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anonymous asked:

Why is Japan such a boogeyman for economists and liberals?

because it is a highly developed, stable, peaceful country that has embraced a form of nationalism and ethnocentrism that doesnt function like OMG NAZIs!!!!

Plus the fact it is at worst, only stagnant in the face of a rapidly declining population blows up the ponzi scheme forever population growth models western economists jerks themselves off over.

Imagine this: youth in the cities can afford country homes for dirt cheap prices because of the falling population outside urban areas.

Can you imagine that? having a tiny rental home in san francisco but owning a weekend cottage home a 2 hour train ride away?

You is Smart

No matter what you or anyone else has told you, I’m here to state an important fact today: You are intelligent.  Every single one of you.

Before you start to argue with me, let me also state that some of you are intelligent in ways that the standard metrics don’t see.

In Education, we study Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence theory, which delineates at least nine distinct forms of intelligence.  While the standard ones of verbal/linguistic and logical/mathematical are often classified as evidence of smartness by teachers and peers alike, others like musical, bodily-kinesthetic, and interpersonal intelligence go unnoticed or noted as talents, but not signs of intelligence.  Yet they are and harnessing their power can help even the weakest student learn new things better.

Here’s the deal- you possess all of these intelligences, just in varying amounts.  Some of them are super high, others in the middle ground, and a few are low.  But another plus to Gardner’s theory (which is also supported by Dweck’s growth mindset model) is that ALL intelligences can be developed to a higher mastery. AND nearly every intelligence can be used to support or supplement other more traditional learning models, if you know what you are doing.

So why am I blabbering on about all of this?

Because over the next nine weeks, I want to dive into each of these intelligences (with a little help from Brad who will be doing a guest post for me) and how we can use it in our quest to learn languages.  I’ll also try to give tips on how to boost that particular intelligence, in case you find it to be a weak rather than a strong point.  Hopefully, you’ll find some new methods that will help you maximize your own unique gifts, or at least try something new.

For today, I want to just give a brief overview of each intelligence, as well as some notes on how easily it relates to languages.  Let’s dive in, shall we?

Verbal-Linguistic (Word) Intelligence: People with high linguistic intelligence are good with language, both in terms of deduction and creation.  Generally people with high verbal-linguistic intelligence enjoy reading and writing (or oral story-telling).  They enjoy plays on words and appreciate the effort expelled to create a pretty sentence. Obviously, most people who consider themselves good at languages likely have high verbal-linguistic intelligence. In the article on this one, we’ll focus more on how to develop this intelligence to a higher level, as most of the typical activities we think about for language learning fall under this intelligence anyhow.

Logical-Mathematical (Logic) Intelligence: People with high logical-mathematical intelligence are often good with numbers or putting together logical statements.  Computer programmers very often have high levels of this intelligence, as do people who work with numbers such as engineers or accountants.  At first glance this may not seem to connect to language well, but I’d disagree.  I think many people with logical-mathematical intelligence are good at deconstructing grammar and creating sentence formulas to help them communicate.  They often can organize information well, especially if they also have strong visual intelligence.  

Visual-Spatial (Picture) Intelligence: This can go two directions. The more obvious one is being able to represent things and ideas visually.  We often think of artists in this group, but if you know someone who creates incredible mind maps or other visual representations of their notes, chances are they have high visual intelligence.  Another way to manifest this intelligence is being good with understanding spatial concepts. You know that person who NEVER seems to get lost, even in brand new places, even when their GPS doesn’t work? Or the person like my mother who can eyeball a cup of flour or tell you exactly which rooms are directly above which in a house she’s walked through once?  Often people with high visual-spatial intelligence initially struggle with language because the words feel too abstract, but once they start adding pictures or other visual elements to their learning programs, they catch up quick.

Bodily-Kinesthetic (Physical) Intelligence:  This is another one with multiple directions, but often simply stated as “learning by doing.”  Athletes and craftspeople often fall into this category- they demonstrate intelligence through physical action and creation.  Drama can also often fall in with these two as the physicality of theater is often the most critical piece (think of those early silent film actors and actresses and how key their actions and facial expressions were).  If one is learning a sign language, the connection to language is clear.  But I find that even for spoken languages, utilizing physical motions helps solidify vocabulary retention. AND let us not forget the ever important learning of gestures and of course pronunciation, which have physical components.

