reading 2015 vol 2

So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Cal Newport

Interesting argument that following your passion as a means to find meaningful work is less smart than getting really good at something and building from that. Short and full of padding, but the nugget of gold contained within is pure.

Kettlebell Simple and Sinister – Pavel Tstatsouline

Brutally simple Russian kettlebell protocol from the guy that brought kettlebells to the West. Effective.

The Man In The High Castle – Philip K Dick

Read this maybe 20 years ago and didn’t think much of it. It read a lot better this time, now I have more knowledge of history, the I Ching, and Japanese culture, and PKD’s general philosophy on reality. Set in a world where Germany and Japan won WW2 and have partitioned an occupied America. (Was this the first major alternate history novel? Essentially creating a genre?) A very weird choice to turn into a TV show.

Enchanted Night – Stephen Millhauser

Delightful novella from a Pulitzer prize winning modern fabulist. Dreamy romantic fantasy drenched literature. One unusual, or perhaps usual, night in a small town.

So You Don’t Get Lost In The Neighbourhood – Patrick Modiano

Novella musing on memory, identity and reality from the recent Nobel prize winner. Pretty weird, the narrative sort of dissipates as it goes, as the narrative turns out to not be the point.

Burial Rites – Hannah Kent

Novel. Great evocation of 18th century Iceland as we follow the last woman to be executed in Iceland, a mix of intense reconstruction from documentation and narrative extrapolation.

Book Launch – Chandler Bolt

Useful book about launching books.

A Night of Serious Drinking – Rene Daumal

Curious, inventive, and very fun. A short metaphysical/esoteric novel from the 1930s, in a satirical and pataphysical tradition, steeped in Gurdjieff’s perspective. Blindingly funny in places, with more philosophical subtlety present than at first glance. While I would still recommend Mt Analogue by Daumal over this, I think I am more likely to reread this one.

sunday mutants

Or, my last hour on twitter, reading the last few days of my /mutants list. Really, if you aren’t using Twitter for awesome, you are failing at the interwebs.

 

Dude stops eating food for a month.

There are no meats, fruits, vegetables, or breads here. Besides olive oil for fatty acids and table salt for sodium and chloride nothing is recognizable as food. I researched every substance the body needs to survive, plus a few extras shown to be beneficial, and purchased all of them in nearly raw chemical form from a variety of sources.

Ratting. Dudes remotely hacking your webcams and messing with you. It’s a thiing.

Pornstars before and after makeup.

Microsoft getting closer to figuring out what makes shit go viral. [video]

Magic mushrooms and transhumanism

according to this peer-reviewed paper indexed by the National Institutes of Health, magic mushrooms could be the way to help posthumans retain or regain the morality needed to be good transpersonal godling/citizens.

Human brain cells make mice smart

A team of neuroscientists has grafted human brain cells into the brains of mice and found that the rodents’ rate of learning and memory far surpassed that of ordinary mice.  Remarkably, the cells transplanted were not neurons, but rather types of brain cells, called glia, that are incapable of electrical signaling.  The new findings suggest that information processing in the brain extends beyond the mechanism of electrical signaling between neurons.

A quote that turned up: “Lewis Mumford berated suburban life as “an asylum for the preservation of illusion.” ”

 

Living in the Homogocene

Just while we are on podcasts, this Seminar About Long Term Thinking by Charles C Mann has the highest signal to noise ratio of anything I have encountered in quite a while. He draws fascinating connections and flow on effects from the interactions and flows of people and objects in an interconnected world over the past few centuries.

His argument is that we are seeing a gradual but dramatic homogenization of Earth on a biological and ecological level through human actions since Colombus which is having massive effects.

From the bacteria that came with the West to decimate the Americas leading to a change in how humans existed in relation to the environment on that continent leading to a measurable change in global carbon levels and the ‘mini ice age’ that followed, through to the risks of the rubber industry being wiped out in a span of months today, to the effects of potatoes going West on European political stability, and maize and sweet potato entering into China leading to new areas being farmed which led to soil run off raising rivers that caused a hundred years of devastating flooding, and the fact of African’s higher immunity to malaria prompting the economic motivation and reality of slavery, it is a really deeply interesting perspective on how the interconnections and transfers between elements of the world create massive unpredictable changes.

