18 JAN 2014 by ideonexus

 Vulcan Scientific Fields

FIELDS OF STUDY Vunailar t'Orenaya In nearly all cases, it is easy to determine the Golic Vulcan name for a discipline or field of study in most of the scientific, technical and medical disciplines. In contemporary usage, all of these terms are formed from a descriptive root with "-tal" (meaning "study" or "-ology") suffixed. Here is a selection of examples: Acoustics -- Ralash-tal ("sound-study") Aerology -- Sov-tal ("air-study") Aerodynamics -- Sov-dvun-tal ("air-motion-study") Aeronautic...
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The translations aren't as interesting as the long list of fields of study in science.

11 MAY 2013 by ideonexus

 How Many Vowels in the English Language?

No, the answer is not: “Five: a, e, i, o u.” Granted, in traditional English spelling those are the vowel letters, yes, but I’m talking about our spoken language: How many significant vowel sounds are there? Well, if you consult any popular American English dictionary, and study the Pronunciation Key, there will be a long list of vowels. In the Pronunciation Key to the American Heritage Dictionary, 19 different vowel symbols are listed (not counting the ones only used in foreign words)!...
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Not five, but considered phonetically there are 19.

27 APR 2013 by ideonexus

 Handling Self Doubt

I think the more you know, the more you realize just how much you don't know. So paradoxically, the deeper down the rabbit hole you go, the more you might tend to fixate on the growing collection of unlearned peripheral concepts that you become conscious of along the way. That can manifest itself as feelings of fraudulence when people are calling you a "guru" or "expert" while you're internally overwhelmed by the ever-expanding volumes of things you're learning that you don't know. However, ...
Folksonomies: learning cognitive bias
Folksonomies: learning cognitive bias
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When dealing with self-doubt about one's abilities, remember that what you don't know is a treasure map that less-skilled people don't have.

13 APR 2013 by ideonexus

 Encouraging Insight

When we encourage the evolution of insight, we attack the root cause of opposition. The more we develop our cognitive capacity to manage greater complexity, the more we prevail over the compulsion to oversimplify our problems. Schwartz put it this way: "The findings suggest that at a moment of insight, a complex set of new connections is being created. These connections have the potential to enhance our mentat resources and overcome the brains resistance to change." Sounds simple. Just in...
Folksonomies: insight
Folksonomies: insight
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Insight requires a relaxed environment free of critical oppression.

06 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Reasons the Dinosaurs Went Extinct

Why Become Extinct? Authors with varying competence have suggested that dinosaurs disappeared because the climate deteriorated (became suddenly or slowly too hot or cold or dry or wet), or that the diet did (with too much food or not enough of such substances as fern oil; from poisons in water or plants or ingested minerals; by bankruptcy of calcium or other necessary elements). Other writers have put the blame on disease, parasites, wars, anatomical or metabolic disorders (slipped vertebral ...
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A long list of crazy hypotheses.