I have always loved stories. Any kind of story, told, written, shown. Preview, Now-Time, Review. Recently George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller in her book Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception to learn a little about past possibilities. To learn deductions for the reality of life from science.
Just because you love stories doesn’t mean you have to love READING. In our current development with regard to annually shortening attention spans, apocalyptic messages without sheer end, it is important to train the brain functions.
BRAIN RESEARCH, is memory a muscle? :52 UHR, MARTIN KORTE [ Duration: 1 minute audio, retrieved on 11/19/2022 ]
Like any workout, this one requires a certain amount of effort. So how do we manage to train (learn, read) on the one hand and have fun doing it on the other? In my opinion, the secret lies in the topic. Every subject, every area has its good and bad authors, its good and bad role models, books and writers. Just because someone writes about a topic doesn’t mean that techniques and perspectives are without application or personal connection. The opposite is usually the case.
It’s the same – from my point of view – with the truth. What we read – e.g. is “the truth” of the author (otherwise he or she wouldn’t have written it, one might think). But it could just as well be that what we read – e.g. the vision / hope, is the author’s wish that keeps us spellbound. And because attention spans are so powerful in our brains, the writer has to be brief, or be visionary, or both — or put it another way: The writer has to find a story that people will enjoy. That inspires people, that effortlessly inspires the brain and keeps the text, the narrative. The author has to open up visions that are almost completely clear (no-brainer). Then nobody minds. After all, everyone reads the author.
Culturecation [ culture+education ]
In the future, education will have the task of teaching us skills that 1. support differentiated understanding (what is the statement / who makes this statement / which goal is being pursued / who benefits from it – economy, image, branding and much more) and 2. to present this understanding of conclusive truth transparently.
But maybe I’m already dreaming of Christmas in November.
Max Planck Society, brain [accessed on November 19, 2022]