segunda-feira, janeiro 05, 2015

"the human factor research"

Excerpts from 
by Chus Martínez (MOUSSE Magazine / Archive / Issue #45 / TALKING ABOUT)

“So, if Europe collapses under Ebola, Russia implodes in a second revolution, and the Middle East’s problems radicalize, the States seems like a good place to be...?” “Yes,” he says without conviction. “Now that oil is not a problem, they will, of course, initiate a process of isolation, closing the cycle that was opened during World War II. One must admit that they are free from all the nationalist problems affecting other nations, so they are stronger in that sense.” At that point, my eyes look at him begging for some sort of narrative mercy. “But what about their problems with race?” He looks away for a second and then back at me. “Indeed. The African American community got poorer during the last decade. Their health conditions are endangering a large segment of the population. They suffer from illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, sarcoidosis, and obesity such that their life expectancy and quality of life are seriously affected. Also, almost 40 percent of the incarcerated males in the U.S are African Americans. And now think about Rand Paul, about all these libertarians and their ideas of economy, race, or community.”



...Libertarianism is an interesting example of artistic misinterpretation. Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum was born in 1905, the year of the Russian Revolution. She moved to the United States in 1926 and published under the name of Ayn Rand. Her unique way of writing about the individual, seeking happiness, and ways of legitimizing one’s values produced an ideological reception—a movement, even—outside the field of cognitive literature that she was ostensibly discovering or exploring. Moving away from reductionist views of human behavior such those represented by B. F. Skinner, Rand was interested in the new developments that occurred during the 1960s and 1970s in information theory, psychology, computer science, and the “human factor research” (how humans interact with complex machinery). All of this opened up for her a new cognitive turn in the study of human consciousness.

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