philosophy

Why do we as researchers turn away from accepted knowledge, theory, and/or research? I don’t mean rejecting a given paper or objecting to a presentation. I am referring to categorically rejecting a whole knowledge practice, on account that it uses some method or epistemology or (fill in the blank) that one doesn’t like. This turning…

Read more Why We Turn Away

This is going to be short, more like a provocation than a serious post. This quote really stirred me. What [philosopher Arthur Danto’s book] The Transfiguration [of the Commonplace] really attempts to do is to display a certain train of ideas, a certain set of discoveries and the questions opened up by them. It is…

Read more An Erotics of Research

This post is a speculative exploration of an interesting position. I do not present it as my considered position; rather, I am just trying to think through some interesting thoughts. I encourage people to engage with me on this via comments. The gist of the issue has to do with what we take to be…

Read more The “Intentional Fallacy” and the “Affective Fallacy” of Interaction Design?

Periodically I post something on my course blog, Interaction Culture Class, that might be of broader interest than just the class. In such situations, I repost them on my personal blog. This is one such example, and its original post can be found here. For the past two years, I used a reading in this course from…

Read more Aesthetic Understanding

Last week at CHI’2012 I was invited to respond to Richard Shusterman’s talk on somaesthetics. Since then, a number of people have asked me for my slides, so I’ve uploaded them here. For what it’s worth, my slides are actually based on my commentary to Shusterman’s chapter on Somaesthetics in the Encyclopedia of HCI at…

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Recently interaction-design.org sent me a preview of an upcoming encyclopedia chapter on aesthetic interaction, entitled “Visual Aesthetics in HCI and Interaction Design,” by Noam Tractinsky. I read through his piece and the existing commentaries that were online at the time. I couldn’t help but notice that Tractinsky himself and all of the commenters all represented…

Read more An Aesthetic Confrontation

As many of this blog’s readers know, my background is in the Humanities, which has been a good and bad thing for me as a researcher in the predominantly scientific discipline of HCI. For several years, one of my projects has been to clarify and distinguish from each other scientific and humanistic modes of knowledge…

Read more Blinding You With Science