Why I Don't Dig Buddhism - Cross-Check - Scientific American Blog Network I've been brooding over Buddhism lately, for several reasons. First, I read that Steve Jobs was a long-time dabbler in Buddhism and was even married in a Buddhist ceremony. Second, a new documentary, Crazy Wisdom, celebrates the life of Chogyam Trungpa, who helped popularize Tibetan Buddhism here in the U.S. in the 1970s. Third, Slate magazine, for some reason, just re-published a critique of Buddhism that I wrote eight years ago, and once again Buddhists are berating me for my ignorance about their religion. I'm a sucker for punishment, so I thought I'd try to explain, once again, my misgivings about Buddhism, in this heavily revised and updated version of my Slate essay (which was put through an especially tortuous editing process).
Demystifying the Older Adult Student Segment Demystifying the Older Adult Student Segment Older learners have some very specific, but not necessarily well-understood, barriers to accessibility which institutions must accommodate for in order to be able to better serve this growing cohort of learners. Photo by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York. Older learners make up a growing number of adult students, and they have different needs and goals when it comes to their higher education. The EvoLLLution interviewed Pat Spadafora from Sheridan College’s Elder Research Center to learn more about this group of students and the barriers they face.
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Introducing Mynd Everyday, I come across reports and articles on the Web that bear on the topic of memory and learning, and I faithfully file them away, with the intention of doing 'something' with them. Many get put in my file of articles to discuss, or riff off, in my blog - which grows and grows, until I end up with huge Word documents containing articles NOT discussed in 2009, 2010, 2011 ... I have tried a variety of ways to at least spin off those worthy of mention that I don't have the time or inclination to discuss. None of these have proved satisfactory. What I want - because my abiding belief, that underscores what this website is about, is that very little is particularly helpful on its own - is to have these reports and articles recorded, tagged and categorized, so that we can follow or explore a specific topic.
The Epicurean revival Hiram Crespo writes for HumanistLife about the philosophy of Epicureanism, and argues that is has made a resurgence in modern works of positive psychology. Stumbling upon happiness in the garden of Epicurus? Flowers: Tim Daniels. As the annals of history have it, in the sixth century Emperor Justinian had all the schools of philosophy that competed with Christianity finally closed. Regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory, thinking skills There are plenty of good reasons to be physically active. Big ones include reducing the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Maybe you want to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent depression, or just look better. Here’s another one, which especially applies to those of us (including me) experiencing the brain fog that comes with age: exercise changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills. In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.
Educating Ourselves: Classical Education for Adults The great bonus of classical education is the fun that parents have “catching up” on material they never learned in school. I’ve heard dozens of home schooling parents say, “I’m getting the education I never had!” As you shepherd your child through the classical curriculum, you too will learn. Visit our Self-Education Message Board to discuss your ideas with other parents. 6 thinkers whose depressing ideas will make you feel better We are absurdly anxious about success, says popular philosopher Alain de Botton (TED Talk: Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success). In his talk from 2009, he suggests that many of our modern values — like our sense of limitless possibility and upward growth — can actually lead us to stress harder about how well we’re doing. But the reverse can also be true, says de Botton. For TED, he’s put together this reading list of (mainly) pessimistic philosophers who have inspired his thinking about positivity. 1.
Critical Thinking What is Critical Thinking? Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas. Critical thinking has been the subject of much debate and thought since the time of early Greek philosophers such as Plato and Socrates and has continued to be a subject of discussion into the modern age. Critical thinking might be described as the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking.