Ways of Learning?

What comes to your mind when you see the names of Einstein, Michelangelo, Marie Curie, and Napoleon? Was it their country of birth, their gender, their language, their religion, or some other criteria. My research into the lives of amazing people point to a vital factor – their achievements. Walt Disney, Elvis Presley, Coco Chanel, Oscar Schindler and other amazing people are are recognized by what they achieved. In short,…

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19 June, 2014
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Can You Make Yourself More Intelligent?

When I was just 11 years of age, I had to take an educational exam. There were lots of puzzles and logical (but to me not so logical) problem solving exercises.  It was part of the process for choosing who would go to the grammar school (mainly a place for students perceived as having academic potential and professional career opportunities). The rest were sent to the school where the focus was…

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16 October, 2013
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How Amazing Are You?

For fun, you can assess how you rate yourself on our amazing people criteria. This has been developed based on the interpretation of the lives of amazing people. Allocate scores on the following scale, based on your own self assessment on the items listed : 0 – Not at all 1 – Very little 2 – A fair amount 2 – A lot 3 –  To a large extent Talent…

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1 October, 2013
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Heroes

In an age when footballers are paid millions for kicking a ball and singers gain instant fame, it is refreshing to meet  real heroes. Today, I met and interviewed George Jackson and his wife. George is 92 years of age. Many people can thank him for what he has done. But, most do not know him. Born into a small farming community in Victoria, Australia, he thought he would have…

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23 September, 2013
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Seven Senses and Six Questions

Each day we succeed or fail depending on how well we  use our senses to gain and understand information. We wake up and our senses immediately tell us many things. We may hear the rain, or feel the heat, or smell the air. In the bath room,we wash our hands and our sense of touch tells us if the water is cold or hot. Going into the kitchen, we cook…

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10 August, 2013
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Amazing Performances

Is superior performance due to a natural gift linked to intelligence or practice? For example, was Mozart given a music gene and Shakespeare a writing gene that made them excellent at their craft? Given my interest in the lives and achievements of amazing people, I was interested to read the research by Anders Ericsson. Do high performers have superior powers of speed, memory and intelligence . Psychologists used psychometric tests…

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1 June, 2013
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