Sail's Pedagogy

Sail's posts about her class, classes she is taking, and education.

Breast Cancer FUNdraiser Flash Mob

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The Lost 1984 Video: young Steve Jobs introduces the Macintosh

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What is up with Noises? (The Science and Mathematics of Sound, Frequency and Pitch)

I play music though most of my childhood. But it was not until college in taking a Music History course that I had perfect pitch. Then later in life, I learned about synesthesia. I though seeing music was common, and everyone saw it that way. I had never been told any differently.

Music is easily the widest-reaching, most universal emotional facilitator.,,,it shapes so many of life’s everyday experiences (Music, Emotion and The Brain)

Music along with speech help us evolved “we seem to mimic the sounds of events among solid objects. Solid-object events are comprised of hits, slides and rings, producing periodic vibrations. Every time we speak, we find the same three fundamental auditory constituents in speech: plosives (hitsounds like t, d and p), fricatives (slide-sounds like f, v and sh), and sonorants (ring-sounds like a, u, w, r and y)……music is actually based on natural sounds and sound patterns dating back to the beginning of time”

World Science Festival 2009: Notes & Neurons, Part 1 of 5 from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

Music can also help us to develop in filtering out noise, which gets harder as we age. “By demonstrating that speech-in-noise perception and related cognitive function are enhanced in older musicians, our results imply that musical training may reduce the impact of age-related auditory decline.”

Synaesthesia – crossovers in the senses

Your Brain on Music (books on music)

Active Music Therapy in Parkinson’s Disease: An Integrative Method for Motor and Emotional Rehabilitation

How Music Works

Notes and Neurons

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Skateboards in India

Really nice film…

India : Oxelo Skateboards from on Vimeo.

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Marco Tempest: The magic of truth and lies (and iPods)

Great storytelling on truth and lies…..

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Dopamine Jackpot!

According to Robert Sapolsky, the difference between humans and monkeys: “There’s no monkey out there willing to lever press because St Peter is down the line”

But primatologist Robert Sapolsky disagrees. He argues that what makes humans special is ….. anticipation. In this video, Dr Sapolsky discusses the relationship between anticipation and dopamine (and how our big brains can maintain high anticipation levels for literally decades) and how those qualities make humans special. His conclusion? “There’s no monkey out there willing to lever press because St Peter is down the line.” (from Guardian)

Longer version at:

Other talks TED


On Depression:

On Stress:

Stress, Neurodegeneration and Individual Differences’ by Robert Sapolsky

In a related discussion Chimpanzees Clear Some Doubt After Generosity Is

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F2F in the NewMediaClassroom

Fellow Mindmap colearner.. ..

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V for Virtualization

Virtualization is the hottest new technotrend, with everything from commerce and supply chain management to storage and processing power migrating into the cloud and into virtual realities.


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Grat Discussion on MOOCs and some of the ones that are coming up soon. Note page.

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Above And Beyond

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