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Smarter Than Others | High Ability / Gifted Adults

Smarter Than Others | High Ability / Gifted Adults | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
What happens if you realize you are smarter and more capable than most people? Do you celebrate being exceptional, or try to hide?

 

One of the many inspiring quotes by Steve Jobs: "Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you, and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use."

 

But Jobs also recognized he was exceptional. “It was a very big moment that’s burned into my mind. When I realized that I was smarter than my parents..."


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I stumble across people like this who chose "to hide" often. They are often powerfully motivated, but they are also separate from others. It looks like survivor's guilt, mixed with something else. When I recognize them as a-gifted-in-hiding, I wonder how or if I should share that recognition. Sometimes, I think they want to be "outed" while other times, I'm not sure. There is always that mix of envy and jealousy I feel when I encounter one of them. You do want to ask "what are you doing here?" or "why aren't you out curing cancer?" or "You could have been famous?" But then it occurs to you that the point of hiding is its own answer to those questions. So, why bother asking if the answer is so obvious? 

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I stumble across people like this who chose "to hide" often. They are often powerfully motivated, but they are also separate from others. It looks like survivor's guilt, mixed with something else. When I recognize them as a-gifted-in-hiding, I wonder how or if I should share that recognition. Sometimes, I think they want to be "outed" while other times, I'm not sure. There is always that mix of envy and jealousy I feel when I encounter one of them. You do want to ask "what are you doing here?" or "why aren't you out curing cancer?" or "You could have been famous?" But then it occurs to you that the point of hiding is its own answer to those questions. So, why bother asking if the answer is so obvious? 

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The brain is wired in a 3D grid structure. Our brain pathways are organized like woven sheets and not as tangled as once thought

The brain is wired in a 3D grid structure. Our brain pathways are organized like woven sheets and not as tangled as once thought | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

"The brain appears to be wired in a rectangular 3D grid structure, suggests a new brain imaging study. (...) “Far from being just a tangle of wires, the brain’s connections turn out to be more like ribbon cables — folding 2D sheets of parallel neuronal fibers that cross paths at right angles, like the warp and weft of a fabric,” (...)

 

“The wiring of the mature brain appears to mirror three primal pathways established in embryonic development.” (...) “Before, we had just driving directions. Now, we have a map showing how all the highways and byways are interconnected,” said Wedeen. “Brain wiring is not like the wiring in your basement, where it just needs to connect the right endpoints. Rather, the grid is the language of the brain and wiring and re-wiring work by modifying it.”

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"By looking at how the pathways fit in the brain, we anticipated the connectivity to resemble that of a bowl of spaghetti, a very narrow and discreet object," (...) "We discovered that the pathways in the top of the brain are all organized like woven sheets with the fibers running in two directions in the sheets and in a third direction perpendicular to the sheets. These sheets all stack together so that the entire connectivity of the brain follows three precisely defined directions." (...)
"This is the first time it has ever been determined that the geometry of the brain is described by a three-dimensional grid," (...)

 

"The research took MRI scanners and new mathematical algorithms to determine a geometry to the relationship of nearby pathways in the brain so that each pathway was part of a two-dimensional sheet of pathways that together looked exactly like a woven sheet of fabric," Each pathway was part of a parallel series next to it crossed by a perpendicular series at a right angle, together which formed a woven grid.

 

The structure was part of a three-dimensional scaffold connections of the brain conformed to the extremely simple three-dimensional structure, a single woven grid with fibers in only three axes. By using diffusion MRI and mapping the three-dimension motion of the water molecules in the brain, the scientists ran the maps through mathematical algorithms that inferred from the water motion pattern the fiber architecture of the tissue of the brain." -- http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=123711&org=NSF&from=news


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The Bookshelf of Emily J.

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Emily J.

 

We hear people say this all of the time, and yet they often go on to express “feminist” ideas and could identify as a feminist. There are many reasons why people distance themselves from the feminist movement. I can’t possibly explain or guess them all. But I can explain the different types of feminism according to Rosemarie Tong’s book Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction (2009). There are many types of feminism, and we know that “all feminists do not think alike” (p. 1). However, labeling different schools of thought help us to “mark the range of different approaches, perspectives, and frameworks a variety of feminists have used to shape both their explanations for women’s oppression and their proposed solutions for its elimination” (p. 1).

 

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10 Things You Don't Know About - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

10 Things You Don't Know About

No. in series No. in season Title Original air date Secrets of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are explored. FDR's mother wants him to dump Eleanor FDR loves his wife's secretary Eleanor's unconventional girlfriends turn her into a political activist FDR avoids assassination thanks to a rickety bench Eleanor wants FDR to become a dictator Eleanor falls in love...

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I've just started watching this show. It's amazing!

