TED Conversations » Lindsay Newland Bowker's Comments

Start a conversation

Page 1 of 137

  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    A comment on Conversation: Was the dawn of agriculture a benefit or a tragedy for humans?

    Mar 14 2014: the dawn of agribusiness definitely harmful to life & earth
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    A reply on Conversation: What is art? And why should we care what it is?

    Feb 16 2014: Michael, That was the life work of my beloved friend Seymour Papert, Co-Founder of the MIT Media Lab ( who by the way was a brilliant young mathematician when Piaget convinced Seymour to work with him). Seymour's faith in and respect for the inherent intelligence of children and the guided self discovery of unique gifts and potential is what every child needs .Unfortunately our system of "education" is too locked in to standards and comparative measures and uniformity to allow children this essential start in life and in community.
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    A reply on Conversation: What is art? And why should we care what it is?

    Feb 15 2014: Hello Michael, Nice to meet you and thank you for this "resonance". (Who is JR????)

    You make an important distinction ( math is not just a product of mathematicians, etc.).

    Love the abundant fruitfulness of your phrase:

    " It is the use of imagination, expressed in a spectrum of sensory formats, that does enable co-existence and fullness of humanity"

    So going back to the premise of our hosts original question when we consider art as expendable part of a pre-school or school curriculum we are essentially considering eliminating an essential part of child development that enhances connection to humanity.

    I briefly had a head start music program with children here on my island that are the poorest of the poor. It was astonishing to watch the empowerment of spirit that came as each child made a very personal and deep connection with making music and listening to music.. I used an open exploratory approach ( how can we make a higher note, what makes that happen, how does this note feel alone, how does it feel when we all sing it together etc.) They discovered on their own principles of harmony ( 3rd 5ths 7th) and concepts like long makes deep sounds short makes high sounds. It was so clear that the connection to music is inherent and fundamental to our being as sentient beings and as human beings. Same with art I suspect.
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    +2

    A reply on Conversation: Are cognitive games, such as riddles and chess, enough to improve you brain skills and avoid its aging?

    Feb 12 2014: Fritzie,

    What we seek finds us.
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    +2

    A reply on Conversation: Are cognitive games, such as riddles and chess, enough to improve you brain skills and avoid its aging?

    Feb 12 2014: Coleen,

    As is often the case we are on the same page.

    I am enjoying being sometimes back at TED Conversations..seectiing topics like ths one that are of interest to me but also I think important to the "us" part of well being. The part of each of us that seeks to serve the whole.

    I went from our many governance discussions here at TED to a venue called Occupy Café created by John Abbott ( a creator of "occupy" and Tom Atlee ( Co_intelligence Institute) to consider what Occupy ( which become its own life beyond what Abbott and others imagined or intended) to consider that means and what was next. My current work, Bowker Assciates, is that next.

    I would say TED Conversations ( and in its own way even facebook. ( at least among my facebook friends) is in the same vein as "games" as we are discussing it in this conversation. It is part of going to the well that something interioriy says we thirst for. ( I ike the new culture here at TED..its tone and civility its more collaborative tone)
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    A reply on Conversation: Are cognitive games, such as riddles and chess, enough to improve you brain skills and avoid its aging?

    Feb 12 2014: Yes, Fritzie. In reply to Colleen and her love of Scrabble, I am suggesting that our attraction to certain games ( or for hat matter to art, music, dance, sport) is a very personal one and informed in a very unique and interior way.

    I think I am also suggesting that this inner guidance is about health and well being. I think our physical beings seek wellness ( that is the job of every cell in our body..to serve the wellness of the whole..we ar literally programmed to wellness in an invisible and interiror way.

    I would say more from my own experience, that as my body fails ( I have lots of impairments from the effects of aggressive chemo/radiation 6 years ago) I find a kind of apotheosis in my mental and spiritual faculties..what I can "form "as life and meaning from my bran and my spirit becomes more important and also more powerful. So my choices now for games is almost all about mental and spiritual faculties whereas in my former life of phsyical strength and wellness sports that "excercised " the mind body connection ( skating, skiing, tennis, off shore sailing, even fishing) were available choices, in my physical frailty where my life is constrained to mental and spiritual life ( as for many elderly) the recreational terrain open to me necessarily focus on "brain food" or "spirit food" .

    So maybe "health" is really about "fullness" of expression and experience and the choices we make ( if we are listening to that inner call to wellness) in games, recreation and even the company and entertainment we choose are about attaining that maximum fullness.in a uniquely personal .

