Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ellen Langer's Work

One day in the fall of 1981, eight men in their 70s stepped out of a van in front of a converted monastery in New Hampshire. They shuffled forward, a few of them arthritically stooped, a couple with canes. Then they passed through the door and entered a time warp. Perry Como crooned on a vintage radio. Ed Sullivan welcomed guests on a black-and-white TV. Everything inside — including the books on the shelves and the magazines lying around — were designed to conjure 1959. This was to be the men’s home for five days as they participated in a radical experiment, cooked up by a young psychologist named Ellen Langer.
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This work bears a strong relationship to Cinemorphics. I discuss it in Method Aging and the Infinite game.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thomas Nagel: Thoughts Are Real

The philosopher Thomas Nagel’s new book, “Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False,” restores the primal force of a great old philosophical word, “metaphysics.” He starts with a boldly discerning look at that strange creature, mankind, and comes to some remarkable speculations about who we are and what our place is in the universe. Incidentally (and seemingly unintentionally) he illuminates, along the way, some significant aspects of the cinema, and of art overall.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Covert Cinemorphics

The term Covert Cinemorphics can refer to a variety of applications of the Cinemorphic methodology, but two very useful and effective ones are…

1. Covert Rehearsal, which refers to the practice of performing a behavior “in your head” rather than actually…secretly rather than in the open. It has been demonstrated that this technique, which uses imagery, visualization, sensory imagination, etc. can be effective in improving sports performance, musical performance, getting rid of phobias, getting over shyness, etc…a valuable tool for re-writing and re-enacting your self.

2. Covert Third Party Conditioning (Shaping), which refers to re-writing and modifying somebody else’s behavior rather than your own. This type of conditioning, of course, was used on you as a child by your parents, and later by your peers and culture to shape who you became before you realized that you could consciously deconstruct, the reconstruct your self. Everyone does this all the time unconsciously…in marriages, working relationships, child rearing, etc., but it is possible to use the techniques of positive and negative reinforcement, successive approximation , aversion training, etc. consciously to fix some problem or just to play. Of course, manipulating someone else’s behavior just for the fun of it raises ethical questions, but is evident on various scales throughout our society…think ad campaigns, political propaganda, Facebook manipulating emotions by varying what’s in our news feeds, etc.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Persona Play - The Baobah Sessions

Cinemorphics Exercises, Games & Experiments...The Baobah Sessions, September 2014, Florianopolis, Brazil. Here are some videos from the seminar and workshop featuring the Baobah team. All 12 videos may be found at:

This one was inspired by and is dedicated to Federico Fellini who said, "A different language is a different vision of life". The music is from 8½. The new characters devise scenarios in which they can interact with each other in character. One for Janis...

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Baobah Sessions

Edwina and I just got back to San Francisco from a very successful two week Cinemorphics seminar and workshop at what I am now thinking of as the Baobah Art & Physics Labs (my take on Baobah Novas Formas de InteligĂȘncia) in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Watch for exciting game changing developments and projects coming from Baobah Director Jussara Figueira and her team, Ana Ciscato, Claudia Passos, Emmanuel Bohrer Junior, Glaucia Grigolo, Marisa Naspolini and Ramon Noro (all pictured). Quite a group!