Learning is for Noobs

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(Originally posted to my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com, September 12, 2011) I first heard the term “Internet” at a Halloween party in 1993. An attractive friend of a co-worker, cutely disguised as the Cat in the Hat, mentioned that she was writing her Masters thesis in Computer Science about “how to access … Read on …

Adherence to Appearance

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(Originally posted to my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com, September 12, 2011) Two decades ago, I took a “self-improvement” seminar in Dallas. The seminar leader, an out-of-towner, commented in the beginning that, “I’ve heard Dallas is all about looking good.” I recalled that observation last week while I was reading about the year-long … Read on …

Indian Market: Why this and not that?

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Originally posted at my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com (8.22.11) Yesterday I sauntered down to town to stroll through my third Indian Market. I’m a looker, not a buyer or collector, so my eye is less critical and less easily captured. If pressed to honesty, I’d have to admit I’m there for the … Read on …

Santa Fe New Mexican Special Insert

At the conclusion of a summer strike in 2011, the New Mexico nurses union (District 1199NM, National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees) paid for an 8-page insert to the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper. The full 8-page insert is here as a pdf. I was mentioned on Page 3 of the insert.

The Cross that Came Before

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This was originally posted on my “From Here to Discernity” blog at SantaFe.com (submitted July 23, 2011). I’m not proud to admit that I live on the computer. Every day, I create, modify, copy, move, and otherwise manipulate dozens, if not hundreds, of many different types of computer files. It’s a storage, backup, and configuration management … Read on …

Implications of Neuroscience for Education (video)

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I prepared the following video, “What Difference Does It Make?” for an introductory neuroscience class, Biological Bases of Behavior. The textbook is the 1,300-page Principles of Neural Science by Kandel, Schwartz, and Jessell. My intention was to highlight seven points, or findings, from neuroscience that have implications for educational theory/practice. These findings include: One difference … Read on …

Implications of Neuroscience for Education

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What Difference Does it Make? Implications of Neuroscience for Education May 2011. The accompanying video presentation is available here. When I applied to the Educational Psychology graduate program last year, I explained that my academic interests were focused on the question, “Are educational practices consistent with cross-disciplinary knowledge?” As I progressed through the program curriculum, … Read on …

Sleights of Mind Book Signing

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Yesterday (February 23, 2011) I attended the book signing and presentation by the authors of Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions — Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde with Sandra Blakeslee. Stephen and Susana have previously publishes articles on the subject of magic and neuroscience in Scientific American … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #12: Creativity

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The twelfth and final episode of the Charlie Rose Brain Series aired October 29, focusing on the topic of creativity. Charlie and co-host Eric Kandel welcomed the sculptor Richard Serra, artist Chuck Close, neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, and Ann Temkin, curator of the painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #11: The Deciding Brain

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The next-to-last of 12 episodes in this special brain series aired September 30, 2010, and concerned The Deciding Brain. Charlie and Eric Kandel welcomed: William Newsome studies decision-making on the cellular level by exploring the neural processes that mediate visual perception. He is a professor in the Department of Neurobiology at Stanford University and a … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #10: The Disordered Brain

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Episode 10 of the Charlie Rose Brain Series focused on the disordered brain, with discussions about neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Huntington’s disease, and spinal cord injury. With series co-host Eric Kandel, the panel included: (from the available transcript) John Donoghue’s work allowed paralyzed patients to move and communicate using only their thoughts … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #9: Mental Illnesses

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Episode 9 of the Charlie Rose Brain Series focused on major brain/mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. With series co-host Eric Kandel, their panel includes two experts who are also patients: (from the available transcript) Kay Redfield Jamison is a world renowned authority on bipolar disorder, a disease she has struggled with … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #8: Negative Emotions

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“Negative Emotions” is the topic for the 8th in the series, focusing on fear, anxiety, and aggression. With his co-host Eric Kandel, Charlie welcomes the panel: Antonio Damasio’s work has helped us understand emotion, decision making, social behavior, and even consciousness. He is the Dornsife Professor of neuroscience at the University of Southern California and … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #7: The Emotional Brain

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Episode #7 of the special 12-part series on the brain aired on April 21, 2010. To discuss “the emotional brain” with focus on pleasure and addiction, Charlie and co-host Eric Kandel welcomed their panel: Daniel Salzman studies how the brain assigns an emotional value to the information that it receives from the five senses. He … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #6: The Aging Brain

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Episode 6 of the Charlie Rose Brain Series aired March 25. Charlie and his co-host, Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel, addressed “The Aging Brain” with their distinguished panel: (from the available transcript) Brenda Milner is one of the pioneers in this field. Her experiments in the 1950s formed the basis for the modern theory of memory. … Read on …