Daily Archives: April 3, 2012

Humans, Like Ants, Need a Tribe

Everyone, no exception, must have a tribe, an alliance with which to jockey for power and territory, to demonize the enemy, to organize rallies and raise flags. And so it has ever been. In ancient history and prehistory, tribes gave … Continue reading

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The True Hive Mind – How Honeybee Colonies Think

We will see that the 1.5 kilograms of bees in a honeybee swarm, just like the 1.5 kilograms of neurons in a human brain, achieve their collective wisdom by organizing themselves in such a way that even though each individual … Continue reading

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The Extended Mind

David Chalmers is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University.  Chalmers is interested in the relationship between mind, brain and reality. He is best known for formulating the “hard problem” of … Continue reading

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Do Students Know Enough Smart Learning Strategies?

Teaching students good learning strategies would ensure that they know how to acquire new knowledge, which leads to improved learning outcomes, writes lead author Helen Askell-Williams of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. And studies bear this out. Askell-Williams cites as … Continue reading

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A Conversation on The Commons

A conversation of George Pòr with James Quilligan on The Commons. What is the Commons? What do you see as the most important principle of The Commons? What do you mean by The Commons must not be monetized? How do … Continue reading

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Fun Failure: How to Make Learning Irresistible

“Failure is a positive act of creativity,” Katie Salen said. Scientists, artists, engineers, and even entrepreneurs know this as adults. But in schools, the notion of failure is complicated. Salen, executive director of the Institute of Play and founder of … Continue reading

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Starting School at a Disadvantage – The School Readiness of Poor Children

Poor children start school at a disadvantage in terms of their early skills, behaviors, and health. Fewer than half (48 percent) of poor children are ready for school at age five, compared to 75 percent of children from families with … Continue reading

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