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De-schooling ideas in an institutional context

We need schools like these in Canada. This seems a very important approach to foster and facilitate innovation and creation…. Source: Pourquoi j’ai créé une école où les enfants font ce qu’ils veulent. | Ramïn Farhangi | TEDxSaclay    

Neuro-ergonomy as the next human right issue

Wonderful explanation of the need to think of neuro-sciences as an essential activism area. The idea of developing “neuro-wisdom” instead of being manipulated. IDriss Aberkane believes we are in a renaissance that can lead to a “neuro-naissance” or “neuro-fascism”…. Thus the importance of developing ‘neuro-rights”…. Interesting concepts….. I hope the book gets translated to english.

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | MindShift

Excerpt from the full article via To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | MindShift. Why haven’t education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Because disaffection with the education system reflects a much deeper societal malaise, it’s imperative … Continue reading

How life may have first emerged on Earth: Foldable proteins in a high-salt environment

Professor Michael Blaber and his team produced data supporting the idea that 10 amino acids believed to exist on Earth around 4 billion years ago were capable of forming foldable proteins in a high-salt (halophile) environment. Such proteins would have been capable of providing metabolic activity for the first living organisms to emerge on the … Continue reading

The Most Fascinating Human Evolution Discoveries of 2012 | Observations, Scientific American Blog Network

The Most Fascinating Human Evolution Discoveries of 2012 By Kate Wong | December 19, 2012 | Comments4 ShareShare ShareEmail PrintPrint Australopithecus sediba skull PALEO DIET: Analyses of tartar on the teeth of Australopithecus sediba show that this early human species ate bark and other unexpected foods. Image: Kate Wong Recent years have brought considerable riches … Continue reading

Scott Summit: Beautiful artificial limbs | Video on TED.com

Only 3 years between Aimee’s Mulleins call to creative thinking about prosthetics as helping build super humans. and this design of prosthetic…. The designer has become a curator of human experiences…… What a wonderful example of how quickly a new media transform itself into an emerging media…..And of the switch from pathologic thinking of difference … Continue reading

RSA Animate – The Divided Brain – YouTube

RSA Animate – The Divided Brain – YouTube.  

Peak planet: Are we starting to consume less? – environment – 20 June 2012 – New Scientist

Some say humanity’s ever-rising environmental impact is about to go into reverse. Fact or just fantasy? HUMANITY is doomed. Or it was in 1798, when English scholar Robert Malthus published his influential An Essay on the Principle of Population. Malthus predicted that unchecked growth in human numbers would condemn our species to a “perpetual struggle … Continue reading

Son’s DNA found inside mother’s brain – health – 27 September 2012 – New Scientist

Mothers always have their children in the back of their minds – now it seems that this is quite literally true. Fetal DNA can enter a mother’s brain and remain there for decades, according to autopsies of female brains. During a pregnancy, cells from mother and fetus can cross the placenta and survive for decades … Continue reading

Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government | Video on TED.com

The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub — so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all … Continue reading