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Renee Miller: at the crossroads of neuroscience and fantasy sports – Campus Times

Neuroscience and sports journalism arent two fields that usually cross. In fact, the only intersection that seems to exist is Renee Miller, an associate professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) at UR. But merging those fields is just her day job. Shes also an award winning sports writer who has worked at RotoWire, ESPN, and The Athletic.

Millers specialty is applying cognitive science to fantasy sports, especially fantasy football. In fact, she literally wrote the book on the subject, and last year won the Fantasy Sports Writers Associations Best Fantasy Football Series award for her column at The Athletic, Brain Games.

Her book, Cognitive Bias in Fantasy Sports: Is Your Brain Sabotaging Your Team?, and her column focus on the same questions: How do our biases and decision-making processes make us worse at fantasy sports? How do they make us better? How can we apply cognitive science in our daily lives, and how can we become more aware of the way we are already unknowingly doing so?

Fantasy sports interested Miller long before she began writing about them. She describes her family as big sports fans, pointing to her upbringing as where she first got interested.

In an interview with the Campus Times, Miller recalled, [My brother] started a fantasy league with all his friends and needed an extra body, so he got me and my dad involved [] and I loved it.

Since then, Miller has added a few more leagues into the mix, including one full of Neuroscience students. She also has tried out other sports, and a variety of formats.

Miller is particularly a fan of daily fantasy, even advocating on behalf of DraftKings, a major daily fantasy website, when they successfully sought to end New York States ban on daily fantasy betting in 2016.

Daily fantasy involves skill, like poker, Miller said, adding that the fact that skill is involved (and not just random chance) is actually what attracts her to daily fantasy. Im a scientist, and a scientist is a problem solver. I view [daily fantasy] as a puzzle to solve. Its a different puzzle every week. Theres a ton of different possible solutions. I have a great time trying to figure out what are my best three or four.

Miller was into daily fantasy from the beginning around 2010 and fantasy football as a whole only a few years before that. She didnt begin writing until a couple years later when a colleague used fantasy as an example of a place where cognitive bias affects our daily life. That got her thinking about how she could connect her interest in neuroscience to her love of fantasy. Then in 2013, she published a book about it.

That was the beginning of her journey as a sports writer. But she didnt immediately know where to go next. I had a mentor, somebody who was running a fantasy site that I respected [] and he said, What you have to do is start a blog.

So thats exactly what she did. After Millers blog gained popularity, she began writing for RotoWire, ESPN, and The Athletic.

Millers writing is fairly personal despite the focus on science. She isnt reporting on some new study; shes connecting long-established phenomena to something she enjoys, and shes telling us how we can do the same. Shes also seemingly the only person conducting research about sex differences in both the behavior of small worms and professional athletes.

Her tone is that of a knowledgeable friend sharing tips, rather than a scientist sharing test results or an ESPN talk show host giving their hot take. She is often more focused on the best ways to improve your decision-making process than which wide receiver is going to have a good game this week.

[Starting a blog] was very uncomfortable for me at first because Im not a self-promoter, Miller said. I didnt write the book to get rich or famous. At heart Im an educator, and like to share what I know with other people.

As a professor (and the academic advisor for An Nguyen, the CT Publisher) she teaches college students; as a writer she teaches sports fans. But in either position, her goal is more or less the same: sharing her advice, free from condescension, about topics she is passionate about.

You can find links to Millers book and sports writing on her Twitter, @reneemiller01. More information about her work in academia can be found on her UR BCS faculty page here.

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The brain teaser that kids can solve more quickly than adults – ABC 4

Which way is the bus going? Kids do better on this one than adults About 80% of kids under age 10 could answer the problem almost immediately.

Can you figure out which direction this bus is traveling? Perhaps it would be easier if you were still in elementary school.

Todays logic puzzle comes from the National Geographic show Brain Games, which is available on Disney+. According to the show, 80% of kids under age 10 could answer this problem almost immediately, but adults had more trouble. Can you figure it out?

The bus problemLets get back to our school bus. There are two things to key on. First, where is the door? Since we cant see it in the picture, we can assume its on the other side. Second, which side of the road is the bus on? Since this is an American show, and people in the U.S. drive on the right side, lets assume the bus is on the right side of the road.

