Collecting data is only the first step toward knowledge but sharing data is the first step toward civilization
May 15, 2008
“I ask your indulgence if I close on a personal, existential note. We live in a time when we are flooded with information in every field of endeavor, a deluge from which Freud scholarship is not exempt. It has has become a veritable industry over which it is difficult to maintain even bibliographical control. The amount of sheer information increases incessantly. I confess that I have reached an age when I am haunted by the question of when information becomes knowledge. What I have presented here is only a special instance of that larger Angst. I am perhaps not yet old enough to seek the further line where knowledge becomes wisdom (Yerushalmi Series Z 1997).”
“Collecting data is only the first step toward wisdom but sharing data is the first step toward community (Linux 2006 33-40)
Work-in-process: “Collecting data is only the first step toward knowledge but sharing data is the first step toward civilization.”
April 11, 2008
Mewburn, Inger. 2011-03-17. “Zotero vs Endnote 4: the battle is on!” In this post PhD student, Gabriel Oguda, who is studying for an MPhil in Health Promotion at the University of Bergen in Norway, argued in favour of Zotero.
There was a conflict between firefox and therefore zotero on the PC (Vista?) setup I began using in 2007 and continue to use. With the crashes, clean-up and switch I was forced back to Internet Explorer and “lost” the zotero library I had been slowing building. Since then I haven’t taken the risk of switching back to Firefox and I miss many of its features.
My Endnote librairies remained intact as I had backed them up in multiple spaces both virtual and really real.
Since the crashes, clean-up and switch, I have been drawn back to Endnote as the safety deposit box of my webliographies and bibliographies.
I am not comfortable being so dependent on a product I cannot update (since I am no longer affiliated with the academic institutions that provided me with access and or licensed software)
But EndNote is reliable, robust and ready-to-use. It is really like FoxPro’s dynamic query searching (relational query by example?) capacity.
It’s a bit like owning a very old Volvo (my licensed EndNote software dates from c. 2002-3? and will not support the http://www.myendnoteweb.com Alex so kindly recommended) that is ultra solid and dependable when I know I really cannot afford the repairs. Except that so much of my data is softwere dependent and there is always that concern that I might lose access to my own research as I did with FoxPro, ToolBook and Olympus. (Files no longer open because I am missing licensed upgrades). This was my motivation for experimenting with open source.
My original speechless page (2006-12-13) speechless >> web 2.0 >> Zotero vs EndNote has been attracting the most visits of all my posts lately so I have decided to update it as this post entitled “Zotero vs EndNote: 2006 – 2008″.
I would be really interested in Alex Liberzon’s experiences with http://www.myendnoteweb.com, http://www.CiteULike.org and LaTeX. See Zotero vs EndNote post (2007-01-23) has been finding out about . Says: January 23, 2007 at 7:52 pm e
Like Farrel Buchinsky (2007-02-17) I am looking forward to a seamless interface between Google docs, open source word processors and Zotero, Connotea or even Endnote (?) where citations and bibliographies will be automatically generated. My wish list/to-do-list continues to include a library database using Zotero that has compatibilities with free source like Google docs that worked like EndNote and the big name proprietorial software (BNPS) I became dependent on.
Since working with Google docs I have enjoyed the fact the my PC does not crash as it used to with the BNPS. But I still haven’t taken the time to learn how to integrate zotero with Google docs (or grant applications and manuscripts). Once I do I will post it. I use my own blog more as a How-did-I-do-that? not as a How-you-should-do-it?. There are better sites for the latter. I am a bricoleuse.
I would like to really use My EndNote Web as Alex Leberzon suggested but this service is only available for EndNote 10 licensed users. I’m EndNote 8. I have also started to investigate Cite-U-Like but I am discouraged by its academic criteria-based exclusivity. (I’m not even sure it accepts New York Times and Wall Street Journal articles? Concepts of authority (who can be a knower?) need to be re-examined in the era of Web 2.0+.) I still prefer deli.ci.ous. I have not been able to update my MySwickis and my Customized Google Search as much as I would like as these are invaluable resources for focused research.
Testing COinS Generator:
(Žižek, Slavoj. 2004. Organs without Bodies: on Deleuze and Consequences. New York/London. Routledge)
April 10, 2008
During breaks I would walk through empty rooms to discover changes curators had made in their spaces. I was a teenager when I began to feel at home in the silent, often light-filled buildings that held public art collections. I was annoyed by, resented, then was intrigued by, read about, studied, spent time with pieces that came to be my favourites. Visual artists were deeply informed about and experimenting with emerging, complex theories, cultural studies, political philosophy . . . academics did their best to avoid them until it became impossible to do so.
