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Living in Information by Jorge Arango

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CHAPTER

2

Context

Take a moment to look around you now and then come back to this paragraph. While your attention is currently focused on these words, your body is located somewhere in space; maybe it’s a room in your house or a bench in a park. Your body’s relationship with these surroundings will have an important impact on your experience of reading this book. The configuration of the space you’re in is either conducive to the task of reading, or it isn’t. Is it too loud? Too cold? Is there enough light? Are there other things clamoring for your attention?

You can read more easily in a library than in a bustling nightclub. These two environments create contexts that facilitate very different goals. Your body reacts to cues in these environments ...

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