Uh-oh. More Art that actually looks like something.

David Clemens interviews and reviews post-modern, neo-classic artist David Ligare in “Art that Thinks and the Gravity of Our Own Time.”

David Ligare, Penelope

I believe that much if not most of [modern and contemporary art] is now academic and because all things shocking and transgressional have become clichés, I believe that going `in’ is the answer. By `in’ I don’t necessarily mean back but `back’ is where the true thinkers are and we need art that thinks.
You can see more Ligare’s work on his website.

The Doorway Effect

Ever have this happen?  Walk through a doorway and immediately lose focus, forgetting what you had just intended to do?

This is an extreme example of the “doorway effect” which is a manifestation of our brain’s method of spatial processing.   This and more are the subject of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine won by John O’Keefe and May-Britt and Edvard Moser.

My wife and I have a simple strategy to combat the doorway effect–we make lists.  Unfortunately, when we get in the car to go shopping, my wife frequently forgets to bring the list.

Thanks to American Digest, for pointing me to the video.

GPS makes you stupid

Get your face outta that stupid screen!  The latest First World Problem is  Death by GPS:

Most death-by-GPS incidents do not involve actual deaths—or even serious injuries. They are accidents or accidental journeys brought about by an uncritical acceptance of turn-by-turn commands: the Japanese tourists in Australia who drove their car into the ocean while attempting to reach North Stradbroke Island from the mainland; the man who drove his BMW down a narrow path in a village in Yorkshire, England, and nearly over a cliff; the woman in Bellevue, Washington, who drove her car into a lake that their GPS said was a road; the Swedish couple who asked GPS to guide them to the Mediterranean island of Capri, but instead arrived at the Italian industrial town of Carpi; the elderly woman in Belgium who tried to use GPS to guide her to her home, 90 miles away, but instead drove hundreds of miles to Zagreb, only realizing her mistake when she noticed the street signs were in Croatian.

Apparently “the map is not the territory” isn’t taught in modern schools.

Tip from the Instapundit.

Update:  The PC (psychologically correct) term is cognitive miserliness, but it just means that your smartphone, like the GPS, is making you stupid.

Tip from Joanne Jacobs, doggedly trying to educate the educators.

Another Update:  It turns out your cellphone is making your kids stupid.

Tip from Drudge, who can’t even spell permalink.