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A Super-Memorist Advises on Study Strategies
This module explores the brain’s potential for storage-as-memory. Rajan Mahadevan, a “super-memorist,” demonstrates his phenomenal memory by scanning a 7 by 7 matrix of digits and recalling all forty-nine digits forward, backward, and by columns. He also claims to have memorized 100,000 digits of pi. Mahadevan offers suggestions to help college students improve the
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Field Bology
"Lessons from the Field" highlights the project-based, real-world approach to teaching science. The video segment follows a high school student who becomes motivated to learn when challenged to design his own experiment, work with professional mentors, and analyze and present his findings. This case study is excerpted from Learning That Works, a three-part teacher video series that explores the educational possibilities and benefits of firsthand applied science. Run time 06:12.
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Glaciers
Many of the world’s most beautiful landscapes were made by glaciers. This program shows how, explaining glacial formation, structure, movement, and methods of gouging and accumulating earth. The program provides images of glaciers and glacial landforms such as moraines, and discusses how study of glaciers may help us understand ice ages and the greenhouse effect.
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Evolution and the Tree of Life

What makes a snake a snake, and a lizard a lizard? What distinguishes one type of lizard from another? And how did so many types of reptiles come to be? Session 6 focuses on questions like these as we continue our study of the fundamentals of evolution. Building upon key ideas introduced
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Raphael's Fresco of the School of Athens
Masterpieces of Western Art at Columbia University is part of the Art Humanities Series. Masterpieces of Western Art has been a degree requirement for all College students and an integral part of the Core Curriculum since 1947. It is not a historical survey, but an analytical study of a limited number of monuments and artists, and teaches students how to look at, think about, and engage in critical discussion of the visual arts. (18:04)

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Home Schooling Overview : Different Learning Styles
Teach your children from home; learn about learning styles to consider for homeschooling in this home schooling video from an experienced teacher and education curriculum expert.

Terry Neven, founder and principal of the Sunland Christian School, is the executive director of the National Independent Study Accreditation Council.
Filmmaker: Traci Holsey

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Home Schooling Overview : Beyond the Home School Class
Homeschooling is rewarding. Learn about homeschooling considerations other than class in this video from an experienced teacher and education curriculum expert.

Terry Neven, founder and principal of the Sunland Christian School, is the executive director of the National Independent Study Accreditation Council.
Filmmaker: Traci Holsey

