Barb Oakley - The Science of Learning

Barb Oakley - The Science of Learning

Brain/Mind research reveals so much about how the gray matter works that can only be found since fMRI and other techniques have become available that explains much of what goes on in neurological processes. One researcher adding to the body of knowledge is Barbara Oakley, author of A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You F....

A recent radio interview on Inquiring Minds Podcast45 Barb Oakley - The Science of Learning, discusses autism, among other neurological topics. 

One factoid I learned was that learning is a learned behavior. Anyone can benefit by learning the techniques that enhance learning ability, including the techniques are stress management, meditation, spurts of concentration with periods of mental rest. These improve ones ability to learn complex concepts. She gives the example of setting a timer for 25 minutes and concentrating on studying, practicing, rehearsing, followed by a rest period. The mind seems to soak in the information on which one is focused. 

OK! my project for today is to learn all I can about free will and seek a decision about it upon which I can stand with confidence and competence. I will be puttering in my garden all morning, a perfect place to manage stress, meditate, concentrate, and rest.  

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Comment by tom sarbeck on August 8, 2014 at 10:57pm

Joan, I warn people against entrusting their gardens to my brown thumbs.

As to free will, nuns and priests told me so many times that I have it that I believed them.

A college philosophy prof went on about it and determinism for so long that I tuned out.

Years later while doing politics I decided that "Who goes to prison?" is all that matters.

Comment by Andrew Bradford Hoke on August 7, 2014 at 10:13pm

I definitely think that one should make their minds shift focus. I have found that when I engage in excessive exercise, I'm a mess without meditation. Between those two, there are periods of less mindful execution - routine tasks.

Contrast enhances perception.


Comment by Joan Denoo on August 7, 2014 at 1:36am

Tom, yes, I had my foot on the "there is no free will" for a long time. I continue to read there is and there isn't because my foundation is weak in that matter. I did a little more reading on it today, and yes, I am definitely on the side of the fence that free will is a construct created by Abrahamic faiths to allow their various deities to get off the hook when bad things happen to hard working, honest, reliable, dependable, intelligent people. Life doesn't create hardships because of bad choices. Life is hard because life is hard. Free will has nothing to do with it. It is 11:30 PM and so I stand. 

Thanks for the nudge. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 6, 2014 at 8:33pm

Joan, it's now Aug. 6th and 6:30 pm is recent history. Have you reached a decision on free will, upon which you can stand with confidence and competence?



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