C. Rose Brain Series #5: The Developing Brain

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The fifth of twelve episodes in the series on the brain aired on February 23. Charlie and co-host Dr. Eric Kandel welcomed a panel of experts to discuss “The Developing Brain”: Elizabeth Spelke, cognitive psychologist at Harvard and director of the laboratory for developmental studies; Patricia Kuhl, professor at the University of Washington, director of … Read on …

Hold On, Mr. President

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In recognition of Presidents’ Day and Black History Month, we should never forget that historical attitudes never really go away. Prejudice is belief left unchallenged, and we never lack unchallenged beliefs. Historical clips come from the PBS American Experience presentation of “Eyes on the Prize: The American Civil Rights Movement (1954-1985).” Music playlist: “Keep your … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #4: The Social Brain

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The fourth episode in the Charlie Rose Brain Series aired January 19, 2010. Watch the episode online, with full transcript: http://www.charlierose.com/watch/50028268 Featuring Charlie Rose with Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel. Panelists include: Cornelia Bargmann studies the genetic control of social behavior in simple animals such as worms and flies. She is also a professor at Rockefeller … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #3: The Active Brain

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The third of the Charlie Rose 12-part monthly series on the human brain aired December 22nd. An excerpt (16:48, including the opening introduction) is included below. His guests for the third show, “The Active Brain,” included: Eric Kandel — co-host of the series, 2000 Nobel Laureate (Physiology/Biology), professor, Columbia University Physiology & Cellular Biophysics Daniel … Read on …

C. Rose Brain Series #2: Visual Perception

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The second of the Charlie Rose 12-part monthly series on the human brain aired November 24th. His guests for the second show, “The Perceiving Brain – Sight and Visual Perception,” included: Eric Kandel — co-host of the series, 2000 Nobel Laureate (Physiology/Biology), professor, Columbia University Physiology & Cellular Biophysics Edward H. Adelson — John and … Read on …

Jeff Hawkins Lecture Videos

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Jeff Hawkins, author of On Intelligence with Sandra Blakeslee, presented the Oppenheimer lecture in Los Alamos, NM, on July 27, 2009. Watch the clips above, or you can read an edited transcripted here. Visit the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee’s website, and Jeff Hawkins’ Numenta.com site. Some of the key points from Hawkins’ lecture: The … Read on …

Jeff Hawkins Oppenheimer Lecture

Jeff Hawkins

Why can’t a computer be more like a brain? (July 27, 2009) Jeff Hawkins, author of On Intelligence with Sandra Blakeslee, presented the Oppenheimer lecture in Los Alamos, NM, on July 27, 2009. Read an edited transcript below, or watch clips from the lecture here. Visit the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee’s website, and Jeff … Read on …

Christof Koch

Christof Koch

These four demonstrations are excerpts from Christof Koch’s 2005 J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture titled, “The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Approach.” (Also the name of his 2004 book.) The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture series is sponsored by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee. These clips illustrate, in Koch’s words: Conscious perception is, in … Read on …

Student Reactions

General Semantics

Following are end-of-semester comments written by students in my General Semantics for Mass Communications Practitioners class, 2005-2008. General semantics is by far the most relevant class I have taken toward my B.S. in Communication Studies. No other class has provoked the amount of interest and relevancy in the scope of human interaction, both interpersonally and … Read on …

TCU, Fall 2008

General Semantics

GS for Mass Communications Practitioners Catalog Description: The application of the principles of General Semantics — how language affects the communication process — to the practice of journalism, advertising, and public relations. Syllabus Overview General Semantics (GS) deals with how we perceive, construct, evaluate and then express  our life experiences through our language-behaviors. This course provides an … Read on …

GS Videos: Topical Excerpts

General Semantics

These videos were created to illustrate specific topics covered in class. *Some content may be considered objectionable and inappropriate for younger viewers.* The Power (?) of Words (6:10) Winner or Loser? (3:30) Language, Symbols, and Meanings (10:30) Perspectives about Race (2:57) The Tyranny of Categories (5:34) Perspectives from Herbie Hancock’s “Possibilities” (10:41) Prejudice & Obscenity … Read on …

Review Videos for GS Class, Fall 2008

General Semantics

These two videos were used as reviews throughout the fall 2008 semester for my GS classes at TCU in Fort Worth. Note that these were used to review material already presented and discussed in class. Some of the material goes by pretty quickly and some, without benefit of the original class, may be puzzling. *Some … Read on …

(Supremely) Bad Words

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Special to the Star-Telegram Every three decades or so, there’s a federal case over broadcasting bad language. The most recent was on Election Day before the Supreme Court. Note: in the original print edition (image below), the headline was “Actually, the Constitution is pretty clear on things.” I objected to the editor afterwards and the … Read on …

Write Like You Mean It: Writing that makes sense

General Semantics

Fall 2008 Some people have trouble expressing themselves in writing because they’re almost paralyzed by worries about grammar, syntax, rules, and what somebody else is going to think. Other people have no fear of writing, but they’re concerned that what they write actually makes sense. After all, the world hardly needs more well-written nonsense. How … Read on …

Semantic pollution fouling the airwaves

Steve Stockdale

Special to the Star-Telegram Chesapeake Energy’s impressive and expensive PR campaign has folks asking questions. Lots of questions. One of the overlooked and under-reported aspects related to drilling in the Barnett Shale is the negative impact to our local linguistic environment. We’re not talking particulate matter here. This is the worrisome increase in measurable propagandulate … Read on …

TCU, Spring 2008

General Semantics

GS for Mass Communications Practitioners Catalog Description: The application of the principles of General Semantics — how language affects the communication process — to the practice of journalism, advertising, and public relations. Syllabus Overview General Semantics (GS) deals with how we perceive, construct, evaluate and then express our life experiences through our language-behaviors. This course … Read on …

Semester Review Video, Spring 2008

General Semantics

This 31-minute video was compiled to serve as an entertaining, yet still relevant, review of the spring 2008 course I taught at TCU, “General Semantics for Mass Communications Practitioners.” It contains over 70 clips from 36 different sources, so it goes by pretty quickly. General themes addressed: Role that language, words, and other symbols play … Read on …