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No Parroting Allowed!

Learning Emergence by Asking Questions



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"Addiction and The Mind Body Connection"

Questions for the Week of June 11, 2007



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When asked, "how do you best learn?" most people usually respond with either a technique, like "in a classroom," or by naming their favorite sense, like "I learn best visually." Unfortunately, this implies that most people define "learning" as the ability to parrot the correct answer.

What is wrong with this? "Parroting the correct answer" creates parrots, not students; dullards, not Einsteins. So how can we create more Einsteins? By asking questions which are intended to provoke the student's own questions. More important, this turns out to be the best way in which to reawaken in students their lost love of learning.

This week, our topic is "Addiction and the Mind Body Connection." Would you like to awaken a love of learning in you about this topic? You can, simply by reading the teacher's questions and then, by asking yourself, "what questions did these words just provoke in me?"

"Addiction and the Mind Body Connection"

The Teacher's Questions (asked by Steven)

  • Does having a Mind Body clock difference make one more vulnerable to addiction? If so, is there any other vulnerability?
  • Is the underlying cause of addiction primarily the desire to, in a predicable way, alter one's sense of time, either body wise or mind wise or both?
  • Euphoria (getting high) occurs when people experience a rapidly increasing but uneven difference in peoples' Body / Mind clock rates. Are there any other events which cause euphoria?
  • As far as the Mind / Body Connection, how are being addicted to alcohol and overeating related?
  • With regard to video games and students, do Body First students have more desire to play video games instead of homework? Is playing video games considered an addiction? At what point?
  • How is falling in love romantically the same as becoming addicted to amphetamines? Is the outcome the same neurologically?
  • Is runner's high addictive?
  • Do Body First people have an easier time not compulsively overeating?
  • Do Body First people have an easier time not becoming addicted to heroin?

Sample Student Response Questions (asked by Ann)

  • Can addiction be cured?
  • To what degree is euphoria (getting high) a factor in compulsive religiousity?
  • Are children less vulnerable to addiction? If so, is there an age at which this changes? Is this change related to a change in the Mind Body Connection?
  • Are Mind First people more able to recover from additions? Less able? No different from Body First people?
  • Can a knowledge of one's Mind Body type effect one's ability to recover from an addiction?

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