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We’re Back

January 17, 2016

We’re returned from the Scientific American Bright Horizons cruise to the Western Caribbean and the Panama Canal.  We disembarked from Fort Lauderdale.  The first port call, more accurately a tendering call, to Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.  Next port was Oranjestad, Aruba.  Then Cartagena, Columbia before entering the Panama Canal, Gatun Lake, and exiting the Panama Canal, which was a truly memorable experience.  Next came Puerto Limon, Costa Rica.  We were especially impressed by Costa Rica, the country and its fruits.  My wife was overwhelmed by the healthy fruits she found.  We stopped at Georgetown in the Cayman Islands before returning to Fort Lauderdale.

However, the highly of the cruise were the speakers.  All speakers made multiple presentations.   Dr MIchael Starboard is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas in Austin.  His opening talk was on the five elements of effective thinking, which was truly impressive.  All his lectures concerned effective thinking and were addressed at specific topics in mathematics.

Dr. Monisha Pasupathi is a professor of psychology at the University of Utah.  She made interesting presentations on important topics including memory, rationality, emotion,  emotion regulation, and personality.

Dr. Glenn Starkman is a professor of physics and astronomy and director toe the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics at Case Western University.  His presentations were definitely mind expanding, and he made difficult material accessible and understandable.

Dr. Chris Stringer is the Research Leader in Human Origins and a Fellow of the Royal Society.  His presentations on human revolution were enlightening.  There have been many crooked roads on the way to human revolution.

Our group attending these presentations was equally impressive.  They were knowledgeable and highly intelligent.  When asked how many invested in the stock market, a fair number of hands were raised.  But when asked whether they played in the ship’s casino, not a single had was raised.  These were people with growth mindsets who were enjoying the process of growing their minds.

There is much material to ponder here regarding future healthy memory blog posts.  What is of both obvious and immediate interests are Dr.Stringer’s statements about what led to homo sapiens and why it succeeded.  The development of large enough groups was important, but the key to success was what we term in the healthy memory blog as transactive memory.   Transactive memory is the information shared among different memories.  Many minds are needed and there needs to be sharing of information among these minds.  Once spoken language was developed, written language increased the storing power of transactive memory, and the development of the printing press greatly expanded the access to transactive memory.  Today we have the net (see the healthy memory blog post, “Why the Net Matters” which is on the book of the same title by David Eagleman).  Note also the remainder of the title is “Six Easy Ways to Avert the Collapse of Civilization.”  Please reread and assess on your own whether these easy ways to avert the collapse of civilization are easy, and to reassess the risk.

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