Thanks to the dozens of people who created conversation with me the week of Februry 8-12 on my book-in-progress, The Overweight Brain. You can view the online running conversation—so thoughtful and playful—and view or listen to the live chat. Video recording of the webinar with Lois H
I’ve been writing a new chapter on education—how our obsession with knowing makes schools stupid. The chapter begins with what I’m calling “the ABCs of the ABCs”—like A is for Age Groups, B is for Behavior, C is for Control. (I have a paragraph on each but I don’t want to give that aw
“Are We Living in the Age of the Brain?” In Prospect magazine.science writer Philip Ball does a good job exploring what all the brain research that’s going on might—and might not—mean. His reservations, in part, have to do with generating more and more data for our a
What do you see above? A duck? A rabbit? In his book Philosophical Investigations, Wittgenstein presents us with this “ambiguous figure” of a duck-rabbit to show us how how perception is not reducible to the mechanism of the eye and optic nerve. (Most
May 19, 2014 Along with comment sections of each chapter, The Overwight Brain Reader Polls give you a chance to participate in the activity of creating this book. They also give me some idea of who you—the readers—are and what you think. I deeply appreciate your participation!
If you want to see more photos of Lev Vygotsky, you’ll find maybe a dozen on line (you can do a Google search). Since I had a relationship with his daughter Gita, who has spoken personally about her father and his work, I can share some photos of her—from my city and hers. Here&
The current human predicament is precariously paradoxical. We live in a mass culture obsessed with the need to know at a time of such instability and unpredictability that knowing is of little good. If there is a way out of this predicament—and there is—then people need to hear about it and take part in what is no less a conceptual revolution than the Scientific Revolution, which is what gave us the knowing paradigm in the first place.