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DAVID FOSTER WALLACE, IN HIS OWN WORDS

IN MEMORIAM | September 19th 2008 The world of letters has lost a giant. We have felt nourished by the mournful graspings of sites dedicated to his memory ("He was my favourite" ~ Zadie Smith), and we grieve for the books we will never see. Special to MORE INTELLIGENT LIFE This is the commencement address he gave to the graduates of Kenyon College in 2005. (If anybody feels like perspiring [cough], I'd advise you to go ahead, because I'm sure going to. This is a standard requirement of US commencement speeches, the deployment of didactic little parable-ish stories. Of course the main requirement of speeches like this is that I'm supposed to talk about your liberal arts education's meaning, to try to explain why the degree you are about to receive has actual human value instead of just a material payoff. Here's another didactic little story. The point here is that I think this is one part of what teaching me how to think is really supposed to mean. Everyone here has done this, of course. Related:  Critical Thinking

The Flame Challenge | Center for Communicating Science Winner: Written CategoryNick WilliamsLivermore, California Winner: Visual CategorySteve MaguireOntario, Canada Click to see the winning entries and finalists in each category! This Year Hundreds of scientists tackled this year’s question, “What is time?” What should next year’s Flame Challenge question be? If you are a 9 to 12 year-old and have always wanted to know the answer to a burning question about science, click here (kids only!). In the fall, judging schools will be contacted to vote on the 2014 Flame Challenge question. Home | Jamie Vollmer Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal <map name="admap71632" id="admap71632"><area href=" shape="rect" coords="0,0,728,90" title="" alt="" target="_blank" /></map><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:728px;border-style:none;background-color:#ffffff;"><tr><td><img src=" style="width:728px;height:90px;border-style:none;" usemap="#admap71632" alt="" /></td></tr><tr><td style="background-color:#ffffff;" colspan="1"><center><a style="font-size:10px;color:#0000ff;text-decoration:none;line-height:1.2;font-weight:bold;font-family:Tahoma, verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;text-transform: none;letter-spacing:normal;text-shadow:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:normal;" href=" Archives Contact Forum Store! November 21, 2012 Woop! November 20, 2012 BAM! November 19, 2012 Discuss this comic in the forum November 18, 2012 Hey geeks! November 17, 2012

These 20 Photos Are Going To Make You Cry. But You’ll See Why It’s Totally Worth It. There’s no denying that the world is full of cruel, evil people capable of things you probably couldn’t even imagine. We see it on the news pretty much every day. But believe it or not, there’s a lot more good and kindness out there than you probably realize. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. If this brightened your day, restored your faith in humanity, or just gave you a smile – hit Share on our fb page Save The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Help Save The ENDANGERED From EXTINCTION! The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Rare photo of the elusive tree octopus The Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis) can be found in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula on the west coast of North America. An intelligent and inquisitive being (it has the largest brain-to-body ratio for any mollusk), the tree octopus explores its arboreal world by both touch and sight. Reaching out with one of her eight arms, each covered in sensitive suckers, a tree octopus might grab a branch to pull herself along in a form of locomotion called tentaculation; or she might be preparing to strike at an insect or small vertebrate, such as a frog or rodent, or steal an egg from a bird's nest; or she might even be examining some object that caught her fancy, instinctively desiring to manipulate it with her dexterous limbs (really deserving the title "sensory organs" more than mere "limbs",) in order to better know it. Why It's Endangered