Reading Slavoj Žižek’s Organs without Bodies is a lot like my non-linear NGC meanderings in the 1990s. His writing provokes me but there is enough brilliance there that makes me keep his book in the reading stand beside my monitor, opened at different pages on different days. He is not a lazy thinker. Each page is like a hypertext reader indexing a myriad of artists, philosophers, scientists and entrepreneurs. He discusses Hawkins, Hegel, Heidegger and Hitchcock with equal comfort because he has actually ‘read’ and analysed’ their work.
I was drawn to his chapter section on hyphen-ethics more because of the probing, unsettling questions it raises than because of his conclusions. It will be one of those recurring themes that will be part of my own lifelong teaching, learning and research.
“What is false with todays discussion concerning the ethical consequences of biogenetics is that it is rapidly turning into what Germans call Bindenstrich-Ethik, the ethics of the hyphen – technology-ethics, environment-ethics, and so on. This ethics does have a role to play, a role homologous to that of the provisional ethic Descartes mentions at the beginning of his Discourse on Method: when we engage on a new path, full of dangers and shattering new insights, we need to stick to old established rules as a practical guide for our daily lives, although we are well aware that the new insights will compel us to provide a fresh foundation for our entire ethical edifice (in Descartes case, this new foundation was provided by Kant, in his ethics of subjective autonomy). Today, we are in the same predicament: the provisional ethics cannot replace the need for a thorough reflection of the emerging New (Žižek 2004:123).”
“In short, what gets lost here, in this hyphen-ethics, is simply ethics as such. The problem is not that universal ethics gets dissolved in particular topics but, on the contrary, that particular scientific breakthroughs are directly confronted with the old humanist “values” (say, how biogenetics affects our sense of dignity and autonomy). This, then, is the choice we are confronting today: either we choose the typically postmodern stance of reticence (let’s not go to the end, let’s keep a proper distance toward the scientific Thing so that this Thing will not draw us into a black hole, destroying all our moral and human notions), or we dare to “tarry with the negative (das Verweilen beim Negativen),” that is, we dare to fully examine the consequences of scientific modernity with the wager that “our Mind is a genome” will also function as an infinite judgment (Žižek 2004:123-4).”
“The main consequence of the scientific breakthrough in biogenetics is the end of nature. Once we know the rules of its construction, natural organisms are transformed into objects amenable to manipulation. Nature, human and inhuman, is thus “desubstantialized,” deprived of its impenetrable density, of what Heidegger called “earth.” Biogenetics, with its reduction of the human psyche itself to an object of technological manipulation, is therefore effectively a kind of empirical instantiation of what Heidegger perceived as the “danger” inherent to modern technology. Crucial here is the interdepedence of man and nature: by reducing man to just another object whose properties can be manipulated, what we lose is not (only) humanity but nature itself. In this sense, Francis Fukuyama is right. Humanity itself relies on some notion of “human nature” as what we inherited and was simply given to us, the impenetrable dimension in/of ourselves into which we are born/thrown. The paradox is thus that there is man only insofar as there is inhuman nature (Heidegger’s “earth”). (Žižek 2004:124).”
Slavoj Žižek is a dialectical-materialist philosopher and psychoanalyst. He also co-directs the International Centre for Humanities at Birkbeck College. The Parallax View appeared last year.
Webliography and Bibliography
Žižek, Slavoj. 2004. “Against hyphen-ethics.” Organs without Bodies: on Deleuze and Consequences. New York/London: Routledge. pp. 123-132.
Titles >> Subtitles: Organs without Bodies >> on Deleuze and Consequences >> Consequences >> Science >> Cognitivism with Freud, Autopoiesis, Memes, Memes Everywhere, Against Hyphen-Ethics, Cognitive Closure?, “Little Jolts of Enjoyment”,
folksonomy: cultural studies, theory, philosophy, Deleuze, globalization, democracy, democratization, war on terror, Joan Copjec, biogenetics, hyphen-ethics, capitalism, Richard Dawkins, Jacques Derrida, Daniel Dennett, ethics, Ethical turn, Habermas, Kant, Laclau, Levinas, Lacan, Varela, religion, Pascal, Spinoza, The Quite American, Hegel, Heidegger, Massumi, Fukuyama, liberal democracy, Self, personhood, ethics, mind/brain, mind body, psychoanalysis, nature/culture, technology, mind and consciousness,
More by Slavoj Žižek:
Žižek, Slavoj. 2003. “Bring me my Philips Mental Jacket: Slavoj Žižek welcomes the prospect of biogenetic intervention.” London Review of Books. 25:10. May.
