Monthly Archives: June 2018

Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary psychology is one of many biologically informed approaches to the study of human behavior. Along with cognitive psychologists, evolutionary psychologists propose that much, if not all, of our behavior can be explained by appeal to internal psychological mechanisms. What … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking Skills

Critical thinking is the capacity to distinguish between valid and invalid processes of inference and information sources; it requires the formation of beliefs based upon sound reasoning. The word critical derives from the Greek word “critic” and implies a critique; … Continue reading

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Toward Systemic Educational Change: Questions from a Complex Systems Perspective

Researchers in Education and in Complex Systems Analysis have a unique opportunity to help strengthen the U.S. educational system and bring new tools for thinking to millions of Americans. These tools can help prepare students to meet the challenges of … Continue reading

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Changes in the Teaching and Learning Process in a Complex Education System

The rapid changes and increased complexity of today’s world present new challenges and put new demands on our education system. There has been generally a growing awareness of the necessity to change and improve the preparation of students for productive … Continue reading

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Complex Systems and Education: Cognitive, Learning, and Pedagogical Perspectives

To seriously consider implementing long term and conceptually deep changes in the science and mathematics curricula is an exciting prospect. Properly infused into the curriculum, the cross-disciplinary concepts and methodologies emerging from complex systems research have the potential to form … Continue reading

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Relations

To make a topic from one of anthropology’s principal means and objects of study, investigating relations through relations, is offered in the spirit of reflexive enquiry. The entry is not confined to anthropological works, touching briefly on certain philosophical dimensions … Continue reading

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The Science & Philosophy of Complexity

In this episode, Haley interviews research professor and leader of the Self-Organizing Systems Lab at UNAM, Carlos Gershenson. Gershenson discusses findings from his book, Complexity: 5 Questions, which is comprised of “interview style contributions by leading figures in the field … Continue reading

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Libraries as Centers for Self-Directed Education

How could your local library best serve your family’s and community’s needs? We have in our society two types of publicly supported institutions whose explicit purpose is education—schools and libraries. How different they are from one another! The primary difference … Continue reading

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The detrimental long-term effects of Helicopter Parenting

“Helicopter parenting” — or, the practice of hovering over your kids and watching everything they do, constantly worrying about whether they’ll make a slight misstep in life — is everywhere. I’m writing this at a coffee shop and if I … Continue reading

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Overvaluing confidence, we’ve forgotten the power of Humility

Why be humble? After all, Aristotle said: ‘All men by nature desire to know.’ Intellectual humility is a particular instance of humility, since you can be down-to-earth about most things and still ignore your mental limitations. Intellectual humility means recognising … Continue reading

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