Comprehensive, Engaging Vocabulary Building | Membean Build deep word consciousness. Students won't just learn words but own them! Membean applies psycholinguistics and economics to vocabulary learning. Encode so you don’t forget. Maximize gain. Build deep word consciousness. Membean applies psycholinguistics and economics to vocabulary learning. Encode so you don’t forget. Maximize gain. Gravity and Warped Spacetime Einstein saw a beautiful idea in his notion of curved space and time. He saw that the falling astronaut wasn't being pulled or pushed by anything, but just moving along a straight line (a geodesic) through curved spacetime. He realized that gravity could be reinterpreted, not as a force pulling on objects, but as a curvature of spacetime. Objects falling in a gravitational field—like around the Earth—aren't being pulled, but are simply moving along geodesics in the warped spacetime surrounding any heavy object. The Moon's orbit doesn't circle the Earth because of a pull, but because the straightest line through spacetime brings it back to the same point in space. This bending of spacetime is particularly noticeable on Earth; throw a ball up in the air, and it follows its geodesic as it rises and falls. The first of Newton's Laws of Motion, which says that moving objects move in a straight line. A similar thing happens with slices warped by gravity. appropriately. G = 8 π T.

Medium Thinking, Fast and Slow Thinking, Fast and Slow is a best-selling[1] 2011 book by Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics winner Daniel Kahneman which summarizes research that he conducted over decades, often in collaboration with Amos Tversky.[2][3] It covers all three phases of his career: his early days working on cognitive biases, his work on prospect theory, and his later work on happiness. The book's central thesis is a dichotomy between two modes of thought: "System 1" is fast, instinctive and emotional; "System 2" is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The book delineates cognitive biases associated with each type of thinking, starting with Kahneman's own research on loss aversion. From framing choices to substitution, the book highlights several decades of academic research to suggest that people place too much confidence in human judgment. Prospect theory[edit] One example is that people are loss-averse: they are more likely to act to avert a loss than to achieve a gain. Two systems[edit]

WDWDT: A New App That Keeps Teachers, Students, Parents In Sync There’s a new classroom messaging app that goes beyond your typical mobile classroom app. It’s called WDWDT (stands for What Did We Do Today? ) and is a messaging service custom-built for students, parents, teachers, and others to stay in the loop about what’s been happening in class lately. You won’t need to send home exit slips or other notifications on paper and hope for parents to see and sign them anymore. How The WDWDT App Works The app is beautifully made and from the founder of CoveritLive, a service that lets you liveblog an event. It lets you: Create surveys for parents like end-of-year polls, solicit feedback about field trips, etc. As you can see, the app is quite robust and quite free. How WDWDT Can Be Used Situation #1 (it’s 3:30pm, in a schoolyard…anywhere in the world…in any language) Dad: “Hey honey, how was your day today?” Situation #2: Parent’s are always starving for more information about their child’s education and development. Situation #4 Mr. Situation #5 Situation #6

Seeing in the Dark Credit: cliff1066tm. Patient TN was, by his own account, completely blind. Two consecutive strokes had destroyed the visual cortex of his brain, and consequently, his ability to see. It is not uncommon for stroke patients to suffer brain damage, but the case of TN — referenced by his initials, the general practice in such studies — was peculiar. His first stroke had injured only one hemisphere of his visual cortex. Known as selective bilateral occipital damage, TN’s unusual injury made him the subject of much interest while recovering at a hospital in Geneva. To further test the extent of TN’s abilities, researchers from Tilburg University in the Netherlands devised a simple yet decisive experiment: an obstacle course. TN’s rare condition is known as blindsight. The researchers explained that TN’s success indicates that “humans can sustain sophisticated visuo-spacial skills in the absence of perceptual awareness.”

Humans of New York Made to Stick Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die is a book by brothers Chip and Dan Heath published by Random House on January 2, 2007.[1] The book continues the idea of "stickiness" popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in The Tipping Point, seeking to explain what makes an idea or concept memorable or interesting. A similar style to Gladwell's is used, with a number of stories and case studies followed by principles. The stories range from urban legends, such as the "Kidney Heist" in the introduction; to business stories, as with the story of Southwest Airlines, "the low price airline"; to inspirational, personal stories such as that of Floyd Lee, a passionate mess hall manager. Each chapter includes a section entitled "Clinic", in which the principles of the chapter are applied to a specific case study or idea to demonstrate the principle's application. Overview[edit] The book's outline follows the acronym "SUCCES" (with the last s omitted). Authors[edit] See also[edit] References[edit]

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