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Innocent Pleasures

Lee Siegel, author of “Against the Machine” A recent study published by AVG, an Internet security company, found that 92 percent of American children have an online presence by the time they are 2. One third of mothers in the United … Continue reading

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Baa Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool?

“Yes sir, yes sir, Three bags full. One point five for my Master, One point one for my Dame, Four tenths for the little boy, who lives in the Lane.” Over the past few decades, evidence has quietly built up … Continue reading

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Chess Books for Kids

I am currently teaching a four year old how to play chess. These may help. Get Your Kids Playing Chess Quickly With These Great Training Books | GeekDad | Wired.com

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How to Raise a Smart Fledgling

Parenting at its best: Let your offspring have an extended childhood in a stable and loving home; lead by example; offer positive reinforcement; be patient and persistent; indulge even a near-adult offspring by occasionally popping a fresh cockroach into its … Continue reading

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Thinking Pink

From a review by Anne Murphy Paul of “Cinderella Ate My Daughter,” by Peggy Orenstein: until as late as age 7, children are convinced that external signs — clothing, hairstyle, favorite color, choice of toys — determine one’s sex. “It … Continue reading

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Hmmm. Occam’s Razor Seems to be Missing.

Andrew Revkin has a long, thoughtful, and thought-provoking post today, which begins This is your brain on words: Lots of words follow. Revkin is riffing on Edge.org, a site maintained by John Brockman to provide discussion of provocative questions. This year’s … Continue reading

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A Delicate Balance

It has been said that: When we look for mind, we find only matter. And: When we look for matter, we find only mind. In recent years, neuroscientists have noticed a remarkable pattern in the way neurons fire in brain … Continue reading

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We’re All Italian

Sometimes it’s almost impossible to talk without using your hands. These gestures seem to be important to how we think. They provide a visual clue to our thoughts and, a new theory suggests, may even change our thoughts by grounding … Continue reading

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The Root of Compassion

Yet another reason to respect the learning abilities of babies. Infants as young as 7 months have the ability to perceive and understand another person’s point of view, according to a new studyin the journal Science. Previously, it was thought that … Continue reading

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The Scientist in the Classroom

Kids are born scientists. That’s what they do, is figure things out. Since, as Einstein pointed out, “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education,” grown-ups must occasionally be reminded. It really isn’t that hard to learn to think … Continue reading

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