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Jul 28, 15

Taking an interdisciplinary approach to exploring motor function

  • This is a ground-breaking philosophical exploration of consciousness and the self as they occur across the states of waking, falling asleep, dreaming, lucid dreaming, deep dreamless sleep, out-of-body experiences and dying
Jul 14, 15

Errors in textbooks and what really happened to Phineas Gage H/T @ResearchDigest

  • Perhaps no other classical philosophical tradition, East or West,  offers a more complex and counter-intuitive account of mind and  mental phenomena than Buddhism.
Jul 12, 15

"Metaphors Are Us," by Robert Sapolsky. Illos by @hendrixart

  • how to design, adapt, and begin to implement new general education designs that are equity-minded and that engender a shared responsibility for the quality of student learning among all disciplines, across all campus sectors, and from cornerstone to capstone.
  • creating engagement with colleagues and pooling our knowledge,
  • the knowledge and skills that they need to succeed in the workplace, life, and community,

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  • A scientist with too broad of an area of scientific expertise or too many distinct scientific interests may drown in the ocean of newly generated knowledge. Keeping up with the scientific literature and actively conducting experiments in multiple scientific disciplines may  take up so much effort that it leaves little time and resources to dig deeply and unearth high-impact knowledge in any one area.
  • we also need to recognize that the nature of knowledge and disciplines is changing
  • Because of the dizzying growth of knowledge and technologies available to the modern scholar, most contemporary scientific research is conducted by individuals who are members of teams, in which each team member has years or even decades of training to achieve the required level of mastery

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  • Transdisciplinarity connotes a research strategy that crosses many disciplinary boundaries to create a holistic approach.
  • Transdisciplinarity is also used to signify a unity of knowledge beyond disciplines.
  • In the CIRET approach, transdisciplinarity is radically distinct from interdisciplinarity. Interdisciplinarity, like pluridisciplinarity, concerns the transfer of methods from one discipline to another, allowing research to spill over disciplinary boundaries, but staying within the framework of disciplinary research.


    As the prefix "trans" indicates, transdisciplinarity concerns that which is at once between the disciplines, across the different disciplines, and beyond each individual discipline. Its goal is the understanding of the present world, of which one of the imperatives is the overarching unity of knowledge.

  • In Mode 2 multidisciplinary teams are brought together for short periods of time to work on specific problems in the real world for knowledge production.

  • It is useful to define "discipline," although the present discussion is more concerned with a particular phenomenon that might be called discipline, than the nuance of definition of the word.

  • A discipline is focused study in one academic field or profession. A discipline incorporates expertise, people, projects, communities, challenges, studies, inquiry, and research areas that are strongly associated with a given discipline.
  • The University of Paris in 1231 consisted of four faculties: Theology, Medicine, Canon Law and Arts.
  • Foucault asserts that academic disciplines originate from the same social movements and mechanisms of control that established the modern prison and penal system in 18th century France, and that this fact reveals essential aspects they continue to have in common

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Jun 25, 15

Neuroscience: The hard science of oxytocin -

Jun 01, 15

The Grand Budapest Hotel becomes the Grand Overlook Hotel in Wes Anderson’s The Shining:

  • At least 20,000 people have died prematurely from this mysterious disease in Central America in the last two decades, according to one estimate, but the real scope of the problem is unknown. The illness is not related to diabetes or hypertension -- drivers of kidney disease in the United States -- and affects primarily young men.

  • The study showed that fieldworkers, particularly those in who worked as cane cutters, seed cutters or irrigators had lower kidney function at the end of harvest season than other workers. The study points to heat exhaustion and dehydration from fieldwork as possible causes for the epidemic.

  • Symptoms include fatigue, panting, lack of appetite, nausea, and anemia.
  • Geographic “hot spots” of CKDu have emerged in a number of countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, India, and Sri Lanka,
  • CKDu cases in Sri Lanka are concentrated in the North Central and North Western provinces and are also appearing in the Uva, Eastern, and Northern Provinces.

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