Archive for April, 2013


Complaining about corporate jargon is almost too easy to be worth the effort. But I did want to have a little whinge about my own pet peeve: the misuse of the terms “positive feedback” and “negative feedback”.

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Stress as an idea

In a sort of continuation of the theme of embodied and environmental cognition, here’s a quote from Michael Bond’s review of One Nation Under Stress by Dana Baker (in this week’s New Scientist):

The original medical definition [of stress], which, as its derivation from mechanics suggests is concerned specifically with an organism’s response to external pressures, has all but vanished from view. […] The focus has turned inward, from environmental causes to medical solutions and what individuals should do to cope.

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