I used to do. You can find some of my work here... http://transartmfa.snowshoedetroit.com let me know your schedule while you are here, mine is virtually wide open. -daniel - Show quoted text -
Aug 18 me: berlin has been very strange after everyone left... it got used to being constantly engaged, now there is tooooonss of free time Barens.Vera: well cool exclusive time 4 u walk walk 11:24 AM me: yes lots of bike riding, but now walking i can't think clearly hehe me: i hear that....andrew and i were talkign about that last night.... 11:26 AM we are both kind of realing.... things have changed....just don't quite know how they will fit back into where we are headed then also 11:34 AM i was thinking about detroit, and how the work there is stagnent and i want to get something happening there....if i am going to be staying these are like the tips of thoughts.... jsut very inspired i guess 11:35 AM big changes when i get home...been a long time coming its amazing how much you can shift in 3 weeks blahblahblah...:p the woman that gave birth to electricity me: i dont think youve told me about that one Barens.Vera: no she is there on the website me: k 11:43 AM Barens.Vera: she is plugged to the wall 250 feet of electric cable that's her cord she is a machine 11:45 AM me: ahhh...i found it me: i ran out of money but sold my boke and now I have 50E! party time Barens.Vera: hehehe... well.. enjoy... say hi to andrew. me: ok Barens.Vera: take care me: you too
daniel alex to Deborah show details Aug 21 hi deborah, I'm almost home...2 more hours of bus ride... I was wondering if you could suggest any important readings on the subject of emotions and autonomic response...so far I've just been stumbling around the internet surveying the land. I also noticed on the website of the person that you are observing, that in his lab, they are doing studies on the differences in autonomic responses between emotions...I was wondering if they have published anything specifically related too this, our if there was someway to discus their experiments and current findings. thanks daniel
Aug 23 me: haha 10:30 AM o i know exactly how you feel.... im considering for the first time not staying in detroit but then again...i might buy a house... :) 10:31 AM does your head feel back to normal yet? started your research? that's a crazy question 10:37 AM me: mmmm...not quite....Im tying up loose ends before I get t ointo it....although I have been gathering sources Ive been keeping myself reallllllyy busy, constantly....else i think il lgo crazy right now 10:38 AM quite an emotional rollercoaster these past couple of days... me: berlin berlin 10:39 AM sometimes im just speechless....not used to that me: i feel that too, but there are too many things to focus on....so im not sure what im doing yet, but.... 10:50 AM me: kind of just letting things happen i guess...working my ass of and just leting things follow me.... this is new o me, i havent put it into words yet, but i feel like i am approaching things in a different way then i have been still making sense of it though 10:51 AM the only thing that i am certain of is that stress=not good :) as for everything else.....no fucking idea... so i am going to look at a house today...it only costs 5000$ 10:57 AM makes renting in detroit a dumb idea me: im going crazy over here too btw....we are not alone either me: yeah... when I try and talk to like my family or friends about how i feel....i feel even crazier :) 11:05 AM but like ive talked to micheal a little bit, and andrew before i left and its like 5 words and you just know, its a strange relief to know that other people are feeling up and down too.....
Deborah Aschheim to me show details Aug 29 hi daniel i'm home now too, for a little while in fact, i have a long reading list that virginia sturm from bob levenson's lab at uc berkeley gave me, in fact. i have to confess, haven't had any time to read through these books myself! but all the recs are regarding emotion and the self, emotion regulation, social personality, etc maybe we could try to read some of them together and find the parts that are most interesting...here, this is direct from my notes, they might be incomplete but probably good enough to google up the proper citation: michael lewis: handbook of emotions richard davidson: handbook of affective science pankseppe: affective neuroscience the foundations of human and animal emotions antonio demasio: descarte's error: emotion reason and the human brain joseph ledoux: the synaptic self demasio (again): the feeling of what happens: body, emotions and the making of consciousness john cacioppio: social neuroscience: people thinking about people if you look at the bottom of bob levenson's cv, you'll see publications you can browse through: http://psychology.berkeley.edu/faculty/profiles/rlevenson.html if you know anyone with academic journal privileges, they can get you the articles that look relevant (without privileges you can usually read the abstract at least.) if you see something you really think is interesting and you can't get access, let me know and i can probably get you the pdf through colleagues. ok, happy hunting! we can try to talk on the phone or skype next week (this upcoming week, aug 30 week) if that works for you. best, deborah
old friend : I get to talk to scientists and shit!!!
daniel alex to Rori show details Aug 28 I just ran into leon at an opening, we just talked for a minute, but I am super excited about the role that he is going to play at ccs and in detroit. as for me, I am starting to fit back into place here...joined a crit group, reading about emotion, researching crazy math equations to manipulate into love poems...I'm looking at a house tomorrow...its crazy, the only way that I can afford a place is to buy one....so things are good...class starts in a week...how are you doing? I miss the hell out of everyone... also Im in the super early stages of starting a horizontally run, non accredited alternative art school....I'm meeting with some people in the coming week to generate some ideas, I would love to get some input from you in a few weeks or so, after I figure out some more details. let me know how it goes, love, daniel
email@example.com to me show details Aug 28 Hey... Let's chat on the phone soon. There's a chance I may be in Detroit soon. Also with a mutual friend/academic of leons and mine that I have been having a similar conversation with about alternative school. We are meeting weekly on Fridays about this very topic. Miss all too but delighted to know we all have each other. xo, Rori Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
Rori Knudtson to me show details Aug 30 303 552 1939. when are good times for you to talk? evenings and all day fridays and then weekends are great here. though i am headed to bed at the moment. rough few days. rough two weeks. coming back has been stressful. missing berlin so, so much. rori - Show quoted text -
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Aug 30 me: haha :D 1:11 PM the day before i got home, there was a tornado that came through, trees and fences down all over the place crazy weather
firstname.lastname@example.org to me show details Sep 1 So it appears that almost all of the sites in this campground are booked for this weekend, with the exception of the "boat in" sites. SO, I'm thinking one of two things: a) we go somewhere else or b) we rent a canoe and boat it from Cook Dam Rd. to 83C or 85C. What do you think? - Show quoted text -
Sept 1 me: :D im going camping this weekend! its a tiny little island that you have to wade out to...cliffs on the back side that you can dive off of grant application question
daniel alex to twelve show details Sep 8 I just found out there is a research library a mile from my house...free access to tons of databases for journals and whatnot....if anyone needs me to pull an article and email it to them, just hit me up.
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Lark to me show details Sep 15 http://we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/biometric/ Don't know if you know the above group - but they seem like your kind of people. BTW, do you know if we have our own website/blog for the ti-twelve? I saw a reference to it in someone's email - ? Ta. Best, Lark
daniel alex to MFA show details Sep 22 Hello Cella, I was wondering if there is a process that I need to go through to modify my research proposal. I am thinking about focusing my research on a different aspect of the topic that I originally proposed. thanks daniel Reply Forward
Reply | Cella, MFA to me show details Sep 22 hi daniel, since your plan has been approved by the faculty board, you will move on to your advisors. since you are having a meeting with them this week, it is the perfect time to bring changes up. i suggest you send them your proposed changes in advance of the meeting and add questions to the proposal if you have some. once you and your advisor are in agreement be sure to document the changes in your plan and upload them to your moodle blog. all the best, cella
daniel alex to Deborah, David show details Sep 12 Hello, Deborah asked me to pose 10 questions that I wish to explore through my project....in no particular order: Can guilt be identified through observation of the ANS? Over time, will the the autonomic response data 'level out' due to the biofeedback experience? (Im thinking that it will but...) if so, is this caused by the unlearning ANS responses? is it possible to unlearn or gain control of ANS responses to emotion? or is it caused by people changing their behavior? Can emotion be quantified? Can the quantification of guilt be used to create a subjective measure of right and wrong? good and evil? What ANS responses will be the most effective in uniquely identifying guilt? To what degree are emotions and their bodily responses learned behaviors? What is the value of guilt? misdirected/unfounded guilt? In general, I am interested in raising questions through the eventual conversation that will result from this work...questions concerning autonomy, emotion: it's value and purpose, the future of technology and affective computing : it's moral and social implications, and how to define the terms right and wrong... hope that helps. talk to you soon! daniel
Deborah Aschheim to me show details Sep 12 hey d not ignoring you, just super swamped with exhibition and travel. i will read your stuff carefully on my long flight to ireland and get back to you on weds! best, deborah
Sept 13 9:54 AM i think i foudn a way to actually make my project work... http://www.raesystems.com/products/lifeshirt i imagine it is very expensive though....I need to contact the company today
daniel alex to bsheikhan show details Sep 13 Hello, My name is Daniel Marchwinski. I spoke with Jim Elliot, briefly, about the LifeShirt, and he said that you were the person that I should contact. I am working on a project for graduate school, whose working title is "The Electronic Conscience." Basically, I am designing a system to identify when a user is feeling guilty based on ANS feedback. I understand that the LifeShirt is a whole system in itself, but I am interested in only the "shirt." It is my intention to interface the LifeShirt with an Android powered cellphone via bluetooth. On the phone will be software that interprets the ANS data and warns the user of feeling guilty. I understand that the new LifeShirt is expected to be released in Q4 of 2010 or Q1 of 2011, but Jim also mentioned possible Beta testers. \ I was wondering if there is anything that could be worked out, ideally to the benefit of both parties, in acquiring a LifeShirt. Please feel free to contact me via email or cell phone. Thanks for you time, Daniel 586-484-4492
Deborah Aschheim to me show details Sep 19 hi daniel i am at jfk on my way back to los angeles, finally have a moment to look over your questions. i think my main questions back to you have to do with the relative emphasis of the different interdisciplinary areas implicated in your exploration- psychology, neuroscience, ethics, computing, to name a few...do you have a sense of how the questions will be weighted for you in your project and research? i know in my own experience, if you ask the same, for example, diagnostic questions of neurologists and psychologists who have seen the same patient, you get very different response based on the interpretive paradigm that's informing how they look at the behaviors or symptoms or whatever. ok, so i guess these are my questions for you: -following up on the disciplinary emphasis idea, what do you see as the "meta-level" focus of this project? is it more machine-enhanced emotion regulation- using machines to "train" emotion; or is it more about issues that could have even surveillance or criminal justice implications, eg, developing an empirical process for evaluating the content of subjective emotions like guilt? (ie, are you inventing a sophisticated polygraph?) - as an art project, what are the critical issues you feel are central to the project -are there specific historical or cultural issues/events that inform your interest in good and evil, eg, genocide or the behavior of the wall street bankers? -what is your personal investment in these questions: detached intellectual curiosity or specific autobiographical events/personal backstory that is part of your interest? -why guilt in particular as the emotion you're most interested in? finally i just wanted to mention that in my studies of memory i have been very interested to consider how memory can be rich, complete, detailed and accurate in terms of not degrading over time, and still have no particular relationship to the "truth" of the empirical event- there is no inherent relationship between the intensity of the memory and how "veridical" it is. so of course it is interesting to think about how the same thing can be true of guilt, the extent to which feelings of subjective guilt may have little relationship to right or wrong good or evil. i think the questions about the value of guilt are interesting- it has an obvious social control function but it's a pretty complicated phenomenon. ok well i look forward to talking with you more about this! i'm sorry we weren't able to work something out for before my parents come this week- 6 pm is the middle of the day for me so i have to schedule with you for a day i can be at my computer at 3pm, which is harder than it sounds. can you guys consider later in the evening? thanks, deborah On Sep 12, 2010, at 7:20 PM, daniel alex wrote:
daniel alex to Deborah, David show details Sep 24 Hey Deborah, Let's see....I am building a auto-polygraph, but with a different intention. I am not at all concerned with making a device for justice. I am more interested in using the ANS to train behavior( or the training of the ANS. not sure which will happen first). The only reason that I am choosing to work with guilt is that, in a healthy mind, it can perhaps be seen as a subjective measure of right and wrong. This is what I think I am changing my research project to be...creating a research supported explanation of how guilt can subjectively categorize what is right and wrong. I don't know quite what you mean by " as an art project, what are the critical issues you feel are central to the project..." My interest is personal but detached at the same time. It is intellectual curiosity driven by the desire to understand something and integrate it into daily life. The interest in right in wrong comes from the day to day. I am not driven by any grand events or gestures. My interests lie more in the individual experience of the world. hope this helps daniel
Sept 24 9:13 AM me: .creating a research supported explanation of how guilt can create a subjective explination of right and wrong. something like that havent worked out the wording yet 9:14 AM so what have you been up to since finishing your paper? relaxin and maxin ? me: i must be going now....gotta hit up the library and gather more information....I have sooooo much to read...
