Daniel Goleman Introduces Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman Introduces Emotional Intelligence

The author explains his theories of emotional intelligence.
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Heidi Hammel rose to the challenge of a difficult college course.

Topic: Becoming an Astronomer
Heidi Hammel: My entry into astronomy was purely by chance.  I never set out to be an astronomer, or even a scientist, but when I was in college I had an elective course to take, and astronomy was one of the electives, and it looked like fun.  So I said, “Okay, I’ll take that course.”  And I remember when I walked into the class, there were only three other people in the room.  Two of them were male graduate students, and one of them was a senior, and me, a sophomore girl.  And I remember going in to the professor and saying, “I don’t think that I belong in this class.”  He said, “No, no.  This is for you.  I want this class to be for sophomores, you know.  Stay in the class.”  And a few weeks went by, and I was really struggling in college, and it was clear to me I had to drop a course.  And I was either going to drop my astronomy course or drop my history course.  I went in to the professor and I said, “I really.  I think I need to drop your class because I need to drop one class, and I don’t have any data yet for my project”, and blah blah blah.”  He said, “Look.  Let’s go out to our observatory tonight.”  We had a little observatory. “And see if you can get some data, and if you do, then you could write your project.  It’ll be fine.”  And he said, in retrospect, thank goodness it was clear that night because I did get my data, and I stayed in the astronomy course and dropped my history course, and, you know, there was no going back from there.  I discovered that what I like to do is use equipment and the bigger the better.  I love to be looking into space and being the first person to see something.  It’s like being an explorer, but not having to leave the surface of the earth or travel across an ocean.  And yet you know some of the things that you see, you’re the only person in the world who’s ever seen that.  It’s a really exciting feeling to be an explorer and to be able to bring that information back and share with people.  I just love that thrill, that excitement, to be right on the edge of something.
 

Topic: Becoming an Astronomer
Heidi Hammel: My entry into astronomy was purely by chance.  I never set out to be an astronomer, or even a scientist, but when I was in college I had an elective course to take, and astronomy was one of the electives, and it looked like fun.  So I said, “Okay, I’ll take that course.”  And I remember when I walked into the class, there were only three other people in the room.  Two of them were male graduate students, and one of them was a senior, and me, a sophomore girl.  And I remember going in to the professor and saying, “I don’t think that I belong in this class.”  He said, “No, no.  This is for you.  I want this class to be for sophomores, you know.  Stay in the class.”  And a few weeks went by, and I was really struggling in college, and it was clear to me I had to drop a course.  And I was either going to drop my astronomy course or drop my history course.  I went in to the professor and I said, “I really.  I think I need to drop your class because I need to drop one class, and I don’t have any data yet for my project”, and blah blah blah.”  He said, “Look.  Let’s go out to our observatory tonight.”  We had a little observatory. “And see if you can get some data, and if you do, then you could write your project.  It’ll be fine.”  And he said, in retrospect, thank goodness it was clear that night because I did get my data, and I stayed in the astronomy course and dropped my history course, and, you know, there was no going back from there.  I discovered that what I like to do is use equipment and the bigger the better.  I love to be looking into space and being the first person to see something.  It’s like being an explorer, but not having to leave the surface of the earth or travel across an ocean.  And yet you know some of the things that you see, you’re the only person in the world who’s ever seen that.  It’s a really exciting feeling to be an explorer and to be able to bring that information back and share with people.  I just love that thrill, that excitement, to be right on the edge of something.

Special Education Teacher’s Video Goes Viral for All the Right Reasons

Special Education Teacher’s Video Goes Viral for All the Right Reasons

Florida special education teacher Chris Ulmer started Special Books by Special Kids, a Facebook page to help people better understand special needs students.

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To teach nonverbal students with autism, it’s important to have them begin learning sign language as young as possible. Discover how to teach nonverbal students with autism from a special needs teacher in this free video on autism.

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Bio: Krista Blessing graduated Magna Cum Laude from Eastern University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
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RSA ANIMATE: Changing Education Paradigms

RSA ANIMATE: Changing Education Paradigms

This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.

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How Childhood Trauma Can Make You a Sick Adult

How Childhood Trauma Can Make You a Sick Adult

Big Think and the Mental Health Channel are proud to launch Big Thinkers on Mental Health, a new series dedicated to open discussion of anxiety, depression, and the many other psychological disorders that affect millions worldwide.

The Adverse Childhood Study found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5000% more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders or become IV drug users. Dr. Vincent Felitti, the study’s founder, details this remarkable and powerful connection.

