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Nick Seaver
Finally sharing the syllabus for this year's iteration of my anthro seminar, "How to Pay Attention": This is one of my favorite things I've gotten to do since becoming a professor, and I'm lucky to have the students and institution to be able to do it!
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Nick Seaver 1 Feb 18
Replying to @DogUmwelt
We started with the obligatory William James, a chapter from 's great book ON LOOKING, and Katherine Hayles on hyper/deep attention.
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Nick Seaver 1 Feb 18
Replying to @melgregg
Then this week, we dug into mostly historical work on attention/distraction's shifting moral valences since the Enlightenment, but with a touch of to get thinking about their resonance contemporary productivity discourses.
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Nick Seaver 1 Feb 18
Replying to @npseaver
Oh yeah, and as they were reading about Victorian-era ideas about why reading is good, they had to try to log their distractions. (Starting this week, students get a weekly attentional exercise to conduct outside of class and write up in their journals.)
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Nick Seaver 1 Feb 18
Replying to @royal_t14
And next week is on "immersion," ethnographic and otherwise, roaming around affect theory, virtual worlds, Oulipo, metaphors, and a really great post by on big data:
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Nick Seaver 1 Feb 18
Thanks! It's a lot of fun to run, and I get to think through second project stuff with a bunch of smart students.
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kit ennis yetts 1 Feb 18
Replying to @npseaver
would've loved to have taken this class in college. mind if i save your syllabus for personal research, experimentation, & interrogation? thank you for sharing this!
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Nick Seaver 1 Feb 18
Replying to @cour13r5
Go for it!
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Erik 1 Feb 18
Replying to @npseaver
Looks like a great class.
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Nick Seaver 1 Feb 18
Replying to @ClickErik
thanks!
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nikki pugh 1 Feb 18
Replying to @npseaver
Thank you for sharing this!
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Nick Seaver 1 Feb 18
Replying to @nikkipugh
thanks!
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Andrew Epstein 1 Feb 18
Replying to @npseaver
This looks like a great class! Just thought I'd mention that my book "Attention Equals Life" may be of interest (as it covers a lot of similar ground).
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Nick Seaver 1 Feb 18
Replying to @AndrewEpstein3
Thanks for sharing it! I'll have to take a look.
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Dawn Nafus 1 Feb 18
Replying to @npseaver
This should be a syllabus for life.
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Nick Seaver 1 Feb 18
Replying to @dawnnafus
Aw, thanks!
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Taylor Nelms 1 Feb 18
Replying to @npseaver
I probably need to do something with that, eventually ...
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Nick Seaver 1 Feb 18
Replying to @royal_t14
Correct!
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Alexandra Horowitz 1 Feb 18
Replying to @npseaver
(thank you) (it's such a fantastic syllabus, for a class I wish I'd taken)
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Alice Bennett ⏰ 2 Feb 18
Replying to @npseaver
This looks incredible (and I like the attention log activities). Your students might enjoy Tom Mccarthy's novel Satin Island which involves an anthropologist and does a lot of thinking about attention as filtering/absorption.
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