Deborah Aschheim to me show details Sep 24 hi daniel great, this helps a lot to help me understand your project. we can talk more about this: I don't know quite what you mean by " as an art project, what are the critical issues you feel are central to the project..." it might mean doing some kind of survey of relevant artist's projects as part of your research, to see if you can create a context for the work you're doing- since you are approaching this as an artist and not a scientist, this is a kind of "due diligence" but also can be helpful in terms of working out how the work will ultimately be presented etc. i haven't really done a skype conference call before, on thursday should i just be on the computer at 3 signed into skype and wait for you to call? thanks d
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ASSIGNMENT 7: research intro / outline / biblio by Daniel Marchwinski - Wednesday, 29 September 2010, 11:14 am Anyone on this site INTRO: Throughout or lives we are constantly making countless decisions. Each decision that we make, contains the potential for an infinite number of variables and outcomes to consider. It is beyond the capacity of our mind to consciously weigh every possibility, yet, somehow, we are constantly making choices, and in most cases, we rarely second guess ourselves. Many theorists believe that this is possible because of our emotions (Bechara 2003). Our immediate emotional response to an action or a choice, severely limits the possibilities to consider, thus making our interaction with the world manageable. Each emotion may have it's own role and context depending upon the dilemma presented. The aim of this paper is to create an argument for guilt as a qualifier for defining a subjective explanation of proper versus improper action based on previous research into emotion, emotional specificity, and guilt; thereby, providing an alternative explanation to the antiquated idea of a set of specific rules that define right and wrong. ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ OUTLINE : I. Preface 1. Project support 2. Motivation a. morality b. the human potential c. Taosim's 'the superior man' d. community e. lack of empathy in the modern world II. Introduction 1. Hypothesis a. emotional decision making b. right / wrong c. guilt 2. Research Question 3. Methodology a. past research / explanations of emotion and guilt A. psychology B. philosophy C. neurology D. religion b. other's experiments c. unique experiments d. thought experiments III. Argument 1. emotion theory a. development b. general function(s) A. decision making B. communication 2. measuring emotions a. ANS b. multivariate measurements c. pattern recognition 3. specificity a. basic emotions b. discreet emotions 4. what is guilt's role a. from an evolutionary perspective b. from a religious perspective A. christian B. hindu C. buddhist c. from the psychology perspective A. current theories i. variability ii. consistencies B. interpretation d. Morality A. guilt as punishment cue B. guilt as social motivator IV. Conclusion 1. guilt as a qualifier for a subjective measure of good and evil 2. emotions as perceptual tools 3. emotions as decision makers ______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ BIBLIOGRAPHY : Stephens C.L., et al., Autonomic specificity of basic emotions: Evidence from pattern classification and cluster analysis. Biological Psychology. (2010). Designed to build off of past research, this paper documents an experiment in differentiating between emotions, based on ANS response patterns. The topic of pattern classification analysis is also discussed in regards to how it was used to interpret the data in such a way as to enable it to be used to identify specific emotional states. Musical and Film clips were used to induce emotion in two seperate phases of the experiment. The article also contains details of how the physiological data was quantified and sorted through. Bechara, A., The role of emotion in judgment and decision-making: Evidence from neurological patients with orbitofrontal damage. Brain and Cognition, 55. (2004). The documentation and discussion of an experiment that is attempting to support the Somatic Marker Hypothesis. The experiment included individuals who have damage to a part of the brain that, it has been observed in the past, interferes with the normal processing of emotion. They were intended to explore the degree to which emotions are responsible for or decision-making. James W., What is emotion? Mind, 9, 188-205. (1884). A classic, often quoted, early theoretical explanation of emotion. Many theories presented in this paper still hold true 100 years later. James proposed that emotional states are created by the physiological changes in the body, and not the other way around. He stated that it is in the perception of the internal changes in our body that we call an emotion. Amodio, D. M., et al., A dynamic model of guilt: Implications for motivation and self-regulation in the context of prejudice. Psychological Science, 18, 524�€“530. (2007). An experiment designed to explore the notion of guilt as an emotion that guides us away from punishment, as well as, motivates us to make right that which we feel we have wronged. This double phenomenon of guilt is hypothesized as a two-stage process of a single emotion. The definition of guilt is broadened into a "mutlifaceted self-regulatory process." This is further extended into a definition of all "social emotions." Curran, C.A., The concept of sin and guilt in psychotherapy. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 7, 192-197. (1960). A theoretical explanation of guilt as a moral compass. It is tied to the concept of sin and conscience, the development of reasonable judgment. The "self-condemnation" aspect of guilt is also discussed. Within the article, these ideas are tied into Christian theology. Shoben, E.J., Sin and guilt in psychotherapy: some research implications. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 7, 197-201. (1960). Provides an argument that states guilt is a state that is a consequence of sinful behaviors. Opposing viewpoints on guilt are discussed, as well as their implications into the realm of mental health professions. Friedman, B.H., Feelings and the body: the Jamesian perspective on autonomic specificity of emotion. Biological Psychology. 84. (2010). The history of the James-Lang theory of emotion. This review begins with William James's "What is Emotion?" and follows this theory, discussing its challengers, its evolution, and experimental applications. It looks at the argument for emotional specificity based on autonomic response in support of James's writings. ...more to follow Edit | Delete | Permalink
Carin Jacobs to me show details Sep 30 Dear Daniel- I regret to inform you that the grants review committee did not feel your proposal aligned closely enough with the mission of CARE to award your grant. We wish you the best in your continued work. Regards, Carin
8:19 AM me: it went really good...I think I may have to reevaluate where Im coming from on this project now, but good what time is your meeting?
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daniel alex to Heather show details Oct 20 Hi Heather, Well....at this point, I am still just messing around. This stuff is a new extension to my programming background, and I don't really have any final products yet. Anything that I have made, I have taken apart for parts :). I am much more familiar with the arduino dimilunova.... I am actually using lily pad for the first time for my halloween costume. I am embedding a bunch of LEDs inside a black spandex body suit. They will light up based on accelerometers placed on the backs of my hands....There will also be a microphone to allow the LEDs to respond to music. I am also currently working on creating an electronic conscience, using arduino and android. This is in early development and research phases. You have probably come across these already http://web.media.mit.edu/~leah/LilyPad/ http://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/ArduinoLilyPad http://makezine.com/ http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-technology/channel-arduino/ The best way to go about things is to figure out what you want to accomplish, and then break it down into little pieces...Then you can learn, step by step, from online resources and experimenting....programming is nothing but a series of many tiny little problems that you need to solve in order to solve a large problem (which is why I like it). I hope this helps a bit, If you have any specific questions at any time, I will do my best to answer them! daniel give rori a high five for me!
