Stephen Hawking has spent his career decoding the secrets pf pir universe is urging that we continue to explore space - for humanity's sake. He says, “we won’t survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet."
Seventy one year old Hawking made the statement on Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was toureing a stem cell lab that's focused on slowing the progression of Lou Gehrig's disease. Hawking was diagnosed with the neurological disorder 50 years ago, while studying at Cambridge University.
Hawkings is world renowned for for his... Read More
IS PARANORMAL NORMAL? riginal.
You have to laugh? Why do people say that? You don't have to laugh at all. You can be a misery guts. You may have a paranormal bank account. You may have a paranormal bank. Apparitions of dollars with no visible strings attached appear out of thin air conjured up by a paranormal bank manager with a ghastly...ghostly voice. An expensive pen hovers out of the BLUE suspended in disbelief at the interest accrued on your paranormal loan. A weary farmer wearing suspenders stands suspended in suspense by circumsional debt. They say misery loves company.... Read More
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
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