A view of the Marquesas Islands from an aircraft window, July 1996.Photograph by Jodi Cobb, National Geographic
Western KY work adventures took me to 3 libraries in the Jackson Purchase yesterday.
The librarian at the Ballard-Carlisle Library is amazing; as the library’s only staff person, she single-handedly provides library service in Ballard & Carlisle counties. She’s on the bookmobile Monday through Wednesday, and at the tiny library in Wickliffe on Thursday and Friday.
Her library budget comes almost exclusively from federal LSTA funds.
This result suggests that higher levels of musical training might result in more efficient information processing in general,” the researchers write.
In addition, “higher levels of musical practice were also associated with a better engagement of cognitive control processes, as indicated by more efficient error and conflict detection,” the researchers report. Participants who had spent more quality time with their instruments had “a better ability to detect errors and conflicts, and a reduced reactiveness to these detected problems.” … Jentzsch and her colleagues note that this shouldn’t be too surprising, in that a musician learns to be constantly cognizant of his or her performance, “but not to be overly affected by mistakes.
- Study looks at how musical training teaches us to detect our own mistakes. Pair with these 7 essential reads on music and the brain and philosopher Daniel Dennett on the art of making mistakes. (via explore-blog)
My 7 years in music school made me a better thinker, librarian, and person.
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While challenged books are important, it is still a challenge to make sure there is a community library for those books to exist.
To the students, e-mail was as antiquated as the spellings “chuse” and “musick” in the works by Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards that they read on their electronic books. “Some of them didn’t even seem to know they had a college e-mail account,” Dr. May said. Nor were these wide-eyed freshmen. “This is considered a junior-level class, so they’d been around,” he said.
Our sweet set of wheels~
I think people misunderstand, sometimes, the difference between “empathy” and “sympathy”, and this is getting us in trouble. Sympathy is closer to pity. Empathy, which is essential for being human, means that you can imagine yourself in some else’s situation, good or bad. And feeling *real* empathy, even empathy with “the enemy”, with the bottom of the barrel of humanity, with the suicide bombers, with the child molesters, with the Hitlers and the Osamas, is necessary. If you, as a human being, can’t stop and try to imagine what sort of pain and agony and darkness must have descended upon these people to twist them up so badly, you have no roadmap to untwist the circumstances under which they were created. … There can be no limit to empathy. … If you can’t go the final mile, you’re not there yet.
Pair with philosopher Judith Butler on how reading and the humanities make us more empathetic and philosopher Roman Krznaric on empathy and social change.(via explore-blog)