Bits of that may sound familiar, but trust me, he is finding deeply fascinating and novel patterns in the data. Big big recommendation.

Tesla on Tesla

 

Tesla is getting a lot of love on the internet at the moment. He wrote a short autobiography in which he explains his life and process of invention. It is very worth reading.

My Inventions – Nikola Tesla (it is a direct download link to a pdf)

 

Reading 2012: Vol 2

 

Now I am caught up and paying more attention, here goes a second volume. Quite a few of these were not finished, but well worth noting nonetheless.

Voice of the Fire – Alan Moore

Extraordinary. Set in one geographical location across many thousands of years, a fevered shamanic songline forcing us to question what is human, what remains in the subjectivity of history, and who and what we are. Savage, strange, and achingly beautiful. Moore’s first novel is perhaps his best claim to visionary genius; in the context of his remarkable body of work, that is a statement. Essential for fans. First chapter is indeed hard going.

Bone – Jeff Smith

Finally caught up with the concluding volumes of this lovely series. Partly due to the lag of years, and age, and the requirements of narrative, it seemed to lose some of its charm as it worked to the conclusion. Still totally worthy as a series though.

A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy of Godel and Einstein – Palle Yourgrau

More or less the two smartest guys of the century, Albert Einstein (father of relativity) and Kurt Godel (father of the incompleteness theorem), were best friends for the last decade of Einstein’s life. What did they talk about? It seems Godel extended relativity. His mathematical proofs, never refuted, indicate two things: a) time travel is possible, and b) time does not exist. This has been basically shuffled into the too hard basket and ignored since by physics.

If that paragraph didn’t leave you thinking “Holy shit!”, then you didn’t understand it.

Need to finish this. Figure I will end up buying it. (Apparently Yourgrau also wrote another, more technical, book on this aimed at philosophers and physicists.)

My Teaching – Jacques Lacan

Grabbed on a whim. I have read a lot of “hard” or “difficult” stuff in all sorts of intellectual fields, and generally felt like I followed it, if not understood it. However, this short collection of lectures given by Lacan at the height of his fame, allegedly to general audiences, made no sense to me. They were quite funny, but other than a general sense that you can’t actually say anything about psychoanalysis, I have no idea what the fuck he was on about. Like, zero.

It makes sense that Zizek is really into him.

Pallet on the Floor – Ronald Hugh Morrieson

Small town NZ really well captured. Remarkable in that it really could be nowhere else in the world. Simple story, simply told, perhaps lacking technical grace by today’s standards, but enjoyable.

Munitions of the Mind – Taylor

History of propaganda from ancient times to present day. Excellent. Probably essential reading to understand the world we live in. Barely scratched the surface of it; another I suspect I will end up owning.

The Daylight and the Dust – Janet Frame

Somehow had never read any Janet Frame. This selection of stories is taken from across her career. Given how stunning, original, and brilliant her stories are, I have to ask: if this has been held up all along as our pinnacle, then why the hell is mainstream NZ literature so tame and boring?

Gothic High Tech – Bruce Sterling

Despite having paid attention to Sterling via blog and lectures over the years, in his capacity as an on-to-it guy tracking diverse and interesting things, I had never read any of his prose. At worst, his short stories often convey the same sense of sneering and whining as his lectures. At best they are cynical fun.

My Work Is Not Yet Done – Thomas Ligotti

Only read one story in this. Horror maestro but not something that will hold my attention.

Magical Knowledge Vol 2 – Josephine McCarthy

The deep end, spoken of with experience. Still in progress.

Light – M John Harrison

Harrison occupies the literary end of SF which gets massive kudos from other writers who sell more. His prose is first-rate. An excellent and bizarre space opera set in contemporary earth and a far future, thematically dealing with the limits of knowledge and understanding. It is a little disturbing how good he is at writing really messed up people and relationships. Pretty darn good, but I enjoyed this less than Signs of Life.

The Believing Brain – Michael Shermer

In terms of how beliefs are created, operate in us, and their power and influence over us, his coverage is pretty excellent. In terms of applying his data to his own faith in science, and casting a skeptical eye on the history and philosophy of science, and what is evidence and why, not so good. An interesting and challenging read, regardless what your sacred cows are.

Youth Without Youth – Mircea Eliade

Extraordinary short novel.

