Using GoodNotes in the classroom

Recently I have been upgrading in the apps department to match my needs for English language teaching. By far the iPad is the best thing for presentation of teaching material on the big screen (the classroom projector screen, that is). Having held back on forking out money for apps which do similar work to free…More

memory

remembrance of seen smile heard cries come to nought without input into this vast machine detach the lines vanished functionality love & hate – a memory with no outlet for your emotionMore

Interaction of Color

We are the embodied. As humans we can nothing other. If we are then are deficient in some way. And as such we have the ability to see three colours. We have red, blue and green receptors in our eyes to interpret light which is abundant in the space around us (compare our eyes to…More

the embodied

when exactly does one come to understand the embodied mind? concepts wholly dependent, spaces blend in ways possible through the very thing reality is not – that is, the word put simply, your metaphors no longer fool anyoneMore

Exposure to Language

“Reading is more important than writing.” — Roberto Bolaño Without exposure to a language one will never master it. That exposure can come in many forms but the best form is culture. Culture and language are essentially the same thing. There will be no language if there is no culture the opposite is also true.…More

Words and Experience

“We live not only in a world of thoughts, but also in a world of things. Words without experience are meaningless.” — Vladimir NabokovMore

The importance of evolutionary embodiment – clues from the fingertips

Western philosophy has a tough time in dealing with the relationship between the body and the mind. In particular, identity has been all too often separated from the physical, all characteristic of ‘being’ invested in the soul. So it is no surprise that we have ignored the function of the fingerprint as part of our…More

The alphabet as object

In a novel study of baboons it has been found it is possible for the animals to recognise ‘words’ (real word letter sequences) as opposed to jumbled letter sequences. This may indicate we may need to rethink our understanding of symbols as abstractions to a simpler concrete interpretation as if they are plain objects. I…More

Three things Tokyo University students have in common

I was reminded by Stephen Krashen’s post on reading, access to books, and school performance about the three things Tokyo University students have that help them get into the University – bookshelves (with books of course, and the more the better), a globe (to help them see the world differently (or is it correctly)), and…More