Research - Strange Tools - Chapter 4 and onwards / by Ally McGinn

I have continued listening to the book 'Strange Tools' on my drive to and from university. I have, however, decided to change the way I write notes on this book. 

Previous posts have been about specific chapters in the book, and have gone into great detail about the subjects covered and ideas sparked. There are many time constraints on us as students on an MA course, in addition to the time constraints of being a mother and a human being. I am also, and this probably won't come as a surprise to anyone who is viewing this blog in its entirety, somewhat overzealous in my zest for research. 

I believe, and the research I'm doing seems to show, that this can be detrimental to an artistic practice. What Heidegger might call 'enframing'. In an effort to be my research I have decided to continue listening to this book without making notes. (It's an interesting point here to note that in listening to the book the urge to record notes and thoughts is greater than I find when reading - this may have an association to lecturing at university)

This goes against many of my basic instincts, especially the desire to record thoughts (something tutors have noticed over the years) and should be an interesting experiment in itself.

When writing about this book in the annotated bibliography, once I have finished it, I will be able to summarise what I have really taken away from the book.

Chapter 4 discusses evolutionary theories of art, reductive materialism and the fallibility of human rationality. 

Update - 20.11.17 - I am now past chapter 7, and began hating the process of listening without trying to take notes or remember points to articulate later. However, I'm beginning to enjoy the freedom of listening to information without worrying about recording or recalling it, and I'm recalling more than I thought I would.


Noe, A (2016) ‘Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature.’ Narrated by Tom Perkins. Avaliable at: (Downloaded: 24/10/17).