An aging man is hit by lightning and rejuvenated mentally and physically. Each chapter leaps time and place as we trace episodes from the rest of his life. Eliade’s interests in religion, language and scholarship come to the fore, as we take a surreal, fantastical exploration of these themes, and more. Loved it, probably need to re-read it.

Eliade is a scholar’s scholar. I had read a couple of his non-fictions at vital times, but didn’t know he wrote fiction. Discovered this by chance, in the movie tie in edition to the Francis Ford Coppola film; which is a bold move given how totally unfilmable it is in any conventional sense.

General System Theory – Ludwig von Bertalanffy

Pretty interesting, and very intellectually sharp, explication of the field from the founder of General System Theory. System theory seems to have emerged as a means to answer many questions I find interesting. Would be curious to catch up with the state of the art in GS.

 

 

Reading 2012, vol 1

 

Kept getting behind on keeping this updated and now we are halfway through the year. (Of course you care what I am reading. Yes. Of course.)

Has been lots of fantasy, as it was easy to read to fill time on set, and I guess doubling as research while preparing to rewrite Mosaic. And lots of business related stuff. And all sorts of weirdness as research for various things. Also bought a bunch of books online that it will be nice to get to someday.

 

Black Gods – CL Moore

Early fantasy short stories featuring the same female lead character which form a loose sequence. Very romantic and dark, striking journeys into strange otherworlds. (If Rhiannon is out there, you need to read this, as Jirel of Joiry will doubtless come to hold a special place in your heart.)

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms – NK Jemisin

Recent fantasy. Quite different from anything else I have read. Really “chick-fantasy”, in terms of its wish fulfillment angle, as opposed to the more usual masculine wish-fulfilment patterns. Probably (intentionally) quite Freudian. Really easy to read and page turny, but fairly empty by the end.

Soul Mountain – Gao Xingian

Chinese Nobel prize winner. Two narrative streams, one first person, one second person. Actually didn’t finish this, as it required more focus than reading on set allowed. Pretty odd.

The Education of Millionaires – Michael Ellsberg

Dude went off and interviewed a clutch of millionaires and billionaires who never went to university, and found out what they did, draws lessons from it. Interesting and useful.

The Secret History of Moscow – Ekaterina Sedia

Quite peculiar urbanish fantasy set in contemporary Russia. Obvious comparisons to Gaiman’s Neverwhere while being entirely its own thing. Stark and strange and fantastical, delving into a different mythology and history, with an ending that was suprising and moving.

SPIN selling – Neil Rackham

The largest study ever of sales. At the time anyway. Supposedly classic best book on selling ever. Pretty fascinating revealing of the psychology of sales and the underlying decision making process.

Tranceformations – Bandler and Grinder

Somehow I had never read this despite having it for years. Very much the NLP/hypnosis crossover book. Lots of NLP is in fact hypnosis by another name, as they owe much to Milton Erickson, but the way they go about it is a different kettle of fish.

Prime Chaos – Phil Hine

Classic of chaos magic. A rare reread.
Do the Work – Steven Pressfield

Short punchy self helpy thing I read on a recommendation, as a comparison with one of my nonfiction drafts. Alright.

Shade the Changing Man by Peter Milligan,

Reread a couple of trades of this classic series by Milligan, which is still really good, and pretty wild. When the lead character’s main power is madness, I’m not even going to try and describe what it is about, other than ripping American culture a new ass.

(Also randomly read a couple of his Hellblazer trades, wherein Constantine gets married. Fun times.)

Paladin of Souls – Lois McMaster Bujold

World Fantasy Award winner. Sumptuous, romantic, high fantasy. Lead character is a middle aged woman, which is pretty unusual. Uses the genre very intelligently to tell a good story, with a different sort of perspective and manner.

Onward to our Noble Deaths – Shigeri Mizuki

Autobiographical comic about the Japanese war experience in WWII. Sounds like being in the Japanese military sucked. Punchline is the dude’s unit going on a (fairly strategically unnecessary) suicide charge on some island in the Pacific. Many of them somehow survived. They were then forced to go on another suicide charge, as it had already been reported that their unit had completed a suicide charge, and they were officially dead. This happened to the cartoonist’s unit – he only lived to tell the story by being in hospital with malaria at the time, and therefore not being already reported dead.

