I asked my 10yo why she was moping.
“Because I don’t want to be a dancing mushroom,” she said, in a tone that added an unspoken “duh!”
Like most of her theater friends, she is on pins and needles, waiting for Stage Right to announce the cast list for next month’s production of Annie
Toddlers, multiple experiments have shown, can test hypotheses about how machines work—for example, they can figure out which blocks made a machine play when some but not all blocks trigger the toy.
We have to be careful, though. This exploratory, quasi-scientific approach to the world doesn’t last if adults teach kids to do something [...]
The reason they survive to this day, Zipes suggests, is because the classic fairy tales—such as Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel, which all have analogues in cultures throughout the world—are perfect examples of “memetic” engineering. Drawing on the notion of the meme coined by Richard Dawkins, Zipes imagines the elements of fairy tales competing for [...]
Department of Homeland Security-funded video. Part of me hopes it’s more effective than the infamous “duck and cover” cold-war films, but that’s probably the part of me this video is carefully designed to mollify.
I must say the chevon design theme looks cool, and the “Run > Hide > Fight” very nicely emphasizes the hierarchy [...]
When you talk today to teachers and administrators at high-achieving high schools, this is their greatest concern: that their students are so overly protected from adversity, in their homes and at school, that they never develop the crucial ability to overcome real setbacks and in the process to develop strength of character.
American children, especially [...]
Multitasking, when it comes to paying attention, is a myth. The brain naturally focuses on concepts sequentially, one at a time. At first that might sound confusing; at one level the brain does multitask. You can walk and talk at the same time. Your brain controls your heartbeat while you read a book. Pianists can [...]
Fascinating… asking test subjects to think more globally (in terms of the relationships between the parts that make the whole) reduced the bias that makes people think of women as body parts.
People were also better at discerning women’s individual body parts than they were at men’s individual body parts, further confirming the local processing, [...]
Imagination is a powerful social tool. The novel provides us with a sustained window into another world, while still exercising the creative faculties that make us co-creators of the worlds we read about. Having said all that, I am aware that there may be some confirmation bias operating, as I here introduce an article that [...]