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Networked Knowledge & Strategies for Learning

  • by Chad Mazzola
  • 51 blocks • an hour ago
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Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
— Socrates

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EVERY ACT OF CONSCIOUS LEARNING REQUIRES THE WILLINGNESS TO SUFFER AN INJURY TO ONE’S SELF ESTEEM. THAT IS WHY YOUNG CHILDREN, BEFORE THEY ARE AWARE OF THEIR OWN SELF-IMPORTANCE, LEARN SO EASILY; AND WHY OLDER PERSONS, ESPECIALLY IF VAIN OR IMPORTANT, CANNOT LEARN AT ALL.

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Updated 15 hours ago

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  • by Chad Mazzola
  • 29 blocks • 6 hours ago

American literary theorist Kenneth Burke described metonymy as one of four "master tropes": metaphor, a substitute for perspective; metonymy, a substitute for reduction; synecdoche, a substitute for representation; and irony, a substitute for dialectic. He described these tropes and the way they overlap in A Grammar of Motives.

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Information Theory

  • by Chad Mazzola
  • 16 blocks • 15 hours ago

Genetics

  • by Chad Mazzola
  • 6 blocks • 15 hours ago

Not only do some of these genetic “hot spots” seem to be linked to many forms of autism, but some of them have a deep and significant evolutionary history. If you trace them back in time, as Evan Eichler’s laboratory has begun to do, you can begin to glimpse the emergence of precisely the traits that distinguish humans from all other animals. “It’s kind of a crazy idea,” Eichler says, “but it’s like autism is the price we pay for having an evolved human species.”

This suggests that the extra copies of the BOLA2 gene, which predispose people to neurodevelopmental disorders like autism, must also confer some genetic benefit to the human species. Otherwise, evolutionary pressure would have scrubbed the duplications out of the genome. In other words, the same duplications that can lead to autism may also create what Eichler calls genetic “nurseries” in which new gene variants arise that enhance cognition or some other human trait.

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Dr Rebekah Rogers of the University of California, Berkeley, who led the research, said the mammoths' genomes "were falling apart right before they went extinct". This, she said, was the first case of "genomic meltdown" in a single species. "You had this last refuge of mammoths after everything has gone extinct on the mainland," she added. "The mathematical theories that have been developed said that they should accumulate bad mutations because natural selection should become very inefficient."

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“Adoption and contraception, like reading, mathematics, and stress-induced illness, are products of an animal that is living in an environment radically different from the one in which its genes were naturally selected.”

― Richard Dawkins, The Extended Phenotype

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Psychedelic therapy

  • by Chad Mazzola
  • 16 blocks • 16 hours ago

Self-transcendence

  • by Chad Mazzola
  • 58 blocks • 15 hours ago

Fundamental Laws of Order

  • by Chad Mazzola
  • 5 blocks • 15 hours ago

Music Theory

  • by Chad Mazzola
  • 22 blocks • 16 hours ago

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