Deborah Aschheim to me, Ruth, David show details Oct 15 hi daniel i think my comments to you are fundamentally the same as the issues we discussed in the conference call with david. the bottom line for me is-i think you have a very interesting idea and i wish some of the most exciting parts as you were describing it made it into your intro- i think you could go a step further, if you know what i mean. or, maybe you don't, so, here's what i mean: the idea of using the autonomic nervous system as a philosophical way around the problematic subjectivity of human emotions and the cultural relativism of ideas of right/wrong, good/evil not being the same in different societies/religions/belief systems- is kind of brilliant in the way we were talking about something being an experiment AND and art project. in other words, on the face of it, you are sincerely proposing a solution to longstanding human problematic of good and evil. on the other hand, the project is kind of critique- it raises more meta level questions like, can these reductive technologies really be used to resolve timeless philosophical issues? and complex questions about the artist's intentions- does daniel really think science can answer questions that philosophy, ethics and religion cannot? does he really believe a prosthetic conscience can replace a person's lack of moral compass as simply as a physical prosthetic replaces a limb? is he provoking us with his project- is he trying to solve these problems or just to get us to think about them in a different way. is there an implied critique of our faith in science and technology. etc. as i've mentioned, i think these are compelling questions, and i will continue to encourage you to include this level of inquiry/provocation/criticality more overtly in your research project. intro: i think this is ok but you play it a bit straight. to be honest, you do your project a kind of disservice in writing so dryly about it. here's what i want to know as the reader (this is going to sound familiar) : why guilt? why is this important? why is it important to you daniel. there is one really interesting word in your intro and that word is: antiquated! whoa, that is an opinion, albeit undefended in your text. it hints at the possible existence of a person with a whole set of opinions and critical ideas behind this veneer of the objective science writer. why do you feel the idea of a set of specific rules that define right and wrong is antiquated? how have we modern people evolved past it? is it technology that makes these rules obsolete, or something else about how we live now that makes that concept useless to you and a technological solution the attractive alternative? is it a larger societal failure, like maybe no one has the moral authority to impose rules anymore? now this is getting interesting and i want to know more. this is where your project lives, right? you have a criticism. you are proposing a solution, perhaps with irony, who can say. outline: ok, i'm not going to pick apart your whole assignment like i did that sentence, i think you get what i mean. the outline looks logical and well organized but just because this is a "research" paper doesn't mean you don't have to have a point of view- even if the argument and critique level is subtle and your actual intentions may differ from your stated intentions. you can make it sound kind of logical and sober but actually i think your ideas are controversial and provocative. (that was praise, fyi.) bibliography: i agree with what david said, we need to have you reading some stuff more recent than william james...he mentioned joseph ledoux, right? take a look at "the synaptic self," the berkeley people told me to read it, maybe i'll read it with you. did we talk about stanley milgram? i think stanley milgram is GREAT for you to read for this project. i am attaching an article milgram wrote about his famous "obedience to authority" experiments at yale in the early 1960's, and you can easily find out a lot more about this experiment online etc. in addition to the obvious similarities with your project- trying to understand complex questions about ethics and the nature of evil using the reductive methods of experimental psychology- milgram's work created its own ethical issues by subjecting people to stress and trauma in the context of an experiment in which they were deceived as to its true nature. you might want to think about those issues also? feel free to write back with questions, comments etc. best, deborah
daniel alex to Deborah show details Oct 17 awesome! thanks so much this is all very helpful...I will respond in much more depth early this week...I picked up and am about a third of the way through ledoux's the emotional brain, davids suggestion...I am playing tour guide to a group of architecture students this weekend,so will elaborate after they leave on monday daniel
daniel alex to Deborah show details Oct 19 So, now that I have a minute.... "the idea of using the autonomic nervous system as a philosophical way around the problematic subjectivity of human emotions and the cultural relativism of ideas of right/wrong, good/evil not being the same in different societies/religions/belief systems" Exactly! This is so well put, I might need to quote you in my research paper ;) To answer the majority of the questions that you posed in the second paragraph, I am not trying to solve any of these problems. Though I am trying to provoke all of the questions that you raised here. My stance on the technology issue, and most other issues for that matter, are nebulous. I think that the "solution" that I have proposed, "the electronic conscience" is absolutely ridiculous...but on the other hand, there is no reason to think that it could not work as either a supplement to a "healthy" conscience, or -on the more extreme scale- a potential replacement for an "unhealthy" conscience. In other words, I see at least two sides...actually much more than two, but for simplicities sake, at this moment, let's say two. The idea that this can work, and also the idea that the place/society in which we live, can create a set of circumstances in which the insanity of this idea can even be born. I am a believer in potentials. As human's we have a unique(maybe unique) capacity to reflect upon our actions and make changes to better serve that which we are here to serve. Whether that be god, nature, societal or human evolution, I cannot say....maybe I am rambling here....let me take a few steps back... My original intentions upon approaching TI can be summed up as follows: As evolution is taking place, humans have developed a uniquely rich consciousness. With this gift/curse we have the ability to take evolution into our own hands. What once took millions of years to "advance" the (a) species, now can be done in generations. For example...the domestication of animals...by the hand of man, comes the dog from the wolf. But without the "rules" "set up" in nature, outside of our conscious "intelligent" intervention natural selection can become perverted. http://www.lechenilbelge.com/images/Img21.jpg http://images.pictureshunt.com/pics/p/pug_dog-12623.jpg http://www.foxnews.com/images/184441/1_21_112205_dog.jpg http://www.famouschihuahua.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/teacup-chihuahua.jpg http://www.virtualflorist.com/en/images/items/dalmation_l.jpg No longer is the evolution of these animals dictated by survival, but by the whims of our (often misguided and grotesque) preference. Which, if nature has evolved to give us consciousness, and this consciousness has created these "abominations," they are still part of the natural progress. But again, perhaps misguided. but back to humans... http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/artificial-heart-abiocor-hand.jpg ...fear... They way I see it, there are 3 main routes for evolution of the human species, that which is guided by outside "natural forces", technological progress, and spiritual growth (the release from the cycle of death and rebirth...or how ever else you want to frame it). It seems obvious to me that we, as a whole, have chosen technological progress. Is this a prevision the natural process? Where will the advancement of technology bring us? It is not out of the possibilities of the near-distant future to attain some form of every lasting life...but to what ends? The more I ponder questions like these, and practice meditation, and see and experience miraculous things....the more I think that this is the wrong direction to head...So my original intention was to utilize this technology driven direction to create something(s) to advance the spiritual....Now do I believe that this is possible....not sure....probably, but ultimately, is it healthy? You can have a spiritual experience with consciousness through LSD, but at what cost? and can it be recreated without it? -- "have we modern people evolved past it" Perhaps antiquated is the wrong word, I think western would have sufficed, because ancient systems like Hinduism and Taoism have very different theories on how right and wrong are determined... --- So I am currently reading Ledoux and Autobiography of a Yogi. I have put a hold on the hardcore scientific journals for a minute to absorb more theoretical interpretations of idears. I am also skimming through the origin of species and the Genealogy of Morals. I will also check out the synaptic self and milgram. So as you can see, my head is all over the place (but all around the same issues)....My main problem, is that I dont have a fast held position. I have thoughts...I was told to greatly narrow down the original idea for my paper, so I choose to make an objective argument, based on previous research to answer the most commonly asked question that I receive when introducing this project : Why Guilt? I think everyone expects me to relate some crazy experience of guilt in my life, but it is not that at all....it is right and wrong....our daily decisions / actions / and choices. I hope this makes sense....I think, at least, I needed to throw all of this out there...my students are waiting for me, so I must end it here. looking forward, daniel BTW - if you are ever in detroit i would be more than happy to show you around :)
Oct 19 me: coo 10:56 PM so rori and I had a mini berlinish time...we both wished you were here too though...fun stuff 6:51 PM me: :) I just put something together to get by with the understanding that it was going to drastically change... It has completely changed 7:31 PM me: http://gizmodo.com/5666855/meet-the-worlds-first-robot-pop-star?skyline=true&s=i dancing / singing pop star robot 13 minutes 7:44 PM me: I hope that if I make some kind of advancement in emotion recognition, that it's never used for that kind if
daniel alex to Deborah show details Oct 20 One more thought that became more clarified over the night.... I am not interested in writing ABOUT my project...I think all of the questions that exist within the project are apparent and have very subjective answers (if any)....I am doing research on a specific topic, that will ultimately, help me to create a deeper understanding of my main interest in the questions that arise, but also....when I tell some about the project, their first questions is "why guilt?" I want to be able to explain this as clear as possible... I am under the impression, given by TI, that our paper should not be about our project, but rather, the research should serve it. daniel
Deborah Aschheim to me show details Oct 21 hi daniel i'm sorry i haven't been able to get back to you this week, i've been swamped but i promise i will spend some time with your emails and get back to you before the end of the week. ok, thanks, response coming soon!
Deborah Aschheim to me show details Oct 21 ok, responses below! am i still supposed to be ccing all the other people? On Oct 19, 2010, at 9:49 AM, daniel alex wrote: So, now that I have a minute.... "the idea of using the autonomic nervous system as a philosophical way around the problematic subjectivity of human emotions and the cultural relativism of ideas of right/wrong, good/evil not being the same in different societies/religions/belief systems" Exactly! This is so well put, I might need to quote you in my research paper ;) To answer the majority of the questions that you posed in the second paragraph, I am not trying to solve any of these problems. Though I am trying to provoke all of the questions that you raised here. My stance on the technology issue, and most other issues for that matter, are nebulous. I think that the "solution" that I have proposed, "the electronic conscience" is absolutely ridiculous...but on the other hand, there is no reason to think that it could not work as either a supplement to a "healthy" conscience, or -on the more extreme scale- a potential replacement for an "unhealthy" conscience. ok, that is an interesting and provocative critical stance, i really like the idea that the solution is ridiculous but it also might work. and i think the reason it is ridiculous is where the tension exists, you know? because it raises these other philosophical issues about ethics, is it still ethical behavior if it's not generated by a conscious internal sense of right and wrong and that whole struggle to be "good." i was out with a mixed group of scientists and cultural historians the other night and we started talking about jonathan swift's a modest proposal...in that case of course it's satire because the "solution" is grotesque... In other words, I see at least two sides...actually much more than two, but for simplicities sake, at this moment, let's say two. The idea that this can work, and also the idea that the place/society in which we live, can create a set of circumstances in which the insanity of this idea can even be born. ok, great- that is the answer to "how is this an art project." further elaboration of that idea is, anyhow. I am a believer in potentials. As human's we have a unique(maybe unique) capacity to reflect upon our actions and make changes to better serve that which we are here to serve. Whether that be god, nature, societal or human evolution, I cannot say....maybe I am rambling here....let me take a few steps back... My original intentions upon approaching TI can be summed up as follows: As evolution is taking place, humans have developed a uniquely rich consciousness. With this gift/curse we have the ability to take evolution into our own hands. What once took millions of years to "advance" the (a) species, now can be done in generations. For example...the domestication of animals...by the hand of man, comes the dog from the wolf. But without the "rules" "set up" in nature, outside of our conscious "intelligent" intervention natural selection can become perverted. http://www.lechenilbelge.com/images/Img21.jpg http://images.pictureshunt.com/pics/p/pug_dog-12623.jpg http://www.foxnews.com/images/184441/1_21_112205_dog.jpg http://www.famouschihuahua.