Musical Intelligence: Brad will be writing the guest post for this one, but I’ll go ahead and introduce it.  These are people who are good with rhythms and melodies, whether by playing an instrument, singing, composing music, or even quality critics who can distinguish between large numbers of pieces.  Musical intelligence lends itself nicely to language learning.  Many of us have learned vocabulary in simple songs or enjoyed music in the language we are studying.  Also chants and rhythms can help us memorize information, as well as make it easier to learn both prosody and tones of a language.

Naturalistic (Nature/Science) Intelligence: I am less familiar with this one as it was added after I completed my formal study, but from my reading, I understand it to be related to being able to classify natural systems as well as recognize and even derive natural laws.  Think Charles Darwin out there sketching his finches and developing the theory of evolution, without it already being written in a book for him to study- just making connections among the physical evidence. My cousin was the type who with a little bit of science knowledge at 8 could extrapolate how it applied to all sorts of situations, while I needed much more direct explanation.  While this one has a very low connection to language naturally (pun unintended), I believe we can make that classification aspect work for us.  

Interpersonal (People/Social) Intelligence: This one is fairly self explanatory, but not as limited as some think.  As the name suggests, this is the ability to interact with people well, often associated with high emotional intelligence.  These are the great conversationalists, the people who read others well, and who know how to work a crowd.  This does NOT always mean they are extroverted though.   Many introverts ARE highly intelligent in interpersonal matters, they just need time to recharge.  And many extroverts are not as good at this as they think- we all know that person who has to be the center of attention, even in the most inappropriate situations (e.g. the brother of the bride who makes an arse of himself at her wedding). Obviously, interpersonal intelligence can be highly useful to an aspiring polyglot because one needs to talk with people to practice!  Also people with high interpersonal intelligence are likely to pick up on and acclimate to new cultural norms with ease, making them blend in faster.

Intrapersonal (Self) Intelligence: This is in many ways the reverse of the former, though that does not mean one can’t be highly versed in both.  Intrapersonal intelligence is all about understanding yourself, knowing what makes you tick and how to motivate yourself.  It means understanding how you learn best and what brings you both joy and stress and how to effectively deal with both.  Again, this plays a high role in what many call emotional intelligence. Intrapersonal intelligence may not initially seem super connected to language learning (which after all, often has communication as its focus) BUT knowing how you learn is critical to the autodidact (self-taught learner- favorite word of a friend) and knowing how to boost your own motivation is even more essential. Therefore intrapersonal intelligence can be a great asset to a language learner.

Existential (Philosophical/Spiritual) Intelligence: Please forgive me, as I may falter on this explanation.  This is another one that was not included in the list when I was formally studying this information.  But, from the reading, this seems to be focused on people who ponder and come to interesting conclusions about the BIG questions: why are we here, what happens after we die, what does it mean to be “good”.  I had to think a long while how this intelligence would interact with language learning.  Ultimately, I think this intelligence helps one assign purpose (and therefore encourage motivation) to the activity and also perhaps help one deal with the more abstract aspects of language learning.  We all know those expressions that you have to feel more than learn in a formal respect- this is the kind of thing that existential intelligence may help one acquire.

 I hope you will find the next few weeks interesting as we look at each intelligence in depth and give suggestions on how to both develop this intelligence as well as how to use it to improve your language learning.  I’ll try to include some links along the way for those interested in knowing more.  Until then, peace out my Polyglot Peeps!

'Girls,' 'The Americans,' Network Presidents Panels Added to ATX Lineup

The ATX Television Festival is solidifying its lineup.

Girls, The Americans, Fear the Walking Dead, Fargo, The Leftovers, Playing House and The Mick are several of the latest scripted series headed to Austin for the sixth annual festival, which will take place June 8-11.

