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06

Dec

Celebration for Larry at Mid-Pen

jessicaphoto by Jessica Jensen

29

Aug

The Traveling ExploraBerries October 2016 Tour of Earth

The Kuriosity Lab Presents

The Traveling InterGalactic ExploraBerry Rhythm & Light Show & Celebration!

Once Upon a Time, Sometime in the Future, Beings from The Planet Dodeca Traveled Across the Galaxy to Visit Earthlings to Share– in an Experiential Way, What Everyone Practices on Their Peaceful and Joyous Planet.

  • Young Ones Discover Clues to Their Unique Selves.
  • Ways to exercise your curiosity. Yes, curiosity needs to exercise!
  • Why a 10-foot-diameter ball may be too small.
  • “Experience and Modify” Replaces “Trial and Error.”

Demonstrations for Schools and the General Public:

Sunday, October 2nd in Santa Rosa, CA

Monday, October 3rd in Point Arena, CA

Tuesday, October 4th in Mendocino

Wednesday, October 5th in Fort Bragg

Friday, October 7th in Ukiah

Monday October 4th in Medford, Oregon

Saturday, October 29th in Santa Rosa, CA

nobili kids holding up ball

“They have sure-fire practical plan to allow your child to develop his or her talents and be all they can be in today’s challenging world.” Gary Cohn, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and Professor of Journalism University of Southern California

“Teachers really need this (Kuriosity Lab’s) material” – Thomas Armstrong, Author of 16 books on Multiple Intelligences

With apologies, we cannot under any circumstances, take anyone home to our planet.

For More Information: mark@kuriositylab.org

The Kuriosity Lab ( kuriositylab.org ) is a 501c3 nonprofit.

06

Aug

Preparing for the Adventure

It’s getting close. In a seven weeks we will be headed to Earth (Northwest Coast of the United States) with Learning I and Learning II. We’re gonna have a ball!two big balls two learnings

18

Oct

How Do You Learn Best?

Ready for a simple question that everyone should know like what your favorite color or food is. But of the 500+ people of all ages I have asked:  no one does.

And it can be the difference between failing a class or getting an excellent grade.  Not knowing can have another negative consequence by being labeled “ADD” or  “ADHD.”

Are you a whole-to-parts learner or parts-to-whole?

07

Oct

An Experiment with a Smile

After a cup of coffee, I started walking to the library to work. With music blasting through my earphones, a smile moved onto my face. A rather dour looking woman was approaching, and as she neared, her face transformed into a responding smile. She thought I was smiling at her. Inadvertent or not, it felt good to have another human smile at me.  Same thing happened again; this time with a young man with headphones on. His smile signaled a recognition. I believed we both thought we were on a similar channel. Fun!

I was curious. What would happen if I had intent with my smile? My hypothesis was: if I smiled directly at people who were passing by me, they would smile back. But how often would I be accurate?  The results on this day: one after another, 10 people in a row, smiled back at me.  I was particularly pleased when a very serious looking dad, who was wheeling his small child in a stroller directly at me, actually looked at me and nodded in recognition. It was almost as good as a smile! So, in my small sample, I received a 90% smile response and one nod of recognition.

When I arrived at the library, I began to look at the bigger picture. I realized all this smiling behavior was normal. There was nothing special that I or the strangers were doing. After all we humans are equipped with so many special features. We are programmed to be social creatures. Our “mirror” neurons are a big reason. Mirror neurons allow us to “read” what other people feel.  We can actually feel how someone else feels and experience the same. Whether we watch a friend eating ice cream or seeing a child fall, mirror neurons can place us in another’s shoes.

This ability is at the core of empathy.  I was only experimenting with the conscious use of this feature. And the beautiful part of this experience/experiment was that I got to feel good twice: once for having a smile and again when I was smiled at.

I  was also involved in human’s prime mission when in social situations: predicting and affecting behavior. According to world-renown neuroscientist, Dr. Cornelia Bargmann, the number one motive for all social behavior is predicting and affecting behavior. She proved this even with worms having 300 neuron brains. 

But I had only been successful in a peaceful, suburban neighborhood. There were greater challenges ahead.  My next group: men in tight fitting uniforms on bicycles.

23

Feb

Getting OLD? What Kind?

Sometimes when you are young, you want to be older. Most people I know get old before they get old. On the other hand, I have seen 80 year olds who were younger–way younger–than some 16 year olds. So, it seems that there are at least two kinds of “old.” One, where you have enough experience that you can take things in stride. That kind of attitude requires adjustment–like surfing on a board. The other kind of “old” is an attitude where everything needs to fit into a world of that person’s own making and when it doesn’t… Watchout! It’s an attitude of attitrude.

How Fast Are You Growing OLD!? Or Young?
(C) 2014 by Mark Gordon

How often do you:
A. Every day or near it.
B. Two/three times a week.
C. Once a week.
D. Couple times a month.
E. Once a month.
F. Rarely if ever

1. Learn something new (outside your expertise).
2. Explore.
3. Experiment.
4. Listen to/make music.
5. Be grateful.
6. Use imagination.
7. Sing/Dance/Play.
8. Be curious.
9. Keep your word–especially to yourself (double points).
10. Smile at someone you don’t know.

How many of each did you have?
A’s? ___ X 20 =
B’s? ___ X 10 =
C’s? ___ X 5 =
D’s? ___ X 3 =
E”s? ___ X 1 =
F’s? ___ X 0 =
TOTAL ……………… __________

If you scored:
120+ You have the secret sauce!
90+ You have nearly stopped aging!
60+ C’mon, your close!
30+ You’re “D” grading!
0+ There’s always the hope for reincarnation!

