[Squeakland] Panel discussion: Can the American Mind be Opened?
subbukk at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 20:36:13 PST 2007
On Wednesday 21 November 2007 11:02 pm, David Corking wrote:
> However, beyond such material, I get thoroughly confused by an
> inability to distinguish proven knowledge, accepted wisdom, and pure
> pseudo-science. It seems that a lot of educational research is done
> by anecdote rather than by controlled blind large group studies. Any
> pointers to the good stuff? Or tips to help a natural scientist to
> understand the research methods of the social sciences?
I found Maria Montessori's "The Advanced Montessori Method" (2 vols) to be a
good start. It details her own in-depth observation of how children go about
learning abstract concepts and the reasoning behind many of her didactic
The following link lists some sources
Empirical studies of neurological basis for knowledge and perception is well
presented in "The Emerging Mind" by Vilayanur Ramachandran.
Indian literature has many works on the nature of human mind and learning. But
few English translations manages to capture the essence of the
original. "Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" by Swami Venkatesananda is one of the
exception. I often refer to it to clear any confusion about the process of
learning. Unfortunately, it is also difficult to get in most bookshops. You
may have it order it directly from the nearest Divine Life Society.
Hope it helps .. Subbu
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