For the first time in the festival’s history, ATX will host a networks president panel, featuring NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke, Hulu head of content Craig Erwich, HBO programming president Casey Bloys, FX president of original programming Nick Grad and Showtime programming president Gary Levine. The panel will cover topics such as branding, audience growth, the changing models of picking up and distributing series, and creating series for TV’s ever changing landscape.

Several upcoming series will also screen at ATX, including John Singleton’s FX drama Snowfall, Mark Duplass’ HBO anthology Room 104, AMC’s Western The Son, Freeform’s Bella Thorne starrer Famous in Love and magazine drama The Bold Type, the Farrelly brothers’ AT&T Audience network comedy Loudermilk and truTV’s Andrea Savage-led half-hour I’m Sorry.

The ABC drama October Road will reunite at the festival, joining previously announced ATX reunions for The Comeback, Designing Women, Northern Exposure and thirtysomething as well as the writers of Alias, among others.

ATX is also pushing into unscripted with a panel on the history of MTV’s reality series, featuring exec producers from The Real World, Road Rules, The Challenge, Jersey Shore, The Hills and Teen Mom. TruTV will also present its new game show Talk Show the Game Show.

Other shows headed to ATX include This Is Us, Grace and Frankie and I’ll Have What He’s Having.

Geek warning:

So last night I was doing a bunch of exponential function math stuff til late and listening to Five Year Mission (a Star Trek band) [yeah I’m super cool] and this morning I got excited and wrote a little exponential function for the Tribble population growth model as in “The Trouble With Tribbles” and as it turns out, when Spock says there are 1,771,561 (I don’t have that memorized) [just kidding, I do] Tribbles in the container… He is correct. #the more you know



Kendall Buster

“New Growth / Stratum Model”


Suyama Space, Seattle, WA.

New Growth: Stratum Model reflects a merging of the natural and the built environment. Designed to operate at once as landscape and architecture, the schematic of stacked planes seen from a bird’s eye view toggles between topography map and building in plan. There is an illusion from this vantage point that the form has been compressed into a single plane. But viewed in elevation or perspective these horizontal levels decompress and expand to suggest accessible spaces.
As in previous work I am interested in the notion of how a scale model with an unspoken ratio might operate. That is, the model might represent at once a microscopic landscape made large to allow human scale spelunking and an imagined sprawling cityscape shrunken to miniature size.
The notion of growth refers both to the way that biological models have informed the design of the individual forms in the sculpture and the way in which the edges of these stacked planes create a kind of provisional boundary. It is a model for a built environment where edges converse with the particulars of a natural site  - rivers, extreme changes in elevation, encroaching marshland. Urban growthcan be developed from the top down with leveling, grid planning and other kinds of imposed schematics. But such growth also occurs from the inside out, directed in a manner more akin to cellular organization in response to environment.
New Growth: Stratum Model was created for Suyama Space in Seattle, Washington, an alternative space for experimental sculptural projects created by curator Beth Sellers with the support of architect George Suyama, and located in the architectural firm of Suyama Peterson Deguchi.

A horizontal layer of material, especially one of several parallel layers arranged one on top of another.
Geology. A bed or layer of sedimentary rock having approximately the same composition throughout.
Any of the regions of the atmosphere, such as the troposphere, that occur as layers.
Biology. A layer of tissue: the epithelial stratum.
A level of society composed of people with similar social, cultural, or economic status.
One of a number of layers, levels, or divisions in an organized system: a complex poem with many strata of meaning.”

what’s with the whole inane “wealth is not a zero sum game” bullshit libertarian talking point

wealth is a representation of the level of access to resources someone has, and resources are finite. logically, increasing everyone’s resource access to the level of access that the hyper rich have would deplete these resources, unless we assume an absolutely inhuman level of restraint and self-control.

so no, libertarians, it is not possible for everyone to become billionaires. there is not enough metal in the earth for everyone to have a fleet of yatchs. and most significantly, this means the project of alleviating poverty, that is, increasing the resource access of the poor, necessarily involves reducing the resource access of the rich. no way around it.