About the Book
In this the "Knowledge" Age, we gorge on fragmented factual and artistic information. But are we experiencing commensurate personal growth? In Cognitive Productivity Beaudoin presented ways of growing from the knowledge we "consume". But what about art?
Discontinuities illustrates the challenge, possibility and necessity of striving for integrated understanding. This book presents variations on the theme of learning about ourselves and each other by responding deeply to art in all its forms—story, visual art, music, etc. Through essays, stories, visual art and more, this book begins to unfurl a new framework for more deeply being transformed by the art we experience.
While unique in form and content, true to its thesis, this book is inspired by Geoffrey Miller's The Mating Mind, Dorothy Tennov's Love and Limerence, Warren McCulloch's Embodiments of Mind, Marvin Minsky's The Society of Mind, Aaron Sloman's notion of discontinuities in the space of possible minds, other works in affective/cognitive science, novels by Paul Auster, Milan Kundera and others, Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, Lizst's Piano Concerto No. 2, Willa Cather's The Troll Garden, E.C. Escher, songs of Jacques Brel, and who knows what else?
With contributions from National Teaching Award recipient Prof. Claude Lamontagne, visual artist and Buddhist scholar Lam Wong, sculptor and geneticist, Dr. Al Sather, History Ph.D. student, Laura Nys, photographer, Andrea Paterson, painter and psychotherapist Arash Kameli, and others to be announced. Hands cover art by Laura Redmond.
About the Author
Luc specializes in macOS-based cognitive productivity. He is the author of Cognitive Productivity books. His work has been featured in Forbes Magazine, The New York Times, Lifehacker, Popular Science Magazine, Cool Tools, The Guardian, The International Business Times of London, CBC, etc.
Luc is co-founder and lead designer of CogSci Apps (which develops cognitive productivity software including Hook productivity (for macOS) and mySleepButton), founder of CogZest (cognitive productivity publications and training), and Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science and of Education at Simon Fraser University. He has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science (School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham). He was a first-round employee of what became two of Canada's most highly-valued tech startups. He was previously Assistant Professor of Military Psychology and Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada.
This eclectic combination of R&D experience led Luc to a new mission in 2001: to help smart people use knowledge and technology to become even smarter. To this end, he extends and applies cognitive science.
CogSci Apps is about to release a new macOS cognitive productivity app that will forever change how you process information.
Luc is based in Metro-Vancouver, British Columbia.