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Learning Emergence by Asking Questions

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"Mood Swings and The Mind Body Connection"

Questions for the Week of June 4, 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 "Mood Swings 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?"

"Mood Swings and the Mind Body Connection"

The Teacher's Questions (asked by Gary S.)

I had the following statements in my notes from last teacher's group:

The body and the mind each have their own sense of time, i.e., they run on different clocks.  When the speed of both clocks increase, this creates the feeling of euphoria.  When the mind clock accelerates faster than the body clock, the euphoria is felt as an "upper".  When the body clock accelerates faster than the mind clock, the euphoria is felt as a "downer".

This raised the following questions for me:

  • Is depression a symptom of one's body clock racing ahead of one's mind clock more severely than "normal"?
  • Is mania a symptom of one's mind clock racing ahead of one's body clock more severely than "normal"?
  • Is manic depression, or bipolarity, an expression of periodic reversals of the above two symptoms?
  • Are "body first" people more prone to depression?
  • Are "mind first" people more prone to mania or anxiety?
  • Will the Yankees ever win three in a row?

Sample Student Response Questions (asked by Steven)

  • Is chronic anxiety a symptom of erratic and unpredictable Mind / Body clock changes?
  • If so, can these Mind / Body clock differences be reduced and or managed? If so, how?
  • Is performance anxiety a Mind / Body clock problem? With all things? With professions? With sports?
  • Do Mind Body clock changes have anything to do with panic attacks?
  • Do phobias and panic attacks differ in how their Mind Body clocks vary.
  • Are all symptoms a product of some Mind Body clock problem?

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