Lastly, where is the bus driver? If the bus driver is situated on the opposite side of the door and the bus is on the right side of the road, the driver is here:

The answerPut it all together and that means the bus is driving left. If we were in a country where people drive on the left-hand side of the road, you could reverse everything and argue the opposite. So no matter what you answered, today you can say youre right. (Its almost the weekend, you deserve a win.)

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Retirement communities use technology, creativity to keep residents well and connected – Fly Magazine

For 66 years, Marion and Robert Brubaker have been inseparable, from their 48 years in music ministry at Yorks Zion United Church of Christ to a post-retirement move to Willow Valley Communities in 2017.

When Robert needed more assistance with everyday activities, he moved into The Glen, the communitys skilled nursing facility. Marion made the trip from their apartment to visit with Robert at least every other day, sharing ice cream or coffee, reminiscing and reminding him to play piano to keep his spirits up and his mind sharp.

Those visits stopped suddenly when COVID-19 forced Willow Valley to restrict visitors from entering its health care unit. Robert, 90, and Marion, 85, were limited to short phone conversation for much of this spring.

But now the Brubakers are seeing each other again once a week, thanks to an innovative approach to in-person visits called Connections Cottages. Quickly built onto the outside of each health care facility at Willow Valley, a cottage allows visitors physically separated by a window pane to speak to and see each other in a comfortable, climate-controlled setting.

The first time, I told him I thought he looked good, Marion said. I told him he looked good for 90, and he laughed.

New ways of visiting are just one of the many adjustments local retirement communities have made as they try to balance health concerns with the social and daily living needs of residents.

Tablets and in-room TVs are offering virtual interactions and entertainment; meal delivery and grocery shopping temporarily replaced dining room options for thousands; and some communities encouraged the expanded use of telemedicine and home health services to reduce trips off campus.

Many of those services are likely to remain long term most likely supplementing traditional, in-person services after the threat of COVID-19 abates. In the short term, they may be just what retirement communities need to continue attracting new residents during a time of crisis and uncertainty.

The pandemic really highlighted why living in a retirement community is an excellent choice for many people, says Adam Marles, president and CEO of LeadingAge PA, an association representing aging services providers statewide. Our members reacted swiftly, providing grocery deliveries and enhanced access to technology, screening access to their campuses to mitigate spread, and creating ways to stay connected and engaged even though day-to-day life had to change.

Before COVID, Masonic Villages in Elizabethtown offered 25-30 trips a month and routinely brought in entertainers while offering a wide variety of educational, spiritual and artistic opportunities for residents.

Since the pandemic started, the community has heavily promoted use of its K4 Village Connect portal to keep residents engaged, according to Mark Eyer, director of retirement living. K4 Connect allows users to easily video call family members from laptops, tablets and mobile phones, and staff can use the portal to share new information including in-room menu options and virtual event listings.

The community adapted its wellness and recreation programming, too. Residents raved about group fitness classes offered over an in-house television station, as well as brain games and health challenges organized by staff.

Virtual hosting allows more classes at more times, and residents can drop in at the last minute. Classes will double from seven to 16 weekly when in-person activities resume.

At Landis Homes, president Larry Zook set up an Amazon Echo Show to communicate with his mother. He also encouraged social services and pastoral staff to pursue use of iPads and other equipment to keep residents in touch with one another and friends outside the Lititz community.

One resident virtually attended the funeral of the sister shed lived with her entire life; Another who was dying was able to reconnect with a retired church leader from the country where shed serve as a missionary for a very meaningful, sacred time of connection.

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Prior to the COVID pandemic, we had not made these tools available, though we could have, Zook wrote in a blog post. These communication technologies have offered rays of sunshine that will bring joy and serve residents, clients and their families, and team members well for many years to come.

At Masonic Village, staff from the communitys home care division began caring for and interacting with residents whose loved ones were no longer allowed on campus.

Home care staff have filled in to help with grocery shopping, filling medications and medisets, doing laundry, assisting with transportation to appointments and offering companionship, says Kathleen Noll, home care manager.

The expectation is that more independent residents will opt for such support even as visitor limitations are eventually relaxed.

What these circumstances have done is enabled families to see how home care can be extra support to allow people just to enjoy their visits as family members and not as a caregivers, Noll says.

At times, those in-home staff members became a critical link to outside services. They used smartphones and tablets to enable telehealth visits, becoming an advocate for the resident or a liaison with a medical provider.

