By Juliana Cherston
As we transition into the new year, I am sharing an abbreviated personal reflection that stems from the Spring, 2018 edition of MAS 756—Joi Ito and Tenzin Priyadarshi’s course on Awareness—as well as from my own zen practice.
Part 0: Introduction
“Lost in the noise,” “all charged up,” “acting on impulse”....It is no coincidence that a lot of the terms we use to describe emotion borrow from electronics and signal processing. Humans have evolved to seek pattern and sense in chaos. In this spirit, I have casually observed that emotional responses can be modeled as signals acted upon by external stimuli.
Here is a three-part example. (Want to play with it? Here is my Processing sketch!)
Part 1: Lost in the Noise
Pictured below is a heartbeat signal hidden within Boeing stock trend data, but you ought to squint and substitute your own appropriate high-amplitude and low-amplitude stimuli.