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"I am a master professor of English and Humanities, applying new technology, methods, pedagogy, and cognitive science to my student centered, active classrooms. My skill sets include advanced creative, nonfiction, and academic writing; Spanish reading and writing; technology, social media, and computer applications, and I apply these in communications, public relations, web applications, social media, technical/business writing, and teaching environments. Please feel free to explore my pages, and return soon as it is always under construction and remodeling."

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SF Writers Are Eternal--Ray Bradbury Transcending Space and Time

SF Writers Are Eternal--Ray Bradbury Transcending Space and Time | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
The recent death of Ray Bradbury (June 5, 2012) induced in me a fit of science fiction (SF) nostalgia, my trek toward literacy. I had been so occupied with everyday concerns, every day, for so long that I neglected my reading roots. My senior year at Middleton High School, Idaho, I fell into literature and reading through the open door of SF stories. Orwell's 1984 was my first love. Bradbury soon followed, reminding me in Dandelion Wine of the joy of new sneakers--what it is to test-pilot white Adidas (with three red, vertical stripes) in a full sprint across the front lawn at the age of nine. New Adidas plus summer equalled pure adrenaline.
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Start Up and Start Over States of Mind

Start Up and Start Over States of Mind | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
Press releases are rife with successful start ups nearly every day. They are success stories frequently, some bright star going public, being acquired for millions , and triumphing unexpectedly....
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Nature versus nurture: are entrepreneurs born or made? | Flying Solo

Nature versus nurture: are entrepreneurs born or made? | Flying Solo | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
The argument over nature versus nurture is a long-standing one in child-rearing discussion groups. But the same argument can be levelled amongst those who work for themselves. Are entrepreneurs born or made?
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Research shows that stimulation during sleep can enhance skill learning

Research shows that stimulation during sleep can enhance skill learning | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
Want to nail that tune that you've practiced and practiced? Maybe you should take a nap with the same melody playing during your sleep, new provocative Northwestern University research suggests.
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13 Websites That Offer Free eBooks for Teachers

13 Websites That Offer Free eBooks for Teachers | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
On average, using one free eBook instead of a printed copy can save your class around $450! Try perusing these 13 websites to find free teacher eBooks.

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Billy Corgan Writing Autobiography - Ultimate-Guitar.Com

Billy Corgan Writing Autobiography - Ultimate-Guitar.Com | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
Ultimate-Guitar.ComBilly Corgan Writing AutobiographyUltimate-Guitar.ComBilly Corgan is writing his autobiography has promised to give a truthful account of his life in The Smashing Pumpkins.Billy Corgan - Billy Corgan Writing AutobiographyContactmusic.comall...
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Terry Newell: Passion and Reason in Social Media

Terry Newell: Passion and Reason in Social Media | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
The framers of our Constitution, who of course could not have anticipated social media, were nonetheless worried about the tyranny of the majority that social media enables.
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The Cognitive Science of Science: Explanation, Discovery, and ...

Cognitive science combines insights from researchers in many fields: philosophers analyze historical cases, psychologists carry out behavioral experiments, neuro-scientists perform brain scans, and computer…...
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English researchers teach the iCub robot to form words

English researchers teach the iCub robot to form words | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
English researchers have used the iCub robot to carry out linguistic experiments as part of the iTalk project.
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The Science of Neighbourhoods: Yorkville and the Psychology of Luxury

The Science of Neighbourhoods: Yorkville and the Psychology of Luxury | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
How expensive stuff messes with your brain, and makes you broke as hell (RT @KATEKILGOUR: Don't let Yorkville play you for a fool, @emilyjeanwhalen - http://t.co/ZxqSJxfd via @michaellaniak + @TorontoStandard...
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The Compassionate Listening Project

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Welcome to the Compassionate Listening Project.

We are a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals and communities to transform conflict and create powerful cultures of peace. We accomplish our mission through:

• Trainings worldwide with our highly acclaimed curriculum;
• Skilled facilitation with families, communities, and in the workplace;
• Delegations and trainings in conflict and post-conflict zones;
• Advanced Training and Facilitator Certification;
• Publishing books and producing videos;
• Unique community building events;
• Tailored events for your needs.

 

“An enemy is one whose story we have not heard.” – Gene Knudsen Hoffman,

 


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Ignore Your Performance Goals, Increase Your Performance

Ignore Your Performance Goals, Increase Your Performance | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
Those day-by-day, week-by-week goalposts disappear once you reach them. Smart managers know to accomplish visions, not just tasks.
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Social Media and the Individual-Humans Design the Universe

Social Media and the Individual-Humans Design the Universe | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
Pardon me please for being overly personal and sentimental here, but have you ever been so moved by a thing that you cannot exorcise the demon until you've written about it? Alright, perhaps you find...

