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Brains Are Changed Through Early Use of the Hands

James R. Murphy | Posted 03.28.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

An interesting snippet was published in the New Scientist January 19-25, 2013 concerning how early training of musicians changes the wiring of their brains.

The Cooperation of Children While Learning

James R. Murphy | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

Children will cooperate to learn something they really want to know, and that for all their best learning, it takes all of them to help each other figure things out.

The Importance of Precision Hands

James R. Murphy | Posted 03.05.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

My guess is that the easiest way to deepen neural connections in a young person is to help them become actively involved in what they are learning, to help them develop precision hands as they practice thinking.

Kids Doubt They Can Learn the Hard Stuff

James R. Murphy | Posted 01.10.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

Kids doubt they can learn the hard stuff. I remember being afraid I couldn't learn how to read. I was pretty young and you didn't have to learn to...

To Raise a Generation of Competence

James R. Murphy | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

So now Obama has another chance and so do we. He must look far into the future to do what is right and so do we. And that future is another generation of students in our public schools better prepared to project our nation's strength.

The Hands of Children Playing With String Will Lead Us Into the Future

James R. Murphy | Posted 01.06.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

The basis for all high-order, cognitive thinking in humans is founded upon two unique attributes in our physiology: A brain large and complex enough for symbolic abstraction in language and a hand capable enough for fine manipulation.

String Figures and Early Higher Cognitive Learning

James R. Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
James R. Murphy

It is surprising that so much of the plasticity and ease of learning occurs during childhood, and I think that a major mistake is made by the educational establishment in NOT taking advantage of this opportunity to develop and enrich one's learning skills early on.

A Different Kind of String Theory

James R. Murphy | Posted 12.24.2012 | Education
James R. Murphy

Why string figures? Because man is a hand animal. Humans became smart because our hands allowed us to develop and employ our intelligence.

Bacterial Ice-9?

Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney | Posted 04.22.2012 | Science
Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney

The idea of Ice-9, although fictional, has always fascinated me. Its properties are so powerful, so influential, that one "seed crystal" can direct its entire surroundings, freezing oceans.

Authors Who Are Famous For The Wrong Book

guardian.co.uk | John Self | Posted 09.18.2011 | Books

Why is it that the book for which an author is best known is rarely their best? If history is the final judge of literary achievement, why has a title...

Friday Talking Points [90] -- Obama To Switch Parties

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ted Kennedy is putting both his legacy and his sense of entitlement to his office before the interests of his constituents.