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HowStuffWorks "The Body After Death"

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Dying is the natural end to life, but knowing that doesn't make the physical reality of death any easier. Find out what happens to the body as it's dying.
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interesting excerpt: "The pancreas is full of so many bacteria that it essentially digests itself [source: Macnair]. As these organisms work their way to other organs, the body becomes discolored, first turning green, then purple, then black. If you can't see the change, you'll smell it soon enough, because the bacteria create an awful-smelling gas. In addition to smelling up the room, that gas will cause the body to bloat, the eyes to bulge out of their sockets and the tongue to swell and protrude. (In rare instances, this gas has created enough pressure after a few weeks to cause decomposing pregnant women to expel the fetus in a process known as coffin birth.)"

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The Land Where the Blues Began

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In the late 1970s Alan Lomax traveled to Mississippi with filmmaker John Bishop and folklorist Worth Long and made this film about the African American music he found there.

 

The Land Where the Blues Began is one of five films made from footage that Alan Lomax shot between 1978 and 1985 for the PBS American Patchwork series (1991). A self-described "song-hunter," Alan Lomax traveled the Mississippi Delta in the 1930s and 40s, at first with his father John Lomax, later in the company sometimes of black folklorists like John W. Work III, armed with primitive recording equipment and a keen love of the Delta's music heritage. Crisscrossing the towns and hamlets, jook joints and dance halls, prisons and churches, Lomax recorded such greats as Leadbelly, Fred McDowell, and Muddy Waters, all of whom made their debut recordings with him.

 

In the late 1970s Lomax returned with filmmaker John Bishop and black folklorist Worth Long to make the film The Land Where the Blues Began. Shot on video tape, the film is narrated by Lomax and includes remarkable performances and stories by Johnny Brooks, Walter Brown, Bill Gordon, James Hall, William S. Hart, Beatrice and Clyde Maxwell, Jack Owens, Wilbert Puckett, J. T. Tucker, Reverend Caesar Smith, Bud Spires, Belton Sutherland, and Othar Turner The Association for Cultural Equity’s Alan Lomax Archive channel on YouTube additionally streams outtakes from this film: other strong performances by Walter Brown, Sam Chatmon, Clyde Maxwell, Jack Owens, Joe Savage, Bud Spires, Napoleon Strickland, and Othar Turner. Turner is also in Gravel Springs Fife and Drum on Folkstreams.

Alan Lomax's book by the same title won the 1993 National Book Critics Award for nonfiction.

No one has come close to Alan Lomax in illuminating the intersecting musical roots of an extraordinary range of cultures, including our own.
--- Nat Hentoff

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Creativity and inspiration can come from exploring this regional and class specific creation of music.

 

 

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Download 70 Screenplays Legally and Free

Download 70 Screenplays Legally and Free | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
A list of downloads for around 70 screenplays.
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Inside the Dark, Lucrative World of Consumer Debt Collection

Inside the Dark, Lucrative World of Consumer Debt Collection | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
In the murky world of unpaid bills, a banker and an ex-con can make a fortune — if they don’t run into too many crooks.
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Tips on Performing Research for a Historical Novel

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A well-written historical novel will have many hours of research behind it. How to conduct such research and points to consider when creating a story within a historical context.

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50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do

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Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life.  To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades.  Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only one.

While not totally comprehensive, here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do.

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Artificial Wombs Are Coming, but the Controversy Is Already Here

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Ectogenesis is a social and political minefield.
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Substance Abuse in South African Schools | eHow

Substance Abuse in South African Schools | eHow | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
South African students are vulnerable to drug and alcohol abuse according to country reports. The use of drugs and alcohol is on the rise by students in all grade levels. Prevention efforts include in-school talks and lessons, increased research and programs developed to treat affected populations. The data suggests mixed results. While progress...
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excerpt: "The Mental Health & Substance Abuse Medical Research Council reports that younger South African citizens prefer speed, LSD and Ecstasy. Solvent use and dagga/Mandrax (white pipe) use among this population is higher than it is for the adult population. The use of alcohol among South African school students increases with age."

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_6521986_substance-abuse-south-african-schools.html

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What's the Most Important Element of a Good Story?

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What makes a story great? The storytellers behind House of Cards, This American Life, The Moth, and more reflect on the creative process.

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Walking the Line Between Good and Evil: The Common Thread of Heroes and Villains | Andrea Kuszewski

Walking the Line Between Good and Evil: The Common Thread of Heroes and Villains | Andrea Kuszewski | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it

A few years ago, I wrote an article titled, “Addicted to Being Good? The Psychopathology of Heroism“, in which I first discussed the potential genetic link between Sociopaths and Heroes, or X-Altruists. In theory, their genetic make-up is very similar—same basic group of extreme traits in each personality—with a few important exceptions, one being expressed empathy. This notion was hinted at in 1995 by Behavior Geneticist David Thoreson Lykken [1] in his book, The Antisocial Personalities, when he said, “the hero and the psychopath may be twigs on the same genetic branch.” It is very possible that two members of the same family—even brothers in a shared home environment—could end up as seemingly polar opposites; one doing extreme good: the X-Altruist, the other doing extreme bad: the Sociopath.