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21L.448J Darwin and Design (MIT)
In the Origin of Species (1859), Charles Darwin gave us a model for understanding how natural objects and systems can evidence design without positing a designer: how purpose and mechanism can exist without intelligent agency. Texts in this course deal with pre- and post-Darwinian treatment of this topic within literature and speculative thought since the eighteenth century. We will give some attention to the modern study of feedback mechanisms in artificial intelligence. Our reading will be in
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Afghanistan's Elections: Can Straw be Spun into Gold?
Afghanistan's presidential election on 20 August has triggered a storm of complaints, and widespread apprehension on the part of international commentators. Yet the question of how to move forward constructively is on the desk of foreign ministries in many major capitals. In this lecture Professor Maley, who was an accredited international observer for the election, offers an account of the forces that have brought Afghanistan to this pass, and some suggestions about what might be required to av
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Krista Tippett, Founder and host of American Public Media's "Speaking of Faith": "Reading from 'Spea
The founder and host of American Public Media's "Speaking of Faith" will read from her book. Leigh Schmidt (Department of Religion), Matt Hedstrom (Center for the Study of Religion), and Judith Weisenfeld (Department of Religion) will be the panel participants. Carolyn Rouse, Department of Anthropology, will serve as moderator. A journalist and former diplomat, Krista Tippett conceived the idea for "Speaking of Faith" while consulting for the ecumenical institute of St. John's Abbey, Collegevil
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Women in Theatre conference: "Issues for the 21st Century" – September 26, 2009
Women artists continue to be excluded from positions of power and visibility in the American theatre industry. Recent research, including a provocative study by Princeton alumni Emily Sands, indicates that plays by women are less frequently produced now than they were at the turn of the 20th century. More women have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in recent years, including Suzan-Lori Parks (Top Dog/Underdog) Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) and this year, Lynn Nottage (Ruined), but very fe
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Women in Theatre conference: "Issues for the 21st Century" – September 26, 2009
Women artists continue to be excluded from positions of power and visibility in the American theatre industry. Recent research, including a provocative study by Princeton alumni Emily Sands, indicates that plays by women are less frequently produced now than they were at the turn of the 20th century. More women have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in recent years, including Suzan-Lori Parks (Top Dog/Underdog) Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) and this year, Lynn Nottage (Ruined), but very fe
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Green Fluorescent Protein: Lighting Up Life - January 28, 2010
Martin Chalfie, chair and professor of biological sciences at Columbia University, shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y. Tsien for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein (GFP). GFP has become a fundamental tool in cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, neurobiology and the medical sciences. It has permitted scientists to study damaged cells in Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and genetic disorders. It also has many applications i
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Green Fluorescent Protein: Lighting Up Life - January 28, 2010
Martin Chalfie, chair and professor of biological sciences at Columbia University, shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y. Tsien for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein (GFP). GFP has become a fundamental tool in cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, neurobiology and the medical sciences. It has permitted scientists to study damaged cells in Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and genetic disorders. It also has many applications i
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The Fruits of the Genome for Society - February 17, 2010
Lunch 'n Learn presentation: The sequence of the human genome, the primary goal of the Human Genome Project, was achieved just a few years ago. Because our genomes are a string of 3 billion sequences of four chemical letters in the DNA polymer, the ability to obtain genomic sequences depended on revolutionary progress not just in DNA chemistry but also on the equally revolutionary advances in speed, capacity and versatility of digital computers. By far the most prominent result of the determinat
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The Fruits of the Genome for Society PDF - February 17, 2010
Lunch 'n Learn presentation: The sequence of the human genome, the primary goal of the Human Genome Project, was achieved just a few years ago. Because our genomes are a string of 3 billion sequences of four chemical letters in the DNA polymer, the ability to obtain genomic sequences depended on revolutionary progress not just in DNA chemistry but also on the equally revolutionary advances in speed, capacity and versatility of digital computers. By far the most prominent result of the determinat
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Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study: Part 1 - "Algorithm: A common language for nature, man,
"A Worldview through the Computational Lens III", part 1. From Google to Genomics, the notion of an algorithm underlies much of the "computational universe" we live in today. The algorithm is the fundamental object of study in theoretical computer science. The power and limits of efficient algorithms hold the key to such diverse questions as "What can we know about the world?", "What is intelligence?", and "Can poker be played over the telephone?" A Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture (cosponsored by
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Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study: Part 2 - "Time, space, and the cosmology of computation
"A Worldview through the Computational Lens III", part 2. From Google to Genomics, the notion of an algorithm underlies much of the "computational universe" we live in today. The algorithm is the fundamental object of study in theoretical computer science. The power and limits of efficient algorithms hold the key to such diverse questions as "What can we know about the world?", "What is intelligence?", and "Can poker be played over the telephone?" A Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture (cosponsored by
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Avi Wigderson, Institute for Advanced Study: Part 3 - "Cryptography: Secrets, lies, knowledge, and t
"A Worldview through the Computational Lens III", part 3. From Google to Genomics, the notion of an algorithm underlies much of the "computational universe" we live in today. The algorithm is the fundamental object of study in theoretical computer science. The power and limits of efficient algorithms hold the key to such diverse questions as "What can we know about the world?", "What is intelligence?", and "Can poker be played over the telephone?" A Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture (cosponsored by
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Christopher Eisgruber, Princeton University: "Religious Freedom and the Constitution" - March 9, 200
Marci A. Hamilton, The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Erik Michael Mazur, Bucknell University; and Winnifred F. Sullivan, University at Buffalo Law School, comment on the recent book by Christopher L. Eisgruber and Lawrence G. Sager, Religious Freedom and the Constitution. Christopher L. Eisgruber, Provost of Princeton University, responds and answers questions from the audience. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion.
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