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Learning Emergence by Asking Questions



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"Eating and The Mind Body Connection"

Questions for the Week of July 30, 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 "Overeating 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?"

"Overeating and the Mind Body Connection"

The Teacher's Questions

  • Does overeating stem from being unaware of the sensory input of the lower body? Is it always a Mind First thing?
  • To what extent can good thinking prevent overeating? Can good thinking ever make things harder?
  • Does healthy food always taste better? Does it ever taste worse?
  • Can overeaters ever change permanently?
  • Is the taste of food in part responsible for overeating?
  • Do people ever eat to mask their feelings? How about to mask their thinking?
  • Are there better ways to control one's eating than linear styled diets?
  • Is processed sugar actually bad for you? If so, why?
  • Is there a correlation between eating processed food in general and being overweight?
  • What kinds of things best motivate people to eat healthier? The fear of illness? The reward of pleasure or health?

Sample Student Response Questions

  • To what degree does overeating stem from misguided thinking, such as fad diets and such?
  • What part does repeatedly failing to eat sanely play in overeating? Does it make things worse? Does it make no difference?
  • Can good thinking ever substitute for a Body First awareness while eating?
  • Are Body First people ever susceptible to overeating?
  • Are mind first people always susceptible to overeating?
  • To what degree can a knowledge of the mind body connection counteract genetic tendencies to gain weight?
  • Can genetically thin people ever be Mind First people? In other words, does their being thin come more from their genetic tendencies than their mind body preferences?
  • Can overeating ever be an addiction? Can food addict on a par with things like heroin and cocaine?
  • Does anorexia have anything to do with wanting to be thin? Does bulimia always involve wanting to be thin?
  • Do processed foods tend to lead to compulsive overeating more than healthy foods?

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