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/teacup-chihuahua.jpg http://www.virtualflorist.com/en/images/items/dalmation_l.jpg No longer is the evolution of these animals dictated by survival, but by the whims of our (often misguided and grotesque) preference. Which, if nature has evolved to give us consciousness, and this consciousness has created these "abominations," they are still part of the natural progress. But again, perhaps misguided. ok, this is really interesting. i think you should consider adding a section to your paper where you contextualize your project in terms of these issues- natural/unnatural, romanticization of technology vs romanticization of nature, bioethics? is it good if technology/human interference in evolution etc creates something lifesaving or beautiful, and misguided or wrong if we create something ugly or "unnecessary". who decides, and what are the criteria. are humans part of nature. etc. i don't think this discussion has to enter into the body of your paper, but i do think a section where you contextualize your subject, attitude and approach within the larger philosophical and cultural discourse will add relevance, urgency and meaning to your research topic. it answers the question, "why is this important." the information in this email- makes me care about the project, and understand why you want to study this and make work about it. so, this is pretty important. but back to humans... http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/artificial-heart-abiocor-hand.jpg ...fear... They way I see it, there are 3 main routes for evolution of the human species, that which is guided by outside "natural forces", technological progress, and spiritual growth (the release from the cycle of death and rebirth...or how ever else you want to frame it). It seems obvious to me that we, as a whole, have chosen technological progress. Is this a prevision the natural process? Where will the advancement of technology bring us? It is not out of the possibilities of the near-distant future to attain some form of every lasting life...but to what ends? yes, great. these are the critical questions you are trying to...address or raise or provoke or explore...in your research and your project. this is the missing part. it's really interesting and original and it answers my questions. great. The more I ponder questions like these, and practice meditation, and see and experience miraculous things....the more I think that this is the wrong direction to head...So my original intention was to utilize this technology driven direction to create something(s) to advance the spiritual....Now do I believe that this is possible....not sure....probably, but ultimately, is it healthy? You can have a spiritual experience with consciousness through LSD, but at what cost? and can it be recreated without it? right, and is it somehow "better" to have the experience without it- is it more "pure." these questions all go directly to point of view, which as a scientist may be secondary to methodological approach, but for an artist is a critical opportunity for meaning. that's what i was trying to say when we had the phone call- this is not science, but on the other hand, it IS discourse. -- "have we modern people evolved past it" Perhaps antiquated is the wrong word, I think western would have sufficed, because ancient systems like Hinduism and Taoism have very different theories on how right and wrong are determined... yep, i was just picking on that word because it was a slip in the "objective" language you were using. it was only interesting because it was a kind of pointer that suggested you had more to say (which you do.) if you want to look at this cross culturally in addition to historically, that's great- more context for your questions and ideas. i think it's important to indicate all of the various discursive positions, philosophical and ethical arguments, contested notions of natural and unnatural, right and wrong, that inform your project. or at least all of the ones that interest you and seem relevant. --- So I am currently reading Ledoux and Autobiography of a Yogi. I have put a hold on the hardcore scientific journals for a minute to absorb more theoretical interpretations of idears. I am also skimming through the origin of species and the Genealogy of Morals. I will also check out the synaptic self and milgram. sounds like a good bibliography to ground the project. i think once you have this all firmly established in your mind, you'll find it easy to proceed with the scientific aspects and you'll be more skilled at reading through the science and integrating the reductive approach with the more humanistic arguments. this does not seem scattered to me- you're doing "due diligence" in developing the intellectual background you need to approach the scientific project as an artist. you are becoming an expert in the questions that inform your project, in other words you're building a foundation for the research. it's time consuming and may feel like a digression, but these are the questions your project hopes to raise so it is far easier and more valuable to study them thoroughly BEFORE you get invested in the project- and while you still have the freedom to easily make changes if you find that any of this research changes your opinion or position about any of these idea. So as you can see, my head is all over the place (but all around the same issues)....My main problem, is that I dont have a fast held position. I have thoughts...I was told to greatly narrow down the original idea for my paper, so I choose to make an objective argument, based on previous research to answer the most commonly asked question that I receive when introducing this project : Why Guilt? I think everyone expects me to relate some crazy experience of guilt in my life, but it is not that at all....it is right and wrong....our daily decisions / actions / and choices. actually your main "problem" is really your main strength daniel. (see last paragraph.) i feel like this project is really starting now, i'm excited. this is what i and i'm guessing others have been wanting from you when we ask "why guilt" or whatever- it's not that you have to have a personal trauma to reveal, the answer is the answers you've given me here:" i am compelled by these essential questions about what it means to be a modern western human ie, relationship of nature and technology to the self, i am interested in/disturbed by the potential for deliberate evolution but also perversion of nature; the moral complexity of those ideas; my studies/practice of/interest in meditation and nonwestern philosophy add a further layer of complexity to my thinking about the potential for evolution of the human species. my project is a possibly ridiculous yet maybe practically workable idea of trying to resolve these complex and essential human questions using the reductive methods of science. and it may also be a meta critique of the very idea of trying to solve these questions" these sound like the answers everyone has been pestering you for. I hope this makes sense....I think, at least, I needed to throw all of this out there...my students are waiting for me, so I must end it here. it makes sense to me! good work daniel, thanks for taking the time to explain and i think i understand why and what you're trying to do a lot better! ok, i will see if i can figure a way to come to detroit. 2 of my friends who teach at cal arts are teaching a class about detroit, it does seem to come up in a lot of recent conversations about the future of cities and the end of the modernist era... best, deborah
Deborah Aschheim to me show details Oct 21 yes, i understand. the paper is the intellectual counterpoint to your project. it is the research into or creation of a context for your creative and experimental activities. as far as understand, its purpose is twofold: 1. as a vehicle to structure your research, so that you become an expert at the questions your project raises and considers- a structure to make you spend time educating yourself about the work people have done on these questions before and the discourse surrounding them 2. as a vehicle for you to articulate your specific contribution and position with respect to said discourse. which may or may not include a description of the methods, goals and meaning of your project. this is pretty typical requirement in any mfa program...you actually will be able to propose a class or lecture on the topic that includes your project by the time you finish. and hopefully it becomes a model for your practice after you finish the degree, you may not always write an essay or a book when you approach a new subject, but hopefully you'll make a habit of doing a survey of the literature and other artist's projects and grounding your work in this kind of research and inquiry. or at least i think that's why you have to do it! if it gives any perspective, i read everything i could about surveillance and monitoring before i started my "neural architecture" series of nervous systems for buildings, from neuroscience to jeremy bentham to foucault, and i spent months meeting with cognitive psychologists and reading proust, borges, virginia wolf, the oxford handbook of memory, journal articles, etc before i started trying to make work about memory. sometimes i get ideas from the research and sometimes it just gives me something to talk about to help other people understand my work and intentions, but i've alway been grateful for the research skills. i think this will pay off for oyu in the long term aside from having to complete this requirement. thanks for the thoughtful answers, best d outreach inquiry Reply |
daniel alex to inger.rempt, brigitte.jansen show details Oct 22 Hello, I am a graduate student in the Transart Institute, an MFA program based out of Berlin and New York City. I am working on a project that I call "The Electronic Conscience." Bascially, I am creating a device to measure ANS responses (possibley EEG) in an attempt to determine when an individual is experiencing guilt. They will then be warned, via their Android powered cell phone, that they are doing something that they shouldn't. I am currently in the R&D phase, and I came across projects on the Holst Centre and Imec websites that made me realize, I am currently trying to reinvent the wheel. I was wondering if there might be a place to share technology and research through the Outreach program. The projects that I have particular interest in are those involved in the "Body Area Networks" program. If you would like more information about myself, the institution, or the project, please don't hesitate to call or email me. Thank you, Daniel
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Oct 26 11:07 PM me: still very complicated, but I feel that once I start writing everything is there ready to be worked out on paper
Crit Material by Daniel Marchwinski - Sunday, 31 October 2010, 08:17 pm Anyone on this site http://ticrit.snowshoedetroit.com/ much love! talk soon! I am currently doing research into noninvasive ANS monitoring systems for emotion recognition. This interest began in my graduate school studies and is extending into my role as educator. I found my way to the Holst Centre through my research and discovered that much of the technology that I intended on developing already exists. I would like to propose a unique collaboration with myself and my students at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI, USA. I am currently working on my MFA through the Transart Institute. The project that I am working on, under the guidance of the institute and my advisers, is an emotion recognition system called "The Electronic Conscience." The device consists of wearable wireless sensors that communicates with an android cell phone. I am writing software for the cell phone that will attempt to recognize when an individual is feeling guilty and warn them of potential improper action. I have been told that this will not be possible for me to accomplis. I think that this is where a collaboration with an arts institution could be very interesting. Science and art can form a symbiotic relationship, gaining information and ideas in ways that they cannot on their own. Artists, working without the constraints of the scientific method, like not having to be concerned with reproducibility, have true freedom in innovation. The artist can pursue any possible ends, however obscure or unmarketable, thereby generating new ideas and uses for technology. However, without the scientists and professional developers, the technology with which the artist can begin their exploration does not exist. Many questions that artists are attempting to raise, answer, or re-frame come directly from the science and technology disciplines. This type of critical engagement of ideas can then lead the scientist into new ways of relating to their own projects. The CCS Fine Arts Department is undergoing drastic changes that will move the faculty and students to the forefront of artistic practice. Leon Johnson, the new chair of the department has a vision of a research based system of creative exploration that has been overwhelmingly supported by the student body, as well as the faculty. Here are a few brief deceptions of proposed classes that I think could greatly benefit from a collaboration with Holst Center. Sensing the City Students will explore the city and themselves through the eyes of analog and digital sensors. Using the arduino microprocessor, they will create unique ways to observe and catalog events that occur beyond the scope of normal vision. In finding patterns and unique occurrences within the city, the students will be able to respond in new ways to what is happening, just out of sight, all around them. Outreach : i3detroit, OmniCorp Detroit, UofDMercy urban design students & faculty The Body and What it Tells Us Our bodies are constantly responding to the world around us. These changes are often overlooked by our conscious awareness, but have the potential to inform our perception of who and where we are. Students will research theories of emotion, the autonomic nervous system, intuition, and the brain and create responses using sensor technology. They will create interactive environments and wearable devices and generate two-dimensional and three-dimensional work from the mapping of response patterns. Outreach : i3detroit, OmniCorp Detroit, Holst Centre? These classes are just the beginning of what we at CCS feel could be a invaluable dialog that could exist between a forward thinking creative institution and an exciting international innovation center. Thank you for your consideration, Daniel Marchwinski
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-----Original Message----- From: Daniel Marchwinski [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: vrijdag 29 oktober 2010 0:33 To: Amiri, T. (Tamana) Subject: institutional partnership questions Hello, I am wondering if you could direct me to the correct person(s) whom I should contact with questions regarding academic partnerships with the Holst Centre. Thank you, Daniel Marchwinski This e-mail and its contents are subject to the DISCLAIMER at http://www.tno.nl/disclaimer/email.html Content-Type: text/plain; charsetUS-ASCII Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Disposition: inline Dear Daniel, We don''t have a standard formula for institutional partnerships. Please let us know a little bit more what you are looking for. Are you interested yourself, or are you representing your organisation? Jaap Lombaers ________________________________________ Jaap Lombaers Managing Director Holst Centre / TNO High Tech Campus 31 PO Box 8550, 5605 KN Eindhoven, the Netherlands W +31 40 4020 499 M +31 6 5326 4269 www.holstcentre.com Management Assistant: An Beyns W +31 40 4020 450 firstname.lastname@example.org ________________________________________ -----Original Message----- From: Amiri, T. (Tamana) Sent: vrijdag 29 oktober 2010 10:40 To: Beyns, A.E.K. (An) Subject: FW: institutional partnership questions -----Original Message----- From: Daniel Marchwinski [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: vrijdag 29 oktober 2010 0:33 To: Amiri, T. (Tamana) Subject: institutional partnership questions Hello, I am wondering if you could direct me to the correct person(s) whom I should contact with questions regarding academic partnerships with the Holst Centre. Thank you, Daniel Marchwinski This e-mail and its contents are subject to the DISCLAIMER at http://www.tno.nl/disclaimer/email.html
daniel alex to Jaap.Lombaers show details Oct 31 I am actually interested in both. I am writing a proposal to submit to my employing institution, and then to Holst Centre. I am working on an emotion recognition project in my graduate degree pursuit, and I am also proposing an extended series of classes dealing with these issues as an instructor of undergraduate students. When I am finished with the proposal, shall I submit it directly to you? Thank you, Daniel Lombaers, J.H.M. (Jaap) to gyselinc, me show details Oct 31
Dear Daniel, If emotion monitoring is your topic, I suggest that you discuss with Bert Gyselinckx (see CC). Related activities take place in his team. Regards, Jaap
Nov 1 11:28 PM me: hmmmm...not sure yet....feeling like i am trying to get into and already involved in things that are too big for me :\ .. 11:30 PM me: this project with rori...the SChool of critical engagement....just had a long conversation with this gril KT that runs a place called the yes farm....who is bascially in the thick of the grass roots detroit movements for reinventing the city (in a way...she wouldnt fram it like this....) ... 11:31 PM so im working on a proposal for reworking the syllabus of the ccs fine arts department to incrporate our SCE project...getting the students to buy and renovate houses to create art spaces 11:32 PM seems overwhelming if i think about it.... also writing a proposal to try and get this r&d company to partner with ccs so that I can get my hands on some technology that I need for my TI project 11:34 PM you can make it work me: brain... hurts... 11:35 PM is your crit stuff submited to moodle?
