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Marshell McLuhan

I feel that we're standing on the threshold of a liberating and exhilarating world in which the human tribe can become truly one family and man's consciousness can be freed from the shackles of mechanical culture and enabled to roam the cosmos. I have a deep and...

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How to Teach Civil Debate

How to Teach Civil Debate Every community confronts divisive times.  A healthy community has figured out how to have disagreements without being disagreeable. So, a key skill is teaching how to have a civil debate. The civicsrenewalnetwork.org offers a range of...

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Public Speaking Help

Conservative Approach to Public Speaking A post caught my eye The New Bible for Public Speaking. It's from townhall.com, a very conservative media outlet.  And while the author mentions Trump in this piece, it is still important. The take-aways from this post are:...

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Quarantine Fatigue

Quarantine Fatigue Instead of an all-or-nothing approach to risk prevention, Americans need a manual on how to have a life in a pandemic. In the earliest years of the HIV epidemic, confusion and fear reigned. AIDS was still known as the “gay plague.” To the extent...

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There is no Racism

Source, https://townhall.com/tipsheet/reaganmccarthy/2020/05/08/georgia-murder-arrest-n2568454 I feel so sorry for the family of this young man, apparently a very nice young man at that, but please, can we have a moratorium on calling every single death of anyone of...

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A Stable Political System can be achieved using Fractal Thinking

This lesson suggests that Fractal Thinking is a new answer to the age-old question: How can we improve our “political” systems?” This lesson suggests that A Stable Political System can be achieved using Fractal Thinking. Fractal Thinking says that individuals can create a stable system “spontaneously” without a Government or Church Central Authority. Updated Feb. 2024

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Network Neuroscience

The new discipline of network neuroscience yields a picture of how mental activity arises from carefully orchestrated interactions among different brain areas. Networks pervade our lives. Every day we use intricate networks of roads, railways, maritime routes and...

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Giving Feedback

Providing Feedback is a fundamental force in Communication. This lesson suggests three things to do before giving feedback: assess the quality of your relationship, diagnose the situation and clarify your motives, make sure there is clear agreement about goals, roles, and expectations. Updated Sept. 2023

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Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig http://www.lessig.org Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school’s Center for Internet...

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Telecommunications Law

Telecommunications Law deals with several themes, which specifically include: The Role of Laws and Regulations in a Community and How to ensure the laws are optimal How Laws affect the integration and convergence of the different telecommunications technologies The...

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Critical Thinking

Being Critical, Not Thinking Critically Too often in practice, people equate critical thinking with merely being skeptical of whatever they hear. Or they will interpret it to mean that, when confronted with someone who says something that they disagree with,...

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Neuro Linguistic Programing

Neuro Linguistic ProgrammingSkeptics ViewI think the more you want to become more and more creative you have to not only elicit other peoples' (plural) strategies and replicate them yourself, but also modify others' strategies and have a strategy that creates new...

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Neural Networks

A Basic Introduction To Neural Networks http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~bolo/shipyard/neural/local.html What Is A Neural Network? The simplest definition of a neural network, more properly referred to as an 'artificial' neural network (ANN), is provided by the inventor of...

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How We Think

[ted id=2265]Great Videos of how we think. Specifically the comments about how we can take very little information and create huge conclusions. Here is a Transcript of one of them. 00:12 Imagine that you invented a device that can record my memories, my dreams, my...

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Obstacles to Learning

Obstacles to Learning Noise as a Fundamental Obstacle to Learning Let me go on record and acknowledge that I truly understand that while getting good enough information for learning is fairly easy, getting the “BEST” information for learning is not so easy. The reason...

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4 Simple Media Literacy Rules

4 Simple Media Literacy Rules I just heard the news: "The top 20 fake stories received more “shares, reactions, and comments” than the 20 top real news stories in the final months of the presidential campaign." It seems fake news is more appealing and, apparently,...

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Media Literacy Challenges

Media Literacy Challenges Did media literacy backfire? Anxious about the widespread consumption and spread of propaganda and fake news during this year’s election cycle, many progressives are calling for an increased commitment to media literacy programs. Others are...

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Noam Chomsky Interview

Noam Chomsky discusses the evolution of language and lays out the biolinguistic perspective — the idea that a human being’s language represents a state of some component of the mind. The important contribution Chomsky is making here is about “Biolinguistics.” Because there is a genetic “biological” foundation to communication, understanding how our biology influences our language development and use will help us better master communication.

The reason I post it here is for the community to find stuff in this Noam Chomsky Interview that we can use to add to our overall community learning. Updated Feb. 2024.

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Communicating Ideas

Communicating Ideas At some point in our lives, we all have to communicate an idea or concept to someone or some audience.  Sometimes the idea is simple and the communication is simple.  Sometimes the idea is complex and that raises the difficulty of communicating...

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Communication Economics

Communication Economics and Development aims to determine a methodology for integrating communication variables into economic development models. The first five chapters of the book cover the theoretical issues and their conceptualization as the basis for deriving a...

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Neurotheology

Iran J Neurol. 2014; 13(1): 52–55. PMCID: PMC3968360 PMID: 24800050 Neurotheology: The relationship between brain and religion Alireza Sayadmansourcorresponding author Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer This article has been...

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How to Encourage Responsible and Meaningful Engagement in Public Discourse

I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of -CLARENCE D ARROW To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know. That is true knowledge. -HENRY DAVID THOREAU We have met the enemy and he is us. -WALT KELLY'S "PoGo"...

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My Definition of Fake News

On Sunday Dec. 4, 2016, Edgar Welch, 28, fired a real gun inside a real Washington, D.C., pizzeria filled with real people. When The New York Times asked Welch what he thought when he realized there were no child slaves inside the restaurant, as one fake news story...

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