John Cleese Explains the Brain

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Classroom Culture, Language, Learning Challenges

Below is a video from John Cleese’s very “informative” brain podcast (actual content begins around 35 seconds). You’ll notice, of course, that nearly every sentence is almost entirely gibberish. It is humorous to us in large part because . . . John Cleese is a masterful humorist who can make gobbledygook sound sensical, and . . . It is a low stakes … Read More

Friday Funnies

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts

Some Friday brain humor. Enjoy. From the Daily Ha Ha: From The MetaPicture: Also from The MetaPicture: Inside a toddler’s brain by Melissa Balmain in Parenting Mag, posted at BuzzFeed: By Mark Parisi via MyTeenageWereWolf: From TaMuse–The Brain’s a Troll: And, finally, the timelessly hilarious Gary Larson’s Far Side, posted on Inebriated Press:

Humor — It’s all in your head

allkindsofmindsBrain Facts, Higher Order Thinking

Humor is generally regarded as an important and valuable tool for sustaining engagement with students (in moderation, of course). But what is really going on in the brain when it comes to humor? In an article in New Scientist magazine, Daniel Elkan writes, Yet humour is a far more complex process than primeval pleasures like sex or food. In addition to … Read More