    So going back to our hosts original question "games" in a larger sense throughout our lives can help us attain and even discover whatever fullness..( "health") is possible for us.as unique individuals.
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    A reply on Conversation: Are cognitive games, such as riddles and chess, enough to improve you brain skills and avoid its aging?

    Feb 12 2014: Colleen,

    Nice to see you again and thanks for stopping by to further develop from your own experience to this thread on unlocking the hidden powers of our brain..

    A book I was fortunate enough to discover early in my college career is by physicist Lawrence t Kubie (terrrble title".Neurotic Distortion of the Creative Process) but it guidance ( and shared experience of scientists who had made great discoveries ) was to work on all things from our pre-conscious., to frame the right question ( a question that does not contain what you think the answer iis) and entrust that to non conscious thought ( including dreams and sleep) My entire career and present work is founded on that.

    My exploration of games is really about keeping this pre-conscious open and accessible, keeping the pathways to conscious mind clear.

    Don't want to go to far into the weeds on this and always resist trying to explain it or offer theories on how it works, but I have noticed there is a relationship between "deficiencies" or gaps in my work process and the games I choose for "excercise"..its an unknowing choice, an inner recognition that something is off center or out of balance , when I am no longer working "in the zone". Seems to be a self guided, self informed guidance system from a non verbal non conscious part of "self" .

    So perhaps choices we "stick to" and return to in daily life are somehow discovered "training fundamentals" that keep a heathy alinement in a uniquely personal way.

    Again, so nice to see you again. Best to you. .
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    +2

    A comment on Conversation: Are cognitive games, such as riddles and chess, enough to improve you brain skills and avoid its aging?

    Feb 11 2014: When I am preparing to undertake a very challenging new project, it has always been my practice to do some form of brain excercises in preparation. Currently I am using chess and sudoku as my daily brain rejuvenating "respites" when I need a break from the very challenging project I have been working on for about 18 months.
    Each game, or brain strategy brings out and strengthens aspects of how our brains can work more creatively and more efficiently . Sudoku helps me connect and draw upon unconscious/suv conscious knowledge more fluently. .Chess as I am working with it now, helps me to deal with opposition and challenges by refernce to key principles and helps to keep me moving forward productively on my "end game" in my real work. Lately explore "minesweepers" a bit and found it useful in ways I can't quite express..something maybe like systematic thinking.

    I don't know whether this helps with our health or prevents ageing but I do know from long experience that our brains need exercise and rejuvenation. Situations , especially where there are issues of opposition and control can sometimes lead us into unfruitful and sub optimal use of our brain power that can become habitual if we don't make a point of trying to keep our brans operating in fruitful, intuitive, creative ways.
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    +1

    A reply on Conversation: What is art? And why should we care what it is?

    Feb 5 2014: Natasha,

    Love this

    "Art which is made is like a residue of the felt moment of experience of beauty, you can recognise it in a symbol only if you have your own, you see experience was there it acted in this place and here what is left."

    well said

    I see we are on the same page

    thank you..fun to exchange with you.

    and to bring it full circle from your lovely expression on what art is.....


    our yearning for beauty , our attraction to it is our yearning to be connected to the world
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    +1

    A reply on Conversation: What is art? And why should we care what it is?

    Feb 5 2014: Natashsa.

    Nabokov was a sysnesthete..no boundaries among his senses . All experience for him had layers and perceptions that are not part of ordinary experience.. I think n this poem "artistically caged" means surrounded by such wonder , beauty and mystery as this earth gives forth. He is not expression a limitation but a wonderment. ...or so I see in this
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    +1

    A comment on Conversation: Is there a mass-consciousness?

    Feb 5 2014: I like the Flower Garland school of buddhism view of "..infinite interpenetration". each of us is unique and our uniqueness is needed by the whole; we cannot fully actualize without the whole.

    So in that sense, in that school there is both a single and unique consciousness and a consciousness of a the whole.

    We feed the whole and it needs each unique "us"

    the whole feeds us and we need it it.

    a non dual approach

    not either or

    not self or mass consciousness

    unique self and its awareness

    the whole ( all selves) and the common awareness.

    ( I've taken great liberties here with the Flower Garland School..but in the ball park and my unique take on it)
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    +2

    A reply on Conversation: What is art? And why should we care what it is?

    Feb 2 2014: The comment to which this replied has been deleted leaving this for now as it does relate to other elements n this thread especially those pertaining to the "message" within art.