The Light of the I – Georg Kuhlewind

Obscure Hungarian philosopher writing about meditation. Quiet genius.

The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

One of the most loved fantasy epics of recent years, deservedly so. One of the best one of these in a hell of a long time. Very much at the masculine wish fulfillment end of things, as we follow the main character become the most badass motherfucker ever, but classy, humane, and smart. Lots of fun.

The Queen’s Conjurer – Benjamin Woolley

A freaking excellent biography of Dr John Dee, all around Renaissance man and advisor at times to Queen Elizabeth I, and Emperor Rudolf. Exceptional realisation of the times, their complexity and madness. Despite having largely been written out of history due to his involvement with magic, Dee was at the forefront of thought, contributing to many disciplines, and was incidentally one of the co-discovers of the Nova which demonstrated the previous model of reality was indeed broken.

50 Prosperity Classics.

Skimmed it. Basically condenses books into a few pages, which does seem a better idea than reading all the books in question.

How To See Fairies – Ramsey Dukes

The inimitable Ramsey Dukes’ latest is a manual on how to develop psychic powers. Still working through it 😉
The Exegesis of Philip K Dick

Absolute grade-A hardcore mindcrack. After the visionary experiences Dick had in 1974, which he wrote about in Valis and other books, Dick wrote around 10000 pages trying to work out what the hell was going on, Various experiences continued happening, too. This is about a thousand pages of it, edited together. Epic, amazing, wonderful. Have really only scratched the surface, but it is all generally fascinating and mindblowing, and occasionally really rather sad. Will be something to own and cherish and dive into at random, I suspect.

The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction,

Their 60th anniversary best-of. A pretty damn solid collection. Biggest find: Ted Chiang.

The Real Frank Zappa Book by Frank Zappa.

Entertaining but inessential, didn’t finish. Weird how everyone else in his life seems weirder than him, the King of Weird.

Reinventing the Sacred – Stuart Kaufman

Mostly a skim. Interesting enough. Is what it sounds like, bridging science and sacred.

The Truth About Stories – Thomas King

Native (canadian) indian storyteller delivers lectures about the nature of story, and specifically, the various constructions of Indian identity via story over time since contact with the white man. Exceptional use of form to demonstrate content; a treasure.

Prisons We Choose to Live Inside – Doris Lessing

Set of lectures which uses history and social psychology as a leaping off point to examine human nature. Pretty interesting.

Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches Sabbath – Carlo Ginzburg

Wow. Now this is some deep academic pointy-head-ness. Exhaustively researched, makes a tangled argument (something like) that the persecution of witches in the middle ages evolved out of persecution of Jews and lepers, with the crimes attributed slowly shifting; but that during the witch trials, a whole bunch of interesting stuff comes to light; the uniformity of confessions was due to the torture and the manual followed, but within that, often what is revealed were genuine local traditions in many places; these, plus other stuff, over time gives rise to a sense of a thousand years or so continuity of folk magic practices and beliefs, which initially seem to track back to a celtic origin, but digging further, he sees as an evolution from an essence of Eurasian shamanic practices. Wongo. Hard going but worthy if the subject area grabs you.

Seven For a Secret – Elizabeth Bear

Short novel. Piece of shit. Grabbed from library at a whim to check out the author. Werewolves, vampires, alternate history… competent prose but totally uninteresting.

Making Good – Billy Parish, Dev Aujla

Inspirational business book about making companies that make a difference, and finding a non-evil green sustainable niche, ethically. Good shit. Very right on and right now.

The Three Halves of Ino Moxo – Cesar Calvo

Hoo-ah. Dizzying poetic book about ayahuasca; one of the most extraordinarily structured things I have ever encountered, multiple overlapping threads and timelines, as stories and meta-stories revolve, and come together, eventually to staggering effect. Uses a tale of a quest to visit a legendary shaman in the jungle for his teachings as the format for a tale told in the structure of an ayahuasca session over one evening. Or something. Deeply weird and disorienting for most of the ride, but ultimately magnificent in the most surprising way, illuminating a very different culture and mindset, not to mention the world of ayahuasca itself. (Nonfiction, if that wasn’t clear.)

Nobody Move – Denis Johnson

After winning the National Book Award for his epic last book (Tree of Smoke), Johnson kicks back with a taut deadpan crime noir. I have collected a few of his books, oddly this was the first I read. Funny and tight, but crime is just not my genre.

