Scientific American Article: The Secret Language Code

Psychologist James Pennebaker reveals the hidden meaning of pronouns by running computer analysis on many thousands of emails and historical documents. Neat.

His book, "The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us" comes out on Aug 23 (2011), and there is a Kindle version, too.

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What is Lojban: Description & Links

From the introductory book, "What is Lojban?":

Lojban (/LOZH-bahn/) is a constructed language. Originally called ‘Loglan’ by project founder Dr. James Cooke Brown, who started the language development in 1955, the goals for the language were first described in the article Loglan in Scientific American, June 1960. Made well-known by that article and by occasional references in science fiction and computer publications, Loglan/Lojban has been built over four decades by dozens of workers and hundreds of supporters, led since 1987 by The Logical Language Group.


Marcin Jakubowski's "Civilization Starter Kit" #Maker #MyNewHero

Holy cow wow! This is an awesome materialization of new wealth, health and happiness for the entire world, especially regions that are poor or struggling. And anyone can help! Watch the TED video below (4:11 long) to get the scoop.

TED Talk: Khan Academy's New Data Reveals Game-Changing Reality

This TED talk by Salman Khan (below) gives enough background for those who are unfamiliar with the YouTube education sensation of Khan Academy, yet it also reveals exciting new data from the new exercises part of the Khan Academy web site. The data is revealing that we may have some core misunderstandings about classifying kids and their learning ability. It is also showing wonderful results from experimental "flipping the classroom" math classes for 5th and 7th graders in the Los Altos school district.

Witness the birth of a prime component of a new educational system.

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More free college: Open Yale Courses

From the Yale web site:

"Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn."

Course areas include astronomy, biology, chemistry, economics, English, history, music, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology and religious studies.

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Yale Courses YouTube Channel

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Climbing the learning curve: The Breakthrough Count

I think everyone loves breakthroughs. Call them "Aha's!", or "I get it!" moments, or whatever you like, these are events that the brain loves.

Breakthrough moments are a critical part of the learning curve for new skills, like learning a new language, learning a new sport, or maybe learning a skill like computer programming or sailing.