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Learning Addiction - The Scientific Explanation

Continuing the theme of ‘learning addiction’ I have been developing (1, 2, 3, 4), it is interesting to see medical science furthering our understanding of why our brains are wired for that (Seeking: How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting. And why that’s dangerous). I guess it should be no surprise […]

How Podcasts and Other Media Feed Learning Addiction

In a recent series of blog posts (1, 2, 3) I talked about the concept of ‘learning addiction’, and that for some people, it can be very tempting to continue acquiring vast quantities of knowlege far and beyond any practical abaility to apply it. Unfortunately, I guess this hilights a problem with podcasts – there […]

Research Shows Multitasking Makes you Dumb

I think I can now shed a little light on part of a quote from this previous post (from a Time Magazine article): …students remember just 20% of the content of class lectures a week later… It seems that research has revealed that multitasking makes you dumb. Once you have read the quotes below, you […]

European vs US University Philosophies

My last post (on some US university curricula becoming more applied) reminded me that there is quite a different approach between European and US universities. European Universities which, by extension includes many Commonwealth countries, (including New Zealand, where I have experience), tend to specialise far more quickly in a chosen major, often having to strategically choose […]

Application of Knowledge Increasing at Universities

When I was looking for an online reference to the quote in my last post, I came across another blog post quoting it with interesting relevance. It discusses a recent article in Time Magazine about the curriculum in at least five US universities changing from pure aquisition of knowledge to emphasising the application of knowledge. I’ll use the […]

Learning Addiction in the Context of Greek Philosophy

In my last post, I mentioned the idea of ‘learning addiction’: …with the continual increase in knowledge (and technology) production, and such ready access to it (via the internet etc), I am seeing a form of ‘learning addiction’ arise, for example, in people that are subscribed to 600 blogs, or in my case, a ‘healthy’ […]

Figuring out This World, and Another, and Another

I just listened to a free Audible interview with Ben Bova and Orson Scott Card, in which something interesting bubbled up that seemed relevant to my last post. A third party had made the comment that Science Fiction is “a fringe genre read only be teens and techo-nerds”, which prompted the question “do you think […]

Bureaucracy Reminiscent of School Punishments

Yes, been awhile since posting. Our Imaginality Unleashed product is close to completion, so I have been very busy testing in schools and preparing for public release closer to Christmas (I’ll keep you posted). As part of this preparation, I needed to set up an international bank account in the USA, which has been quite […]

Long time, no write, but I have a philisophical reason (excuse)

Indeed, it has been a few months since my last post. A few months I may have apologised for this, but more recently I have been realising this is simply a facet of my personality. I have come to categorise myself as a “burster”, which I should define before someone gets the wrong idea (which […]