Max Gerber] I am often asked whether I agree with the new group selectionists, and the questioners are always surprised when I say I do not. After all, group selection sounds like a reasonable extension of evolutionary theory and a plausible explanation of the social nature of humans. Also, the group selectionists tend to declare victory, and write as if their theory has already superseded a narrow, reductionist dogma that selection acts only at the level of genes.
Ma and Pa Kettle mix mathematical principles in this amusing old movie clip on YouTube.
It doesn't seem likely, but perhaps you'll be convinced! The Great Math Mystery Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe?
What do the 50 stars on the flag of the United States represent? Most people will say that the 50 stars stand for the 50 states, but that's not completely correct! The quantity 50 does indeed represent the number of states, but the 5-pointed star itself is a symbol of life and humanity: Fifty stars represent free citizens ruling themselves, having inalienable rightsnot subjects of any government deciding which rights to grant or deny them.
It's important to remember this, and that the blue field should never be replaced with any other symbol than 5-pointed stars, representing We The People.
Although dozens of countries' flags display the five-pointed star, a few employ it this way as an archetypal symbol of humanity and others interpret it culturally in different ways. Click on the picture to find out. What Rectangle Is It? Constructing The Universe Classroom in San Anselmo, California For three years this classroom was dedicated to teaching adults and homeschoolers age 8 - 13 about nature's mathematical wonders.
We emphasized traditional geometric construction with a compass and straightedge to explore nature's many marvelous shape and number patterns.
And then the students transformed their learning into art.
I love seeing the same idea manifest in as many unique expressions as there are students. I'm extremely proud of their accomplishments and of having a part in sharing this uplifting vision which teaching mathematics can be when free of textbooks and time constraints.
Recently I taught a series of classes about the Fibonacci Numbers and how to draw flowers, leaves, branches and berries using the ideal Golden Ratio angle of Here are a few of the results: But now, after 3 great years, the Constructing The Universe Classroom has closed, having appeared for a while and then faded back into the mist of time, a Brigadoon of mathematical education.
The contents of the classroom are going into storage, like a seed pod awaiting the proper conditions for another bursting forth.
In the meantime I'll be working on making available the educational materials I've developed here for others to use for teaching and learning the many topics this classroom gave me the time and enthusiastic students to create.
To read the essay, click on the book cover Scientists finally prove what I wrote about in !When one thinks upon the classics of great literature, the story of the transformation of a young girl should come to mind. This is the story of Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden.
Upon meeting Miss Lennox, we are faced with a disagreeable child. She is disagreeable both in appearance and in disposition/5(5).
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett takes place in a dreary Misselthwaite manor in England during the Victorian era.
The protagonist is Mary Lennox a selfish and spoilt 11 year old. Not all emotions are created equal. Consider: It is a distinctly different thing to feel sad while reading about a dying mother than to actually feel sad because your mother is dying.
This essay revisits the infamous publication of American trader and soldier John Cleves Symmes’s “No. 1 Circular” from St. Louis Missouri in , tracing the roots of Symmes.
Constructing The Universe The Universe may be a Mystery, but it's not a Secret! This website is a look at some interests of Michael S.
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