    This is very interesting and onto something. My friend Jane McCloskey ( daughter of Robert McCloskey..make way for ducklings etc.) started out exploring what informed her fathers private work, never seen by any of us,(still )t lead her into an exploration of sacred geometry in art that she has had an enduring attraction to. I hope her book on this will be published, its been fascinating to see that in finding the sacred geometry in the art she also finds keys to the meaning , the message in it that has engaged her with the work over time She seems to find the keys that unlock messages that speak to all of us for all time.

    Sacred geometry of course is the heart of all mathematics and all of creation. So there is, Jane has discovered, a connection between art and nature and the very structure of the universe through scared geometry.

    Also recently I found a quoe that said a longing for beauty is a longing for connection with the universe.
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    +2

    A reply on Conversation: What is art? And why should we care what it is?

    Feb 2 2014: I love this conversation you are having and hope you'll forgive the intrusion. Your question and the reply below assume/presume the "message" belongs to the artist, was consciously conceived and consciously "encrpypted" in the work.

    I have had a long tem interest in "what informs art" and I believe the artist is only the conduit for what is iconically "encrypted".That making art is allowing that "pathway" to open and work through the artist

    I believe that each great painting is as iconic to its creator as it is to itsviewers..across all time, for as long as the art is available to humanity.
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    +1

    A comment on Conversation: What is art? And why should we care what it is?

    Feb 2 2014: Art gives us insights into a world beyond our conscious knowing ..it's like a portal that unlocks something within us, puts it into operation ..both to make it and to have it is literally essential to our being if we aspire to lives that matter to earth and to humanity.

    making it and seeing it is about our co-existence here as sentient beings.

    without art we are not humanity.

    without art we would be missing part of what we need to attain the fullness of our humanity.
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    A comment on Conversation: What are the limits of sovereignty? Are we clear on international norms?

    Sep 13 2013: I have new questions about "the limits pf Sovereignty" inspired by recent reading about Syrias political and economic history, the history of the rebellion and recent changes in the shape and nature of that.

    (1) does any nation established by military seizure of power and not affording free elections have equal claim to sovereignty? Are dictatorships "free game", free trade zones on whatever interventions any nation chooses for any reason? ( that seems to be the understanding......) .

    (2) is "civil war" within a "sovereign" nation something outsiders should get involved in if there are no legitimate humanitarian risks to "citizens" and no military threats to other nations? When we had what England still calls our "civil war" and what we call our revolutionary war other nations were involved for and against the revolutionaries.

    (3)The U.S., at least by rhetoric, seems to think that there is a consensus among free people that all persons seeking freedom, democracy and free choice should be supported and that that is a special case when it is "ok" for a nation to operate on its own and covertly. Is there consensus on that?
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    A comment on Conversation: Stopping oil exploration in Ecuador's Yasuni National Park

    Sep 12 2013: We need to visit this issue again..not just in relation to Ecuador but at leas exploring what obligation the rest of the world has for a country forgoing resources extraction in areas of global value in regulating the climate..

    Thank you for bringing this to TED Conversations.
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    +2

    A reply on Conversation: What are the limits of sovereignty? Are we clear on international norms?

    Sep 12 2013: The world does indeed need heroes and each one of us is that hero the world needs
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    +1

    A reply on Conversation: What are the limits of sovereignty? Are we clear on international norms?

    Sep 12 2013: Read the Iroquois Constitution..powerfully moving ( and thanks for your sweet comment)
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    A reply on Conversation: What are the limits of sovereignty? Are we clear on international norms?

    Sep 12 2013: Hi frank

    I think if you read the whole conversation you'll see we are all pretty much in agreement with what you have said here.

    No question I bring to TED contains my version of what I think the answer is. Those kinds of questions never lead anywhere fruitful.

    My question was an open one more prompted by than about Syria alone and all who have contributed here have evolved the exploration to places well beyond anything institutions will reach right now. It has been very fruitful and many many wonderful insightful comments and respectful exchanges..

    I thank you for being part of that process too .
  • Member Picture

    Lindsay Newland Bowker

    A reply on Conversation: What are the limits of sovereignty? Are we clear on international norms?

    Sep 10 2013: Be that as it may, ( and we may yet know the truth), what is your opinion on whether sovereignty belongs to "we the people or not" and whether pubic officials who lie or misrepesent facts to win our support violate our sovereignty and should be held accountable. Impeachmemt is sort of that but that is for only criminal not ethical breeches I believe.