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me: I got an email in the middle of teaching, saying CRITS are GOING on NOW! 9:43 AM I freaked out and told me students I had an emergency and cancled class....but then found out 4 out of 7 of us were missing... luckly class were all still there me: live and learn...next year...no technology! 9:59 AM maybe a camera
nov 6 7:55 PM how did yours go? got good feedback? me: pretty good....got me thinking again...feedback....hmmmm yes. 7:56 PM i am meeting with david this week too... hopefully get some things figured out I may make a shift in what im doing... Barens.Vera: so moving forward me: i think so horizontal maybe 7:57 PM Barens.Vera: and forward is? well depends on your initial stance right? 7:58 PM me: yes, but as I hone in on my interest, upon research, I am not sure if actually making the device is important must think about it and sleep on it a few nights Barens.Vera: this is for u MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology: Call for Applications Masters of Science in Visual Studies 7:59 PM Application Deadline: December 15, 2010 BUT... you are already doing an mfa blop! me: I dont think I want to work with tech anymore in my creative pursuits :) tooooo much tech Barens.Vera: hehehehe but it is lovely 8:00 PM your tech thing u are smart u can pull it off 8:01 PM me: yeah, i still think I can do it, but I dont see the point in actually creating it..... Barens.Vera: that's the thing then you asked me that what is the point about my research figuring out the tiny little dot 8:02 PM i mean point me: yes. Barens.Vera: no. yes. no. me: no? no Barens.Vera: yes. . . me: i cannot see the dot Barens.Vera: . . . here . 8:03 PM :-o me: it is, i think, not worth finding.....I am interested in another dot....a bunch of dots... Barens.Vera: the mouth me: :D Barens.Vera: hehe me: ...but the device fails to illuminate those dots
Penders Julien to me show details Nov 7 Dear Daniel, Thank you for your interest in a possible collaboration. Can you bit more specific in what type of collaboration you're looking for? Some more information about your background and research work would also be useful. Best, Julien.
daniel alex to Penders show details Nov 9 Hi Julien, I have a rather unconventional background. I have a BFA in Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI. I am currently working on my MFA in Creative Practice at the Transart Institute in Berlin and New York. I have a strong background in programming for the web and am proficient in HTML/CSS, actionscript, and php. I also have experience in Processing and programming for the Arduino open-source microprocessor, and I am just beginning programming for Android. My research is currently involved in emotion theory, and more specifically, guilt. I am writing my thesis to create an argument for guilt as a measure for a subjective experience of right and wrong. In the accompanying project, I am attempting to utilize the autonomic nervous system as a philosophical way around the problematic subjectivity of human emotions and the cultural relativism of ideas of right and wrong, good and evil. I am working on building an "electronic conscience." My original intention was to hack a pulse oximeter as well as create galvanic skin response sensors that would communicate with Android via bluetooth, arduino, and the Amarino toolkit. I intend to create an app for Android that will act as a surrogate conscience, and warn the user that they are doing something "wrong," by detecting the ANS patterns associated with guilt. The software will also store the collected sensory data in a database, as well as the associated locations for further study and work to be created from. I recently found the work being done with Android and emotion monitoring by IMEC, and I am very interested in the possibility of working with the frame work that you have already built. I think that the arts and sciences have the ability to form a very unique relationship to increase the scope of innovation. Without the constraints of creating a marketable, or even reproducible product, the artist is able to explore avenues of innovation that may otherwise be overlooked by genuine scientific inquiry. It goes without saying, that this type of work cannot be created by the artist without the thorough practical investigation and development of the scientist and developer. If this sounds interesting, I can send over a formal project proposal and timeline, as well as any other information that you would like. Thank you for your consideration, Daniel Marchwinski
The Electronic Conscience How to spend my 30mins 5 minutes on issues with original proposal 10-15 minutes of feedback 10-15 minutes of feedback on the proposal that follows below Progress on Project As per my project plans, I am still in the research and development phase. Below is an image of some of the parts that I have been working with. I have not made a lot of progress. Created a galvanic skin response device, not accurate enough...working on coupling an off the shelf pulse oximiter with arduino. From left to right : pulse oximeter, lilypad arduino and an android cell phone (broken screen, but still works). Discoveries Through my research, I have discovered that a lot of the work that I have to do is already done. I have contacted a few different companies in hopes of gaining access to this already developed technologies. ex. the LifeShirt. My efforts have so far proved unsuccessful. I am currently in communications with a research and development centre in the Netherlands called Holst Centre. They are an orginization that partners with academia and corporations for rapid innovation. One of their founding research centers is IMEC. One of their specialazitions is in wireless sensor technology. I am specifically interested in the Human++: body area networks. They have a system, already built that usese wireless sensors to communitcate with an android cell phone for emotion recognition. I want it. Upon asking the new chair of the fine arts department, of the school that I teach at (CCS), for advice in how to approach this centre, he said to write up a proposal with far reaching but vauge implications of a potential partnership with CCS and Holst Centre. So this is what I have so far, and as I have never written a proposal like this, I would like to spend some time getting feedback and advice Proposed Proposal (in progress) I am currently doing research into noninvasive ANS monitoring systems for emotion recognition. This interest began in my graduate school studies and is extending into my role as educator. I found my way to the Holst Centre through my research and discovered that much of the technology that I intended on developing already exists. I would like to propose a unique collaboration with myself and my students at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI, USA. I am currently working on my MFA through the Transart Institute. The project that I am working on, under the guidance of the institute and my advisers, is an emotion recognition system called "The Electronic Conscience." The device consists of wearable wireless sensors that communicates with an android cell phone. I am writing software for the cell phone that will attempt to recognize when an individual is feeling guilty and warn them of potential improper action. I have been told that this will not be possible for me to accomplis. I think that this is where a collaboration with an arts institution could be very interesting. Science and art can form a symbiotic relationship, gaining information and ideas in ways that they cannot on their own. Artists, working without the constraints of the scientific method, like not having to be concerned with reproducibility, have true freedom in innovation. The artist can pursue any possible ends, however obscure or unmarketable, thereby generating new ideas and uses for technology. However, without the scientists and professional developers, the technology with which the artist can begin their exploration does not exist. Many questions that artists are attempting to raise, answer, or re-frame come directly from the science and technology disciplines. This type of critical engagement of ideas can then lead the scientist into new ways of relating to their own projects. The CCS Fine Arts Department is undergoing drastic changes that will move the faculty and students to the forefront of artistic practice. Leon Johnson, the new chair of the department has a vision of a research based system of creative exploration that has been overwhelmingly supported by the student body, as well as the faculty. Here are a few brief deceptions of class examples that I think could greatly benefit from a collaboration with Holst Center. Sensing the City Students will explore the city and themselves through the eyes of analog and digital sensors. Using the arduino microprocessor, they will create unique ways to observe and catalog events that occur beyond the scope of normal vision. In finding patterns and unique occurrences within the city, the students will be able to respond in new ways to what is happening, just out of sight, all around them. Outreach : i3detroit, OmniCorp Detroit, UofDMercy urban design students & faculty The Body and What it Tells Us Our bodies are constantly responding to the world around us. These changes are often overlooked by our conscious awareness, but have the potential to inform our perception of who and where we are. Students will research theories of emotion, the autonomic nervous system, intuition, and the brain and create responses using sensor technology. They will create interactive environments and wearable devices and generate two-dimensional and three-dimensional work from the mapping of response patterns. Outreach : i3detroit, OmniCorp Detroit These classes are just the beginning of what we at CCS feel could be a invaluable dialog that could exist between a forward thinking creative institution and an exciting international innovation center. Thank you for your consideration, Daniel Marchwinski
and then... Aside from this, I would like to discuss my research paper, as there is a hole in my argument, that I cannot seem to pin down. I hope that through a short discussion, some light could be shed on the missing piece Danke
Hi Myron, This is Daniel, we met in Berlin this summer. I hope all is treating you well. I was at a lecture by Leon Johnson last night, and you were in a picture in his presentation, and I suddenly realized that I should contact you for some possible guidance. There is a R&D centre in the Netherlands that, through partnerships, has developed all of the hardware, and even the beginnings of the software that I need to create my TI project. They partner with academic institutions and corporations, but not individuals. So I talked to Leon (my new boss!) and he told me to write an open-ended / forward-looking proposal to Holst Centre and that he and CCS(our employer) would back it in an attempt to form a collaborative network between Holst and CCS, giving me and students access to their innovations. He said get this to him ASAP. I was wondering, after I finish writing it up in a day or two, if I could run it by you and get your opinion on the proposal. Thanks Myron! +daniel Reply Forward
Reply | Performbrazil to me show details Oct 31 Hello Alex, Just returning from Goa, India getting your email. You're asking me to peruse your proposal, is this correct? I'm not sure how I can help you in this endeavor, unless i know more about what you are attempting to do . Or is it that you just want me to peruse in terms of writing and the structure of the proposal? MB On Oct 29, 2010, at 10:50 AM, daniel alex wrote: Holst Centre what comes first? thought or brain activity?
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Deborah Aschheim to me show details Nov 7 hi daniel sorry for the silence! i was being visiting artist at a school in georgia and i had limited internet access. i am back online, will get back to you with notes on your draft soon...i started it on the airplane home so i may send as a word doc thanks d
hi daniel im attaching my notes as a word doc because i had to do some of this off line. we may need to find another way to do this in the future- with past students we've talked on the phone- this took me WAY too long to do as written comments in your text. general comments: -avoid the passive construction -need to cite references and establish a consistent format for citations -overall paper needs clearer organization- you need to move some things around and keep focused on your essential argument. revise or rewrite your outline to reflect you actual content and i can give you notes on this if you want -i would lose the questions and ellipses, they weaken your argument and don't add anything. - throughout the paper, you use wording like "it is easy to see" and "it is obvious" etc. you need to prove all these points in your paper, or at least explain what you are basing your assertions on. don't assume the reader already understands or follows your train of thought, and when you're saying something controversial ( eg, guilt is selfish, guilt and sin are the same idea) you need to really show your thinking- because it is on contrast with the conventional way of looking at these ideas and not everyone would agree with you. you don't need to convince the reader, necessarily, but you do need to explain why you make the claim and the logic you're using to support this belief. pretty much every time you say an idea is "easy" or "obvious," this should be a red flag that it needs further explanation. ok, i made notes as i read, they are in bold deborah
daniel alex to Deborah show details Nov 11 Hi Deborah! I havent had a chance to look at the doc yet. I wanted to apologize for the state of my paper. I know that it is all over the place right now, and was probably difficult to get through. I spoke with David yesterday, and he deftly guided me toward a mini revelation. I have been question the value of actually producing the device and brought this up in our conversation. He started talking about art as research, providing examples form his life, and how things that are happening in my pursuit are very interesting... So about an hour after speaking with him, it all clicked. So essentially this whole process of creating this device to aid in spiritual development is analogous to a spiritual pursuit. With a goal in mind, without even knowing if it is possible, I set out to achieve. The journey is the project, regardless of if I succeed or not. All of the pitfalls, the second guesses, the discoveries and insights, conversations, misdirections, and dead ends are just as valuable (if not more so) to the critique and to the questions. So, I am now at a strange place, where my research has just expanded into being the project itself. Should my project also be the research? In other words, should I rethink the fact that I am writing a "paper" and create a physical or virtual book that is a documentation of my entire body of research as my research component? Is this even a possible option? Thanks! daniel
Deborah Aschheim to me show details Nov 11 hi daniel! i totally agree with david, i think this is entirely relevant to the conversation we had before where we talked about what are and science can bring to each other. the whole process of exploring the question is part of the artwork, and sometimes (often) it is productive and even great if your goals change as a result of the insights of the process. this is something i think art can teach science actually, that the journey can be the product as you put it. i had a great talk with susan amara who it the head of neuroscience at univ of pitt about this, she was trying to move the whole department in this direction, to be less "goal oriented" and think of not getting the results you expect as raising more interesting questions, not to see it as failing. she said emphasizing these values made the department more collaborative and less competitive, and generated more innovative research. (in case you wanted confirmation that these ideas have validity from the science side). d, the strongest part of your paper was where you talked in the first person about your meditation practice and your real questions. the relationship between research and art project that you are describing- where one informs the other, and the definition of what is 'research" and what is "product" is constantly shifting back and forth- makes a lot of sense to me. i think this is a completely viable option, it means you have to set up a discipline for documenting everything- it could be a blog, or a book like you say...in this case, it could be organized around questions and actions and pursuit of resources, rather than the proposed explanatory structure. it sounds like a great idea to me! i am 100% on board. d
daniel alex to Deborah show details Nov 14 One issue...the research paper is due on DEc 1st....should I just hand in what I have by that time? Should I contact the administration and state my case? Or should I create a final draft of the paper that is my rough draft? daniel.