According to a 2019 Leading Age report, use of resident engagement and electronic health documentation technologies were becoming commonplace technologies at the nations largest not-for-profit senior living facilities. Anecdotally, use of once less-popular remote patient monitoring, communication and telehealth tools have now exploded.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also expanded its coverage of telehealth in skilled nursing facilities (and beyond) due to the pandemic, and many retirement communities expect related services will continue post-COVID-19.

Combined, all of those technology changes have been a comfort to seniors who might have felt isolated in a home without them, Marles notes.

Our members have strong and reliable internet service and staff that can assist as residents learn the new technology, he says. Then, through wellness programs, communities can help residents stick to their doctors guidance if the individual would like the help. Since its so new, not all senior living organizations have begun to use this as an additional selling point, but it is yet another example of how retirement communities make retirement easier for those who decide to make the move.

Kelly Eakin, director of sales and marketing at Masonic Village, says her communitys resourcefulness reaffirms a commitment to caring.

Weve had several residents tell us how relieved they were to be (here) since big decisions were made on their behalf, and they felt more secure than they would have living in their former home, she says.

Back at Willow Valley, Marion Brubaker is happy to be enjoying socially distanced outings with a few friends in a courtyard near her apartment building. She bakes and cooks meals for herself, relying on groceries now delivered straight to her door. And while she misses live church services and the classical musicians who performed on campus regularly, she says she is happy to live in a place focused on her health and safety.

I dont worry down here, she says. They really take care of us.

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23 Facts About Your Brain That Will Blow Your Mind – Best Life

The human brain is undoubtedly the most complex organ in our bodies, and is considered by some to be the most complex object in our universe. While an average adult brain is just 15 centimeters long, it contains hundreds of miles of blood vessels, billions (yes, billions!) of neurons, and consumes one fifth of the body's energy. Now that's brain power! Read on to discover more mind-blowing facts about your brain. And for more fascinating facts about your body, check out 23 Amazing Things You Didn't Know About Your Heart.

Human brains can compute about 1018 operations per second. How fast is that? About a billion billion calculations every second, according to scientific discoveries and innovations site Foglets. While computers use binary coding (i.e., alternating ones and zeros) to make sense of the world, human brains use 26 types of codes. They can also store an astronomical one petabyte of data. And for more about your mind, check out 13 Reasons You're Forgetting Things All the Time.

Your brain can generate enough electricity to power some light bulbs, according to the experts at Foglets. But charging your iPhone would take about 6,833 hours, which is 285 days. The energy is produced when glucose and oxygen are combined within tiny cellular power plants called mitochondria.

That's roughly half the number of stars in our galaxy. Neurons, also known as nerve cells, are responsible for sending and receiving signals from the brain. And for ways you can keep your mind sharp, check out 15 Brain Games That Will Make You a Smarter Person.

Chemical messengers called neurotransmitters are responsible for carrying that information across our bodies through neurons. Right now, billions of neurons are traveling at 120 meters per second (about 268 mph) to keep your brain functioning. And for more incredible information, check out 33 Amazing Things You Didn't Know About Your Own Body.

Together, the brain and spinal cord make up our central nervous system. The brain operates as command central, sending signals through the spinal cord to enable body functions like muscle movement and breathing. The spinal cord, meanwhile, transmits sensory information from the body back to the brain.

Your brain gets top priority when it comes to blood distribution within the body. That's because without a steady supply of oxygen-rich blood, brain cells will begin to die after as little as one minute. And speaking of oxygen, check out 17 Warning Signs Your Lungs Are Trying to Send You.

That's about 2 percent of your total body weight. Men tend to have larger brains than women, but in general, brain size doesn't translate to intelligence. And for additional information on health and more, sign up for our daily newsletter.

So if your brain is 3 pounds, over two of those pounds of are water weight. Water is essential for delivering nutrients and removing toxins within the brain. It also acts as a shock absorber for both the brain and the spinal cord.

In fact, it's the fattiest organ in your body. Fatty acids are crucial to your brain's health and performance, and a healthy diet is the best source of the essential fatty acids your brain needs.

On average, your body uses around 1,500 calories a day in a resting state. And your brain consumes about 20 percent of those. That's roughly 300 calories a day and about 12 calories every minute!

Aerobic exercise improves blood flow, reduces inflammation and lowers stress hormonesall of which supports cognitive health. Frequent physical activity may even lower your risk of dementia.