23

Feb

Fascinating Math Pattern

Can you see a pattern?
How about another?
142857 X 1 = 142857
142857 X 2 = 285714
142857 X 3 = 428571
142857 X 4 = 571428
142857 X 5 = 714285

What would predict about multiplying 142857 X 6?
What about 7?
Anything else you notice?

18

Feb

A Sweet Path to Math

Do you remember when you dreaded walking into your next class? It may have felt a little like placing yourself into jail—you knew the time in that room was going to be very slow and painful. For too many, math was that class.

It no longer has to be that way. We challenged the premise that most kids will dislike, even hate math. We wanted to make math fun. Our hypothesis: if it is fun, just about every kid will want to practice and master the subject. At the very least, we will have provided an immunization for math rash. So, the experiments began.

The first experiment was to make a wooden box with wheels.
math on wheels seats

Kids, and–we must admit–adults loved moving around on these new contraptions. You could spin around and glide around the floor with ease. Ok, so what does this have to do with math? We devised a golden ratio rectangle and asked kids to make a complete cycle around (52 feet) on their math–on–wheels box. We timed them and asked: how fast do you think you went? They could not get enough of trying to beat their previous time by applying the formula: Rate = Distance/Time. After twenty minutes, we had to stop them from practicing math. Well, we didn’t have to stop them, but there were more experiments for them to try. We repeated this experiment over 20 times with the same results.

19

Aug

An Intro to a Systematic Solution Where Kids Love to Learn

You wake up on a weekend and have absolutely no obligations or
 responsibilities. The day is totally your own. What would you do to 
keep yourself in a joyous mood? You know, when you were a kid, and you awakened in the morning only to find that school had been cancelled. Glorious! Okay, so you may go back to sleep, but what happens when you arise again?  Can you orchestrate a series of events that allows this mood to continue? Even blossom?
 What would you do?

 Would you spend the whole day playing your favorite computer game(s)? Getting high? Being with your girl or guy?
 And what if the same thing happened the next day? And the next month, year, and decade?

How long would that joyous 
feeling last before you became bored?
 What kinds of activities would keep you fully and joyously engaged over time?

 Would you have to find and develop “true loves” like making and listening to music, creating art, designing and 
inventing, playing ball or some physically skilled activity, writing 
scripts or stories, learning about a distant culture from the past or
 future?

It might take some time to figure it out. Pursuing those things that made you curious is the beginning of the path to finding the true you. You might find places and spaces that do not excite.  So, what?  Exploring, seeking, questioning is a process–it’s a frame of mind.  You will know when you find it.

How? 

Time will stand still–even for a few minutes.

You begin to wonder about so many
 things/ideas/concepts very much like…  a child.  Along with the wisdom you have accumulated over the years, becoming part child is a magnificent reality. You see the beauty of a tree for the  first time through a six-month’s eyes, or view a drop of dew filled with sunlight revealing a 
rainbow spectacle, or watch the weaving of a exquisitely engineered spider
web with its perfect geometry with sophisticated  strength and flexibility, or feel the sweet breeze cool your skin on a sweltering day, or taste a spicy appetizer that delightfully explodes within, or smell the fragrance of a first rain gently hitting the ground after a long, dry spell, or listen to a metaphor matched with a melody that propels you into a state of emotional and mental ecstasy.

So many “Ahhhhhs!”  Feel what your body senses when you declare an “Ahhhh!” out loud. Something as simple as an “Ahhh” offers a deep relief from tension.

When asked how he has managed to lead such an adventurous life, 
Professor Emeritus of English at U.C. Davis, and former Beat Poet,
Michael McClure, responded:

 “I Exercise My Curiosity.”

 The more things you become curious about, the more alive you feel. And it is a limitless well.  Dorothy Parker summed it up best: “The cure for boredom is  curiosity.  There is no cure for curiosity.”

What about a new definition of intelligence?

Intelligence is measured 
by how curious you are.

How many questions do you wonder about?  Wondering leads to wonder–often at seemingly paradoxical and complex levels.

 Einstein advised: “Never let go of a holy curiosity!”   Your perspective changes. Your life changes. Another of the most brilliant humans of the 20th century and Nobel Prize
 winner, Richard Feynman addressed this reality in The Pleasure of Learning:

“The same thrill, the same awe, comes again and again when we look at any problem deeply enough. With more knowledge comes deeper, more wonderful mystery, luring one on to penetrate deeper still.  Never concerned that the answer may prove disappointing, but with pleasure and confidence we turn over each new stone to find unimagined strangeness leading on to more wonderful questions and mysteries—certainly a Grand Adventure”

Wonder! Adventure! Mystery! Curiosity! Awe! Our birthright! Perhaps that is what Thomas Jefferson alluded to in The Declaration of Independence: The right to… the pursuit of happiness.”

 And for myself, Nature, Music, Science and the Arts are the Crown Jewels.

Can the development of curiosity be a systemic solution that fundamentally alters the way we think of education and that truly makes for a learn-ed human? Can we facilitate the guiding of young humans who are thrilled to have another go at it every morning (or something damn close)?  And upon graduating high school, or certainly after college, are ready to launch into flight to seek answers to quest(ion)s that may satisfy their deepest needs to know; and in that pursuit start to contribute to their fellow humans?

Curiosity is the beginning of the systemic solution (want to truly evaluate a teacher? Teacher excellence happens when the student has more questions about the class at the end of the semester than when she walked in).  This systemic solution has a few more steps. It is based on a foundation as old as the wisdom of the Ancient Greeks and the East as well as the brilliant  technology and understanding of the mind/body that we  have been blessed with today.

The results: students have insatiable appetites to learn. Meeting standards is mere child’s play along the way to falling in love with learning.

And  there are a few more steps to keep the rhythm percolating.