story telling

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Closely Related Literary Kinds...

I just finished reading Philippe Petit's book, "Man on Wire" pp  This text chronicles Petit's multiyear long project to perform a high wire walk across the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.  There is a significant amount of autiobiographical information, including Petit's childhood passion for horseback riding.  Interspersed throughout the text are black and white images of Petit, his accomplices, and the Twin Towers.  Some are photographs, others are sketches and notes in

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“An Artificial and Most Complicated World”: Reading and Writing the Brain

“From the very start, the brain’s capacity for making new connections shows itself… as regions originally designed for other functions – particularly vision, motor, and multiple aspects of language – learn to interact with increasing speed. By the time a child is seven or eight, the beginning decoding brain illustrates both how much the young brain accomplishes and how far we have evolved… These three major distribution regions will be the foundation across all phases of reading for basic decoding, even though an increasing fluency… adds an interesting caveat to the unfolding portrait of the reading brain.” (1)

-Maryanne Wolf


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Genres as Recipes or Recipes as Genres?

Perhaps this is a stupid question…  Especially for someone who has taken almost enough literature courses to be an English minor… An avid reader of novels, graphic narratives, biographies, and texts on philosophy and science… 
WHAT IS LITERATURE?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 
Is it the texts of the Western Canon?  Is it global?  Is it any kind of artist writing?  What about important articles? Comics? Papers? Speeches? Films? Recipes?

Neurobiology and Behavior Web Papers II

Students in Biology 202 at Bryn Mawr College write web papers on topics of interest to themselves. These are made available via links from the index below to encourage further exploration by others having similar or related interests. All papers have associated on-line forums for continuing conversation.

aeraeberThe Clash of Logic and Emotion
AndyMittelmanThe Neurological Side of Firewalking
Caroline HFood, Physiology, and Psychology
ColetteMindwandering and Boredom
Congwen WangFat on the Belly: Whose Business?
cschoonoverThe Bionic Arm
dvergaraAltering Consciousness: The power of meditation and hypnosis
egleichmanTraumatic Stress: A Chemical Approach
emilyTo See Without Sight
ewippermannA Philosophy to Match the Science
gloudonDo Lobsters have I-Functions?
Hannah Silverblank“An Artificial and Most Complicated World”: Reading and Writing the Brain
hmarciaThe Personality and the Brain
Jeanette BatesThe Origin of Religion and Spirituality
JJLopezPostpartum Depression and Child Neglect
kdilliplanKeep Calm and Carry On: Now Panic and Freak Out Expected vs. Actual Inputs and the Perception of Pain
kgouldRifts in Time
KwarlizzleThe Collective I-Function
Lauren McDAcupuncture's Mysticism United With Science
lfrontinoCentral Pattern Generators and Athlete Training
mcchenYoga and the I-function
mcurrieChild Trauma and the Hippocampus
MELThe Relationship between Compulsive Hoarding Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
merobertsNeural Network Rewiring: You can achieve it if you believe it
molivaresPerfect Pitch: A Central Pattern Generator Leftover?
natmackowConcussions in athletes: to play or not to play
RavenDreams: Seeing without seeing
RikiWhat Happens When the Brain "Farts" and Why Does It Matter?
rkirloskarExploring the Avian Brain
Saba AshrafSleep Paralysis
SchmeltzThe Scientific Approach: A Spiritual Journey
skimWallowing in Winter SAD-ness
smkaplanTime to Learn
sophie b.Antidepressant use in adolescents
Vicky TuThe Cause of Aggression
xhanA Threat to One's Ego
ymlMemory and Lie: Brain Fingerprinting


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"Stuff and Nonsense!"


  Nonsense. It is the absence of logic, the disappearance of understanding. If something completely baffles our comprehension of the universe, we cry foul of its validity. It can be frustrating. It rubs against our conventional approaches to life. At the same time, nonsense is a challenge. It forces us to encompass a different mindset, to shift our perspective past the familiar in order to illustrate a concept that is impossible to see otherwise. Nonsense is a tool that can aid us in discerning our reality. 

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The Tyranny of Henry James

In our discussion of The Portrait of a Lady, Anne asked our class to consider “who is the tyrant” of the novel.  She was inquiring what character or concept constrained the formerly free and independent character of Isabel Archer.  A discussion ensued about whether Gilbert Osmond or Isabel Archer’s imagination was the tyrant.  I would like to propose a third interpretation; Henry James, himself, is the great tyrant of his own novel. 

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Doll - An Exploratory Short Story


In class on Tuesday, May 2, 2010, we discussed the fact that Henry James, particularly in his novel The Portrait of a Lady, leaves a great deal unsaid. He chooses not to include in the novel several scenes in which his characters make important decisions, but instead references those decisions later, never having explored the nature of how they came about. Some of my classmates were very much against this idea, or felt cheated by the fact that James did not feel it necessary to provide them with all of the information pertaining to his story. Other classmates were intrigued, or even pleased by the fact that he left such a great deal up to the imagination of the reader.

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Storytelling through Serials - How and Why?


I think it would be an interesting idea for us to study serial fiction as a genre.

Neurobiology and Behavior Web Papers I

Students in Biology 202 at Bryn Mawr College write web papers on topics of interest to themselves. These are made available via links from the index below to encourage further exploration by others having similar or related interests. All papers have associated on-line forums for continuing conversation.

aeraeberDisease or Madness: Society's Perception of Bipolar Disorder
AndyMittelmanCold Could Save Your Life: Therapeutic Hypothermia
Caroline HSerotonin Syndrome: A brief introduction
ColetteThe effects of Music on Language Disabilities
Congwen WangDiscovering Awareness in Vegetative State Patients: What to Do Next?
cschoonoverThe Challenge of Determining Consciousness
dvergaraThe Animal Mind
egleichmanPsilocybin, Hallucinations, and the Spiritual Enlightenment
emilyA Revision of Vision
ewippermannA Ubiquitous Universal Grammar
gloudonCell Phones and the Brain - a Two-Sided Dilemma
Hannah Silverblank“A Tissue of Signs”: Deproblematizing Synesthesia and Metaphor
hmarciaForeign Accent Syndrome and Identity
Jeanette BatesLanguage’s Relationship to the Brain
JJLopezWhy do we dream?
kdilliplanScents Sense: Olfaction, Memory and the Capabilities of the Brain
kgouldA First Look at Depersonalization and Derealization
KwarlizzlePain: Dickinson versus Descartes
Lauren McDHypnotizability
lfrontinoWho am I? An Examination of Memory and Identity
mcchenEmotions: Their Origins and Definitions
mcurrieThe Brain and Religion
MELBehavior without Memory
merobertsNeurological Correlates of Transsexuality
mleung01How Tough is Too Tough
molivaresWestern Culture of Science and its Synthesis of Mental Health and Illness
natmackowConversion Disorder: An Analysis of the Hysterical
RavenThinking Outside the Brain: Gut feelings and following the heart
RikiThe Eyes Have It: A look at EMDR
rkirloskarAlzheimer's Disease
Saba AshrafBody Dysmorphic Disorder
SchmeltzEmily Dickinson: A Spiritual Materialist
skimThe Physical World, Time Travel, and Embodied Cognition
smkaplanGender Identity and the Brain
sophie b.hysteria
Vicky TuThe Shyness of Brain
ymlWhat am I? to Who am I? : Cultural Identity


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