It's the connections between the cells that grow over time. Connections, also called synapses, are what allow us to move, think and generally function. Incredibly, more synapses are made during infancy than any other time in our lives.

Most structural features of the brain are in place as early as eight weeks after conception. By the time we're three years old, our brains have grown to 80 percent of their full adult size.

The frontal lobes, which control reasoning, are last to develop. And though the brain matures at age 25, that's not necessarily when it peaks. A variety of cognitive abilities continue to improve with age.

Your brain has two hemispheres, which function more or less independently. The left brain is often associated with language and logic, while the right brain is linked to emotion and creativity.

Move your right handthat's being done with your left brain. The left brain hemisphere controls the right side of your body and the right brain hemisphere controls the left side. Right handed peoplewho make up about 90 percent of our populationwill usually even have a dominant left brain. The converse is less true of lefties.

The brain's default mode network, or DMN, allows us to perform common tasks like driving without actively thinking about them, or even while daydreaming. Oftentimes the DMN is triggered by default, but can be suppressed during activities that require our attention.

Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol within a short period of time can cause the brain to lose its ability to record and store long-term memories. Meanwhile, it may have no trouble creating short-term memories or even recalling past events, giving the appearance of normalcy.

A bundle of nerves at the back of your palate called the SPG are responsible for brain freeze, migraines and cluster headaches. Some people even believe that giving yourself a brain freeze can cure an in-progress migraine.

Unwilling to give up ice cream, but can't stand brain freezes? Try eating cold foods slowly and keeping them toward the front of your mouth. If you do fall victim to the freeze, press your tongue against the roof of your mouth or drink room-temperature water.

The brain doesn't have pain receptors, so it can't feel exterior pain. In fact, during some brain surgeries anesthesia isn't administered, leaving the patient awake. Professional musicians have even been known to play an instrument while on the operating table to ensure their musical abilities remain intact.

When we think we're multitasking, our brains are actually switching back and forth between tasks, not performing them at the same time. Rather than increasing efficiency, this practice generally results in tasks taking more time and having more errors.

In fact, while you're asleep, your brain is busy performing maintenance. In addition to controlling essential body functions like breathing, the brain cleans up waste, preserves information and makes sure your body stays put, all while you're catching ZZZs.

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Literary Links: Puzzle over these reads on leisure time – Columbia Daily Tribune

Each month, the Columbia Public Library offers selections from its collection related to a current best-seller or hot topic. Library Associate Carren Summerfield compiled this months selections.

How many puzzles does it take to make it through quarantine? For my family, apparently 10 1,000-piece puzzles, four 3-D puzzles and counting! One puzzle was so difficult we may jokingly frame it (gasp!) with the caption being The worst puzzle of Quarantine 2020. And, lets not forget about the many board and card games we played to increase our pastime possibilities!

I have never been much of a game player, but even I succumbed during the boredom of quarantine. It made me wonder about the pastimes of people before modern technology made games so affordable and easy to obtain. Archaeologists continue to unearth many types of games; recently a 1,700-year-old Roman game was found in a burial ground. It is thought to be an ancient version of backgammon. I decided to do my own dig through the librarys collection, and I found many books on the history and rules of games past and present.

If you would like to do a little digging yourself, you might want to start with this rather quixotic title: Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports by Edward Brooke-Hitching (Touchstone, 2015). While some of the games mentioned were very mean-spirited, such as fox tossing, which involves a large slingshot and a fox, the book demonstrates that humans do not like to be bored. I assume that only true boredom could lead people to create pastimes such as baseball with a cannon (ouch!) and dwile flonking (think drinking and beer-soaked rags). This sometimes hilarious book highlights games and pastimes created by humans many created out of sheer boredom.

Although I tend to stay away from this one, Monopoly is a much-loved board game with many different versions, such as Bacon-opoly and a cat lovers edition. First popularized in America in 1935, Monopoly is now played all over the world. But there is a more lengthy and somewhat dark history of the game highlighted in Mary Pilons fascinating book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury and Scandal Behind the Worlds Favorite Board Game (Bloomsbury USA, 2015). According to Pilon, the game was actually invented by a woman more than 30 years before Parker Brothers version existed, and there is a history of obsessive, unethical machinations that took place to monopolize the game.