Te Wheke – Rangimarie Turuki Pere

Ancient Maori wisdom revealed. Nice.

Trail of the Hawk – Cornelius van Dorp

Folks from NZ take pounamu to various american indian tribes, possibly as fulfilment of ancient indian prophecy. Um. Unusual. Interesting that people are out there doing this kind of thing, though.

In Search of the Southern Serpent – Hamish Miller, Barry Brailsford

More outré than my usual taste. Specific research. The guy that mapped major energy lines across the UK and Europe came to NZ a bunch, hooked up with a guy that knows Maori legends and history, and went off to see what he could find here, dowsing NZ power spots. Again, interesting that these people are out there.

Currently on:

Voice of the Fire – Alan Moore

Finally getting around to this! Hard going but truly extraordinary visionary prose.

Coming soon, probably:

A World Without Time – Palle Yourgrau. Which looks incredible.

 

 

I also feel like I have read lots of bits of stuff as research – eg, Stolen Continent, Wayfinders, etc.,and maybe forgotten some stuff entirely…

belated mutants

Hmm. Some links have stacked up without really trying. (Lots of this via innovation patterns.)

map of europe from 1000AD to present. ch ch ch changes.

Bill Gates’s holiday reading. interesting and obvious trend evident.

pathology of power: really disturbing description of how no one is in control at the US Department of Defense

towards a psychological operations reading list. terrifying amounts of brainfood.

the world’s most powerful mercenary armies.

shift happens: excellent essay on Kuhn and his effect on thought

guess i missed this while traveling: human/animal hybrids being made in labs in the UK.

I figured this was going on in unregulated countries, interesting to see them cop to it.

also, on biology: sequencing the genome has achieved sod all so far.

general support against the notion of reductionism to our genetic code; also notes rise of epigenetics

a really worthwhile four minute video introducing the notion of social and planetary boundaries

wahoo!

Every now and again Warren Ellis justifies his existence in the most excellent fashion.

This time via providing this treasure from Ubuweb, a documentary about Buckminster Fuller..

“This film by Oscar-winning filmmaker Robert Snyder, like his other documentaries on “the greats” (Michelangelo, Henry Miller, Willem de Kooning, Pablo Casals, among others), transports the viewer into Fuller’s mind and soul. Told entirely in his own words, the film is an intimate, personal and inspiring message from Fuller to our fragile world.”

reading 2010: final vol

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Psychomagic – Alejandro Jodorowsky

Woo-ha! The book I have always wanted from Jodorowsky but didn’t know I wanted. Two book length interviews, chronicling the intertwined development of his creative and spiritual lives, culminating in his development of a highly idiosyncratic style of therapy. Jodorowsky is larger than life in every way, and this is a massively entertaining account of an artist achieving enlightenment. Exactly the right book at exactly the right time; totally recommended. Fabulous, superb. As ever, his art seems tame compared to his life. And recall that Holy Mountain was decades ago, and he has been nonstop doing awesome crazy shit before and since. Works as more or less a companion piece to his bio The Spiritual Journey of Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Mystical Dimensions of Islam – Anne-Marie Schimmel

Classic study of Sufism, its history and development. Excellent.

Millennium – Felipe Fernandez Armesto

Never uses a simple word where a complex one will do. But yeah, a really exceptional study of the last thousand years of world history, with excellent human level detail and great sweeps. Particularly valuable as a comparative study of human empires, giving equal time to those who achieved much but fell by the wayside.

The Seven Basic Plots – Christopher Booker

Exceptional tome analysing why we tell stories. Identifies 7 basic forms of plot, and argues fairly convincingly from a Jungian archetypal perspective that they are really about providing models for achieving psychological integration of the Self. This is part one of four. Where it gets interesting is when he applies this, describing how things have changed, and why, in the past two hundred years, and how it applies to culture and identity and more.

Extremely stimulating. Will probably get a full post at some point. Recommended to all who have an eye on story as a profession, if only to work out why you disagree with him.

A thousand rooms of desire and fear – Atiq Rahimi

Short novel by afghani writer. Man, Afghanistan is fucked and in pain, and has been for a while. Beautiful and sad.

