Challenges are energizing

Via Slashdot:

Scientific American has an interesting article on the secret to raising smart kids that says that more than 30 years of scientific investigation suggests that an overemphasis on intellect or talent leaves people vulnerable to failure, fearful of challenges and unwilling to remedy their shortcomings. In particular, attributing poor performance to a lack of ability depresses motivation more than does the belief that lack of effort is to blame. One theory of what separates the two general classes of learners, helpless versus mastery-oriented, is that these different types of students not only explain their failures differently, but they also hold different “theories” of intelligence. The helpless ones believe that intelligence is a fixed trait: you have only a certain amount. Mistakes crack their self-confidence because they attribute errors to a lack of ability, which they feel powerless to change. Mastery-oriented children think intelligence is malleable and can be developed through education and hard work. Challenges are energizing rather than intimidating offering opportunities to learn.

Hmmm… The last line could be straight out of my dissertation!!!!! ‘Active affections’ anyone? I talk about the way the contingency at the heart of problems is translated into the contingency of a challenge through the affirmation of active affections. Within modified-car culture, and other domains, this is often talked about in terms of ‘know how’. By maintaining the status of practice as essentially contingent, rather than simply saying problems are ‘solved’, the engagement with challenges is a way to think of how the processes of actualisation retain their open multiplicity, so both the practical state of affairs and the subject are transformed and yet the challenge remains problematic as such.


So it is at the bindery. I have mixed emotions. Still anxious, not really that happy cause of all the stuffing around the last two weeks and especially last 48 hours. It shits me that I know that my diss could be better but it only has to be good enough.

Plus no one I could find does the proper soft cover binding for 400 pages, except for one place and it is not exactly how I have seen other soft bound documents, like course readers. That is so stupid. I hope it is ok. In a worse case scenario I will submit for administrative purposes so they can see it is done and then if there is an issue, look further abroad for somewhere that can do it how I think it is meant to be done. Some places will only do 200 pages!! The university will only do 320 pages!

One More Thing

It is after 4am and I could possibly go on, but I have a full day tomorrow and work in the evening again so I need some energy. Only one more thing left for the dissertation, a list of figures of all the magazine scans and other images. The rest is pretty much done. I just went through and changed all the footnote references to magazines to in text references. I even put in some more primary references and I could mine my magazine archive forever doing that so I stopped when I realised that my argument doesn’t need anymore evidence lol.

I’ll get back to it after a few hours sleep.

I have got it under 400 pages which is good in terms of getting it thermal bound as a single volume.


(Then one last accelerate!)

Oh, I am down to 97 kgs which is the lightest I have been for almost 12 years. Must be the stress.