Though my whole family did puzzles together, we noticed that each of us had a slightly different approach. Apparently, this is common, and Margaret Drabbles memoir The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History With Jigsaws (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009) offers some insight. Drabble mixes fun tidbits and historical facts about the educational beginnings of the hobby with her own personal history, highlighted by her relationship with her aunt and a diverse look at jigsaw puzzles. Get a cup of tea and curl up in your favorite chair for this one.

Did you know the game of chess did not have a queen for the first 500 years of its existence? Marilyn Yaloms book The Birth of the Chess Queen (Harper Collins Publishers, 2004) focuses on the game's early history and how it mirrored the political and social environment of medieval queens. She believes the chess queens evolution from a minor piece to the powerful piece she is today was influenced by medieval queens and rulers such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, Margaret of Denmark and Catherine the Great. Yalom has provided an interesting look at the political and social climate of that period and its possible influence on the history of the game. Even if youve never played chess but love the quirks of history, this book is for you.

Crossword puzzles are supposed to be excellent brain games, which is apparently something my children think I could use. I have not taken them up yet, but reading about this 100-year-old activity does seem interesting. Alan Connor digs into that history in The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief (Gotham Books, 2014). The game seemed to take off in 1924 with the publication of the first puzzle collection by a new publishing house known today as Simon & Schuster. Each chapter of this book reads as a personal essay on different aspects of the game with crosswords and puzzles hidden throughout even chapter titles are part of a crossword puzzle.

Finally, if you are a stickler for the rules (as my husband is), you might want to take a look at "The Big Book of Rules: Board Games, Kids' Games, Card Games, From Backgammon and Bocce to Tiddlywinks and Stickball" (Plume, 2005) by Stephanie Spadaccini. From frisbee golf to hearts, Spadaccini covers the rules for more than 300 games.

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St. Augustine’s Paulette Kozlowski serves individuals with dementia and caregivers – St. Augustine Record

By Carolyn Karger| Council on Aging

In 1998, Paulette Kozlowski arrived in St. Augustine with her husband and children having just retired from a career in nursing. Her plans were to enjoy her retirement and the good life in sunny St. Augustine. She opened a small dress shop on Hypolita Street, and joined the close-knit, downtown community. Life in a dress shop would prove way too slow a pace for a nurse used to always being on the go. However, it did afford time for contemplation.

I suddenly felt an inspiration to open an adult day care, Kozlowski shared. Ironically, I knew nothing about adult day cares! But I kept feeling a calling inside, and so I decided to research a little more about them, and look at grant opportunities available to get something like this started.

Not long after, she opened the paper one morning, and, to her surprise, saw an ad that read Nurse wanted to direct adult day care center in St. Augustine. And in May of 2000, Kozlowski was able to see her vision become a reality when she became the nursing director of the newly opened Our House adult day care for the NBA Florida Christian Center. Unfortunately, in 2003, the team received news that the company would be exiting the adult day care business nationwide.

Despite my grief, I knew something had to be done to keep this vision afloat, Kozlowski said.

Her participants with dementia and brain injuries would still need a program to attend, and their caregivers would continue to need the crucial assistance and respite time it afforded them. She was aware that a number of her participants were receiving assistance through Council on Aging, so she met with COAs Donna Fee and Brian Norse seeking advice on ways to continue to serve them.

Once Brian heard the story, he asked me to wait a minute, left the room, and came back shortly afterward, Kozlowski said. I will never forget the words he spoke as he returned. He said, I just spoke to Cathy (COAs then executive director) over the phone. We have been talking about the possible need to open an adult day care for the past few years. I guess this is the time to do it! You do the paperwork, and well get the building. I could hardly believe my ears. On that very day, I felt like the wonderful program that had flourished and grown so well the past three years just went from abandonment to suddenly being adopted into a new home!

Seventeen years later, Kozlowski and COA are still serving the needs of individuals dealing with dementia and brain injuries, as well as their caregivers. The adult day care program they created is called the Sunshine Center, and COAs Community Care-Giving program provides much needed education and support to caregivers. Since the arrival of COVID-19, Kozlowski, who manages both programs, has been hard at work adapting these programs to an online format so that COA can continue to serve participants and families in critical need of help.

However, the temporary closure of the Sunshine Center due to COVID-19 has created a serious challenge for their mission. Without the ability to provide in-person services, the majority of funding sources for the programs are no longer available. COA is seeking support from the community to keep the programs going.

