Author Archives: Giorgio Bertini

About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++

Your Thesis – Why it’s important to be exactly certain about how much you don’t know

“Your academic writing trouble and how to fix it” was born of our frustration at reading the strange comments supervisors sometimes write on thesis drafts. Sometimes academic feedback makes even less sense than the text that inspired it. In this … Continue reading

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The Student Theorist: An Open Handbook of Collective College Theory

This book-in-progress has been (and is being) almost entirely created by undergraduate students and recent alums. Welcome to The Student Theorist! More than a “textbook” or a “handbook,” this text is an open access, digitally published, ongoing, annotatable collection of … Continue reading

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Longreads on Motherhood

These four longreads reflect on various aspects of motherhood, from a personal essay on the challenges of breastfeeding to a writer’s exploration of her mother’s life as an immigrant. As soon as the baby latched on, I burst into tears … Continue reading

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Lifelong Learning and a Growth Mindset can propel your Career

The pace of change is accelerating, and to succeed in any industry, and to be ready to participate in the next evolution of it, professionals must adopt habits and practices that empower lifelong learning. One challenge to lifelong learning is that … Continue reading

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Battling our Epidemic of Loneliness

Recently several articles have surfaced on the detrimental health effects of loneliness, whether it be physical or psychological. Everything always seems worse when we’re sick and there’s no one there to lean on for support. This is especially the case … Continue reading

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Swarm Intelligence: Literature Overview

A long time ago, people discovered the variety of the interesting insect or animal behaviors in the nature. A flock of birds sweeps across the sky. A group of ants forages for food. A school of sh swims, turns, ees together, etc.[1]. We … Continue reading

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Mindfulness-based interventions in schools

Mindfulness programs for schools are popular. We systematically reviewed the evidence regarding the effects of school-based mindfulness interventions on psychological outcomes, using a comprehensive search strategy designed to locate both published and unpublished studies. Systematic searches in 12 databases were … Continue reading

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Biological Foundations for Self-Directed Education

Here are four powerful, innate drives that lead children to educate themselves. In many previous posts I have contended that children come into the world biologically designed to educate themselves. The evidence comes from observing the amazing learning capacities of … Continue reading

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What does Music express? Basic emotions and beyond

Numerous studies have investigated whether music can reliably convey emotions to listeners, and—if so—what musical parameters might carry this information. Far less attention has been devoted to the actual contents of the communicative process. The goal of this article is … Continue reading

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The Culture of Childhood: We’ve Almost Destroyed It

Children learn the most valuable lessons with other children, away from adults. I don’t want to trivialize the roles of adults in children’s lives, but, truth be told, we adults greatly exaggerate our roles in our theories and beliefs about … Continue reading

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