 

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Twitter Improves Writing--Top 5 | Darin's Blog

Twitter Improves Writing--Top 5 | Darin's Blog | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
Many in my English teaching profession bash Twitter, saying that tweeps mangle language, encourage poor writing, promote the trivial, etc. While these concerns are real, this isn't reality for all. Twitter is not writing's satan. If one is looking for rich development, in-depth analysis, synthesis of sources, and so forth, Twitter fails. However, working on the sentence level, where most need help, confining what might be said in 250 words to 140 can be positive. This is only effective if one avoids the cheats and short cuts of text messaging.

 

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Social media making human geniuses

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Although the question of whether the internet affects our brains did not originate with Nicholas Carr, his July 2008 article in The Atlantic Monthly titled "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" certainly brought the issue into the mainstream media. He contends that Internet use in general, not just Google, changes the brain. The statement is obvious, as all things we experience, especially those over an extended period of time, change or brains, neural pathways, and cognition. However, what agitated people was his assertion that extensive use of the web makes us think in a less complex, in-depth manner.

 

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Health Freedom Alliance » Why We Cry: The Fascinating Psychology of Emotional Release

Health Freedom Alliance » Why We Cry: The Fascinating Psychology of Emotional Release | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
RT @DrAthenaStaik: Why We Cry: The Fascinating Psychology of Emotional Release #Psychology #emotion http://t.co/z93LvajI RT @Mary_Burgess:...
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How This School District Turned its Students' Love of Mobile into Better Learning, Test Scores | ZDNet

How This School District Turned its Students' Love of Mobile into Better Learning, Test Scores | ZDNet | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
School’s out, but that doesn’t mean we can’t stop writing about mobile ed-tech, like the Katy School District in Houston, Texas and (Mobile Learning - How This School District Turned its Students' Love of Mobile into ...)...
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Study: Digital Summer Learning Boosts Achievement

Study: Digital Summer Learning Boosts Achievement | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it

Participation in a summer learning program that delivers instruction through multiple digital media platforms can lead to significant improvement in students' mathematics, numeracy, and phonics skills, a new report suggests.


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Words That Sing the Body Electric: The Writing Habits of Famous ... - Patch.com

Words That Sing the Body Electric: The Writing Habits of Famous ... - Patch.com | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
Words That Sing the Body Electric: The Writing Habits of Famous ...Patch.comWhat do you think is essential to the creative process? Looking to Bradbury and other literary giants to see how they wrote, why they wrote and what they may ...
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Criticism, Scorn and Honesty ~ Storyteller

Criticism, Scorn and Honesty ~ Storyteller | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
My point of this post is that humans are as varied as the grains of sands on a beach and we all like and appreciate different things. What one person finds ... It will bring tons of criticism and scorn from many people.
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Do Khan Academy Videos Promote “Meaningful Learning”?

Do Khan Academy Videos Promote “Meaningful Learning”? | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
If you ever wondered whether professional scientists are skeptical about some of the incredibly fun, attractive and brief online videos that purport to explain scientific principles in a few minutes, you’d be right.
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Open Resources for Blended Learning Initiatives | The 21st Century

Open Resources for Blended Learning Initiatives | The 21st Century | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
The Blended Learning Toolkit is a free, open repository of information, resources, models, and research related to blended learning. Funded by a Next Generation Learning Challenge Wave 1 grant, the...
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How has science fiction changed your view of the world? | Today's Question

How has science fiction changed your view of the world? | Today's Question | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
This week saw the death of author Ray Bradbury, considered one of the writers most responsible for helping bring science fiction into the American mainstream. Today's Question: How has science fiction changed your view of the world?
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Link Building Tips and Strategies | Learn To Build Great Links | Search Engine People | Toronto

Link Building Tips and Strategies | Learn To Build Great Links | Search Engine People | Toronto | Empathy, Evolution, and American Literature | Scoop.it
Learn the art of finding the links that will bring you traffic and credibility rather than just flowing juice...
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Evolutionary Theory--The Basics

We see evolution as based on the trial-and-error process of variation and natural selection of systems at all levels of complexity. The name of 'natural selection' comes from the Darwinian theory of biological evolution, which distinguishes "natural" selection from "artificial" selection, where specific features are retained or eliminated depending on a goal or intention (e.g. the objective of a cattle breeder who would like to have cows that produce more milk). The "implicit goal" of natural selection is maintenance or reproduction of a configuration at some level of abstraction. The selection is natural in the sense that there is no actor or purposive system making the selection. The selection we are discussing is purely automatic or spontaneous, without plan or design involved.
Evolution typically leads to greater complexity, although one must be careful how one defines complexity.

 

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