Are Prodigies Autistic? Prodigies dazzle us with their virtuoso violin concertos, seemingly prescient chess moves, and vivid paintings. While their work would be enough to impress us if they were 40, prodigies typically reach adult levels of performance in non-verbal, rule-based domains such as chess, art, and music . Their performances are hard to explain from a purely deliberate practice perspective. While it's true that many prodigies receive support, resources, and encouragement from parents and coaches early on, such support is typically the result of a demonstrated " rage to learn", as the prodigy expert Martha J. Morelock refers to the phenomenon. Researchers who have spent years working with prodigies and witnessing their development firsthand have come to a different conclusion . Unfortunately, there really aren't that many systematic studies of prodigies, at least in comparison to the study of adult experts. The third child prodigy was 18 years old at the time of testing.
30 Books I’m Glad I Read Before 30 - StumbleUpon In various ways, these 30 books convey some of the philosophy of how Angel and I live our lives. I honestly credit a fraction of who I am today to each title. Thus, they have indirectly influenced much of what I write about on this site. A medley of both fiction and nonfiction, these great reads challenged my internal status quo, opening my mind to new ideas and opportunities, and together they gave me a basic framework for living, loving, learning and working successfully. If you haven’t read these books yet, I highly recommend doing so. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert – Gilbert, a Harvard professor of psychology has studied happiness for decades, and he shares scientific findings that just might change the way you look at the world. What are your favorite books? Photo by: Katie Harris
10 Mind-Blowing Theories That Will Change Your Perception of the World | Reality is not as obvious and simple as we like to think. Some of the things that we accept as true at face value are notoriously wrong. Scientists and philosophers have made every effort to change our common perceptions of it. The 10 examples below will show you what I mean. 1. Great glaciation. Great glaciation is the theory of the final state that our universe is heading toward. 2. Solipsism is a philosophical theory, which asserts that nothing exists but the individual’s consciousness. Don’t you believe me? As a result, which parts of existence can we not doubt? 3. George Berkeley, the father of Idealism, argued that everything exists as an idea in someone’s mind. The idea being that if the stone really only exists in his imagination, he could not have kicked it with his eyes closed. 4. Everybody has heard of Plato. In addition to this stunning statement, Plato, being a monist, said that everything is made of a single substance. 5. 6. Enternalism is the exact opposite of presentism.
Red-Green & Blue-Yellow: The Stunning Colors You Can't See| On Seeing Reddish Green and Yellowish Blue | Color Opponency Theory Try to imagine reddish green — not the dull brown you get when you mix the two pigments together, but rather a color that is somewhat like red and somewhat like green. Or, instead, try to picture yellowish blue — not green, but a hue similar to both yellow and blue. Is your mind drawing a blank? That's because, even though those colors exist, you've probably never seen them. The limitation results from the way we perceive color in the first place. Almost never, that is. Colors without a name The color revolution started in 1983, when a startling paper by Hewitt Crane, a leading visual scientist, and his colleague Thomas Piantanida appeared in the journal Science. Images similar to those used in a famous 1983 experiment in which so-called "forbidden colors" were perceived for the first time.Credit: Life's Little Mysteries The observers of this unusual visual stimulus reported seeing the borders between the stripes gradually disappear, and the colors seem to flood into each other.
Kettlebell Snatching On A Warrior Diet! If you are adverse to pain, like trying to take the easy way around things, and don't like getting results quickly, move on to that article on how to best rock the leg extension machine. If you're still reading, welcome to my house of pain. This article centers around a method of kettlebell snatching and a nutritional plan that will achieve the following: Rapid fat lossMuscle-building (build muscle and burn fat together)Increase your VO2 MaxDevelop mental toughnessBuild elite level enduranceBuild functional strength (particularly in the posterior chain) First we will look at the snatch protocol. There are two methods of doing this. When performing the 15-second protocol you are shooting for between 6 and 8 reps per 15 seconds with a 16kg kettlebell for men, and a 12kg kettlebell for women. One thing I neglected to mention is that the 15/15 goes on for 25 minutes. One-Arm Kettlebell Snatch Once you are snatching faster (8 reps per set) you will be up to 400 snatches per workout. Hand Care
right brain, left brain The 5 Smartest Non-Primates on the Planet Katharine Gammon, Life's Little Mysteries Contributor | July 29, 2011 05:56pm ET Credit: Walter Siegmund We humans tend to think we're pretty smart. We've got descriptive language. We've got art and can build museums in which to showcase it. The flip side, of course, is that we've also learned to build bombs. TheOatmeal.com blacked out in protest of SOPA / PIPA Ayn Rand | Ayn Rand, Objectivism, and Individualism Ayn Rand is America’s most controversial individualist. She was a bold woman who produced brilliant works fusing fiction and philosophy. Her best-selling novels, like Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, have sold millions of copies and continue to influence independent thinkers and celebrities the world over, from Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales to Angelina Jolie and Hugh Hefner. My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. — Ayn Rand, Appendix to Atlas Shrugged Rand cut a striking figure, with her long-stemmed cigarette holder and intense gaze. She penned philosophical non-fiction works of such originality and power that she was credited by a small group of stunned intellectuals as having single-handedly solved an ancient philosophical puzzle. The new philosophy which she founded through her books and essays is called Objectivism.
Whoa, scientists just reversed autism symptoms in mice For those that have kids that are non-verbal and mostly in their own world, my son was the same way. He would cry if someone touched him, he never looked at anyone and he wasn't potty trained until he was six. My husband and I refused to accept that state as the best he could achieve, so we worked with him constantly (I'm lucky enough to have been able to stay home with him from birth) to get even the smallest of improvements. We taught him sign language for his needs, physically moving his hands into the signs when he was reaching for something he wanted, etc. As we did this, we would say the word clearly, starting with "want" and "more". Before I knew he had autism, I noticed that he didn't like being touched, so I started doing baby massage to try to desensitize him. I know even with the hardest work, some kids won't respond, and that we have been VERY lucky. My son is now ten and in mostly mainstream classes, he has also skipped a grade. /end tl;dr
Wisdom in few words: best motivational quotes | ZZE.ST - inspiration & lifehacks to make life better - StumbleUpon Throughout last couple of years I’ve been collecting my personal favorite quotations from various inspirational people in my Evernote. As a result I got quite a long list of sayings which I personally consider to be one of the smartest, wittiest, daring and positive at the same time. Moscow, 2008. So, I thought why not to share them with you? “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi“Life isn’t about finding yourself. “Interviews I conducted with more than 70 CEOs and other leaders point to 5 essentials for success — qualities that most of those C.E.O.’s share and look for in people they hire. “Pause now to ask yourself the following question: “Am I dreaming or awake, right now?” “The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. You might also like:Thoughts, pictures, music