21 NOV 2017 by ideonexus

 Anecdote of Shamans Responding to Star Trek

DI for documenting his journey to shamanism in the 1994 book Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of African Shaman. He writes about the proverbial dive into the rabbit hole as he was studying with the elders of his community and balancing his newfound wisdom with his Western education. Some paints a picture of a different path to knowledge that contradicts the norms of Western conventions. According to him. the Dagara have no word for the supernatural. "For us, ...
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22 AUG 2016 by ideonexus

 The Whole Child Mantra

Recently, I have been struck by the research concerning mindfulness. Just allowing our children time at the beginning of the day to meditate seems to do wonders in focusing them for the day. Even something as simple as repeating a phrase seems to alter our brainwaves and wire us for success. So I posit, after all we know, both through research and our own experiences, that we check ourselves every day and ask, Did I support the whole child today? Let it be our mantra—healthy, safe, engaged...
Folksonomies: mindfulness whole child
Folksonomies: mindfulness whole child
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07 NOV 2014 by ideonexus

 Expanding the Scope of School Subjects

We should not retreat to a curriculum advisory committee and ask, “Now where should we fit this topic into the already overloaded curriculum?” Although we cannot discard all the fragmented subjects in our present school system and start from scratch, we can and should ask all teachers to stretch their subjects to meet the needs and interests of the whole child. Working within the present subject-centered curriculum, we can ask math and science teachers as well as English and social studie...
Folksonomies: education whole child
Folksonomies: education whole child
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12 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 The Magical Number Seven

What about the magical number seven? What about the seven wonders of the world, the seven seas, the seven deadly sins, the seven daughters of Atlas in the Pleiades, the seven ages of man, the seven levels of hell, the seven primary colors, the seven notes of the musical scale, and the seven days of the week? What about the seven-point rating scale, the seven categories for absolute judgment, the seven objects in the span of attention, and the seven digits in the span of immediate memory? For ...
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Occurs in many cultural artifacts, but there is not obvious profundity to the number.

09 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 The Wonders of Science

The steam-engine in its manifold applications, the crime-decreasing gas-lamp, the lightning conductor, the electric telegraph, the law of storms and rules for the mariner's guidance in them, the power of rendering surgical operations painless, the measures for preserving public health, and for preventing or mitigating epidemics,—such are among the more important practical results of pure scientific research, with which mankind have been blessed and States enriched.
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A survey of them and how the improve the quality of life in the 1850s.

23 MAR 2012 by ideonexus

 Untouched Forests as Temples

Among the scenes which are deeply impressed on my mind, none exceed in sublimity the primeval forests undefaced by the hand of man; whether those of Brazil, where the powers of Life are predominant, or those of Tierra del Fuego, where Death and Decay prevail. Both are temples filled with the varied productions of the God of Nature: no one can stand in these solitudes unmoved, and not feel that there is more in man than the mere breath of his body.
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Darwin remarks on the wonders filling untouched forests he explored in his voyages.

16 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 The Creator Put the Sun in the Center of the Universe

Copernicus, who rightly did condemn This eldest systeme, form'd a wiser scheme; In which he leaves the Sun at Rest, and rolls The Orb Terrestial on its proper Poles; Which makes the Night and Day by this Career, And by its slow and crooked Course the Year. The famous Dane, who oft the Modern guides, To Earth and Sun their Provinces divides: The Earth's Rotation makes the Night and Day, The Sun revolving through th'Eccliptic Way Effects the various seasons of the Year, Which in their Turn for...
Folksonomies: astronomy theology
Folksonomies: astronomy theology
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Because this makes more sense according to Richard Blackmore... Little did he know the Sun would soon be ousted as the center.

02 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 Herschel Sees Spirituality in Science

To the natural philosopher there is no natural object unimportant or trifling … A mind that has once imbibed a taste for scientific enquiry has within itself an inexhaustible source of pure and exciting contemplations. One would think that Shakespeare had such a mind in view when he describes a contemplative man finding Tongues in trees — books in the running brooks Sermons in stones — and good in everything Where the uninformed and unenquiring eye perceives neither novelty nor beau...
Folksonomies: philosophy naturalism
Folksonomies: philosophy naturalism
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Everything in nature is interesting and significant.

01 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 Mysteries are Served by Science

Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars - mere globs of gas atoms. I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination - stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch one - million - year - old light. A vast pattern - of which I am a part... What is the pattern, or the meaning, or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth tha...
Folksonomies: wonder poetry mysteries
Folksonomies: wonder poetry mysteries
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A poet who cannot write about the wonders of science because they understand how it works is a poor bard.

01 JAN 2012 by ideonexus

 The Wonders of the Universe

There is a place with four suns in the sky – red, white, blue, and yellow; two of them are so close together that they touch, and star-stuff flows between them. I know of a world with a million moons. I know of a sun the size of the Earth – and made of diamond. There are atomic nuclei a mile across that rotate thirty times a second. There are tiny grains between the stars, with the size and atomic composition of bacteria. There are stars leaving the Milky Way. There are immense gas c...
Folksonomies: astronomy universe wonders
Folksonomies: astronomy universe wonders
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Carl Sagan describes some of the amazing things science and astronomy have discovered in our universe.