As a nonprofit organization, COA has always relied upon the support of the community to help us be there for elders and their caregivers, Becky Yanni, COAs executive director, said. In times of crisis such as these, we must rely upon the community even more.

Once again, this vision is faced with hurdles, Kozlowski reflected. But Ive found that if you keep moving forward with your mission, no matter how hard the road may get, goodness and happiness will prevail. She continued, Theres no greater reward in life than to be able to help others in need. I know this, not just from my own experience, but through the caregivers I work with every day who care so unselfishly for their loved ones faced with a debilitating disease. It is also true for those afflicted with brain disease facing their hurdles, yet finding that life can still be enjoyable when you have someone by your side building you up and enjoying it with you.

Individuals, businesses and organizations that would like to help COA continue to provide these critical services can do so by becoming members of COAs Elder Guard supporters. One-time and monthly donations will help see that COAs services continue to be available during this crisis and beyond. Those wishing to help change lives by making a donation may visit or contact COAs Tom Torretta at 904-209-3700 or Donations may also be mailed to COA at 180 Marine St., St. Augustine, FL 32084.

The Sunshine Activities & Caregiver Caf online program provides two hours of activities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 am. Activities include chair exercise, music therapy, stimulating brain games, art therapy and more. Caregivers are also encouraged to join in. Cost for the program is $15 per week or $50 per month.

The Community Care-Giving program offers free caregiver needs assessments and information on resources available to meet their specific needs. The program also provides free online caregiver support groups and education, including a course called Caregiver 101 Guidance Through the Care-giving Journey.

COA wants caregivers to know that they are not alone, Kozlowski explained. Were here for you.

For information and to register for the programs, contact Kozlowski at 904-209-3700 or For information on all of COAs programs, visit

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Production wrapped on SEEDLAND Group’s "Forging the Future" with Al Roker Entertainment – SHOOT Online

SEEDLAND Group has teamed with Al Roker Entertainment to complete a series that explores the latest boundary-pushing reaches of scientific exploration. The project is titled Forging the Future. Distribution of the six-episode series will be handled by Sideways Film.Forging the Future explores a variety of cutting-edge topics ranging from the smallest phenomena, like exploring the microbiome (the trillions of microorganisms that live in or on the human body), to those with interplanetary ramifications, like the requirements to sustain human life off-Earth.This is the first documentary television production released by SEEDLAND Group, a multifaceted enterprise based in China, with roots in real estate development, that has quickly expanded via investments in smart living technologies into a variety of other sectors that enhance human life.

Forging the Future showcases the stories of top scientists from our time who are confronting the grand challenges before humanity by uncovering the worlds leading discoveries. These scientists are indomitable heroes improving our lives, said Liang Zhang, chairman of SEEDLAND Group. Since the vision of SEEDLAND is to enable better life with technology, we are devoted to the exploration of prospective scientific and technological development. We also look forward to having more people interested in these breakthroughs and inspired to create a better future.

I am passionate about science and about bringing science programming to audiences everywhere, said Al Roker, founder, Al Roker Entertainment.Over the course of six episodes, Forging the Future transports viewers across North America, Europe, and Australia to some of the worlds most advanced research facilities, including elite institutions like Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Columbia University. The series reveals the most exciting disciplines being explored in popular science today.Each episode of Forging the Future features a deep dive into topics such as: Artificial Intelligence, Achieving Immortality, Living Off the Earth, Genetic Engineering, Cyborg Technology, and creating a Disease-Free World with the Human Microbiome. Through conversations with world-renowned scientists and technologists, Forging the Future shows how the most cutting-edge technologies impact these fields and the hopeful future they are creating for humankind. Each episode is mastered in 4K.Christopher Webb Young (Brain Games for National Geographic, Primal Connections for Discovery), Kyle McCabe (Mysteries of the Abandoned for Science Channel, When Sharks Attack for Nat Geo Wild, and Monsters Inside Me for Animal Planet), and K. K. Ng(SEED Awards) serve as executive producers.

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Theres no harm in asking an innocent question The Manila Times – The Manila Times

A GROUP of scientists puts five monkeys in a large cage for an experiment. High up at the top beyond the reach of the monkeys were a bunch of golden ripe bananas tied securely. Underneath the bananas was a ladder. Immediately, all five monkeys spotted the bananas and scrambled to get it. When one monkey successfully got into the top of the ladder to secure a piece for himself, the scientists showered him with a stream of ice-cold water, including the four sinless monkeys.