Žižek, Slavoj. 1999. “Attempts to Escape the Logic of Capitalism.” Review of Vaclav Havel: A Political Tragedy in Six Acts by John Keane.” London Review of Books. 21:21. October 28.
Žižek, Slavoj. 1999. ‘You May!’ London Review of Books. 21:6. 18 March.
April 1, 2008
Measuring and mapping the mind, soul and spirit by using mathematics with music, numerical codes on virtual palettes for colours . . .
Iqaluit sunset “#F2D895″ | Iqaluit sunset “#B58D67″| Iqaluit sunset “#FFF6BF” | Iqaluit sunset “#DDA887″ | Iqaluit sunset “#BAA295″ | Iqaluit sunset “#FBE8C0″ | Iqaluit sky at dusk “#4B4D65″ | Iqaluit sky at dusk”#525B7B” | Iqaluit sky at dusk”#545B75″ | “#B7A47C” | Iqaluit sky at dusk “#2B3454″ | “#336699″ |
Bell Lake reflections” #626C61″ | “#666666″ | “#666699″ | Iqaluit Rockface “#B1A08F” | Iqaluit Rockface “#AE8C8C” |
Iqaluit Rockface “#67606F” | Iqaluit Rockface “#DCB9B5″ | Iqaluit Rockface “#D5B4B1″ | Iqaluit Rockface “#EFD3D6″ | Iqaluit Rockface lichen “#9FAD97″ | Iqaluit Rockface lichen”#577155″ | Iqaluit Rockface lichen “#97A493″ | Baffin aerial tundra “#49465B” | Baffin aerial tundra “#C7BDCF” | Baffin aerial tundra “#616079″ | Baffin blue sky “#A8B8DA” | Baffin blue sky “#246AD5″ | Baffin blue sky “#5D7DB3″ | Baffin blue sky “#82ABD5″ | Baffin blue sky “#558AE8″ | Baffin blue sky “#5392E5″ |
|Iqaluit sunset “#F2D895″||Iqaluit sunset “#B58D67″||Iqaluit sunset “#FFF6BF”|
|Iqaluit sunset “#DDA887″||Iqaluit sunset “#BAA295″||Iqaluit sunset “#FBE8C0″|
|Iqaluit sky at dusk “#4B4D65″||Iqaluit sky at dusk”#525B7B”||Iqaluit sky at dusk”#545B75″|
|“#B7A47C”||Iqaluit sky at dusk “#2B3454″||“#336699″|
|Bell Lake reflections” #626C61″||“#666666″||“#666699″|
|Iqaluit Rockface “#B1A08F”||Iqaluit Rockface “#AE8C8C”||Iqaluit Rockface “#67606F”|
|Iqaluit Rockface “#DCB9B5″||Iqaluit Rockface “#D5B4B1″||Iqaluit Rockface “#EFD3D6″|
|Iqaluit Rockface lichen “#9FAD97″||Iqaluit Rockface lichen”#577155″||Iqaluit Rockface lichen “#97A493″|
|Baffin aerial tundra “#49465B”||Baffin aerial tundra “#C7BDCF”||Baffin aerial tundra “#616079″|
|Baffin blue sky “#A8B8DA”||Baffin blue sky “#246AD5″||Baffin blue sky “#5D7DB3″|
|Baffin blue sky “#82ABD5″||Baffin blue sky “#558AE8″||Baffin blue sky “#5392E5″|
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|Midnight blue “191970″||Navy “000080″||Peacock “33A1C9″|
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|Sky blue “87CEEB”||Sky blue deep “00BFFF”||Sky blue light “87CEFA”|
|Steel blue “4682B4″||Steel blue light “B0C4DE”||Turquoise blue “00C78C”|
|Ultramarine “120A8F”||Blue violet “8A2BE2″||Cobalt violet deep “91219E”|
|Magenta “FF00FF”||Orchid “DA70D6″||Orchid dark “9932CC”|
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|Purple “A020F0″||Purple medium “9370DB”||Ultramarine violet “5C246E”|
|Violet “8F5E99″||Violet dark “9400D3″||Violet red “D02090″|
|Violet red medium “C71585″||Violet red pale “DB7093″||Violet red medium “C71585″|