Category Archives: Sensitive and Critical Periods of Development

Mastery is More Than a Matter of Time

… the difference between experts and less skilled subjects is not merely a matter of the amount and complexity of the accumulated knowledge; it also reflects qualitative differences in the organization of knowledge and its representation (Chi, Glaser & Rees, … Continue reading

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How Much Does an Entrepreneur Make in the US?

noun, plural entrepreneurs [ahn-truh-pruh-nurz, -noo rz; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr] 1. a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk. 2. an employer of productive labor; contractor. __ http://www.dictionary.com/browse/entrepreneur Note that entrepreneurs assume the … Continue reading

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How Do Brains that Evolved for Hunting and Scavenging Learn Advanced Science and Maths?

The human brain was initially used for basic survival tasks, such as staying safe and hunting and gathering. Yet, 200,000 years later, the same human brain is able to learn abstract concepts, like momentum, energy and gravity, which have only … Continue reading

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How Long Before We Can Print a Human Brain in 3-D?

The human brain is an intricately complex organ — perhaps the most complex single structure in the universe. Today, human brains simply “make themselves” in the course of human development. But what if we could print exact working “replicas” of … Continue reading

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The 21st Century Will Belong to Those Who Do the Work

Finding skilled workers who are willing to do the work is becoming a challenge in the 21st century. Outside of the homeschooled, it is becoming more and more difficult to find disciplined and conscientious learners and workers. Everyone wants to … Continue reading

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How Teenaged Brains Turn the Corner

You know how things suddenly “click” into place when comprehension hits? The eureka! moment is a moment of brain synchrony that comes with a touch of pleasure and a transient sense of well-being. But not all brains arrive at the … Continue reading

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A Dumbed World By Design

According to this New Yorker review, the world is filling up with dumb people. The New Yorker author doesn’t come out and admit such a thing — that would not be politically correct. But read between the lines and you … Continue reading

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Should Psychedelic Drugs Be Given to Children?

At the Al Fin Institute for the Dangerous Child, we are famous for our use of induced precocity in the shaping of strong, independent, competent, broadly skilled, self-directing and self-supporting young people. We are liberal practitioners of the “rite of … Continue reading

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Are You the Master of Your Own Domain?

Probably not. Consider: 90% of the cells in your body are non-human. The 23,000 human genes in your body are outnumbered by millions of microbial genes, doing who knows what. The variety of microbe species that lives on and inside … Continue reading

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Getting Started Early: Sensitive Periods of Childhood Development

The human brain undergoes periods of massive growth, followed by periods of pruning and selection between neuronal groups — beginning during embryonic development and continuing through the first few years of life, and again around adolescence. The brain reaches its … Continue reading

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