Robert Sylwester

One Hundred Columns

I’m not sure why we tend to pay more attention to 100 of something than to 99 or 101, but we do. This is my 100th Brain Connection column, going back to the first issue, posted right after The Millennium… Continue Reading →

Selecting a President and Vice President

Our brain’s organization biases it towards preferences and decisions that enhance our survival and the quality of our life. These biases are evident during the current presidential campaign, and five underlying brain properties seem especially significant. A Social Species Humans… Continue Reading →

Movement: The Spark of Life

The principal reason that animals have a brain and plants don’t is because we can move of our own volition. Plants can’t, and so they don’t even need to know where they are. What’s the point of knowing that other… Continue Reading →

Happy 25th Birthday Multiple Intelligences

I was recently looking for something in my bookshelves, and came across my battered copy of Howard Gardner’s Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. A thought popped up in my mind, so I turned to the copyright date,… Continue Reading →

Our Elusive Sense of Humor

Eat a live toad in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to either of you for the rest of the day. Almost everyone considers a sense of humor to be a prized human characteristic, but ask someone to define… Continue Reading →

How Children Learn A Language: Part 2 – Knowing What to Say and How To Say It

We’re born capable of speaking any language in the world, but we’re not born proficient in any of them. Last month’s column focused on how children master the complex task of learning how to speak. It’s one thing to know… Continue Reading →

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