Gender biases cost money, and lives. Did you know that it was not until 1996 (50 years after the creation of the first “dummy”) that first pregnant dummy was devised to test the effects of car accidents on pregnant women and foetuses? Gender equality ALSO makes science better. This brilliant article explains why. PS: Join the EMMA team on 11th February 2017 to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, an initiative of the United Nations. Continue reading Study shows gender bias in science is real. Here’s why it matters.
Don’t miss this phenomenal work by Allan Watts, who reflects on the lights and shadows of thinking of your life in terms of a journey. Not to be missed! Continue reading When life is not a journey
Fully consistent with Cognitive Linguistics and a bit problematic for those postulating a modular approach to language. Language is fairly spread out over the brain: Continue reading The brain dictionary
Chineasy’s goal is to allow people to learn to read Chinese easily by recognising characters through simple illustrations. The magical power of the Chineasy method is that by learning one small set of building blocks, students can build many new words, characters, and phrases. Master a few sets of building blocks and your learning will accelerate to a whole new level. With very little effort, learners will be able to read several hundred Chinese characters and phrases and gain a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural influences behind the vocabulary. Even though there are tens of thousands of Chinese … Continue reading Learning Chinese with pictures
What do the metaphors to better understand the world? And how to make a good metaphor? Explore these questions with writers like Langston Hughes and Carl Sandburg , who mastered the art of giving life to a scene or emotion. Continue reading The art of metaphor – Jane Hirshfield
In Metaphors We Live By (1980), George Lakoff and Mark Johnson introduced the idea that human beings think metaphorically. The basic idea is that we tend to systematically conceptualize abstract and complex things in terms of concrete ones — that is, in terms of things we perceive and experience thanks to the way our bodies function. This idea is sometimes called “embodied cognition.” One of our central conceptual metaphors presents goal-directed activity in terms of a journey toward a destination. Charles Forceville (co)wrote several academic papers on how this JOURNEY metaphor works (see http://muldisc.wordpress.com/). Continue reading LIFE IS A JOURNEY: An animated metaphor
Artist and TED Fellow Christine Sun Kim was born deaf, and she was taught to believe that sound wasn’t a part of her life, that it was a hearing person’s thing. Through her art, she discovered similarities between American Sign Language and music, and she realized that sound doesn’t have to be known solely through the ears — it can be felt, seen and experienced as an idea. In this endearing talk, she invites us to open our eyes and ears and participate in the rich treasure of visual language. Continue reading The enchanting music of sign language