Communicative Tinkering: Brains, Phones and Publishers

Biological systems continually tinker. The human brain is especially good at tinkering—at finding new uses for biological and technological developments. The Human Brain A brain is a central concept in animal biology because even single cell animals must process survival information about thermal, chemical, and/or light variations. More complex animals developed brains that could recognize…

The Biological Roots Of Morality

Last month’s column focused on recent research related to the neurobiological underpinnings of belief and faith (our ability to make assumptions and act confidently when we can’t accurately predict the outcome of a looming challenge). Much of this research has focused on the brain systems that process spiritual and religious beliefs (our presumed personal relationship…

Why We Believe What We Believe

Being able to get beyond the here and now is a central human property, but space/time challenges are often problematic. We know what’s occurring here, but we’re not sure about there; and although we know about the past and present, the future is an enigma. Enter belief and faith, cognitive properties that allow us to…

A Stimulating Emerging Research Agenda For Graduate Students In Education

Masters and doctoral programs in Education typically culminate in a research project that’s basically an apprenticeship in how to carry out and interpret educational research. Most graduate students worry through the process of identifying and executing their project. What’s strange (and foolish) is that after all that effort, many never again engage in the kind…

Valentine’s Day And Memory

Our culture celebrates friendship on momentous occasions. Families and friends gather to celebrate births, birthdays, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, retirements, and deaths. Hit a milestone, get a party. Valentine’s Day is a slightly different kind of commemoration in that everyone expresses affection to close and/or romantic friends on the same day, even though the friendships typically…