CS wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:57 pm
Ditto for the social one. I've just been reading along on that one. There is something to be said for walking out the door and knowing there is someone close by for informal interactions. With the exception of college dorms, our society is not set up for that. (I should probably put this comment there but I'm a lazy person today.)
requoting/reanswering from a different angle, because this thing about “informal interactions” and “college dorms” has stayed in the back of my head for days, bouncing around.
there are other situations that promote this, like artist & writing residencies & colonies, science institutes, bohemian neighborhoods, college campuses beyond the dorm, science cities (eg los alamos) etc, where such interactions happen. they may not be permanent, but they are beneficial. in the shorter term, professional conferences and trade fairs generate a similar energy.
here’s a quote from kahneman. i’ve been mulling kahneman over lately. huge implications to his work. btw, i find the “blink” about his famous book highly erroneous and missing the point for reasons i prefer to discuss elsewhere (big tangent). anyway, here’s the quote:
Amos and I had our most productive year in 1971–72, which we spent in Eugene, Oregon. We were the guests of the Oregon Research Institute, which housed several future stars of all the fields in which we worked—judgment, decision making, and intuitive prediction. Our main host was Paul Slovic, who had been Amos’s classmate at Ann Arbor and remained a lifelong friend. Paul was on his way to becoming the leading psychologist among scholars of risk, a position he has held for decades, collecting many honors along the way. Paul and his wife, Roz, introduced us to life in Eugene, and soon we were doing what people in Eugene do—jogging, barbecuing, and taking children to basketball games. We also worked very hard, running dozens of experiments and writing our articles on judgment heuristics. At night I wrote Attention and Effort. It was a busy year.
kahneman, d. (2011) thinking, fast and slow. farrar, strauss, giroux
(not sure how to cite kindle page numbers in apa style, but this is the opening of chapter 12)
that sort of hothouse environment is great for pursuing projects and generating ideas through formal and informal collaboration. and it’s always sad when they end.
maybe the fun thing to do would not be a land co-op (too permanent) but an “ere institute” where people would pursue interesting projects for a limited period.
anyway i’m not asking anyone to do this “for humanity” nor suggest that anyone here must or should or would event want to attend. i’m just saying i think it’s a cool idea that could produce interesting results if implemented correctly—in another universe anyway.
ps i practically live online, but online doesn’t cut it for some things. the thought of attending an “online conference” makes one’s eyes burn in anticipation. and you can’t text someone kefir grains.