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Author Topic: Annals of Self-Experiment - Seth Roberts is His Own Mouse  (Read 7769 times)

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Annals of Self-Experiment - Seth Roberts is His Own Mouse
« on: June 01, 2008, 05:11:26 PM »
This is a story from a site called Quantified Self (Tools for Knowing your Own Mind and Body).
I *love* this stuff.  More please.

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I'm becoming a devoted fan of Seth Roberts, one of the great champion of self-experimentation. Roberts, an emeritus professor of psychology at UC Berkeley, has spent many year studying himself, and, even better, offering many practical clues about how to construct your own "experiments of one." I first found out about his work in the most obvious way: searching on "self-experimentation" in Google.

mouse.jpgThis lead me to Roberts paper: "Self-experimentation as a source of new ideas: Ten examples about sleep, mood, health, and weight." The problems he describes are so common, and his solutions so counter-intuitive, that you can't help being intrigued. One of the great things about reading Roberts is getting a feeling for how different self-experimentation is from other forms of self-knowledge. While Roberts often begins his experiments with a hypothesis, using his stock of common knowledge, suggestions from friends, and categories of analysis typical of a well-trained college professor, this first idea is usually proven, through experiment, to be wrong. Not superficial, or too narrow, or distorted by delusion or prejudice; simply incorrect, provably irrelevant. So then Roberts has to come up with new ideas. The data, expressed as charts, no longer merely test his hypotheses; the data becomes the source of his theories. And the theories bear the mark have having emerged from data. Often, they seem very, very odd.



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Direct link to Seth Roberts' PDF: http://repositories.....org/postprints/117/

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Re: Annals of Self-Experiment - Seth Roberts is His Own Mouse
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2008, 02:18:16 AM »
hah ;D
I thought you meant he somehow became his own (computer) mouse &
was physically moving his body in order to move the arrow
...off to read...
Tom

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Re: Annals of Self-Experiment - Seth Roberts is His Own Mouse
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008, 02:23:12 AM »
LOL, Me too! 

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Re: Annals of Self-Experiment - Seth Roberts is His Own Mouse
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2008, 02:24:48 AM »
hah ;D
I thought you meant he somehow became his own (computer) mouse &
was physically moving his body in order to move the arrow
...off to read...

Ditto. Good read though. Similarly, I don't eat breakfast until about lunchtime, because it makes me nauseous and sometimes dizzy. I don't wake up early though.

Interesting what you can find out about yourself, provided you have the time to dedicate to "test" changes on yourself.

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Re: Annals of Self-Experiment - Seth Roberts is His Own Mouse
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2008, 04:38:00 AM »
This is a story from a site called Quantified Self (Tools for Knowing your Own Mind and Body).
I *love* this stuff.  More please.


Thanks for pointing this out. I never noticed it before though I have feeds for some of Kevin Kelly's other stuff that is linked from there: The Technium and Cool Tools. The latter is a direct descendant of the old Whole Earth Catalog that was a formative part of my student years.   8)
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you haven't understood it properly.
« Last Edit: June 02, 2008, 05:29:53 AM by JennyB »

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Re: Annals of Self-Experiment - Seth Roberts is His Own Mouse
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2008, 07:10:16 AM »
haha

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Re: Annals of Self-Experiment - Seth Roberts is His Own Mouse
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2008, 11:08:41 AM »
Yeah, the article needs to be titled "Set Roberts is His Own Lab Rat"


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Re: Annals of Self-Experiment - Seth Roberts is His Own Mouse
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2008, 03:21:46 AM »
Yeah, the article needs to be titled "Set Roberts is His Own Lab Rat"

Agreed.

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Re: Annals of Self-Experiment - Seth Roberts is His Own Mouse
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2008, 03:05:08 AM »
Yeah, the article needs to be titled "Set Roberts is His Own Lab Rat"

Agreed.

Second that...

here i thought he had attached one of those 3D mouse to his body and was moving around to move a cursor on the screen. I wanted to know WHY??

now i know better :P
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Re: Annals of Self-Experiment - Seth Roberts is His Own Mouse
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2008, 08:17:46 PM »
Yep...I also thought he was moving his computer mouse with his mind, until I saw the screenshot  ;D