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Richard E. Cytowic
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Attended Duke University, University of London, Wake Forest University of School of Medicine, George Washington University, American University
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Writer, Talker, Thinker. Plucked synesthesia from oblivion.
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Richard E. Cytowic, MD, MFA is best known for rediscovering synesthesia in 1980 and returning it to the scientific mainstream.
He also writes literary non-fiction and fiction.

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"Wednesday is Indigo Blue," with David Eagleman, won the 2011 Montaigne Medal.
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Explaining complex issues of mind, brain, & society in clear terms
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Even a city park or a fountain plaza can become a momentary sanctuary from modern worries and a daily life dominated by screens that strain the eyes and sap our energy. Visual strain is a serious problem.
The mere sight of greenery will calm your nervous system, guaranteed
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What she describes is the end of childhood as we know it. Some kindergarteners are allowed no time for free play. Yet 3 year-olds can make discoveries for themselves if given the mental space to do so and freed from typical classroom clutter and overs-cheduled activities.
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Re: Emotional Intelligence. This is being picked up by outlets increasingly. I was curious: Why do so many people viscerally loathe Ted Cruz?
What message are the Senator’s atypical facial gestures sending?
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Confirmation by a teacherthat overwhelming young kids ≠ enrichment. One cannot speed up learning any more than you can speed up thinking.
Today’s young children are working more, but they’re learning less.
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The Latin word "addictum" once described the length of time an indentured slave had to serve. The person who served that sentence was the "addict." The etymology means “bound to”—just as many of us are hopelessly bound to our screens.
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In slightly over two minutes, Blackboard Inc. attempts to explain to teachers (and anyone else who will listen) how today's students learn differently from their parents. They are described as "active learners" -- apparently because they like to look at screens all day -- and teachers have to learn to keep up with them. I could not disagree more. I'd love to discuss this further. Anyone have thoughts on this?
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What she describes is the end of childhood as we know it. Some kindergarteners are allowed no time for free play. Yet 3 year-olds can make discoveries for themselves if given the mental space to do so and freed from typical classroom clutter and overs-cheduled activities.
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Yet on my to-do list is to interview Google's Eric Schmidt and Facebook's Zuckerberg among other purveyors of tech gear. If any of you has contact info, pleas let me know. 
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Inattention will be the death of us. 
Inattention and a need to show off are the biggest killers of all
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The Latin word "addictum" once described the length of time an indentured slave had to serve. The person who served that sentence was the "addict." The etymology means “bound to”—just as many of us are hopelessly bound to our screens.
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80,000 apps are labeled "educational," with little or no research conducted on their quality or claims.
     Here is Adobe pushing its software — "Turn your lesson plan into a game plan" — yet another replacement of content.
    They say, you decide: "The whole class wins when you make games design part of your digital lesson. Sign up for Adobe Generation Professional: Games Design to learn ... game design and how they can help integrate creativity and digital media into your class curriculum."
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A commentary on declining attention spans and our increasingly fragmented lives. The author argues that tech is more a symptom than a cause in our highly mediated existence.
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