08 September 2010

Readings, 2010.09.07

Readings for Tuesday

As an experiment, today I am trying a simplified form of "digest" in which I give short (mostly one-line) links to what I've read during the day.

Academia

Kent Anderson at The scholarly kitchen says the Internet has fundamentally changed everything, and it's time for the scholarly world to give up its legacy models of publishing and research, and to begin to adapt. There will be additional posts on the topic later this week by Joe Esposito, Michael Clarke, and Phil Davis.

Cameron Neylon at Science in the Open rants (rightly) about Journal Impact Factors, which he calls "bad science" and "bad management."  Yup.

Genetics


Razib Khan at Gene Expression (Discover Magazine) summarizes V. Moskvina, et al. (2010), "Genetic Differences between Five European Populations," Human Heredity.

Mind


A good article by Benedict Carey at The New York Times on what cognitive science can teach us about effective learning: "Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits."

Vaughan at Mind Hacks writes on the Jungian psychology at the core of Inception.  Which I still haven't seen (guess I'll have to wait for the DVD).

Romeo Vitelli at Providentia describes the case of a Nevada woman who was reported missing by her husband; her body was eventually found four-months later buried in the clutter of their home.  They were obsessive hoarders.

Language

Melody Dye at Child's Play has two intertwined posts about Zipfian distributions in language and the process of discrimination in learning meaning ("Mollies, PokeBalls, and Naked Ladies: A Topsy-Turvy Lesson in Learning Words from Context" and "Why are Zipfian distributions found in language?").  Excellent links.

Michael Pleyer at a replicated typo writes on languages that employ an absolute rather than relative frame of reference in talking about orientation in space.  Examples include the Australian aboriginal language Guugu Yimithirr and the Mayan language Tzeltal. Pleyer refers especially to Stephen Levinson's book, Space in Language and Cognition: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity (Cambridge UP, 2003).

Society


Daniel Little at UnderstandingSociety has a nice introductory summary of the work of sociologist Erving Goffman, whose Stigma is on my "to read" list.

Music

Die Zeit profiles saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who turned 80 today. (Auf Deutsch)

Stuart Isacoff in The Wall Street Journal profiles Indian-American jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, whose work I plan to get to know better (I picked up two of his CDs at the library today). Iyer also has a Ph.D., with a dissertation on "the role of the body in music perception and cognition."

codex flores links to the site for the conference Mozart & Science 2010: Music in Medicine and Therapy, the 3rd International Congress for Interdisciplinary Research on the Effects of Music, taking place at the Landesakademi of Lower Austria, in Krems, 4–6 November 2010.

taz.de interviews Dave Haynes, of SoundCloud, a website designed to make it easier for musicians to move and store large sound files. (Auf Deutsch)

Greg Sandow is back from vacation. His first post-vacation post at his Arts Journal blog praises Lang Lang's Beethoven (op. 2/3 and the Appassionata) on the first CD of a 2 CD set, Lang Lang Live in Vienna, to be released next month.  I'm very skeptical.  Sandow includes a couple of sound clips that he says make him think Lang Lang has channeled Beethoven improvising.

Wortschatz für Dienstag

schikanieren
auf den Leim gehen
schlaksig
Kaderschmiede (zB, Harvard)

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