Brains: The Mind As Matter also features the brain of US suffragette Helen H Gardener, which she donated to science to disprove theories about gender.
The eminent scientist was cremated and his ashes were scattered according to his wishes.
He kept the brain, which to many people’s surprise was not particularly large, and divided it into 240 sections preserved in jars of formaldehyde at his house.
He gave a box of 46 slides to his pathologist colleague William Ehrich, and the samples were eventually donated to the museum in Philadelphia.
“Gentleman, scholar and murderer” Edward H Rulloff’s brain – one of the largest ever known – is also on display for the first time in Britain.
Despite being known for his intelligence, he is thought to have killed his wife and child and was sentenced to death in 1871 for killing a shop assistant in New York.
The exhibition also includes the brain of an ancient Egyptian, one of the oldest specimens ever known, the brain of computer science pioneer Charles Babbage 1791-1871, and a brain specimen containing a bullet wound.
Strange Random Brain Quote:
“Memory offers up its gifts only when jogged by something in the present. It isn’t a storehouse of fixed images and words, but a dynamic associative network in the brain that is never quiet and is subject to revision each time we retrieve an old picture or old words.” ― Siri Hustvedt, The Sorrows of an American
- Einstein’s brain goes on display in Philadelphia (pathologyblawg.com)
- Odd Zone: Odd Zone: Einstein’s brain to go on show in UK (coventrytelegraph.net)
- Brush with genius: Einstein’s brain cells go on show (independent.co.uk)
- A slice of genius: Thinly cut segments of Einstein’s brain go on display in Britain for first time (dailymail.co.uk)
- Brain Teaser: Einstein’s Grey Matter On Display (news.sky.com)
- Slices of Einstein’s brain show “the mind as matter” (vancouversun.com)
- Explore Einstein’s Brain Through His Letters (gizmodo.com.au)
- Brains! London exhibition looks inside our skulls (hosted.ap.org)
The revelation that more than 80 Atlanta teachers admitted to cheating on state standardized tests–with one group of elementary teachers even holding a “party” after school to change their pupils’ answers by hand–has rocked the education reform movement.But one question has been left unanswered: Why would a teacher resort to cheating in the first place? The Notebook blog has found a Philadelphia teacher willing to explain why she helped her 11th-grade English students cheat on the state’s standardized tests. The blog earlier broke the story that Pennsylvania officials suspected cheating may have occurred in 60 state schools. The teacher, who remains anonymous in the story, says she began to help her students cheat because she worried their self-esteem was crushed by taking tests they were in no way academically prepared for. If a student asked a question during one of the eight yearly testing periods, she would help him or her find the right answer, or occasionally just point to it on the exam. “I never went to any student who didn’t call me to help them cheat,” said the teacher. “But if somebody asked me a question, I wasn’t willing to say, ‘Just do your best.’ They were my students, and I wanted to be there for them.”
- On Education: Pennsylvania Joins the List of States Facing a School Cheating Scandal (nytimes.com)
- Jay Leno’s Take On Atlanta Cheating Scandal: Kids “Never Going To Learn How To Cheat On Their Own” (huffingtonpost.com)
- “The Cheating Scandal!” Isn’t Cheating a Choice? (oldschoolteach.wordpress.com)
- Civil Disobedience and No Child Left Behind – Part 1 (crazynormaltheclassroomexpose.com)
- Ask Not, “Why?” Ask, “What Am I Going to Do About It?” (tokenteach.wordpress.com)
- Nearly 30% of Teachers Report Pressure to Cheat… (educationclearinghouse.wordpress.com)
- Teachers Implicated In Atlanta Cheating Scandal Told To Resign Or Get Fired (huffingtonpost.com)
- America’s biggest teacher and principal cheating scandal unfolds in Atlanta (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- When Teachers Cheat (webnerhouse.com)
This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy. ~Douglas Adams
Funny thing, colours. You would think that with all the negative associations we have for BLACK, that Black Friday would be a day to stay at home as the flyer opposite (promoting books) suggests.
It turns out that the first association of the word had to do with a financial crisis in 1869, which makes sense.
So then there was a bit of a jump to the next sense, which was to describe the traffic in Philadelphia on the day after Thanksgiving. Having never been to Philadelphia, I can’t say what it’s like, but still, it seems reasonable. After that we get to the modern definition, still the day after Thanksgiving, but now the unofficial start of the Christmas shopping season and therefore the time for all shops to climb out of the red (making a loss) into the black (making a profit).
To take advantage of this day, many stores open their doors at times that would make you go “Urggghhh” and offer special “doorbuster” offers of articles at a crazy price (certain similarity here with that great British phenomenom, the “January” Sales).
Here’s an example from last year in Salt Lake City.
The other side of the coin is the Adbusters Media Foundation, based in Vancouver, Canada. (It appears that many Canadians also take advantage of the sales, as this insurance website claims). Adbusters organises a BUY NOTHING DAY to coincide with Thanksgiving and Black Friday, in an attempt to “opt out of consumer culture for 24 hours and send world leaders gearing up for the Copenhagen climate summit a message.”
Whatever you decide to do (or not to do), we hope you have a safe Friday and a great weekend!
Strange Random Language Fact:In Chinese, the words crisis and opportunity are the same