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Transcript – What we found in the ACE study involving seventeen and a half thousand middle-class adults was that life experiences in childhood that are lost in time and then further protected by shame and by secrecy and by social taboos against inquiry into certain realms of human experience—that those life experiences play out powerfully and proportionately a half century later, in terms of emotional state, in terms of biomedical disease, in terms of life expectancy. In 1985, I first became interested in developmental life experiences in early childhood really by accident. In the major obesity program we were running, a young woman came into the program. She was twenty-eight years old, and weighed 408 pounds, and asked us if we could help her with her problem. And in fifty-one weeks, we took her from 408 to 132. And we thought, well my god, we’ve got this problem licked. This is going to be a world-famous department here! She maintained her weight at 132 for several weeks, and then in one three-week period regained 37 pounds in three weeks, which I had not previously conceived as being physiologically possible. That was triggered by being sexually propositioned at work by a much older man, as she described him. And in short order, she was back over 400 pounds faster than she had lost the weight. I remember asking her why the extreme response. After initially claiming not to have any understanding of why the extreme response, ultimately she told me of a lengthy incest history with her grandfather, from age 10 to age 21. Ultimately it turned out that fifty-five percent of the people in our obesity program acknowledged a history of childhood sexual abuse. I mean, that obviously is not the only issue going on, but it was where we began. And as we went down that trail, then we discovered other forms of abuse, also growing up in massively dysfunctional households, et cetera. The ACE study was really designed to see whether these things existed at all in the general population, and if so, how did they play out over time? Read Full Transcript Here: (http://goo.gl/F7vNgV).
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Famous pundits virtually never make falsifiable forecasts.

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Transcript – We know virtually nothing about the forecasting track records of famous pundits because famous pundits virtually never make falsifiable forecasts. They say something might happen or could happen or may very well happen, but when I say something could happen that doesn’t mean a lot. I mean it could be that it could happen that we’re all going to be vaporized by an asteroid in the next 24 hours, or it could be that the sun will rise tomorrow. It could subsume an enormous range of possible probabilities. So if I say something could happen and it does happen, I can say to my readers well, you know, I told you it could. And if I say something could happen and it doesn’t happen, I can come back to my readers and say, I just said it could. One of the interesting things about superforecasters is how opportunistic they are. Superforecasters think quite strategically about when it makes sense to invest effort in thinking. So if you wanted to predict the outcome of the presidential election in early October 2015, 2016 presidential election, how would you go about it if you were a superforecaster? A superforecaster wouldn’t look carefully at the presidential debates, look into the eyes of the candidates and see which one looks more presidential. At some point in the process a superforecaster might do that, but a superforecaster would tend to start with more the outside view and gradually work in rather than start at the inside and work out. So they would ask very general questions initially like let’s look at elections, all presidential elections since World War II, how likely is a democrat or a republican to win? Or they might say after one party has held the presidency for two terms, how likely is there to be a transition? Or they might say if economic growth is less than two percent three quarters before the presidential election, does that bode ill for the party that controls the presidency?

So they would start off with these more general estimates, these more outside view estimates and then they would gradually adjust in response to estimates about popularity polls of candidates, which are notoriously volatile at this stage of the process. But they would take them into account but they would discount them considerably because they are so volatile and then they would adjust incrementally. So the best forecasters I think, over the course of 2015, have somewhat lowered their probability estimate of Hillary Clinton being the next president of the United States. I think they started off significantly above 50 percent and there’s been some significant hemorrhaging of those estimates, but nothing all that dramatic. I mean the interesting thing about superforecasters is they’re very patience and they make granular belief updates. So they don’t suddenly say oh my God the latest email scandal or is Biden going to come into the race or this or that, there are these little clues and it’s not that they ignore them but they tend to respond very incrementally to them. So it may be the probability of Hillary Clinton becoming the next president of the United States moves from the 45 percent to 43 percent in response to an Inspector General Report in the State Department, that sort of thing. The best forecasters tend not to make it on to television. They’re not very attracted to the TV producers because they’re much more likely to say on the one hand, on the other hand.
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How to Unboil an Egg – Eleanor Nelsen

How to Unboil an Egg – Eleanor Nelsen

How to unboil an egg - Eleanor Nelsen

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It’s so obvious that it’s practically proverbial: you can’t unboil an egg. But actually, it turns out that you can — sort of. Eleanor Nelsen explains the process by which mechanical energy can undo what thermal energy has done.

Lesson by Eleanor Nelsen, animation by Provincia Studio.
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