Guest blogger - Mike Parent
Justin Medved and Dennis Harter have done fabulous jobs this week as my guest
. I appreciate their willingness to contribute to this community! My next guest will be Mike Parent. I asked Mike for a short
blurb about himself. Here's what he sent me:
I'm married to a wonderfully supportive woman and I am the father of two boys
(our third son is due February 28), all of whom give my life purpose and
Professionally, I'm an Assistant Principal and Supervisor for Music, World
Languages, and Special Education in a Bergen County, NJ high school. Primarily I
deal with discipline issues ranging from the mundane to the unbelievable,
however I also engross myself into curriculum issues and technology teaching to
keep my sanity. I truly enjoy my work; the students, my administrative
teammates, and my faculty are very supportive and a pleasure to share time
I suppose anyone who has worked with me will call me a dreamer (sometimes in
the most derogatory sense of the word); I believe a radical and risky overhaul
of "the system" must occur if we want to keep public schooling relevant and
alive. In the most base terms, I dream of (and work toward) an equitable,
technology laden, intellectually rigorous, student-supportive, grade-free,
ranking-free, community-collaborative, team-based, and child-loving school
system. Call me crazy. I call me "Sisyphus."
Very cool! Mike will be blogging next week (a little close to that due date, Mike?!) and I am lining up some other
guests on the calendar. If you're interested in being a
guest blogger, let me know!
Research in plant neurobiology shows that plants have senses, intelligence and emotions.
- The field of plant neurobiology studies the complex behavior of plants.
- Plants were found to have 15-20 senses, including many like humans.
- Some argue that plants may have awareness and intelligence, while detractors persist.
E-cigarettes may be safer than traditional cigarettes, but they come with their own risks.
- A new study used an MRI machine to examine how vaping e-cigarettes affects users' cardiovascular systems immediately after inhalation.
- The results showed that vaping causes impaired circulation, stiffer arteries and less oxygen in their blood.
- The new study adds to a growing body of research showing that e-cigarettes – while likely safer than traditional cigarettes – are far from harmless.
Since the idea of locality is dead, space itself may not be an aloof vacuum: Something welds things together, even at great distances.
- Realists believe that there is an exactly understandable way the world is — one that describes processes independent of our intervention. Anti-realists, however, believe realism is too ambitious — too hard. They believe we pragmatically describe our interactions with nature — not truths that are independent of us.
- In nature, properties of Particle B may be depend on what we choose to measure or manipulate with Particle A, even at great distances.
- In quantum mechanics, there is no explanation for this. "It just comes out that way," says Smolin. Realists struggle with this because it would imply certain things can travel faster than light, which still seems improbable.