Category Archives: Visualization

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Figure it out

It is a wonderful book about understanding. There are rich, comprehensive, very plausible descriptions of how we understand by associations, with external representations, and through interactions.
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No fear of entangled links

If you don’t trust that seemingly chaotic maps can often be nicely disentangled, you can now try a new function in my Thought Condensr tool: a puzzle game. Continue reading

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Visualizing my Twitter network

My Twitter network is more of a bubble than I thought.
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I tried to understand Stephen Downes’s “Philosophical Foundations of Connectivism“. Here is what I excerpted and remixed: below, or better on an interactive map, or in the  transient wiki. Sensations from anywhere “We don’t just sense what we see, feel, … Continue reading

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Traversing a network

Navigation in a hypertext is just text, right? Well, watch it visualized…
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Invisibility and cognition

What is cognition? Invisibility seems to play an important role.
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Zettelkasten visualized

This is the famous Zettelkasten of the systems theorist Niklas Luhmann in a video from 1989. Now the University of Bielefeld has put it online. It is in German but it would be a pity if it missed a wider … Continue reading

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Cmaps and the “Split Attention Effect”

The “Split Attention Effect” from Cognitive Load Theory demands that an annotation needs to be close to the item it refers to. I wonder if this is still true if the annotation can be reached by a saccadic eye movement.
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Zooming is overrated

Many people are enthusiastic about the ‘Big Picture’ attitude. Some even quote Dyson’s distinction between birds (who “fly high”) and frogs (who “live in the mud”).

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The gem of Sousanis’ book “Unflattening” was that it does a great job explaining why the right hemisphere mode (“all-at-once”) lives from relations: Basically, it argues that the eye is “dancing and darting”, i.e. by its saccadic motion (palpation by means of the gaze) it captures only small fragments at a time, and it is our imagination that needs to combine them into vision.
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