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The Science of Empathy: Mirror Neurons

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“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” -Herman Melville Connection.

 

“empathy,” the simple innate ability to “know what it’s like,” to actually understand. But what is it really? How does it work, and where does it come from?

 

The biological basis for empathy lies, like all emotions, in the brain. It might be more appropriate to substitute “synaptic” in lieu of “sympathetic” in Melville’s aforementioned quote, as empathy goes all the way down to the molecular level, generated by special brain cells nicknamed mirror neurons. These neurons were originally referred to as “monkey see, monkey do” neurons after their discovery by a team of researchers at the University of Parma, Italy.

 

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How to Deal with Unfairness and Change the Things You Can | Tiny Buddha

How to Deal with Unfairness and Change the Things You Can | Tiny Buddha | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it
We experience a strong biological response to perceived unfairness, but we can challenge it so that we empower ourselves instead of dwelling in anxiety.

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Tiny, Earth-Like Planet Discovered : Discovery News

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The rocky planet is the "missing link" in the search for worlds beyond our own.


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Harvey on copyright

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Judge David Harvey has blogged a keynote speech he gave to the Australian Digital Alliance Forum on copyright law in the modern era. It’s a fascinating essay on the history of copyright, the changes over time, the balancing of rights etc.


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Oceans Of The Moon (2013)

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European Commission Call for Visionary Papers on the Future of Open Education

Open Educational Resources (OER) and Practices (OEP) have recently become hot topics, not only for educational researchers, but also for policy makers in Europe and abroad. There is a general agreement that openness has the potential to widen access to education and to improve, amongst others, cost-efficiency and quality of teaching and learning. In its recent Communication on Rethinking Education, the European Commission announced a new initiative on “Opening-up Education” to be launched mid-2013.


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Have The Russians Already Quietly Withdrawn All Their Cash From Cyprus?

Have The Russians Already Quietly Withdrawn All Their Cash From Cyprus? | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it

Yesterday, we first reported on something very disturbing (at least to Cyprus' citizens): despite the closed banks (which will mostly reopen tomorrow, while the two biggest soon to be liquidated banks Laiki and BoC will be shuttered until Thursday) and the capital controls, the local financial system has been leaking cash. Lots and lots of cash.


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Uplifting music can boost mental capacity | ZeitNews

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The findings, which are published in this month’s Experimental Psychology, show that the uplifting first movement, in particular, is capable of enhancing attention and memory.

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Thank you for confirming my love of music!

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Darwin’s Creepiest Experiment Brought Back to Life

Darwin’s Creepiest Experiment Brought Back to Life | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it

Showing these twisted images to his friends in the name of "science" was apparently Darwin's idea of a good time. What emotion do you think this guy's expressing? Umm...how about OMGMYFAYCE!!!

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African savannah loses two-thirds of its lions in 50 years

African savannah loses two-thirds of its lions in 50 years | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it
The savannah habitat that sustains African lions has shrunk by 75 per cent over the past half-century, according to a study published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, a dramatic loss that could threaten the species' survival.

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The Beauty of Urban Planning from Space

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Escaping from the regular debate that surrounds urban planning — veering away from the economics, the societal balances, the environmental sensitivities — and looking directly into the eye of the urban space from above, it becomes clear that the...

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The President Of Iceland Tells Us How He Had The Balls To Stand Up To Britain

The President Of Iceland Tells Us How He Had The Balls To Stand Up To Britain | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it

The tiny country is unique not only in its stunning geography but also in its open democracy. This democracy was pivotal in the choice to let three giant banks fail during the financial crisis.

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Frontiers: a re-evaluation | openDemocracy

Frontiers: a re-evaluation | openDemocracy | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it
Important argument by Tom Narin re: globalisation on @OurKingdomUK Not less frontiers but what we mean by them http://t.co/0zLAzIGLIL

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Immigration reform, deportation, and DACA among top immigration stories to watch in 2013.

Immigration reform, deportation, and  DACA among top immigration stories to watch in 2013. | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it
Continuing to live in interesting times - what's ahead on the immigration front in 2013 after a year full of developments in politics, demographics and enforcement.

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Carlos Batara's curator insight, January 4, 2013 7:44 PM

2013 will likely bring many changes to immigration law, some good and some bad for immigants.  Just being in the news, however, is important.  It solidifies that immigration reform and related issues are not going away until this country accepts it multi-cultural heritage.  Immigration reform, accepting those from different backgrounds, will happen, sooner or later.  

 

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The Science of Empathy: Mirror Neurons

The Science of Empathy: Mirror Neurons | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” -Herman Melville Connection.

