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Neurobiology

Thesis 90 – Don’t Fence Me In

The adolescent brain, being “crazy by design”, is a critical evolutionary adaptation that has built up over thousands of generations, and is essential to our species survival.  Adolescence forces young people in every generation to think beyond their own self-imposed limitations and exceed their parents’ aspirations1.   Adolescents are not just over-grown children, or immature […]

Thesis 81 – Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

Eat five pieces of fruit and vegetable daily.  Limit your consumption of meat; eat wild grains and fish, reduce salt and sugar.  Exercise regularly.  Talk a lot and tell stories; don’t work too hard; get plenty of sleep, and share and share alike1.   Humans have been using their brains to think, and their stomachs […]

Thesis 80 – Stand Back to See Clearly

Inquisitive Man has so extended the range and depth of human knowledge that it is impossible for a single mind to comprehend its entirety; that being so, it would seem essential that some should attempt to create a synthesis of all the parts, not with the authority of disciplinary experts, but with a skill in […]

School and Curriculum or Learning and Humanity?

To embrace humanity is to embrace life. To talk about life we have to first agree that life is something we want to live.

Lost in Translation

A personal reflection on the Conference held at Harrison Hot Springs Resort on March 7th and 8th 2006 to consider “Promoting a learning Community in British Columbia”, sponsored by the Canadian Council on Learning. Available in both English and French.

Dr Edelman’s Brain, by Dr Steven Levy, The New Yorker, May 1994 external-link

Fascinating, and Gerald Edelman’s first reference to Neural Darwinism

Some Recent Developments in Cognitive Science

While all children need both a body of knowledge and some basic skills to enable them to be functionally literate, a rapidly changing society demands that young people be able to rise above such rote, factual levels to think critically, and creatively; to be flexible, and spontaneously to be able to solve ill structured, ambiguous problems in areas in which they have little first hand information.

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