All five monkeys sat on the floor while dripping wet, shriveling cold and bewildered on what had happened to them. Soon enough, the temptation of eating the ripe bananas became too great for the monkeys until a second ambitious monkey climbed the ladder.

As soon as second monkey reached the top, the scientists showered him with cold water and all four monkeys on the floor. After that, a third monkey tried to climb the ladder, but was prevented by other monkeys who immediately pulled him off the ladder and beat him to a near pulp.

After that, the scientists removed one monkey from the cage and a new monkey replaced him. Spotting the bananas right away, the new monkey naively began to climb the ladder. As if on cue, the four senior monkeys instantly pulled him off the ladder and beat him.

The scientists removed another monkey from the cage and replaced him with a new monkey. Again, the new monkey seeing the bananas began to climb the ladder. As if on cue, the three monkeys ganged up against the new monkey and beaten him while the first new monkey continued to be surprised of whats happening.

By the end of the experiment, none of the original monkeys were left. Despite none of them ever experienced the cold, wet water spray, they all learned one major lesson never try to touch the ladder and go for the bananas, no matter how tempting it was.

This alleged experiment was the subject of many speculations with many asking: Did the experiment really happened? The answer is not clear. However, a quick online search would reveal it experiment was dignified by several persons like Working Out Loud author John Stepper, management professor Keld Jenses, TED storyteller Eddie Obeng, and many more including noted personalities like C. K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel in their popular business book Competing for the Future (1996).

Herd mentality

Regardless of whether such Five Monkeys Experiment was conducted or not, the lessons in real work life can be as clear as the sunny sky. Despite the exhortations from corporate management and business leaders that we must be creative and innovative towards profitability and survival, the reality on the ground is that cold water is often poured against people with their new ideas.

More often than not, we hear old-timers, command-and-control managers and nave workers telling us: Weve always done it this way! This happens all the time even when you probe for the reason why theyre blindly following such a rule. So, why is it happening?

The answer comes from what psychologists call as herd mentality or the glue that makes group members cohesive with one another. Also known as pack mentality, mafia mentality or gang mentality, group members tend to follow their leaders based on their emotional attachment rather than follow the dictates of reason or logic.

The principles are the same since decades back except for their academic buzzwords.

Thats how we follow the dictates of the group without even asking for the reason or reasons from those who are blindly following the rules. Thats how herd mentality has continued to evolve while giving birth to other buzzwords like groupthink, bandwagon effect, group intelligence, crowd wisdom and many more.

If you like to learn about the latest interpretation about herd mentality, check another buzzword the Social Conformity Brain Games on YouTube which is one of my favorite tools in teaching the basic principle of Kaizen and Lean thinking.

No harm in asking

So, if youre not yet convinced, learn, unlearn and relearn from this true story: At one time, the New York Fire Departments rule book stated that all firemen were to place a ladder in front of a burning building before doing anything including the preparation of the fire hoses.

There was a fire. The brigade arrived to contain the fire. The brigade leader noted that the fire was raging at the back of the building and rather than waste time putting the ladder against the building faade as required by the rules, he ordered the fire crew to immediately put out the spreading blaze at the back. The fire was put out quickly, minimizing the danger and saved lives of the building occupant.

However, one of the fire departments safety inspectors was in the area. His job was to see things were done according to the rules. He noted the absence of the ladder against the front of the building. He filed an incident report against the brigade leader and began disciplinary action towards his dismissal. The labor union got involved as soon as a court case was filed.

In court, the defense lawyer asked for the rationale behind such rule in the book. No one, not even the chief of the fire department knew the answer. Then the lawyer brought in a historian who testified that more than a century ago, in New York City, there were no full-time, paid firefighters.

All the members of the fire brigades were voluntary and the insurance companies would pay only one brigade the first one on the scene of the fire. So, all insurance companies agreed the best proof they would accept is the ladder against the front of the building on fire!

This story is told by Carol Kinsey Goman in Creativity in Business: A Practical Guide for Creative Business (2000). For all those many years since the end of the volunteer fire brigade system, no one was courageous enough to challenge the reason behind the policy manual. No one had ever asked the dreaded question why?

Finally, since it is so fitting, let me share with you one of my favorite maxims in life: Theres no harm in asking.

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Model Toys

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Folk Toys

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