 

“empathy,” the simple innate ability to “know what it’s like,” to actually understand. But what is it really? How does it work, and where does it come from?

 

The biological basis for empathy lies, like all emotions, in the brain. It might be more appropriate to substitute “synaptic” in lieu of “sympathetic” in Melville’s aforementioned quote, as empathy goes all the way down to the molecular level, generated by special brain cells nicknamed mirror neurons. These neurons were originally referred to as “monkey see, monkey do” neurons after their discovery by a team of researchers at the University of Parma, Italy.

 

by Matthew Garrett


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Mobile telephony without base stations

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The new generation of mobile phone technology makes it possible to communicate directly from one telephone to another without having to rely on base stations. A Swedish researcher presents a program that runs on telephones and can deliver messages even when the infrastructure for telecommunication has been knocked out.


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Coughlan, T. and Perryman, L.-A. - Beyond the ivory tower: a model for nurturing informal learning and development communities through open educational practices

Coughlan, T. and Perryman, L.-A. - Beyond the ivory tower: a model for nurturing informal learning and development communities through open educational practices | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it

Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) are making an evergrowing impact on the field of adult learning, offering free high-quality education to increasing numbers of people. However, the top-down distribution of weighty university courses that typifies current provision is not necessarily suitable for contexts such as Continued Professional Development (CPD). This article proposes that a change of focus from a supplier-driven to a needs-led approach, grounded in theories of informal learning, could increase the positive impact of OER and OEP beyond the ivory towers of higher education.


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Massive Open Online Courses, aka MOOCs, Transform Higher Education and Science: Scientific American

Massive Open Online Courses, aka MOOCs, Transform Higher Education and Science: Scientific American | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it
Science, engineering and technology courses have been in the vanguard of the massive open online course movement. These classes also are providing fodder for scientific research on learning

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The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have - Edudemic

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have - Edudemic | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it
In order to implement modern technology in your classroom, you better know about the important skills modern teachers must have in order to succeed.

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7 Life Changing Lessons You Can Learn from Mark Twain

7 Life Changing Lessons You Can Learn from Mark Twain | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it

in 1871, Mark Twain was born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, U.S. He was a writer, and lecturer. He was called the “greatest American humorist of his age.” He wrote the now classic novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

 

He wrote some great stuff that is still read by millions today. He also had some great quotes that continue to live on because of the wisdom in them. Mark Twain was a funny, witty, and wise guy. I hope the below quotes will astonish, enlighten, and amuse you.


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Early to bed and early to rise won't make you wealthy and wise, research shows as night owls are linked to high income earners

Early to bed and early to rise won't make you wealthy and wise, research shows as night owls are linked to high income earners | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Madrid found that night owls, whose body clock lead them to stay up late and prefer a lie-in, display more of the types of intelligence linked to prestigious jobs and bigger paypackets.
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Vets save NYC dog who swallowed 111 pennies

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NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City dog has undergone emergency surgery to remove more than 100 pennies from his stomach.


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In pictures: Celebrating world's ecology - BBC News

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BBC NewsIn pictures: Celebrating world's ecologyBBC NewsIn pictures: Celebrating world's ecology.

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Illegal wildlife trade 'threatening national security', says WWF - The Guardian

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BBC NewsIllegal wildlife trade 'threatening national security', says WWFThe GuardianProfits from the wildlife trade appear to fund terrorist cells in unstable African countries, and the industry is closely linked to the drugs and arms trades, says...

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Social Media Transparency [Infographic]

Social Media Transparency [Infographic] | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it

Interesting infographic inasmuch as it focuses on the need for trust as a part of your social media strategy, i.e., transparency.  Here's the author's point:

 

Mass adoption of social tools and technology have created an information democracy. Stakeholders are beginning to expect open access to relevant content and the ability to participate in dialogue that will help them satisfy their information needs. All this for the purpose of building trust in a product, service or organization.

 

Trust is the foundation of all relationships and relationships are what fuel business growth and long term success. Transparency across digital channels is a great way for organizations to start connecting with their audiences and slowly building trust.


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Jenna Diaz-Gonzalez's curator insight, July 8, 1:21 AM

A helpful info graphic to remind us that transparency is important in selling products, ideas, a personality. Consumers of all types see added value in open practices.

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South Korea network attack 'a virus'

South Korea network attack 'a virus' | Eye of the beholder | Scoop.it
Disruption to the computer networks of broadcasters and banks in South Korea appears to have been caused by a virus, an official tells the BBC.

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