Monthly Archives: October 2016

Increased curiosity is the ‘silver lining’ of a quarter life and midlife crisis — ScienceDaily

It seems that crises in life have an upside.  Post crisis adults are more curious and open.  Evidence of this was presented to the British Psycological Society by Dr Oliver Robinson and James Demetre of the University of Greenwich and … Continue reading

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How curiosity changes the brain to enhance learning — ScienceDaily

This article is fascinating:  we learn when curious,  curiosity releases dopamine and activates the memory.  The trick is to invoke curiosity; best by intrinsic motivation although the paper suggests implications to broaden applications in education. The more curious we are … Continue reading

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How space for creativity opens up young people’s minds

This article from “The Conversation”questions the attitude that the arts and humanities are a waste of time and useless.  Actually, arts and humanities are essential for well functioning individuals and societies.  This article emphasises how personal creativity builds confidence and … Continue reading

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Everything you wanted to know about your body (but were afraid to ask)

This is from New Scientist, a list of answers to questions about your body.  It is good fun and I learned stuff.  Please enjoy. Why does loud noise hurt? Do you lose weight if you break wind while on the … Continue reading

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Healthy Skepticism: A Survival Trait

I encourage everyone to question, it is an essential survival trait.  Our species is successful because we are curious.  Currently we are encouraged to ask questions but only in a constrained context as defined within a school curriculum and toward … Continue reading

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Want to Create Things That Matter? Be Lazy.

I am currently reading about the importance of “Grit” as a personality trait that leads to success.  But, there are downsides.  This link suggests that serious creative work need blocks of time and that appearing “lazy or distracted” are useful. … Continue reading

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Forgotten Guitar: Les Paul and Mary Ford’s 1954 Guitar Duel

The video this links to is just fun.  Please enjoy. “With your wife’s cold feet in the middle of your back.  There’s no place like home.”  That is familiar.  In the first half of the 1950s, though, the musical team … Continue reading

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Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach

Ecotopia: by Earnest Callenbach Ecotopia is my favourite vision of a future we can work toward; a positive vision of the future. This is the story of William Western a reporter from New York sent to spend six weeks in … Continue reading

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Curiosity has the power to change behavior for the better: Piquing people’s interest can entice them to choose healthier behaviors over more tempting, unhealthy ones, study finds — ScienceDaily

I am fascinated by research on “curiosity”.  This paper explores how the “clickbait phenomena” is useful encouraging positive eating and exercising behaviour. For my part; recently, I have been thinking about (curious about), “What can I achieve, if I …?”  … Continue reading

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sagan*sense – glorfindhel: Contact (1997) → dir. Robert…

For all poets.  From 1997 Contact.

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