How Networks Are Revolutionizing Scientific (and Maybe Human) Thought | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network


Excerpt: “Modern research in sociology, psychology, neuroscience, and anthropology is showing that our world does not revolve around ourselves as individuals—contrary to Enlightenment and later claims that we are inherently self-centered creatures. Instead, what we are like as individuals critically depends on how we are linked socially and emotionally with others in relational networks reaching far and wide.”


Scientifically, What Is the Worst Way to Die? via @motherboard


This is pretty gruesome: “Another particularly nasty punishment was being broken on the wheel, reserved for the worst criminals in Europe and slaves trying to revolt in the United States. The criminal would be tied to a large wooden wheel and bludgeoned so that all of his bones broke. Some accounts indicate that victims could live for three days in this state.”

Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US | Comment is free | The Guardian


excerpt: ” The court found that the content of Evans-Marshall’s teachings concerned matters “of political, social or other concern to the community” and that her interest in free expression outweighed certain other interests belonging to the school “as an employer.” But, fatally, the court concluded that “government employees… are not speaking as citizens for First Amendment purposes.” While the sixth circuit allowed that Evans-Marshall may have been treated “shabbily”, it still maintained (quoting from another opinion) that “when a teacher teaches, ‘the school system does not “regulate” [that] speech as much as it hires that speech. Expression is a teacher’s stock in trade, the commodity she sells to her employer in exchange for a salary.'” Thus, the court concluded, it is the “educational institution that has a right to academic freedom, not the individual teacher.”

Do We Have Free Will? | Psychology Today


This topic has huge educational implications. Volition is at the heart of motivation and curiosity. If education leadership can acquire keys and insights gained from restaurant psychology, volition psychology, interior design, and even advertising, nations may see an explosion of educational progress in individual students. Imagine students coming to class curious and excited to learn. Imagine impacts on school design, classroom organization and decor, seating design, interactive menus that attract the eye, etc.

Curiosity, drive, and interest are still mysteries.