Sunday, June 25, 2017

Genius is...

You've probably heard that famous quote "genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration," right? (More about that at Quote Investigator.) Well, here is a great take by the wonderful cartoonist Grant Snider on that classic quote; you can find out more about the cartoon at his blog. Yes, the numbers are made up (but hey, let's face it, a lot of numbers you see on infographics are not very reliable) — but the key thing here is that he shows you so many different ways to understand the sources of your own genius. Maybe you could make up a list of your own, showing your own take on just what it takes to be "a genius" at something.

Genius is...
1% inspiration
29% perspiration
5% improvisation
8% aspiration
7% contemplation
15% exploration
13% daily frustration
11% imitation
10.9 desperation
0.1% pure elation

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Curiosity breeds curiosity.

This quote comes from Aaron Davis's ReadWriteRespond blog, in a post about Daily Habits. These are some really nice thoughts here prompted by this question: What are the daily habits that you do as a learner? Here is the paragraph with the curiosity quote:
Another habit that I do every day is be actively open to interesting ideas. Curiosity breeds curiosity. In part I pick up some of this perspective from the blogs I read, but I think that it also comes from engaging in the world around. David Culberhouse describes this as spending time at the idea well. This might involve chatting with people at lunch or asking clarifying questions of others. I think that this is why I love professional development sessions and conferences so much. It isn’t always the intended learning opportunities, but the often ‘hidden’ incidental learning at the periphery.

Curiosity breeds curiosity.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mind, brain, and energy work together.

This quote is inspired by an interview in the London Guardian newspaper with Norman Doidge, who is one of the leading proponents of neuroplasticity: The man teaching us to change our minds. Here is an excerpt:
The thing is, there are no lights, colours, smells or sounds inside the brain. There are patterns of electrical information and our sense receptors, our retinas, the cochlea in the ear are, in energy terms, transducers. Meaning that what they do is translate one form of energy – sound, light, heat – into another. It is the latter – electrical patterns of energy in the brain – that in one way or another help or cause the brain to sculpt itself, neuroplastically. Somehow or other, thought itself can do that work. It became apparent that this link between mind, brain and energy really is central to who we are and what we do.

Mind, brain, and energy work together.

The beautiful cat is Mrs. Bean as photographed by Brad Esau; this one is from the album Bean in Hope (used here by permission). Brad's blog is where I have learned a lot about neuroplasticity, and he writes in this post about how important Doidge's work was for him: Credentials and Sources. And here are some more Mrs. Bean memes.