Who is Bugs Potter – Gordon Korman

Found this at the bach and ripped through it. Loved Korman as a teen. Man, these books go. Fun.

Tomorrow When the War Began – John Marsden

Found this on the street one day. Pretty solid, good grip on teen dynamics, really tight and tense. Can see how this is the start of a wildly successful series.

Endless Things – John Crowley

Final book in the Aegypt Quartet. Which is one truly colossal novel in four parts that took 20+ years to emerge.

Again, the sequence deserves a full post sometime. But in short: a while back I blogged Russell Hoban saying “The real reality, the flickering of seen and unseen actualities, the moment under the moment, can’t be put into words: the most that a writer can do – and this is only rarely achieved – is to write in such a way that the reader finds himself in a place where the unwordable happens off the page.”

Aegypt achieved more of those moments than anything else I have read. Just sublime. Effortlessly – well, subjectively – beats the living crap out of most fiction.

The speculative chapter about Giordano Bruno surviving his execution, and how, and what he did next, basically destroyed my mind in terror and exultation and opened a rent in space-time. Books are cool.

For the first time ever I am writing a fan letter to an author.

Aboriginal Men of High Degree – AP Elkin

Classic study from the early 20th century of aboriginal karadji and their powers. (Was a primary resource for Eliade’s Shamanism.) Fascinating, and stark; aboriginal culture lost a hell of a lot through contact with the west, and this study was from when living memory knew about what it had lost.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – JK Rowling

The Harry Potter cycle will get its own lengthy post soon. Oh yes.

The Call of Silence – Abdullah Dougan

Complete text of the Tao Te Ching, with a commentary on it by an NZ Sufi sheikh. Seriously amazing.

Our Life with Mr Gurdjieff – Thomas de Hartmann

Russian aristocrat and noted composer who, with his wife, followed Gurdjieff for twelve years, sticking with him closer and longer than anyone. Amazing account of working with a master, and life in Russia during wartime, and Europe, and the world.


When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World

The 200 years of the Abbasid Caliphate. Includes stuff about Haroun Al-Raschid, famous as the Caliph in the Arabian Nights, and his reign. Fun evocation of a fascinating time – a high point in culture in many ways not eclipsed until the Renaissance.

The Imperial Capitals Of China – Cotterell

China is seriously different than everywhere else. Geography and history are the same thing.

SKIMMED
the dragon reborn (robert jordan), the high king (lloyd alexander), several harry potter novels (4, 5, 6), how to win friends and influence people (dale carnegie), a book on Babylon: Myth and Reality by a museum, and Richard Bandler’s ‘Get the Life You Want’, which is really pretty brilliant, after 30 years of changing people’s brains.

Have started Kevin Kelly’s What Technology Wants, which looks as thought it has the potential to be truly brilliant. And The Conquest of Morocco, which looks interesting, if, say, you wanted to travel to Morocco soon.

Sunday Mutants 19/9/10

Grow your own algae – food source of the future? “Imagine that – you can have a personal algae tank that provides fresh, ultra-nutritious food on a year-round basis.” Link is to an interview with a guy at NASA who does this.

“It is my firm belief that the last seven decades of the twentieth will be characterized in history as the dark ages of theoretical physics.” Way to start a book, dude. One of the world’s ‘most successful practical scientists’, Carver Mead, seems bent on overturning quantum physics: interesting interview with him. Helps if you are a bit of a physics geek.

Global Consciousness Project. It seems like I should have already known about this.

The Global Consciousness Project, also called the EGG Project, is an international, multidisciplinary collaboration of scientists, engineers, artists and others. We collect data continuously from a global network of physical random number generators located in 65 host sites around the world. The archive contains more than 10 years of random data in parallel sequences of synchronized 200-bit trials every second.

Our purpose is to examine subtle correlations that may reflect the presence and activity of consciousness in the world. We predict structure in what should be random data, associated with major global events. When millions of us share intentions and emotions the GCP/EGG network data show meaningful departures from expectation. This is a powerful finding based in solid science.


Rethinking learning and study habits
. Article about learning styles, teaching styles, and factors that influence learning. This bit struck me, as I have long abhorred the right/left brain distinction as anything other than a clumsy oversimplification.

Take the notion that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners” and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.” In a recent review of the relevant research, published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a team of psychologists found almost zero support for such ideas.

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