 

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Geodesy – The Math of Planet Earth - Royal Institution of Australia

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We all agree that we aren’t at risk of sailing off the edge of the earth because it’s not flat. But if it’s not flat, what is it – Round? Elliptical? Spherical? And how do we measure it?
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excerpt: "Geodetics, or Geodesy is a branch of applied mathematics that deals with modelling and representing the area and shape of the earth. Don’t let the thought of applied mathematics put you off though because geodesy is the foundation for many things that we use in our everyday life, most importantly GPS which provides us with almost all location data that we access today. If we didn’t understand the size and shape of the earth, there would be no location services on mobile phones, no sat nav in cars and no Google Maps."

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Why Is 'Colonel' Spelled That Way?

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English spelling is bizarre.
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HowStuffWorks "The Process of Dying"

HowStuffWorks "The Process of Dying" | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Dying is the natural end to life, but knowing that doesn't make the physical reality of death any easier. Find out what happens to the body as it's dying.
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excerpt: "There are some outward signs that these systems are slowing down. The person will begin sleeping more to conserve the little energy that's left. When that energy is gone, the individual may lose the desire to eat and then to drink. Swallowing becomes difficult and the mouth gets very dry, so forcing the person to eat or drink could cause choking. The dying person loses bladder and bowel control, but accidents will occur less frequently as those gastrointestinal functions shut down as well and he or she consumes less."

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As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate'

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The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.
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What will you do when your doctorate is done?

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In a recent post on her blog "100 days to the doctorate and beyond" Dr Evelyn Tsitas reflects on her post PhD experience. Like many part time doctoral candidates, Evelyn was working full time throu...
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Key Sentence Skeletons

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Is there a recipe for the 10 key sentences? This post is about an easy way to work out what to write the 10 key sentences that define a grant application. There are two reasons I think it's worth w...
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Top 10 Most Intelligent Animals

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Many animals are smarter than we give them credit for. Here are 10 animals that can use tools, solve complex problems, and more.
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Robin Williams and Why Funny People Kill Themselves

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You ever have that funny friend, the class-clown type, who one day just stopped being funny around you? Did it make you think they were depressed? Bec...
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"Farley partied for four straight days, smoked crack and snorted heroin with a call girl, then took her back to his apartment. When they argued about money, she got up to leave. He tried to follow but collapsed on the living room floor, struggling to breathe. His final words were 'Don't leave me.' She took pictures of him, stole his watch, wrote a note saying she'd had a lot of fun, and left. He died alone."
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4 Reasons Why People Love Living In Cities And How We're Working On Ruining Them

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Sometimes, the shiniest, newest city elements aren't the same ones that make us want to live there.
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How To Write A Job Acceptance Letter

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A job acceptance letter is a formal way to show your consent for a job offer. However, it must not be done in a casual way. Related: How To Decline A Job Offer It involves a thorough review of the salary and benefits offered by the employer.
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Presentation Zen: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

Presentation Zen: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10...

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After 50 years of film making Billy Wilder shares his top 10 storytelling tips.

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.

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Titles like the one for this article, 40 maps that explain the Middle East, are becoming increasingly common for internet articles.  They helps us feel that we can explain all of the world's complexities and make sense of highly dynamic situations.  While we can all agree that maps are great analytical tools that can be very persuasive, sometimes we can pretend that they are the end all, be all for any situation.  Maps can also be used to show how something that we thought was simple can be much complex and nuanced than we had previously imagined, as demonstrated by this article, 15 Maps that Don't Explain the Middle East at All.  Both perspectives have their place (and both articles are quite insightful). Not connected to the Middle East, but East Asia, this article entitled Lies, Damned Lies and Maps continues the discussion of maps, truth and perception.  

 

Tags: MiddleEast, conflict, political, borders, colonialism, devolution,historical, mapping

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Titles like the one for this article, 40 maps that explain the Middle East, are becoming increasingly common for internet articles.  They helps us feel that we can explain all of the world's complexities and make sense of highly dynamic situations.  While we can all agree that maps are great analytical tools that can be very persuasive, sometimes we can pretend that they are the end all, be all for any situation.  Maps can also be used to show how something that we thought was simple can be much complex and nuanced than we had previously imagined, as demonstrated by this article, 15 Maps that Don't Explain the Middle East at All.  Both perspectives have their place (and both articles are quite insightful). Not connected to the Middle East, but East Asia, this article entitled Lies, Damned Lies and Maps continues the discussion of maps, truth and perception. 

 

Tags: MiddleEast, conflict, political, borders, colonialism, devolution, historical, mapping.

Linda Denty's curator insight, August 5, 6:42 PM

As Seth Dixson says, maps only tell a part of a story, but this may assist as part of an overall understanding of the history of the area.

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Some of the histories in maps is helpful in realising the complexities of the issues.

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Chasing Delicious | Kitchen 101: Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs

Chasing Delicious | Kitchen 101: Fruits, Vegetables & Herbs | Writing, Research, Applied Thinking and Applied Theory: Solutions with Interesting Implications, Problem Solving, Teaching and Research driven solutions | Scoop.it
Homegrown, homemade, from-scratch delicious. Get your favorite recipes, gardening tips, and life hacks here at Chasing Delicious.
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