The original version of this IAE Blog entry was published 2/8/2011. Subsequently, two sections have been added to reflect more recent information.
More than 10 years ago I read Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book, Finding Flow: The Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life (1996). For me, this was fascinating reading, and it certainly was relevant to my overall life and to my professional life.
More recently I heard about Jenova Chen’s work in game design and how she and other game developers draw on the theories developed by Csikszentmihalyi. Quoting from Chen (2007):
As I have mentioned previously, one of my most favorite quotes is:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. (Margaret Mead; American cultural anthropologist; 1901–1978.)
Yesterday one of my readers pointed me to the following 7-minute video:
Shankardass, A. (November, 2009). A second opinion on learning disorders. http://www.ted.com/talks/aditi_shankardass_a_second_opinion_on_learning_disorders.html.
The history of brain science can be traced back more than 2,400 years.
When you spoke of a nature gifted or not gifted in any respect, did you mean to say that one man may acquire a thing easily, another with difficulty; a little learning will lead the one to discover a great deal; whereas the other, after much study and application no sooner learns then he forgets.… (Plato; Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the western world; 428/427 BC– 348/347 BC.)