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That's pretty cool about your friend's thoughts effecting her theremin!
The project that I am currently working on is an electronic
conscience. In a nut shell, I am using sensors to detect autonomic
nervous system responses that will be transmitted to your cell phone.
The cell phone will interpret the signals in order to warn you that
you are feeling guilty.
What technologies are you working with?
I will soon bombard you with links and resources if you are
interested. Here are two to start with.
What is an Emotion? by William James --check your libraries database
system for this article....It is basically the original emotional
specificity argument; the father of contemporary emotional theory.
And here is a fairly comprehensive overview of emotional theory and
the brain to date.
if interested, we should consider this the beginning of a running dialog.
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On Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 10:40 AM, jack held
jack held to me show details Nov 9 That sounds great Daniel. I'd love to keep a open dialogue. I appreciate the links. Also, I think your cell phone idea is brilliant. I'm looking forward to seeing the prototype. Right now I'm working with the arduino microcontroller: http://www.arduino.cc/ which is a great open source tool. It has excellent documentation and a very strong community base. Most of my projects are connected to robots or 'kinetic sculptures' that move using stepper motors or pneumatic pistons. I'm constantly in the R&D phase of my projects so I usually have bits and pieces of works rather than anything complete. If you're at all interested in robotics, I'd highly recommend the Robot Builders Bonaza as a start: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0071468935/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=1278548962&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0071362967&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=08ZF0CVWSPPF0XQK738N Great read. I'll be sure to check out the books you suggested. Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. One last thing. Andrew was talking about the TransArt school and their website left me somewhat baffled. I believe Andrew said you were attending their. Is this a school that you would recommend? I'm interested in how it has influenced your practice. - Jack
notes from meeting with david dunn... object or research question the final goal? making of object was strategy for pursuing question... art frame work is entire process of what im going through....dead ends...frustrations....counter questioning that arises from other people.....Ferocious documentation!!!!! documentation!! documentation!!! what people examine...a book or cd rom or compilation...documents what others are doing about this question.... questions that arise are around the role of industry, claims being made by r&d group each of these things become part....where is the relationship of the artist to industry... technology may not be there....so art as research....research is locatable across network of interrelationships of what you are engaged in across the research question... piece also exists in everyone's mind....interviews....how to present? book? not about editing, it is about inclusion....transcribe everything...even pauses....paying attention to timing and details...ummms, time keeping words interviews! about guilt. the goal of object may still be operable....but document process. scientist isnt documenting other aspects of social interactions, failures and dead ends....they are all about positive data to evolve or prove an existing hypothesis... is it possible for the fumbling working process to be the work... being aware in self referential way about research process is the research process... even technical level research....things reject and things accept, questions dutch group becomes part of the project...off the shelf ! how you frame and make accessible to other people.... scientific journal that documents failures! keeping track is history or comment about what artist can contribute to these kinds of questions....self referential awareness....that we generally disregard or think is superfluous to successful results.... keep everything....not a work in progress but a working process Bkminster fuller - precession - we never really know what the result of what we are doing is going to be. Art as Research!!! art as research!!! art as research!!!! the goal is the point of focus that allows us to engage in the world and the process of reaching it is where the work is located tech resources - where do these things actually reside----social pressure and reinforcement for final object as thing....so much we push off to the side that we dont see as important....technology is rich area, we often get lost in tech art getting lost in tech tools instead of how they engage with the world.... tools are means by which we engage the skill set that we have... enages socail science and grounding issues ... other kinds of secondary issues and problems arise....these are important questions......the fact that coming across r&d is interesting...forming nexus point on which network coelesces to make the network visible....process is a moment that makes this accessable to be viewable to other people artist is nexus point for associations.... KEEP TRACK!!! may be solution....relevent to thoretical writing that we have to do shift in thought....to see if this makes sense
nov 15 5:48 PM that's so great! I need that extra time...my paper is such a mess
nov 18 11:35 PM me: weellllll.... 11:36 PM I kind of got lost in it....handed in a rough draft that was awful and unorganized....and now I have to fix it...I'm still having a motivation crisis but fixing it slowely how is yours?
ooooohhhh death.... I'm coming for you better start looking over shoulders the righteous are getting bolder we're huntin down your daughters your family we'll slaughter oooooohhhh death.... I'm coming for you
Nov 24 u? me: ahh...good. also good today is paper day 9:25 AM which is not necessarily why the day is good... but it never the less, is. good
nov 26 me: ahhhhh the paper... Barens.Vera: hehe done!? me: I got some where...I think... not even close :-) 9:34 PM Barens.Vera: but some where is so good me: yes...kind of lost in it...but I think I am starting to figure out my structure Barens.Vera: no no no 9:55 PM me: I am doing a lot of sideways right now :/ and circles Barens.Vera: Definitions of good on the Web: having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good ... full: having the normally expected amount; "gives full measure"; "gives good measure"; "a good mile from here" morally admirable estimable: deserving of esteem and respect; "all respectable companies give guarantees"; "ruined the family's good name" beneficial: promoting or enhancing well-being; "an arms limitation agreement beneficial to all countries"; "the beneficial effects of a temperate climate"; "the experience was good for her" agreeable or pleasing; "we all had a good time"; "good manners" of moral excellence; "a genuinely good person"; "a just cause"; "an upright and respectable man" adept: having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude; "adept in handicrafts"; "an adept juggler"; "an expert job"; "a good mechanic"; "a practiced marksman"; "a proficient engineer"; "a lesser-known but no less skillful composer"; "the effect was achieved by skillful retouching" dear: with or in a close or intimate relationship; "a good friend"; "my sisters and brothers are near and dear" dependable: financially sound; "a good investment"; "a secure investment" most suitable or right for a particular purpose; "a good time to plant tomatoes"; "the right time to act"; "the time is ripe for great sociological changes" resulting favorably; "it's a good thing that I wasn't there"; "it is good that you stayed"; "it is well that no one saw you"; "all's well that ends well" effective: exerting force or influence; "the law is effective immediately"; "a warranty good for two years"; "the law is already in effect (or in force)" capable of pleasing; "good looks" appealing to the mind; "good music"; "a serious book" 10:32 PM me: cyclical thought patterns...you need to dance...if your consious mind cannot work it out...give it a rest and let the rest of you figure it out
Justin Skotarczyk to me show details Dec 13 (2 days ago)
Hey dingus, Sooo your paper's allll over the map both in terms of focus
and any semblance of structure. I made some comments that I highlighted
in red to point to specific areas.
Here's the thing: You want to convince me (the reader) that guilt is
quantifiable, measurable, etc.
So why are you talking about domesticating dogs, the technological
evolution of human beings, and your musings on religion and tai chi?
I want to read about research and theories (all cited) that point to
guilt being measurable using the technologies available to you. You
need to find more of a cohesive segue between the sections in your
paper, the last sentence should lead into the first sentence of the
Saying things like, "In order to define guilt as an emotional indicator
for right and wrong, we must first look at the role emotions play in
decision making." and "In order to understand the evolutionary impetus
of guilt, some understanding of how emotion is processed in the brain
is necessary." makes me want to shit because I think, "Oh great here we
go into some more unrelated bs"
Lose the "In order to's" and delve right into the research.
Most of your statements are 100% opinion, and if there is fact or
precedence for them, they should be cited.
Format format format. Format this shit correctly.
That's all I got right now, if you want to discuss, give me a shout.
On Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM, daniel alex
Happiness is rooted in morality and Godliness. -AY I am compelled by the question of potentials. What We Have... As, humans, we have a unique capacity to reflect upon our actions and make changes to better serve that which we are here to serve. Whether that be god, nature, societal or human evolution, I cannot say for certain. But what is certain is that we are not at an evolutionary end. In some ways, in my opinion, we are at a beginning. With our unique capacity for language and record, we are able to advance ideas and information to the point where they can be used to affect a species on a very base level. Using our minds, we can make controlled evolutionary changes in a matter of generations instead of millennia. [this seems like the most important part of your opening paragraph. every sentence in this paragraph should be really critical to your argument- in classic essay structure this paragraph sets up your whole paper.] A rather accessible example of this [of this capacity?] is the [human domestication of dogs?] domesticated dog. Under the hand of man's influence, the common wolf was selectively bred in order to create an animal to fill our functional needs. The Terrier was bred to hunt rats, the Collie to herd livestock, the Akita Inu to hunt large game, and the Doberman, developed by a single individual, to protect him on his tax collection route. On the contrary side of these relatively successful interventions in the evolutionary path of the wolf are lap dogs, like the Pug. Bred for the sole purpose of a lap decoration, this breed is one of many with a long list of serious health problems: overheating, obesity, gag reflex, trouble breathing, central nervous system disease, and spine malformation; Their "charming" skin folds of their face must be cleaned regularly by their owner, as they are quite an effective bacterial breeding ground. Through our conscious intervention, the evolutionary rules established by survival become irrelevant, producing animals that could in no way survive the historically applied tests of evolutionary principles. Many other species have been modified to fill our needs or, in the example of the pug, to cater to our often misguided and grotesque whims. [kind of a big jump to this:] There are also the obvious extreme cases in which attempts at genocide were aimed at removing entire groups of people from the evolutionary future of the human race. I propose that, assuming our conscious mind arose from an evolutionary progression towards a greater and greater sentience, we have been "given" the task of utilizing it ["it" refers to??] to responsibly and intelligently evolve. I cannot answer with certainty what it means to be responsible in this case, or what it means to be intelligent, however, over the course of this written exploration, I intend to prove that we have an innate framework, created through evolution, that, if critically observed, will be able to answer this question with ease. Perhaps, even, this is the entire reason that it exists. suggestion: 1st paragraph, condense this discussion- we have this ability for conscious evolution on nature, we can use it for "improvements" on nature or for grotesque distortions of nature, you propose that we take control of this process to evolve intelligently. etc. state your thesis in 1st paragraph, develop examples or further explanation in subsequent paragraph(s) What We are Doing...(subheadings should help your reader and organize your text�€�so maybe this can be more specific and no �€� in a subheading. look to your outline topics: emotional decision making, etc) As a species, we are actively pursuing multiple avenues toward an �€“(perhaps unattainable)- evolutionary perfection. The two paths that I am most concerned with are the advancement of technology and the advancement of the spirit. It is fairly obvious which evolutionary route that we, as a species, have chosen to lead the way. (how/why is it obvious?) All around us can been seen is evidence with of the human obsession with technology: i-everything, bluetooth, smartphones, netbooks. It seems that we are striving to shorten any length of time that we are not connected to the technology that seems to drive our lives. There is absolutely no doubt that technology will take on an even more intimate role in our future. The pacemaker is a simple, almost century old, example that is a hint of what is to come. Machines will, more and more, become a part of our physical being, but where will this take us? Bionic limbs to work more efficiently, implanted electrodes in the brain to regulate pleasure...the possibilities are endless...but to what ends? It is not out of the range of possibilities in the near-distant future to attain some form of technology aided ever lasting life. Is this a responsible use of our natural charge? d- these are good ideas but you need to present them as in a more straightforward way. don't assume things are obvious to your reader. you need to state your assertions, ie, we have chosen to evolve into cyborgs or whatever, and then back it up with your evidence, eg, smartphones, bionic limbs, and connect the dots about how this worries you that we are turning ourselves into robots. more points less questions. The other avenue that is prevalent throughout the world ( kind of vague�€�.can you be more specific about who are the people on the spiritual quests? are they the same people as the technophiles? are they a small but interesting minority? you say throughout the world, so we're clearly talking about the industrialized AND underdeveloped nations, do you want ot be that inclusive?) are religious or spiritual pursuits; a quest for understanding. And while the majority of the people that would call themselves religious my not be interested in a quest for knowledge (need to explain /back up an assertion like that), the shear sheer number of people involved in religion is enough to show that it is a basic desire of the human species. (a: it isn't enough and b: you haven't given us any numbers to prove this. need to substantiate some of these claims with facts + more info) MORE about ....uncarved block? (what?) What I am Doing... (methodology? research question? need better subheadings.) The more that I ponder the questions of purpose, practice meditation, see, feel, and otherwise experience miraculous things, as well as learn about the physical workings of the brain in relation to centuries old ideas put forth by enlightened masters, the more I feel that technology is primarily a distraction; all that we need is already here. Through self-reflection and the non-western-traditional sciences of India's yogi and China's Chi Kung, practitioners of these disciplines have been aware of Einstein's discovery of the fact that all matter is energy long before it was discovered in the west. This "mystical" idea, supported through science, is a key concept that drives me onwards in a quest for understanding. If these ancient philosophers were right about this idea, it makes me, at the very least, able to entertain the possibility of them being right about practices and disciplines that allowed them to arrive at these intimate conclusions. In order to develop in most of these practices, however, the obsession with technology must be curbed. yes: this is so much better than the preceding paragraphs. when you write in the first person you are clear and well organized, do you notice that too? you state your hypothesis and give concrete examples to support your point of view, and go on to explore the implications of your observation/thoughts for further investigation. maybe this should be your opening/thesis paragraph?) I am thoroughly a skeptic and also, a part of this techno-progression obsession. (these are made up terms, I don't think techno-progression obsession is a mental illness listed in dsmIV. are you trying to say you are afflicted with an obsession with technology yourself? don't make up terms unless it's necessary) In my professional life, I find myself working on the computer. In my personal life, I find myself communicating through my computer. And now, in my creative life, I find myself creating with my computer. So I set out to unite these two paths; to bring the realm of technology into a space where it can act as an aid in spiritual development. ok good The first task that I am set to overcome (don't use the passive construction: you set yourself this task) is the ages old concept of good and evil. The problem of responsibility; What to do with what we have. (sentence frag) I aim to expose a framework in which right and wrong can be defined based solely on the subjectivity of the human body's autonomic nervous system response to any given event. By isolating the emotion of guilt on an individual and contextual basis, the entire idea of an objective morality can be dispensed with. What follows is a complete argument for defining guilt as a credible source for a true subjective moral code of conduct. (good) Good and evil is the challenging riddle which life places sphinxlike before every intelligence. -AY who is ay? Throughout our lives we are constantly making countless decisions. (this is a kind of weak opening sentence, you don't need these to set things up Daniel- jump right in with your interesting content or you risk boring the reader and sounding pedantic.) Each decision that we make contains the potential for an infinite number of variables and outcomes to consider. It is beyond the capacity of our minds to consciously weigh every possibility (possible outcome? ), yet, somehow, we are constantly making choices, and in most cases,(redundant) we rarely second guess ourselves. Many theorists believe that this is possible because of our emotions (Bechara 2003). Our immediate emotional response to an action or a choice, severely limits the possibilities to consider, thus making our interaction with the world manageable. Each emotion may have its (you only use an apostrophe with its if it's a contraction of "it is" ) own role and context depending upon the dilemma presented. The goal of this paper is to create an argument for guilt as an intended qualifier for defining a subjective explanation of proper versus improper action based on previous research into emotion, emotional specificity, and guilt; thereby, providing an alternative explanation to the western idea of a set of specific rules that define right and wrong. In other words, I propose that the solution to the riddle of good and evil lies in the autonomic nervous system. (aha! the goal of this paper! dude, this should be in the FIRST PARAGRAPH. this is your thesis paragraph. lose the intro and put this in the beginning so the reader can figure out what the paper is about and decide if he/she wants to read it. move the part about evolution to a subsection- it is interesting but it is not your primary argument) The first challenge (to resolving the problem of emotional decision making? challenge to what? ) arises in the lack of consensus (among: ? psychologists? lay people?) concerning anything having to do with emotion. Theories of emotion (whose?) range in scope from humans having anywhere from three to forty-eight separate and distinct emotions.(need citations where you have a stat like this) Some theorists believe that there are a small number of basic emotions which combine to create other emotional states. For example, guilt is thought by some to be a combination of joy and fear. (113) [d- need to chose one kind of footnoting style and stick to it, either name, date or citation numbers or whatever- in this case, you don't even have a citation for this reference, and it's not the same style as previous "(Bechara 2003)."]. These are just some basic disagreements on emotional theory. (bad sentence. if there are more examples, reference them. ) In a paper by Carlos Tilghman, from the Clinical Psychology Review, following a survey of prior published articles with the goal to "highlight commonalities and discrepancies among theoretical definitions of guilt," they (who?) found that there were 23 separate definitions of guilt, and 29 means with which to measure it. While some qualities were prevalent throughout many definitions, there are none without discrepancies. (ok, also, you're just giving guilt as an example, but actually it is the focus of your study. identify it as such and highlight it more deligerately) Guilt is a word that has many different connotations across cultures and generations. It is, however, a primary social and personal motivator. (reorganize previous paragraph to include this with the research- they're all one idea about trying to define guilt, why that is hard.) I would like to enter this exploration of a loaded emotion by defining a working definition (of guilt) in order to disengage some of the word's baggage and create a simple explanation of the sensation that we call guilt. Borrowing a concise explanation from David Amodio,(citation!) guilt is "a negative affective experience that is evoked when one's behavior falls short of personal or societal standards and that motivates reparatory(sic) behavior." In simpler terms (more informal?) , guilt makes you feel bad, because you did something that you think was wrong, this feeling will not leave (lose the comma) until you make up for what you did wrong. Within this definition, we can begin to understand that guilt is a completely (are you sure? completely is kind of strong- 100%? ) subjective experience, that is to say, what makes one person feel guilty, will not necessarily make anyone else feel guilty. (this is an important paragraph, should be given prominence in your argument:)While the naming of this emotional state, as well as its associated causes varies across cultures, and between individuals, the bodily responses that cause this feeling of pressure to make reparations for subjectively unmoral actions should prove consistent, as other emotions such as fear have been observed to be consistent as such. (for example) Facial expressions for emotions are consistent even in people that have been born blind, and therefore have no way to learn the expression. This (this refers to?) is a feature of emotion, that is quickly becoming generally agreed upon (by whom? need to cite experts you reference) , and is called emotional specificity. This is the idea that emotions are uniquely identifiable through monitoring of the autonomic nervous system; each emotion has it's own "signature." This theory is built upon the idea that our brains and bodies have evolved to make rapid changes based on circumstantial needs. The classic example involves a bear attack. (ok, lose the passive construction in all the preceding sentences of this paragraph, make sentences active like the bear sentences) When confronted by a wild bear, your brain appraises the danger of the situation and prepares your body for flight; Your heart rate quickens, blood pressure rises, hands and feet turn clammy, and the mouth goes dry. All of this happens in order to prepare you for the action that the situation should require, to run away. These changes are completely utilitarian, (is this the right word? ) but our perception of these changes are also what amount to what we call we perceive these sensations as fear. These "feelings" that we call emotions are the way that our mind perceives the autonomic changes that occur in the body in reaction a stimulus. (this is an assertion, you need to make it clear that you are arguing that "autonomic nervous system changes equal what we call emotion" is your theory, because it is certainly not what most people mean by emotion. either cite research to this effect or elaborate that it is your own point) "...we feel sorry because we cry, angry because we strike, afraid because we tremble...Without the bodily states following on the perception, the [emotion] would be purely cognitive in form...destitute of emotional warmth...We might...receive the insult and deem it right to strike, but we could not actually feel...angry." (ref??) and we feel guilty because... (who is speaking here? why underlined? I don't understand this insertion) This "feeling" (what feeling? guilt? ) is necessary, as it creates an emotional memory that can then guide future behavior.