You manifest your worldview.
A song sung by Mor-Ez and Vir-jinE-ah on how our psychological worldview intersects with our physical geographies.
Experiential horizons and their worldviews.
Worlds, horizons and worldviews are described, and utilized to introduce the way that our habits and habitats shape our understanding of common sense, and practical guidance on how to increase perspective sharing. Along the way, Martin Heidegger's notion of horizon, and Pierre Bourdieu's habitus and doxa are also described.
Practice phenomenology on the sounds from geographic locations throughout Washington State. This segment comes from 47.305067, -122.521621 outside of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, in Tacoma Washington. If you listen closely, you'll hear the cosmos call to the spirit of one locally renowned sapient being in particular, who Teh Dŭk!tər met as a child. Go here, and at just the right time, you'll hear it calling through some other voice, again, and again. The cosmos speaks through all things, and in all ways.
The steps for practicing phenomenology during to this segment—including overviews of the, "in," and, "out," procedure that you hear in this segment—are explained in the One-hit wonder, Being there, and What have you been doing? segments of October 6th Episode. This episode is available on most popular podcast distributors.
In brief, the gong in this segment signifies a change in focus. When directed to focus "out," try to experience the soundscape as a whole, including the emotions, feelings, memories, and thoughts that your mind associates with that soundscape. When directed, "in," try to focus on a particular noise, pattern, or quality of the sound that you hear within the soundscape (including the emotions, feelings, memories, and thoughts that your mind associates with this particular focus).
When next directed to focus, "out," try again to experience the soundscape as a whole, but this time try to experience it differently by perhaps changing your mood. For instance, what if you heard this soundscape when elated, or sad, or while passing by in a hurry, rather than peacefully listening to it during a radio show or podcast? In what ways does this change what you experience of the whole?
Similarly, when next directed, "in," focus on either a different part of the whole, or the same part differently (again, perhaps by changing your mood, or approach to the sound). In what ways does this change what you experience of the whole?
On each subsequent direction, "in," and, "out," try to adopt a new perspectives on the soundscape and its sounds until the end of the segment. At the end, what you can communicate from the multiple perspectives on the whole its parts that you experience during this segment comprises a basic phenomenology on the soundscape recorded in it. Phenomenology lets you Experience this! in multiple ways.
Living in Washington State, as compared to living in New York State.
This episode's segment compares the themes arising from a survey among Mechanical Turk workers who live in Washington State, versus those who live in New York. Along the way convenience sampling is explained.
Here are some screenshots from the analysis. The most frequent and overrepresented words in each response are listed in descending order from left to right along the horizontal axis of the charts, while the degree each word is overprepresented (and therefore particular to the question in the group) is depicted along the vertical access (the taller the bar, the more particular a word is to the question). Bars that exceed the chart height are found at rates that exceed 100 times their typical use in everyday English.
There are more themes in the data than are depicted in these screenshots. For more detailed and colorful information, see the post about this survey on the Raven's Eye website.
On the attitude for this survey.
This survey analysis results from a quantitative phenomenology utilizing Raven's Eye. Our attitude is one that seeks to:
- reliably and validly understand people's thoughts, and
- create model statements that reproduce both the most popular themes in those thoughts, and the ways that participants express them.
On the horizons of this survey.
Any survey's results must be interpreted within the context in which it was created and analyzed. Our survey asked Mechanical Turk workers located in New York and Washington States what they thought about living in their respective state. We received 90 responses from New York state, and 86 responses from Washington state. We asked both samples to answer in their own words over the course of 2-3 sentences, what is is that they liked most about living in their part of their state. We then asked them to explain—again, over 2-3 sentences—what is is that they most disliked about living in their part of their state.
As with convenience samples in general, we should be cautious about extending the results of this survey to those beyond the group surveyed. However, by our estimates, our sample likely includes approximately 47% of the total population of Mechanical Turk workers available in Washington State during the time that the survey was available.
The cut-off threshold that we used for our analysis makes it such that our confidence in the durability of our results exceeds the total population of Mechanical Turk workers in Washington State. We are, therefore, quite confident that our results can be generally applied to this population, at least at this point in history.
Read more about the confidence in our quantitative phenomenology.
Living in Washington State.
I love the beautiful scenery.
I like that I am able to access the mountains and the ocean.
I enjoy the mild weather.
I love living in Seattle, and everything there is to do within a short drive away.
I dislike that there are too many people everywhere.
The traffic is getting worse (I-5 is clogged).
There are a lot of homeless people.
It rains very often.
What do you most like about living in your part of Washington State?
The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in Washington in response to being asked what they like about living in Washington state included: mountains, beautiful, weather, and close. City was frequently mentioned by this sample, but unlike in the New York mechanical Turk workers, among Washington Mechanical Turk workers, this concept did not reach the threshold established for inclusion in this report.
What do you most dislike about living in your part of Washington State?
The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in Washington in response to being asked what they dislike about living in Washington state included: people, traffic, homeless, rain, crime, and cost of living.
Living in New York State.
I like the diversity of people here from different cultures.
I love New York City; there's always something to do.
The city has good food from around the world.
There a lot of people in New York.
It is very expensive to live here.
The cost of living is very high.
The taxes are ridiculous.
What do you most like about living in your part of New York?
The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in New York in response to being asked what they like about living in New York State included: people, city, always, food, and different.
What do you most dislike about living in your part of New York?
The gists, or main ideas expressed by Mechanical Turk workers in New York in response to being asked what they dislike about living in New York State included: people, very expensive, high cost of living, taxes, winters, and cold weather.
There are other themes in the data, but these are enough to begin reflection on the manner in which our habits and habitats shape our worldview.
Why do you think some themes, like people and cost of living, might shared across the geographically separate groups? What locally similar places or peoples might they have in common? Why do you think some themes differ? Why would traffic be a dislike in Washington, but not nearly so in New York (indeed, further down in the responses to what New Yorkers like about living in their part of their state is the transportation system). What might cause Mechanical Turk workers in Washington to like the weather, but dislike the rain? What does it mean to live in a place where the weather is nice, but the rain isn’t? Are like and dislike then not mutually exclusive? Is cost of living a concern in both places generally, or is it a worldview particular to Mechanical Turk workers?
All of these questions can be further investigated, with the method and software used in this survey, or some alternative method. They do, however, reveal the habit-begot differences in doxa between Mechanical Turk workers in New York and Washington state.
We’ll add listener survey information as the pool of respondents grows. If you’re interested in participating in a future survey, check out the survey page of this website, or create a Mechanical Turk worker account and get a chance to get paid for your response.
On Robot Directive #1010.1:01 Mnemosyne and the function of memory.
A phenomenological and psychological scientific framework for understanding the function of memory is presented, along with comparison to the Ancient Greek understanding of Mnemosyne (Memory) and her offspring. Sung by G-or-G and ərv.