Elearning and massive open online courses (MOOCs) represent a fundamental disruption in the continuum of traditional higher education, initiating an unprecedented revolution in education that will induce mayhem before resolving itself into a unique and evolved system.
The new universe of higher education will empower more people across the globe and increase the general level of human intelligence, a democratic system of education that benefits human evolution globally.
In the midst of a turbulent Continental Congress in Philadelphia, 1776, Thomas Jefferson... Read More
Redefining writer's block
If you are a blocked writer, you may be comforted, or tormented, by Ralph Ellison's story. His block scorched an enchanted literary career, a conflagration created in the fuel of his famous 1950 novel Invisible Man. The book elevated Ellison to the heights of the literary elite and the Civil Rights Movement, and his compulsion to surpass his previous success with a new novel crushed him, his death in 1994 the final defeat. Ellison wrote only one novel despite more than forty years of effort. The New York Times notes that:"His predicament was worsened by... Read More
My modern mind at work
As I write in this moment, my focus is on the way are brains work efficiently, but I am certainly not modeling it for you.
I am multitasking, the buzz word of business for a decade now. And, I think I am proficient. I'm sitting in my comfy, black leather office chair, eyes watching "Everybody Loves Raymond" on Netflix on my iPad, hands typing at the Macbook Pro, ears listening to a Ted Talk playing into earphones from my iPhone. Kids are readying for school in the hall outside my office, four of them, and mom is yelling ... I mean raising her voice.... Read More
Heather sits in the front of a stadium style college classroom in Idaho. In 10 minutes, her first course in higher education will begin, and she feels nervous excitement. Heather has been sitting in the center of the front row for 20 minutes now, anticipation making her antsy, her brand new $90 text book stacked on her desk, with notebooks, pen, and paper Her cellphone is off. She is thinking of how little she knows about what college learning will be like.I enter the classroom, my 29th year in formal education, 11 as a university English teacher. I know all about what the next semester holds,... Read More
Complexity in LanguageLanguage represents a mystery of the mind that has been explored for ages, with an exponentially increasing complexity. Think of all that must take place for you to read and understand this sentence alone. And in most cases, the communication is almost instantaneous, an astounding feet of computing power.First rumblings of a revolutionI suspect that most, like me, have been unaware of the cognitive revolution, beginning in the study of linguistics.Noam Chomsky declared war on the old linguistic regime in 1957, with his dismantling of the popular view of language orchestrated... Read More
I am moved by this simple line drawing. Although hard to see, it is a map locating some organisms on this planet, calling attention to the fact that we are all close relatives on earth, emerging from a common origin. We are connected in what many call the circle of life, an image that appeals to me, showing continuity, with no living organism on top. Viewing life in this way clarifies our relationship with and responsibility for other species.The circle is large and interconnected as the Hillis Plot image demonstrates. Even though the diagram only represents a small portion of life on the planet,... Read More
Japanese diet glasses are a new innovative solution that tricks our sense of of sight and smell to inhibit food intake. Its use of augmented reality for dieting is an example of the future benefits that will become available as more innovative companies take advantage of augmented reality technology for the purpose of how to live a healthier life.
The diet glasses out of Japan are a risk-free way to eat less and lose weight. They are, according to many news sources including Fox just plain "stupid." The Japanese diet glasses "play a trick" on our senses by sending images of food... Read More
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