( ok, use value of emotions- this is the first time you really mention- elaborate, this is important to your argument) It gives us an immediate positioning system, so that we can respond quicker then cognitively possible. (what does that mean? this is jargon) Edouard Claparede, a french physician, working with a patient who was unable to create new memories, performed an experiment during his customary daily introduction with the patient. Everyday he would introduce himself and shake her hand. One day, he hid a tack in his palm and pricked her hand. The next day, the patient refused to shake his hand. She could not explain why, because she could not remember the event, but her brain had stored an emotional memory in relation to the doctor; thereby guiding her future behavior. (how is this related to guilt? there are sig. ellipses in this paragraph, you need to connect the dots here. also cite ref) This The independence of emotional memory from the cognitive memory is able to happen because of a part of the brain called the amygdala. (need to define emotional memory and cognitive memory )The amygdala is, a part of the brain that provides a shortcut from stimulus to action. LeDoux (who is ledoux?include his first name when you first reference him and his field, eg Edouard Claparede, a french physician, )calls this process "quick and dirty." (citation) When a signal is sent to the brain, it is split into multiple directions. It is sent to the sensory cortex for logical evaluation, as well as to the amygdala. Within the amygdala, it is believed, the emotional significance of the stimulus is processed and immediately generates a reaction. This happens so quickly, that you can feel afraid of something, or guilty of something, before your brain has consciously processed what it is that you are perceiving. (ok, move this explanation up , give it to us before you start talking about cog and emo memory) The sensory cortex, which Ledoux labels, "the high road", allows us to cognitively override the emotional response provided by the amygdala. When confronted with an angry bear, the initial fear response must be ignored, as running from a bear will trigger a natural response within the bear to chase you down. Based on knowledge of how bears act, the cortex is able to put a halt on the flight response, and allow you to take the appropriate action that provides the best chance of survival (which depends on the type of bear involved). The cortex, however able to override the initial response, does not always have the highest ideals of the individual as the driving motivation. "You can control a mad elephant; You can shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger; You can ride a lion; You can play with the cobra; By alchemy you can eke out your livelihood; You can wander through the universe incognito; You can make vassals of the gods; You can be ever youthful; You can walk on water and live in fire; But control of the mind is better and more difficult. " Thayumanavar (who?) (hmmm�€�I recommend you create a subsection out of this material, where you explain about emotion, amygdala, cortex, running from bear example. refer back to your outline for help with organization. also, if you're going to include quotes from philosophers in the middle of a technical explanation of cortical processing, you need to explain who the quote is from and why it's relevant. ok, now return to argument) Guilt motivates behavior in various potential ways. It can serve as a behavioral inhibitor, causing an individual to avoid an action because of the possibility of feeling guilty afterwards. This can be seen as a type of "reinforcement learning" that can guide the individual by the means of their individual moral compass. In summary, it is "an emotion that orchestrates a multifaceted self-regulatory process that involves a complex sequence of behaviors in response to a moral transgression." Is it safe to say morality is strictly a human concept? (whoa, what? where did this come from? ok, you have been trying to construct an argument for the evolutionary use value of guilt. make it clear and easy to follow then summarize. then, move on to questions/implications. this should be the intro to your next section.) While many psychologists believe emotions, across species, are concerned with the "fundamental problems of survival,"(125) guilt is considered a uniquely human emotion.(130) Fear, being an "operation of brain systems that have been programmed by evolution to deal with danger in routine ways," (128) it is found across multiple species. A dog, hurt by the hand of a large man with a beard, will often be afraid of all large men with beards largely due to the emotional memory associated with this stimulus. Guilt, if it is an emotion unique to humans, must have a motivator that is beyond the scope and need of other animals. (again, connect the dots here) The interpersonal approach to guilt (is this a specific school of thought? cite ref) states that the feeling of guilt is always mediated by an outside force. They (who?) see it as strictly a device for building and maintaining a healthy community. It is thought (by whom) that the "closer" you are to an individual, the more guilty you will feel upon engaging in a transgression which negatively effects them. What the interpersonal proponents fail to take into account is that these qualities alone would not be reason for guilt to be an emotion uniquely human. (why not) They are also forgetting to include those individuals that are striving for personal growth. A smoker who is trying to quit for health reasons is a simple practical example. Every time that their his or her addiction wins, and causes them to light a cigarette, they will feel guilty about it because they know that it is not what they want to do (try to explain this more clearly and without making the addiction seem like a person). If it is true that the guilt reflex is stronger the more intimate your relationship with the effected party is, then it should be strongest when you are feeling guilty for transgressing your own personal value system. (why?explain) And should not the situation in which an emotion is at its strongest be an indicator of the core function of that emotion? (why? you need to develop these assertions rather than phrasing them as questions. in a research paper, you can't assume things that seem obvious or intuitive to you are self explanatory) For an anecdotal example, a mother's love for a child is perhaps the strongest expression of the emotion that we call love. It could then follow that the true purpose of love is the desire to care for someone or something that cannot survive on its own, thereby ensuring survival of the subject. (this is a leap of logic not developed in your text. this section needs more development/better organization) So ( drop the so unless you really feel you have proved this) guilt, outlining our personal transgressions, can be viewed as a tool for guiding behavior that is dictated by our personal morality, and being strongest when we act in spite of ourselves, it may be safe to say that guilt, at its core, is a selfish emotion. (ok, d, this is a big jump. saying guilt is selfish is a fairly radical claim, I don't think you want to say it is safe to say, you need to explain how guilt is selfish since most people would challenge that idea and you even if you develop your argument for the societal use value of guilt, it's still a leap to call it selfish unless you want to define how you're using the term selfish, which is usually a value judgment. do you mean self interested?) The only valid desire is the desire for enlightenment'...(where does this quote come from? I though we were talking about Darwinian ideas. this is a big shift to�€�eastern spiritual philosophy? if you want these to be twin threads weaving through your argument, it would help if you set this structure up when you discuss your meditation practice in the beginning- maybe say in your intro, in this paper I will draw upon my studies in cognitive psychology as well as eastern phil to create an argument for a deliberate evolution of human emotion or something) Perhaps the emotion of guilt is present in humans solely for the purpose of guiding us toward enlightenment, or as some would put it, God. Christian sin and guilt are related concepts, if not the same concept described in different words. (this is an opinion-some would argue- so substantiate) Guilt "...functions as a motive, potentially capable of energizing the redemptive sequence of confession, atonement, and the replacement of sinful acts." It is easy to make the transition (make this point, don't assume it) from the idea of moral transgressions and the Christian concept of Sin, in a theological sense, as well as a psychological sense. These sinful acts that evoke an "affective discomfort" that we are calling guilt, are are described by Charles Curran (who is he) as acts that "increase the probabilities of an individual becoming neurotic or psychotic, the psychological states that constitute the Inferno of the modern world." (I get this idea but too much is unstated- elaborate on guilt=sin, madness=hell analogy) So if the definition of guilt, being a is demonstrated to be a unique human emotion, and an emotion being has been shown to be a non-cognitive appraisal of a situation, can be extended to it can therefore be argued that guilt encompasses a sense of morality that is beyond the capacity of our reasoning mind. Guilt provides an individual with a personal moral compass with which to judge right from wrong. Guilt, however, is often reasoned away by the cognitive mind in order to participate in actions that are not convergent with our individual moral systems. If one were to pay attention and critically investigate the source of guilty feelings when they arise, perhaps the individual would develop at a more rapid pace. (what do you mean? evolve spiritually?) -----------------------------------------------------------------END--------------------------------------------------------------------------- Daniel- do you want me to respond to this part below, or are these sections just notes for your own reference? He who commits sin is the enemy of his own soul psalms Guilt "...functions as a motive, potentially capable of energizing the redemptive sequence of confession, atonement, and the replacement of sinful acts." It is easy to make the transition from the idea of moral transgressions and the Christian concept of Sin, in a theological sense, as well as a psychological sense. These sinful acts that evoke an "affective discomfort" that we are calling guilt, are perhaps acts that "increase the probabilities of an individual's becoming neurotic or psychotic, the psychological states that constitute the Inferno of the modern world." "Sin is a failure to love." Guilt "is a movement from negative irresponsibility for oneself to an acceptance of responsibility for one's actions toward self and other."w The value of guilty lies in its inhibitory nature. In a healthy state, it keeps an individual from acting out in such a way that would cause harm to someone else or themselves. Like all emotions, there are subjective elements. Going back to the example of the bear, let us further discuss emotion's role in decision making. When confronted with an angry bear, there are a myriad of choices for how to handle the situation. One could fight the bear, run away, curl up into a ball, try to scare the bear, or even start dancing to try and confuse the bear. Basically, a person confronted with any situation, could choose to do anything in response. We are able make a decision and act because of the way our body automatically responds to each confrontation. Because of the ANS response to an eminent bear attack, we feel an emotion we call fear. This emotion severely limits the number of possible actions that we can then take; giving the bear a hug is no longer an option. "the idea of using the autonomic nervous system as a philosophical way around the problematic subjectivity of human emotions and the cultural relativism of ideas of right/wrong, good/evil not being the same in different societies/religions/belief systems" ____________________________________________________________________________ I propose that, assuming that our conscious mind arose from the evolutionary progression towards a greater and greater sentience, we have been given the task of utilizing it to responsibly and intelligently evolve. I see two prevalent evolutionary routes that, as a species contain the most possibility in moving us forward. The first, and most prevalent in most cultures is the advancement of technology. Is this a responsible use of our charge? Where will this take us? It is not out of the range of possibilities of the near-distant future to attain some form of technology aided ever lasting life...but to what ends? The more I ponder questions like these through my daily practice and daily life, the more that I am thoroughly convinced that this is the wrong direction to head. This brings me to the other prevalent path, spiritual advancement; release from Mana, Sa��ƒs��ra, Sin, effort, misunderstanding. ------------------------------------------- A well-known ANS response pattern is what happens to our bodies to allow us to feel novelty. The sequence of bodily responses are a "heart rate deceleration, delayed respiration, followed by increased amplitude and decreased frequency, peripheral vasoconstriction, and increased skin conductance"(Sokolov 1963 or Stephens2010). No matter the individual causes or experience of novelty, this basic structure of ANS responses occur, and it is our subconscious awareness of these changes, we all interpret as novelty. The problem then lies in the unhealthy feelings of guilt. Not all guilt is valid and necessary. Even so, these feelings can be used as an indicator to remedy the malady that is causing an unhealthy response to a healthy stimilus.
Dec 12 andrew.n.french to me show details Dec 12 (3 days ago) 2:48 PM me: cusin i need an example of when an individual feels guilty about something, but reasons the guilty feeling away in order to participate in an act that they deep down believe that they shoudln't be doing.. 27 minutes 3:16 PM andrew.n.french: Um t being president? 3:17 PM me: I got a good answer already...cheating! thanks though Dec 13 4:35 PM me: I stopped working on my paper and did some painting
Dec 15 12:56 PM andrew.n.french: hey dude. read your paper. I think you are on the right path for sure 12:57 PM Im at work so I had to skim a bit. but you have some very cool ideas me: finishing it up right now....working on the conclusion thanks! andrew.n.french: yup. good luck 12:58 PM me: if yo uare interested in reading the fin version....in about 10 min https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FzO04DbdFRG3x5yaxHgp4lB-QX3-EvPHKUo-bIx9wi4/edit?hl=en&authkey=COXdwKsH
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dec 15 5:32 PM me: alive...but fading.... how about you? so, i thought of a devious way to handle my predicament....but it might cause much trouble in nyc 5:40 PM I can make a video, that makes it look like I actually made something... but then I have to make sure that I can make that a reality in the next 2 weeks me: umm yeah, but if i cant actually do it...I may have to keep on faking it....hmmmmmm 7:23 PM me: so i have 181 pages of stuff for my studio project gathered....going through gmail still trying to remember... 7:36 PM me: ahah! just finished gleaning through our chats... me: we've talked pretty regularly...it provides a nice thread 7:41 PM it is a total mess me: just collecting right now inspiration for a fable perhaps or maybe creating a program that writes a book based off all this shit :) me: jeez... failures and discoveries...dead ends and possibilities.... shortcuts ignored 7:43 PM blahblahblah me: no i must organize so that i can hand it in ha! 7:53 PM me: it starts off poetically then just becomes copied emails and chats :-) lots to do u'll be fine 7:54 PM me: u think I should make the fake video? it'll make me feel guilty :-) :-) :-) 7:55 PM I can record me making it and use it as proof that it works 7:57 PM me: thats it! im totally gonna do that