Monitoring My Information Behavior
By Lynnette Laimana
Instructions for this report are at:
This report is composed of 5 tasks that Dr. James requested
his 2005 spring semester course 459 students to complete as part of their
assignment. Each task was to enable the
student an opportunity to; surf the web, retrieve information from the electronic
library system and create a personal web page.
Some tasks touched on the topic of Swedenborg and other tasks required
us to surf the web in search of a “copper type” mailbox. Following each task we were asked to share
our ideas as a list of what problems we encountered and how we overcame
them. Goal is to share with other
generations what we did and how we handled each task.
This initial portion helped me to put all judgments behind
me and start the process of reading Dr. James translation of the Writings of
Swedenborg. As I read each chapter I
realized that it takes many hours to read and actually comprehend what he is
trying to convey (both Swedenborg and Dr. James). I found it easier to convert each chapter of
Dr. James translations into cartable books.
It then became obvious that I also needed a copy of the Swedenborg’s
writings and Heavenly Documents to really do it justice and learn what rational
thinking is all about. The first thing
you should realize is that it will take more then one semester to grasp.
Task 1: Registering on the Web,
writing Section A
This course encapsulates the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg
who lived from 1688-1772. He is not well
known as Sigmund Freud but is as important to the Psychological World. You will first learn of Positive or Negative
Bias and how it can affect your willingness to learn. There are common phrases and words used to
define a thought but those words have varying meanings according to Swedenborg. His use with common words helps translate and
convey to the reader the essence of his writings and messages. If you are intrigued by what you have so far
read then you have grasped the concept of having a Positive Bias.
This is a concept I first failed to understand and which I
feel is the most important. The next
step is not jumping to conclusions when words or phrases you have heard conjure
up long held beliefs that are difficult to relinquish.
first day of class I felt bombarded by individuals telling me to have a
Positive not Negative Bias. This
made me uncomfortable because I couldn’t get a straight answer about
Theistic Psychology. What is
it? What is it about? I wanted
simple quick answers which I felt I was not getting.
next major problem was listening to discussions about Religion, Beliefs
and God and not having a preconceived idea.
hearing those around me speak about Religion, Beliefs and God without
feeling upset that somehow my religious beliefs and family traditions were
at the end of the class period hearing Emanuel Swedenborg’s name and not
labeling him as crazy.
lack of willingness and over confidence that my knowledge in education,
especially in Psychology, doesn’t cover Positive or Negative Bias.
- As in
the previous sentence I felt excluded from a topic I felt knowledgeable
in—Religion. I attend church so why
are my comments being excluded from discussion as if my opinion as no
- I got
upset with people I don’t know telling me their version of Religion,
Beliefs and God which I felt contradicted my understanding.
was the biggest error I could have ever made since I judged a man without
really having a basic knowledge of who he is. In my mind I compared Emanuel Swedenborg
with Sigmund Freud and I felt he had no right to be there. How could he pre-date the “Father of
Psychology”? I never heard the
man’s name mentioned until now and felt more then qualified to prejudge him
as a crazy failure.
Task 2: Locating two specified
journal articles in electronic resources on the Web, writing Sections B & C
The research presented in this
paper uses memory work as a method to explore six women's collective
constructions of two embodied practices, sweating and pain. The paper
identifies limitations in the ways in which social constructionist research has theorized the relationship
between discourse and materiality, and it proposes an approach to the study
of embodiment which enjoins, rather than bridges, the discursive and the
non-discursive. The paper presents an analysis of 25 memories of sweating and
pain which suggests that Cartesian dualism is central to the women's accounts
of their experiences. However, such dualism does not operate as a stable
organizing principle. Rather, it offers two strategies for the performance of
a split between mind and body. The paper traces the ways in which dualism can
be both functional and restrictive, and explores the tensions between these
two forms. The paper concludes by identifying opportunities and limitations
associated with memory work as a method for studying embodiment. [ABSTRACT
Brief Paragraph: Summarization
This concept is foreign to me since the only time I’ve heard
of dualism is in reference to Swedenborg.
As I read this article I had difficulty comprehending what the author
was trying to convey. It took several
tries to finally grasp the concept and understand the relationship she was
trying to present. The written comment,
“Memory work is based on the assumption that individuals do not simply model
themselves on others or act out prescribed social roles; instead, memory work
assumes that we are actively creating ourselves as we seek meaning and pleasure
within a circumscribed social space.”,
It seems logical in what they are trying to present but I
would need more information and evidence to totally agree with their findings.
SWEDENBORG AND HIS
AND HIS INFLUENCE. Edited by Erland J. Brock et al. Bryn Athyn, PA:
The Academy of the New Church, 1988. 492 pp. $24.95 cloth.
year 1988 marked the tricentennial of the birth of the Swedish scientist,
theologian, and revelator Emanuel Swedenborg. Swedenborg and His Influence consist
of 25 papers originally presented at a symposium held by the Academy of the New Church
which is founded on Swedenborg's teachings. The subject matter of these papers
is as varied in content as were Swedenborg's activities in life. He had a long
career as a scientist and inventor who made important contributions m the
mining and metallurgical industries, devised a method for navigation based on
the position of the moon, made contributions to the theory that ontogeny
recapitulates phylogeny in biology, founded and edited the first scientific
journal in Sweden, and was undoubtedly among leading scientists in eighteenth
and theology were always close to Swedenborg. His father was professor of
theology, dean at Uppsala University, and one of the bishops of Sweden. In his
later years he underwent a spiritual crisis which resulted in revelations,
inner visions, and experiences that he described in many books which at first
were published anonymously in England,
of which the Arcana Coelestia (Swedenborg's main theological work), Spiritual
Diary, and Heaven and Hell are probably best known.
