I’m busy reading, “Trying Not to Try,” a worthwhile first book about cognition and intentionality by Edward Slingerland, a professor of Chinese studies and “Embodied Cognition” at the University of British Columbia. It’s a fine book, though it reads in parts like a jokey series of lectures designed to get the attention of students whose cognition may be disembodied.
The value of the work is apparent immediately despite the anecdotal quality of the writing, much of which wanders into neurobiology, like a guy in a new place asking directions only this guy is giving directions.
Basically, the points involve focus, the importance of spontaneity, the value of relationships in developing ideas, and the immeasurable nature of irrationality.
All this helps as we wander into the final stretch of Christmas week. Wasn’t it just Halloween? Where does the time go? Believe me, I don’t want it back, just want to know where it went.
How it helps is this: Focus on the love around and within you, try not to pay too much attention to cyber-attacks and a new era in Cuban-American relationships.
What would Rock Scully do?