New voices - Kelly Christopherson

Miguel challenged us to find new voices. Over the next week and a half, I will profile eight bloggers that I've found informative and intriguing. Most represent a leadership perspective. Most are relatively unknown. All are thinking in deep and interesting ways and thus deserve to be brought closer to the surface of the blogosphere.


Today's new voice: Kelly Christopherson, Educational Discourse

Kelly is a principal in Eston, Saskatchewan. Some of you may know him from the little discussion he and I had a while back about Marc Prensky. Here are a few posts to get you started:

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    Personal Growth

    The life choices that had led me to be sitting in a booth underneath a banner that read “Ask a Philosopher" – at the entrance to the New York City subway at 57th and 8th – were perhaps random but inevitable.

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    For thousands of years, humans slept in two shifts. Should we do it again?

    Researchers believe that the practice of sleeping through the whole night didn’t really take hold until just a few hundred years ago.

    The Bed by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
    Surprising Science

    She was wide awake and it was nearly two in the morning. When asked if everything was alright, she said, “Yes.” Asked why she couldn’t get to sleep she said, “I don’t know.” Neuroscientist Russell Foster of Oxford might suggest she was exhibiting “a throwback to the bi-modal sleep pattern." Research suggests we used to sleep in two segments with a period of wakefulness in-between.

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    'Self is not entirely lost in dementia,' argues new review

    The assumption "that without memory, there can be no self" is wrong, say researchers.

    Photo credit: Darren Hauck / Getty Images
    Mind & Brain

    In the past when scholars have reflected on the psychological impact of dementia they have frequently referred to the loss of the "self" in dramatic and devastating terms, using language such as the "unbecoming of the self" or the "disintegration" of the self. In a new review released as a preprint at PsyArXiv, an international team of psychologists led by Muireann Irish at the University of Sydney challenge this bleak picture which they attribute to the common, but mistaken, assumption "that without memory, there can be no self" (as encapsulated by the line from Hume: "Memory alone… 'tis to be considered… as the source of personal identity").

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