Brain and Behavior Institute, 2005
Session 3
Starting Wherever We Are ... The Brain

Recapitulation and prospectus

Diversity, as a positive benefit
  • More observations, more stories

Science as exploration, not "Truth"

Story-telling, imagine and reflect, start where are, get "less wrong" and enjoy it

Take everything I say in this light

Simple things interacting in simple way can have sophisticated outcomes

Brain as an explorer?

(passive or active?)

Education as an exploration?

(passive or active?)

Moving on ... to the nervous system

The Brain - is wider than the Sky -
For - put them side by side -
The one the other will contain
With ease - and You - beside-

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

Implications if Emily was right?

One example (of many) of one kind of reason (of many) to suspect she was ...

What story do you hear/see in Emily Dickinson's poem? Do you think the brain is wide enough to contain the sky ... "and You beside"? What would this imply? In general? About education? Write your thoughts in the institute forum area.

Thinking about how the brain (nervous system) works (if Dickinson right)

Is the real brain (nervous system) actually that way?

Yep ...

Key points What most interests you about what we've talked about so far? In what ways might it be relevant in your classroom? What would you like to learn more about yourself using the internet? Write some thoughts/questions in the institute forum area.