25 papers of this book are grouped into eight sections, widely differing in
content, which show the many facets and influence of this extraordinary man.
The first section, "Swedenborg the Man," gives a brief informative
biography of Swedenborg by J. K. Williams-Hogan of the Academy of the New Church,
as well as a review by Inge Jonsson of the University of Stockholm,
of Swedenborg's place in the history of science. Throughout the book we find
this blend and balance of authors, which are about equally divided between
members of the Swedenborgian movement and scholars from various learned
institutions m Europe and America.
Brief Paragraph: Summarization
From the reading it broadens the scope within my own mind of
how many have actually read or incorporated Swedenborg’s work into their own
activities and actions. The reading
material has revealed men such as Emerson, Hoover and Croce who have been impressed by
this mans writings. It’s amazing to view
Swedenborg‘s legacy and how it has transcended continents and time. Each era has utilized his works to
accommodate their own specific goals and functions. So you have to wonder how a man from the 17th
century could write such telling and informative works that impress many in the
20th century but somehow still remain obscure to the masses. If he was a fluke then why is his works so
well documented? Questions seem to erupt
from my thoughts but it also validates what the man has done and accomplished.
with UH Banner and signing in
to the Hamilton/Sinclair Library icon
a Journal search
and paste the article
most difficult part I had to deal with was the enormity of both Hamilton and Sinclair
that was done the actual article and detail with date attached.
are so many to choose from that you need to look specifically for the
article and that can be hard if you don’t understand how to use EPSCO.
familiar with the library system as a previous employee but for those who
are not you should seek help from the librarians.
Task 3: Shopping for a specified type of mailbox on the Web, writing
Sections D & E
- Each mailbox individually
hand-drawn by G.E. Hentzi
- Mailboxes available lacquer-coated or uncoated.
- Two sizes available.
- Personalized Imprinting at a
- Approved by the United States
- Mailboxes are created then
shipped in 14 days.
Small Mailbox 19"
x 6" x 9" H
(The size used at most homes.)
List $125.00 Our Price 99.99
21" x 8" x 11" H
(For a large volume of mail.)
List $160.00 Our Price 129.99
a luxury line of mailboxes done in Seattle
and highlighted link
to index and located copper type mailboxes
that category of copper mailboxes they had decorated ones with posts and
chose one I would consider purchasing.
mailbox I chose was decorated with Chickadee’s and listed the costs and
- I then
cut and pasted the information with picture
sure I met the specifications listed in Task 3. (Mailbox that is
decorated, copper and post-type)
the time to locate and then cut and paste the information to this
task was not very difficult to perform but did require patience
Task 4: Acquiring FTP software,
creating and uploading a Home Page and writing Sections E & F
the teachers an instruction on what he wants you to do in each
section. (Especially this one)
read the instructions on creating a web page.
you’ve completed the readings to each section don’t rush into the
here it gets really tricky especially if you’re not computer
literate. It involves more then
email techniques or researching procedures since you’ll be jumping back
and forth from your word processing program where your documents are saved
and forwarding it into a new system.
you read the instructions it may help to read your fellow students reports
or ask for assistance if you are not familiar.
- If you
do not have an FTP you need to download one. Dr. James has many sights to access
which you can download a free copy from.
Make sure you follow the instructions correctly and know weather
you have a PC or Apply type computer.
It does make a difference.
- If you
work on the computers on campus you needn’t worry about FTP since most are
- If you
are unsure do this portion on campus.
You can get on sight assistance with any problems you may be
the instructions as you continue:
very user friendly if done correctly.
the uploading is done just go back and check on your sights and verify
that your links work.
can I tell you, everything that could go wrong did? First problem was learning that my
laptop did not have an FTP program.
I downloaded a free copy from one of the sights that Dr. James
next problem I encountered was two files are necessary if you would like
to view your reports in the class folder.
The two files are _message and _WSDirIndex.css. This portion became a problem because
the links that Dr. James has listed to access this is no longer
valid. The easiest thing to do is
to copy if from your fellow students’ files or past generation.
all the prep work is done down load your file into the class folder but
after each I would stop and check the links to make sure they are working.
this time you may want to practice by keeping your word processing file
open and making adjustments then saving and updating into your class
folder. If everything is working
correctly you should see an instant change, that’s when I would proceed
you close the folder and web page add into the directory all your future
records that will eventually be added.
It just makes it easier.
(Ex: oral1, 2, 3 and extra
section for remaining 7 so total of 10.
Report 1 and Report 2, even if the second isn’t done.
- For me
this portion was the most difficult part of the entire task we are asked
to do for Report 1 but when you finish it you feel like you’ve
accomplished a lot.
Task 5: Completing Report 1 and
publishing it to the Web and
Writing Sections G & H
section was not very difficult.
First I read the instructions from Dr. James.
created a dummy page in Microsoft word to practice design and details I
wanted incorporated into my web page.
I finished that it was just a matter of converting it into the class
section of Dr. James course.
checked and doubled checked the links to make sure they were working.
also browsed through my fellow students web pages to see how they did
saved the whole thing and finished report 1.
- As I
stated in the previous section it was not difficult to complete this
just followed the details that Dr. James requested.
any problems cropped up it was minor ones such as; spelling.
Class Home Page: www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy22/classhome-g22.htm
My Home Page: www.soc.hawaii.edu/459f2005/laimana/home.htm