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Pencil art/carving looks much less tedious sped up
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#NoamChomsky: Young #BernieSanders Supporters are a "Mobilized Force That Could Change the Country"

During an event Tuesday at the Brooklyn Public Library, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author and professor, was asked about Bernie Sanders’ run for the White House.

"[H]e’s considered radical and extremist, which is a pretty interesting characterization, because he’s basically a mainstream New Deal Democrat," Chomsky said. "His positions would not have surprised President Eisenhower, who said, in fact, that anyone who does not accept New Deal programs doesn’t belong in the American political system. That’s now considered very radical." 
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Religious beliefs and scientific thinking clash because different brain areas are involved in both cognitive processes.
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It's things like this that tell us why Hillary doesn't belong in the White House
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Fructose Is Very Bad For Your Brain

Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases. UCLA scientists report that diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reverse the damage.

A range of diseases — from diabetes to cardiovascular disease, and from Alzheimer’s disease to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — are linked to changes to genes in the brain. A new study by UCLA life scientists has found that hundreds of those genes can be damaged by fructose, a sugar that’s common in the Western diet, in a way that could lead to those diseases.

However, the researchers discovered good news as well: An omega-3 fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, seems to reverse the harmful changes produced by fructose.

“DHA changes not just one or two genes; it seems to push the entire gene pattern back to normal, which is remarkable,” said Xia Yang, a senior author of the study and a UCLA assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology. “And we can see why it has such a powerful effect.”

DHA occurs naturally in the membranes of our brain cells, but not in a large enough quantity to help fight diseases.

“The brain and the body are deficient in the machinery to make DHA; it has to come through our diet,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a UCLA professor of neurosurgery and of integrative biology and physiology, and co-senior author of the paper.

[...] The research team sequenced more than 20,000 genes in the rats’ brains, and identified more than 700 genes in the hypothalamus (the brain’s major metabolic control center) and more than 200 genes in the hippocampus (which helps regulate learning and memory) that were altered by the fructose. The altered genes they identified, the vast majority of which are comparable to genes in humans, are among those that interact to regulate metabolism, cell communication and inflammation. Among the conditions that can be caused by alterations to those genes are Parkinson’s disease, depression, bipolar disorder, and other brain diseases...[...]

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► The research "Systems Nutrigenomics Reveals Brain Gene Networks Linking Metabolic and Brain Disorders" is published online in EBioMedicine>>

#brain, #fructose, #brain_genes, #brain_diseases, #neuroscience, #health, #behaviour, #biologicalsciences, #research, #genetics, #brain_disorder
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Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

As a teacher I'm very interested in how human brain works, given that I have to assess students' skills, knowledge and much more.
I won't immerse myself in the debate about "assessment vs evaluation", that could bore not interested people.
Anyway, here you can find a good hint on "What is the Difference between Assessment and Evaluation">>

Likely you're wondering what has to do all this with Theory of Multiple Intelligences. It makes sense to me because I believe in "authentic assessment" and, as a consequence, in "authentic learning" of students.
► See here for understanding what I mean>>

Theory of Multiple Intelligence is related to both authentic learning and authentic assessment.

The infographic below summarizes Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences.

Many of us are familiar with three general categories in which people learn: visual learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic learners. Beyond these three general categories, many theories of and approaches toward human potential have been developed.
Among them is the theory of multiple intelligences, developed by Howard Gardner, Ph.D., Professor of Education at Harvard University.
Gardner’s early work in psychology and later in human cognition and human potential led to the development of the initial six intelligences. Today there are nine intelligences and the possibility of others may eventually expand the list.

These intelligences (or competencies) relate to a person’s unique aptitude set of capabilities and ways they might prefer to demonstrate intellectual abilities.

Human potential can be tied to one’s preferences to learning; thus, Gardner’s focus on human potential lies in the fact that people have a unique blend of capabilities and skills (intelligences). This model can be used to understand “overall personality, preferences and strengths”.
Gardner asserts that people who have an affinity toward one of the intelligences do so in concert with the other intelligences as “they develop skills and solve problems”.

Howard Gardner’s official website contains links to scientific papers.>>

► In 2011, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences was re-released. First published in 1983 and now available with a new introduction by the author, Gardner's trailblazing book revolutionized the worlds of education and psychology by positing that rather than a single type of intelligence, we have several--most of which are neglected by standard testing and educational methods.

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#Multiple_Intelligence_Theory, #brain , #Howard_Gardner , #neuroscience , #education , #learning
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