Re: College professors.
Yes, college professors are very interested in our research. Whenever possible, our goal is share that research with students in our classes. However, getting students to think beyond what is simply required for class and to share in our excitement can be very challenging. I'm sure that's a generalization, but then again so is your classification of professors.
You also state that professors are intent on indoctrinating students in our class. There are probably faculty whose classes feel like indoctrination at times when you are provided with a lot of new information - it can be overwhelming. However, you also state that what you really want is for them to provide you with the information so you can form your own opinions. Here's a simple question - how do you know the information you are provided is accurate and/or complete without working on your own to verify it? That's a classic line - give me information and I'll give you my opinion. Makes me realize why our elections turn out the way they do.
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You can say 'no' to things, and you should. Do it like this.
- Give yourself permission to say "no" to things. Saying yes to everything is a fast way to burn out.
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Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.
- Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
- Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
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- Research suggests that most human brains take about 25 years to develop, though these rates can vary among men and women, and among individuals.
- Although the human brain matures in size during adolescence, important developments within the prefrontal cortex and other regions still take pace well into one's 20s.
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